Dr Antonia Witt

Dr Antonia Witt

Senior Researcher
Research Department:
Glocal Junctions

Contact

E-Mail: witt @hsfk .de

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CV

2018 Laureate of the Young Scholars' Prize, Association for African Studies in Germany (VAD e.V.)
2017 Laureate of Christiane-Rajewsky-Award (dissertation) of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK)
2017 Coordinator of the Leibniz Research Alliance "Crises in a Globalised World" (4 months, parental leave substitution)
since 2016 Postdoctoral Researcher at PRIF
2016 Dr. phil., Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig. Doctoral thesis: Ordering by default. The politics and power of post-coup interventions in Africa

2014–2017

Research Associate, Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
2014 Visiting Researcher, Department for International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
2011–2014 Research Associate, DFG Junior Research Group „Changing Norms of Global Governance“, University of Bremen
2011 Trainee at the European Union Delegation to the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (scholarship of the Carlo-Schmid-Programme)
2007–2008 Visiting Student, African Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Bradford, England (scholarship of the Hölderlin program)
2004–2010 Scholar of the German National Academic Foundation
2004–2010 African Studies and Political Science, University of Leipzig (Magistra Artium, M.A.)

Expertise

Dr Antonia Witt is working on the following issues:

  • African Union, African regional organizations (ECOWAS, SADC)
  • African Peace and Security Architecture (mediation, prevention)
  • Political crises and unconstitutional changes of government in Africa
  • International organizations
  • Legitimacy and authority in international relations

Publications

Selected publications

International Organizations under Pressure | 2019

Dingwerth, Klaus/Witt, Antonia/Lehmann, Ina/Reichel, Ellen/Weise, Tobias (2019): International Organizations under Pressure. Legitimating Global Governance in Challenging Times, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Studying African Interventions ‘from Below’ | 2018

Witt, Antonia (2018): Studying African Interventions ‘from Below’. Exploring Practices, Knowledges and Perceptions, in: South African Journal of International Affairs, Special Issue, 25:1, 1–19, DOI: 10.1080/10220461.2018.1417904.

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International Organizations under Pressure | 2019

Dingwerth, Klaus/Witt, Antonia/Lehmann, Ina/Reichel, Ellen/Weise, Tobias (2019): International Organizations under Pressure. Introduction, in: Dingwerth, Klaus/Witt, Antonia/Lehmann, Ina/Reichel, Ellen/Weise, Tobias (eds), International Organizations under Pressure, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1–28.

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Between the Shadow of History and the 'Union of People' | 2019

Witt, Antonia (2019): Between the Shadow of History and the 'Union of People'. Legitimating the Organisation of African Unity and the African Union, in: Dingwerth, Klaus/Witt, Antonia/Lehmann, Ina/Reichel, Ellen/Weise, Tobias (eds), International Organizations under Pressure, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 98–129.

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Legitimation Contests: A Theoretical Framework | 2019

Witt, Antonia/Dingwerth, Klaus (2019): Legitimation Contests: A Theoretical Framework, in: Dingwerth, Klaus/Witt, Antonia/Lehmann, Ina/Reichel, Ellen/Weise, Tobias (eds), International Organizations under Pressure, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 29–61.

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Die Ambivalenz des Zwangs für den Frieden: Zur Aktualität des neues Forschungsprogramms der HSFK | 2019

Peez, Anton/Witt, Antonia/Wolff, Jonas (2019): Die Ambivalenz des Zwangs für den Frieden: Zur Aktualität des neues Forschungsprogramms der HSFK. Eine Replik auf Andreas Nölke, in: Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, 8:1, 141-149, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42597-019-00010-3.

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Where Regional Norms Matter | 2019

Witt, Antonia (2019): Where Regional Norms Matter. Contestation and the Domestic Impact of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, Africa Spectrum, 11.7.2019.

