Xymena Kurowska is Associate Professor of International Relations at Central European University in Vienna and Budapest. She received her doctorate in political and social sciences from European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. She works within international political sociology, with particular focus on security theory, psychosocial and anthropological approaches in the study of politics, relational and interpretive methodologies, and the ethics of academic practice.
In their current, much-criticised shape, university departments that provide education in social sciences are often presented as demented and inertia-driven institutions that hopelessly lag behind the galloping real world with its rapidly transforming social relations heavily shaped by the emergence of new technologies.
Xymena Kurowska co-authored a chapter on fieldwork in International Relations in an open-access volume Fieldwork as Failure. Living and knowing in the field of International Relations, co-edited by our former MA student, dr Katarina Kusic. The volume also features contributions by two of our current doctoral students: Johannes Gunesch and Ewa Maczynska. You can download it here.