PolisReflects – Journal für internationale Beziehungen

Spring 2022

We are proud to present to you the second edition of PolisReflects: our special issue on “Digital Sovereignty”. Not least since many of us spend our working days in video calls or study remotely, digital technologies play an ever-increasing role in society. The COVID-19 pandemic, which turned physical meetings into an unacceptable risk in many contexts, has only accelerated this fundamental trend, transforming not only individual lives but also society, business and the state.

The concept of “Digital Sovereignty” reflects the tensions which come with this transformation: It juxtaposes sovereignty, the core component of the Westphalian international order, with the new digital world where many old concepts do not seem to hold anymore. In some cases, platforms such as Google, Amazon or Facebook, as well as manufacturers of hardware, software and components can be more powerful than individual states. In others, governments successfully export their model of internet governance far beyond their borders. What started out as a global open communication network is increasingly fragmented and governed by cross-cutting rules.

At the same time, “Digital Sovereignty” allows for new questions about the notion of sovereignty itself: Can citizens be sovereign in the digital space, for instance by controlling how their data is used? If public discourse increasingly depends on privately owned digital platforms, should these companies be held to state-like standards, such as freedom of speech?

Fall 2020

We are proud to present the first issue of PolisReflects on “Unheard Crises”. Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, other, more silent crises are often overlooked. At the same time, ongoing tensions have been exacerbated in many contexts around the world. For this first issue, we therefore invited student authors to shed light on an Unheard Crisis of their choice.

The seven outstanding articles in this issue are the best proof that young voices have a contribution to make. They reflect the diversity of Unheard Crises around the world, thematically, geographically, and in their theoretical approaches.

We hope you enjoy the read!

Das Magazin

Im Journal PolisReflects veröffentlichen halbjährlich Studierende ihre Hausarbeiten zu unterschiedlichen Themen aus dem Bereich Internationale Politik. So ermöglichen wir ihnen, mit ihren häufig hervorragenden und innovativen Arbeiten, wichtige Debatten in Wissenschaft oder Politik anzustoßen und mitzugestalten.

Über ein Peer-Review-Verfahren, das von fortgeschrittenen und Nachwuchs-WissenschaftlerInnen begleitet wird, verfeinern die Studierenden ihre Arbeiten und schreiben sie in anspruchsvolle Fachartikel um. Durch das Feedback unterstützen wir Studierende im Lernprozess und führen sie an das wissenschaftliche Publizieren heran.

Zusätzlich werden in unserem Journal visuelle Werke veröffentlicht. Dabei kann es sich um Foto-Essays, Generative Kunst oder traditionelle Gemälde handeln.

Editorial Board

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E-Mail: polisreflects@polis180.org

Dimitria Freitas
Helena Hirschler
Etienne Höra
Vanessa Kühn
Axel Müller
Anke Obendiek
Marnie Ridderbusch
Marie Stamm
Viktar Vasileuski
Nora Wacker

Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash

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