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Judit Kuschnitzki BA, MPhil

Judit Kuschnitzki BA, MPhil

PhD Student (probationary) in Geography

Negotiating Statehood: A Study of the Yemeni Diplomatic Service

Combining both material and non-material levels of analysis, this research explores the relationship between professional practice and the social construction of statehood within the Yemeni diplomatic service.

Biography

Qualifications

  • 2013, MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford
  • 2010, Bachelor of Arts, University College Maastricht, Maastricht University

Career

  • 2015, Research Assistant and Student Advisor, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Institute of Islamic Theology, Germany
  • 2014-2015, Managing Editor, The Yemen Times Newspaper, Yemen
  • 2013-2014, Research Assistant, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Institute of Islamic Theology, Germany
  • 2011, Intern, Research NGO 'Arab West Report', Egypt
  • 2010-2011, Intern, Online magazine 'Al-Thara', Syria

Funding and awards

  • Cambridge European Scholarship, Cambridge Trust (2015-2018)
  • PhD Maintenance Award, Pembroke College, Cambridge (2015-2018)
  • PhD Partial Studentship Award, Economic and Social Science Research Council (2015-2018)
  • Full studentship Award, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (2012-2013)
  • Travel Grant, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (2012)

Research

This research explores the relationship between socio-political events in Yemen and developments within the Yemeni diplomatic service. Analytical focus is placed on diplomats' role in processes of state construction and their contribution to state coherence. Arguing that knowledge about diplomats is essentially interdisciplinary in character, this project draws on scholarship in the fields of IR, political geography, political sciences, anthropology, and sociology. More specifically, it combines state and practice theory with concepts of boundaries and notions of liminality. As diplomats play a key role in the versatile performance of statehood, this project pays close attention to their professional practices, and the role of material artefacts and structures within the Yemeni diplomatic field. Following an inductive, integrative, and question-driven research approach, this projects conducts a multi-sited ethnography to secure empirical data that is grounded in the complexity of diplomats' social and institutional contexts.

Publications

Peer-reviewed

  • Kuschnitzki, J., 2016. The Establishment and Positioning of al-Rashad - A Case Study of Political Salafism in Yemen. In Cavatorta, F. & Merone, F. (eds.), Salafism after the Arab Awakening: Contending with People's Power. London: Hurst & Co/Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Bonnefoy, L. & Kuschnitzki, J., 2015. Salafis and the "Arab Spring" in Yemen: progressive politicization and resilient quietism, Arabian Humanities, 4.

Other publications

Conferences

  • "Subversive Diplomats? A study of the Yemeni, Egyptian, and Tunisian Foreign Service in 2011". Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, Panel: The (In)Coherent State. Cardiff (2018).
  • "Negotiating Statehood: A Study of the Yemeni Diplomatic Service". Alumni event, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2018).
  • "Understanding Diplomatic Networks: A Case for Multi-Sited and Multi-Method Qualitative Research". Association for American Geographers Annual Meeting, Panel: Network Analysis and Geography III – Elite and Corporate Networks. New Orleans (2018).
  • "International Snowballing and the Multi-Sited Research of Diplomats". Seminar Series: Methodologies in the 'Field'. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2018).
  • Co-Convenor and Chair. Panel: Architecture and Displacement. Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (2018).
  • Co-Organizer and Chair. International Conference: The Reform of Islamic Law. Approaches, Challenges and Methods. Center of Islamic Theology, University of Tübingen (2015).
  • "The rise of Political Salafism in Yemen: A Contested Transformation of Religious Concepts". International Conference: The New Yemen: Social, Cultural, and Political Ramifications of the 'Revolution', University of Bonn (2017).
  • "The Establishment and Positioning of al-Rashad – A Case Study of Political Salafism in Yemen". International Workshop: Salafism after the Arab Awakening. Tunis (2013)

Teaching

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Part 1A, Geopolitics and Political Geography
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Part 1B, Citizenship, Cities and Civil Society