Noel Parker to become Associate Professor Emeritus – University of Copenhagen

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08 June 2016

Noel Parker to become Associate Professor Emeritus

After 14 years in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, Noel Parker is retiring at the end of this academic year.

Noel took up the position of Associate Professor of Political Theory and the History of Ideas in 2002, and he quickly became a leading voice within and outside the department. He is the author of numerous articles, books, and edited volumes, including Empire and International Order (2013), Geopolitics of Europe’s Identity (2008), Margins in European Integration (2000, co-edited with Bill Armstrong), and Revolutions and History (1999). Before coming to Copenhagen, Noel worked at the University
of Surrey and the British Open University.

Noel’s vision of political theory has been evident throughout the department. Students will mainly know him for his first-year Introduction to Political Theory lecture course (also known as “PTI”). Noel put an immense effort into designing and teaching this course. He did not see the course as 14 separate lectures on some 30 different thinkers, but instead he sought to explicate and explore the connections between the thinkers and the historical development of politics, society, and the state. The result has been formative for how political theory is conceptualized and studied within the department.

Likewise, the political theory research group has benefitted immensely from Noel's wit and acute comments on the papers and presentations by visitors and in-house faculty members. It does not matter to Noel which strand of political theory is being discussed; he will always see the shortcomings as well as the potentials. Noel’s own research has in turn been exemplary for many others, clarifying how best to bring historical knowledge and sophisticated theoretical reflections to bear on pressing issues in real-world politics.

Students and faculty members have learned immensely from Noel's teaching, interventions, and publications on revolutions, states, empires, borders and boundaries. We all hope to continue to doing so now that Noel takes up the position as Associate Professor Emeritus.

The Political Theory Research Group