Erik Ringmar

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Erik Ringmar
Born (1960-12-10)December 10, 1960
Luleå, Sweden
Residence Sweden
Citizenship Swedish
Fields International Relations
International History
Political Science
Institutions Lund University, Sweden
Alma mater Yale University
Uppsala University
Doctoral advisor Alexander Wendt
Alessandro Pizzorno
James C. Scott
Notable awards Fulbright scholarship

Erik Ringmar teaches political science at Lund University, Sweden.


Ringmar graduated with a PhD from the Department of Political Science, Yale University, in 1993. Between 1995 and 2007 he was senior lecturer in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom, and between 2007-13 he worked as professor of political science in China, the last two years as Zhi Yuan Chair Professor of International Relations at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, PRC. Ringmar is a Faculty Associate of the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University, and a Fulbright Scholar. He joined Lund University in January 2014.

Ringmar is married to Diane Pranzo and together they have four daughters. In the summer of 2008 he underwent successful cancer surgery, an experience that he chronicled online.


Ringmar's writings cover international relations theory, history, and cultural and economic sociology. His first book, Identity, Interest and Action, focuses on the concept of recognition and discusses the Swedish intervention in the Thirty Years' War as a matter of the creation of a Swedish identity. The Mechanics of Modernity discusses the origin of modern societies as a consequence of the interaction between institutions that allow reflection, entrepreneurship and the resolution of conflicts, and compares the development of Europe and East Asia. Surviving Capitalism, addresses the pathologies of capitalist development and the need for protection of social relationships and values. His most recent book, Liberal Barbarism, concerns European imperialism in China in the 19th century and the destruction of Yuanmingyuan, the Old Summer Palace of the Chinese emperor. In addition, Ringmar has published articles on metaphor, the problems of historiography, international law, narrative theory and the ontology of international politics. His coming book, to be published by Cambridge University Press, is a comparative study of various international systems.

Ringmar's academic writings have been translated into Chinese, Korean and German. In addition, Ringmar has published journalistic pieces in Huffington Post, Times Higher Education Supplement and Dagens Nyheter.

Free speech and bloggers' rights[edit]

During his tenure at the London School of Economics, Ringmar received media attention after discussing the quality of the teaching at the School in his personal blog.[1][2] In various posts he highlighted the fact that staff members were often too busy with research to care about undergraduate teaching and pointed out that teaching primarily was done by PhD students. The subsequent attempt by the LSE Director, Howard Davies, to force Ringmar to "take down and destroy" his blog received national headlines. Ringmar detailed his experience of the incident in the book, A Blogger's Manifesto: Free Speech and Censorship in the Age of the Internet.[3] Ringmar has also attracted attention by advocating the "liberation of old papers" from non-free on-line sites.[4]



  1. ^ Zoë Corbyn. "By the blog: academics tread carefully". Times Higher Education Supplement. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  2. ^ MacLeod, Donald (2006-05-04). "A blog too far at the LSE? | Education |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  3. ^ Erik Ringmar. "Guerrilla Bloggers and the Old Elite" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-09-17. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Erik Ringmar. "Liberate and disseminate". Times Higher Education Supplement. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 


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