Weronika Adamska | Associate Postgraduate

The State, Political Norms and Political Conflicts
Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin
Email: weronika.adamska  ( at )  ehess.fr Tel: +49(0) 30 / 20 93 70700

Home Institution : EHESS, Freie Universität Berlin | Disciplines : Political Science , Contemporary History |


Weronika Adamska is a PhD student in political science at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in cotutelle with the Free University of Berlin since 2020.

After completing a master's degree in law at the University of Warsaw (2018), she studied political science at the same university. Thanks to the French government scholarship, she was able to obtain a research master's degree in political studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (2020). She also studied at the Paris 8 University and at Sciences Po Paris.

She is a laureate of a PhD Fellowship founded by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, dedicated to the Franco-German University. Her doctoral research, supervised by Rainer Maria Kiesow and Dieter Gosewinkel, focuses on the intellectual disputes over the state of exception in France and Germany (1955-2020). She is currently a visiting researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and a member of the Franco-German Doctoral College "Constructing Differences: Practices, Narratives, Media" (EHESS, HU Berlin, TU Dresden, UCA Marrakech).

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Fully funded PhD Fellowship, granted by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, within the French-German University

Title of thesis
Disputes over the state of exception. A social history of an intellectual debate (France-Germany, 1955-2020)
Institution of thesis
EHESS, FU Berlin
Rainer Maria Kiesow, Dieter Gosewinkel

State of exception in debate: France and Germany, 1955-2020

The state of exception is a subject of both research and public controversy. It is a legal-political concept, a practice and a type of discourse. In my doctoral research, I inquiry into the social and political conditions in which the state of exception emerged in France and Germany as a subject of public debate. I will show how different disputes about the state of exception, may they relate to its application, constitutionalization or the legitimacy of emergency measures, are epistemological experiences. In the lineage of pragmatic sociology, I propose to consider that the participation in the debate - the act of writing down one's reasoning, judgments and knowledge - makes explicit political and cognitive representations that are usually implicit. From this perspective, the debate about the state of exception is a reflexive exercise that consists in clarifying the principles and values of a political society and in defining how those should apply in a crisis situation.