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Institutionelle Friedenssicherung: Vereinte Nationen unter Druck. Wo sich ein deutsches Engagement lohnt | 2019

Bethke, Felix S./Coni-Zimmer, Melanie/Deitelhoff, Nicole/Dembinski, Matthias/Hofmann, Gregor P./Junk, Julian/Marauhn, Thilo/Niemann, Holger/Peez, Anton/Peters, Dirk/Ulbert, Cornelia/Wisotzki, Simone/Witt, Antonia (2019): Institutionelle Friedenssicherung: Vereinte Nationen unter Druck. Wo sich ein deutsches Engagement lohnt, in: Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)/Leibniz-Institut Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK)/Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg (IFSH)/Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF) (Hg.), Friedensgutachten 2019, Berlin: LIT Verlag, 115-135, www.friedensgutachten.de.

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Whose Charter? | 2019

Witt, Antonia (2019): Whose Charter? How civil society makes (no) use of the African Democracy Charter, PRIF Spotlight 5/2019, Frankfurt/M.

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What makes the EU, the UN, and their peers legitimate? | 2019

Dingwerth, Klaus/Witt, Antonia (2019): What makes the EU, the UN, and their peers legitimate?, OUPblog, 10.4.2019.

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Institutionelle Friedenssicherung: Wozu Institutionen? Friedensarchitektur in der Krise | 2018

Coni-Zimmer, Melanie/Deitelhoff, Nicole/Dembinski, Matthias/Peters, Dirk/Witt, Antonia/Zellner, Wolfgang (2018): Institutionelle Friedenssicherung: Wozu Institutionen? Friedensarchitektur in der Krise, in: Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)/Leibniz-Institut Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK)/Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg (IFSH)/Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF) (Hg.), Friedensgutachten 2018, Berlin: LIT Verlag, 105-123, www.friedensgutachten.de.

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La «main puissante» de qui? | 2018

Witt, Antonia (2018): La «main puissante» de qui? La crise à Madagascar et le rapport à «l’international», in: Razafindrakoto, Mireille/Roubaud, François/Wachsberger, Jean-Michel (eds), Madagascar, d’une crise l’autre: ruptures et continuité, Paris: Karthala, 223–246, http://www.karthala.com/(...).

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African Peace Interventions Seen ‘from Below’ | 2018

Witt, Antonia (ed.), (2018): African Peace Interventions Seen ‘from Below’. Politics and Disconnects, (Special Issue “South African Journal of International Affairs” 25:1), Table of Contents at Taylor & Francis.

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Towards Studying African Interventions ‘from Below’ – A Short Conclusion | 2018

Witt, Antonia/Khadiagala, Gilbert (2018): Towards Studying African Interventions ‘from Below’ – A Short Conclusion, in: South African Journal of International Affairs, Special Issue, 25:1, 133–139, DOI: 10.1080/10220461.2018.1438917.

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Mandate impossible: Mediation and the return to constitutional order in Madagascar (2009-2013) | 2017

Witt, Antonia (2017): Mandate impossible: Mediation and the return to constitutional order in Madagascar (2009-2013), in: African Security, 10:3, 205-222, DOI: 10.1080/19392206.2017.1352397.

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Review Essay on African Regionalism | 2017

Witt, Antonia (2017): Review Essay on African Regionalism, in: African Affairs, 116:464, 539–548, DOI: 10.1093/afraf/adx027.

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Gipfeltreffen ohne Pomp: Die Afrikanische Union auf der Suche nach mehr Unabhängigkeit und Anerkennung | 2017

Witt, Antonia (2017): Gipfeltreffen ohne Pomp: Die Afrikanische Union auf der Suche nach mehr Unabhängigkeit und Anerkennung, PRIF Blog, 13.7.2017.

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Pochen auf Ordnung | 2017

Witt, Antonia (2017): Pochen auf Ordnung. Die "Anti-Putsch Norm" der Afrikanischen Union, chrismon.de, 2.2.2017.

