Vita & Research
Antonia Witt joined the Department as Research Associate in October 2014. She studied Political Science and African Studies at the University of Leipzig as well as African Peace and Conflict Studies at Bradford University, UK. After her graduation, Antonia worked as trainee in the Section for Peace and Security of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. From 2011 until 2014 she was Research Associate in the Young Researchers’ Group „Changing Norms of Global Governance“, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), based at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies of the University of Bremen.
From April until June 2014, as part of her doctoral research in Southern Africa, Antonia worked as a guest researcher at the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In December 2015, Antonia submitted her PhD thesis Ordering by default: the power and politics of post-coup interventions in Africa at the University of Leipzig. In her thesis, Antonia analyses the AU’s post-coup intervention in Madagascar and shows how international efforts to re-establish ‘constitutional order’ after a coup reconfigure and re-legitimate power relations and orders.
For her dissertation, Antonia Witt received the Christiane-Rajewski-Award 2017 from the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies.
Since February 2016, Antonia Witt is also working at the Peace Resarch Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) as part of the research department V 'Glocal Junctions'.
- International Mediation and peace processes
- Contested international norms
- Authority and legitimation of International Organizations
- African Union/Organization of African Unity
- African Peace and Security Architecture
- Regional Organizations and democratization
- Madagascar – Southern Africa - Horn of Africa
International Organizations and the Terms of Legitimation (collaborative book project of the DFG-Young Researchers’ Group „Changing Norms of Global Governance“, Universität St. Gallen, Switzerland)
African peacemaking seen from below (Workshop funded under the Point Sud programme of the DFG, 26th - 28th of January, Centre pour la gouvernance démocratique (CGD), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
Ordering by default: the power and politics of post-coup interventions in Africa (submitted PhD thesis)
|February - June 2014||
Antananarivo, Madagascar; Pretoria/Johannesburg, South Africa; Headquarters of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Gaborone, Botswana
|April - May 2013||Headquarters of the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|March - April 2012||Headquarters of the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|October - December 2009||Headquarters of the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|February 2006 - April 2007||ELCT Mission Archives, Moshi, Tanzania (with interruptions)|