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Vassilios Paipais


Vassilios Paipais is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and an associate at LSE IDEAS. Previously, he has held various posts teaching International Relations and Political Theory at LSE, UCL, SOAS and the University of Edinburgh. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the LSE, an MSc in International Relations (Research) from the LSE, an MA in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Panteion University, Athens and an undergraduate degree in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Dr. Paipais is the author of various research articles in the Review of International Politics, Millennium: Journal of International Studies (forthcoming) and International Politics (forthcoming). His monograph From Desire to Drive: A Lacanian Critique of Ideology in International Relations is under review by Routledge Intervention Series. His academic activities and output stretch across three main research areas:

His thesis monograph explores the challenges and impasses facing critical theory in IR and the revival of the critique of ideology as a legitimate method for addressing them. Its central theoretical contribution can be located in reassessing the critical status of prominent discourses in critical IR theory and exposing the ideological function of critique in their assumptions and normative prescriptions.

He is currently investigating the political-theological dimensions in the work of two prominent IR realists, Hans Morgenthau and Reinhold Niebuhr, having joined a group of eminent scholars that are at the forefront of classical realist theory revival such as William Scheuerman, Hartmut Behr, Vibeke Schou Tjalve, Sean Molloy and others. Papers from this project are going to appear in International Politics (December 2013) and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs (2014).

As part of a research collective based at LSE IDEAS, he is currently involved in a research project entitled ‘Euro Crisis in the Press’. This project is an interdisciplinary comparative research study investigating press coverage as a platform for the dissemination of public discourses about the crisis and as an indicator of public understanding along three key dimensions: Collective decision-making, Identity and Media. He is also member of the editorial team of the LSE blog Euro Crisis in the Press|.