Kellogg Lecture "Political Theology of International Order"


Location: Hesburgh Center for International Studies Room C103

Bain Lecture


Please join us for the Kellogg Lecture "Political Theology of International Order," presented by William Bain, Professor of International Relations and Head of Global Affairs at Yale-NUS College.


The lecture will take place on Tuesday, September 25 at 12:30 pm (Hesburgh Center C103). 

International order is normally seen as a secular arrangement, established by independent states to satisfy wants and desires including peace, security, wealth, and power. This project challenges the view that this framework is distinctively modern and secular. Bain argues that this conventional understanding is, in fact, a worldly application of a Christian theological pattern with medieval roots. Uncovering these theological and medieval foundations of international order invites revision of much of what is taken for granted in international theory, such as the historical narratives used by international theorists. It also provides a timely reminder that the quest for a truly global international theory must begin with better self-understanding.