I was born in Odense (Denmark), and raised in Paris (France) since the age of 3.

My education:

  • MRes History, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • MSc Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • LLM, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Since September 2009 I am a PhD researcher in history and civilisation at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

My main area of research is cosmopolitanism as ontology (political theory, IR theory) and epistemology (history of political thought). My focus is mainly on the French Enlightenment, 1713-1795.


Cand.scient.pol. (M.Sc. politics), University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Thesis title: “Element of an Archaeology of Cosmopolitanism in Western Political Thought: A Return to the French Enlightenment, 1713-1795.”
Academic advisor: Prof. Jens Bartelson.


French: mother tongue
English: C2
Danish: C2/mother tongue
German: C1

Italian: C1

Spanish: Good reading comprehension, passive usage
Norwegian (Bokmål) and Swedish: excellent reading comprehension, no writing, basic oral comprehension

Publications (journalism)

“Dialogue with true Moderates”, Freies Magazin 5, August 2007.

“Islamphobia as Neo-Orientalism”, Freies Magazin 5, August 2007.

“For a West-Islam Dialogue Instead of Cartoons”, Freies Magazin 5, August 2007.

“40th Anniversary of the 6-Day War”, Freies Magazin 5, June 2007.

“Sarkozy is Elected”, Freies Magazin 5, May 2007.

“France Votes!”, Freies Magazin 5, April 2007.

“The French Election: Spin or Sea-change?”, Freies Magazin 5, April 2007.

“Visulasing Europe”, Freies Magazin 5, March 2007.

“From Nuremberg to Baghdad to Nuremberg again?”, Freies Magazin 5, November 2006.


  • Ph.D. research project for a dissertation on the formation of the discourse of cosmopolitanism in Western political thought.
  • Individual specific research papers (to be developed in Ph.D. dissertation and publishable in peer-reviewed journals):
  1. The development of the concept of “nation” in eighteenth-century French political thought: from population to “civitas” of universally free and equal men.
  2. The development of the concept of “patrie” in eighteenth-century French political thought: from country to polis of universally free and equal men.
  3. Thinking “humankind” in eighteenth-century French political thought, and its influence on political theory.
  4. How to conceptualise a research on the history of cosmopolitanism: between the “US school” and the “Cambridge school”, Foucault paves a “third way”.
  5. Understanding Rousseau’s contradictions on cosmopolitans: on the uses of the term “cosmopolitan” in eighteenth-century France, and the distinction with cosmopolitan political theory.
  6. The contemporary discourse of cosmopolitanism: an analysis of its elements and their origins. Specifically on the cosmopolitan emphasis as opposed to patriotism and nationalism.
  • Creation of an interactive platform for a research network on the epistemology and ontology of cosmopolitanism: a web site with a wiki, articles of publishable quality on major authors, themes, concepts of cosmopolitanism. Possibly a project developed through teaching responsibilities: assigning students to participate by writing term-papers later published on the site.
  • Middle-term research project (10 years): France-UK-USA-Germany(-Italy) 18th and 19th century political thought on cosmopolitanism.
  • Long-term research project (20 years): a theory of cosmopolitanism (the cosmopolitan state, intercosmopolitan relations). Reinvestigating political vocabulary, imagining alternative political communities for the 21st century, answering globalisation.

10 Responses to CV

  1. Dr. Ulrike M. Vieten says:

    Hi there,

    I just came across your website and would like to make and then keep in contact; I wrote my PhD thesis on ‘Situated Cosmopoltanisms: the notion of the Other in contemporary discourses on cosmopolitanism in Britain and Germany’, University of East London; similarly I modified elemets of Foucault’s archeology method and CDA… let’s chat at another time ( still in hilday mood..)

    Best, Ulrike

  2. Frank Ejby Poulsen says:

    Dear Ulrike,
    I am very happy that you dropped a comment here. My goal with this blog is after all to build an academic/interested network on cosmopolitanism. Please do keep in touch when you no longer are in “hilday” (holiday?) mood. I am particularly interested in knowing what your definition of “cosmopolitanism” is, how exactly you used Foucault, and hmm… what’s a CDA?
    I have now submitted my thesis (I will upload it on the blog when I get my mark) and I have more time to write on my blog about cosmopolitanism as a political theory.
    Also, I am moving to London in October, do not hesitate to let me know if you’ve heard of any great job for a freshly graduated student possibly in the field of research.

  3. Frank Ejby Poulsen says:

    Aah! CDA = Critical Discourse Analysis… Just found out.

  4. hi again, well holiday…quite right..your plans sound very ambitious; in principal, London as THE cosmopolitan city is a good place to live and think. Unfortunately; extremely expensive… likewise, please, keep me posted about resarch possibilities. I might be in London sometime in October, we should meet up for a capuccino and discuss some ideas;
    Ciau for now, U

    PS Feeö free to contact me directly via email

  5. me again, sorry for mistakes in spelling; by the way; here my blog ;;
    started to experiment with visual stuff…, U

  6. Frank Ejby Poulsen says:

    Hello back Ulrike,
    I sent you an email with a vacancy as Research Associate that might be of interest to you.
    Welcome to the blogosphere! I added you in my links to blogs. Not much content yet as I could see, but I am confident there will be soon. I’ll be reading.
    Arriving in London in October seems to me more and more unlikely by the day because of some personal reasons. It all depends on finding a job really. As you mentioned it is expensive and without a job I cannot really find a place to live, and vice versa. But I promise you we’ll be discussing some cosmopolitan ideas at some point.

  7. Tony says:

    Very interesting work. I will come back to read more.
    bon chance!

  8. Frank Ejby Poulsen says:

    Hi Tony,
    Thanks for you comment. Don’t hesitate to participate with your own thoughts or experiences.

    PS: just to help you perfect your French, it’s “bonne chance,” as chance is a feminine word :).

  9. Basudeb Chaudhuri, University of Caen says:

    I just read this, beautiful piece, enjoyed it. Are you still in France?
    best regards.

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