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Afrika: Strategielos zwischen Terrorismusbekämpfung und Wirtschaftsinteressen | 2017

Witt, Antonia (2017): Afrika: Strategielos zwischen Terrorismusbekämpfung und Wirtschaftsinteressen, in: Fehl, Caroline/Fey, Marco (Hg.), „America first“: Die Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik der USA unter Präsident Trump, 43–44, HSFK-Report Nr. 1/2017.

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Partnerschaft auf tönernen Füßen | 2016

Witt, Antonia (2016): Partnerschaft auf tönernen Füßen. Flucht und Migration stellen die europäisch-afrikanischen Beziehungen auf die Probe, HSFK-Standpunkte Nr. 4/2016, Frankfurt/M.

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Doing Global IR. Blog Series on Global International Relations | 2016

Anderl, Felix/Kroll, Stefan/Wallmeier, Philip/Witt, Antonia (eds), (2016): Doing Global IR. Blog Series on Global International Relations, TRAFO BLOG for Transregional Research.

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Many Pipers, Many Tunes? | 2015

Witt, Antonia/Weise, Tobias/Reichel, Ellen/Lehmann, Ina/Dingwerth, Klaus (2015): Many Pipers, Many Tunes? Die Legitimationskommunikation internationaler Organisationen in komplexen Umwelten, in: Da Conceição-Heldt, Eugénia/Koch, Martin/Liese, Andrea (Hg.), Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 49, 186-212.

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Consolidating Regional Cooperation While Protecting National Security Interests: Diametric Opposition or Precondition for Peace and Security? | 2014

Witt, Antonia (2014): Consolidating Regional Cooperation While Protecting National Security Interests: Diametric Opposition or Precondition for Peace and Security?, in: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (ed.), Report of the 10th FES Annual Conference: Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa, Addis Abeba.

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Convergence on Whose Terms? | 2013

Witt, Antonia (2013): Convergence on Whose Terms? Reacting to Coups d’ État in Guinea and Madagascar, in: African Security, 6:3, 257—275.

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The African Union and Contested Political Order(s) | 2013

Witt, Antonia (2013): The African Union and Contested Political Order(s), in: Engel, Ulf, Gomes Porto, João (ed.), Africa’s New Peace and Security Architecture: Continental Embeddedness, Transnational Linkages, Strategic Relevance, Farnham: Ashgate, 11-30.

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Book Review: Integrating Africa: Decolonization’s Legacies, Sovereignty and the African Union by Martin Welz | 2013

Witt, Antonia (2013): Book Review: Integrating Africa: Decolonization’s Legacies, Sovereignty and the African Union by Martin Welz, in: Journal of Modern African Studies, 51:2, 359—360.

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Negotiating Political Order(s): The Politics of Unconstitutional Changes of Government | 2012

Witt, Antonia (2012): Negotiating Political Order(s): The Politics of Unconstitutional Changes of Government. Working Paper No. 2, Leipzig: Centre for Area Studies, Universität Leipzig.

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A Constructive Engagement? | 2012

Witt, Antonia (2012): A Constructive Engagement? The European Union's Contributions to Mediating Coups d’ État in Africa, in: Ulf Engel (ed.), New Mediation Practices in African Conflicts, Leipzig: Leipzig Universitätsverlag, 211-237.

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Book Review: Promoting the African Union by Kassim Khamis | 2011

Witt, Antonia (2011): Book Review: Promoting the African Union by Kassim Khamis, in: African Studies Quarterly, 12:3, 127—129.

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Other professional activities

since 2017 PRIF Executive Board’s Commissioner for PhD Candidates
since 2017 Co-speaker of the Working Group "Sociology of International Relations" (GPSA)
since 2016 Member of the Executive Board at the Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies (ZIAF), Goethe University Frankfurt/M.
since 2016                Co-speaker of the Working Group "Socio-political Crises" of the Leibniz Research Alliance "Crises in a Globalised World"