Anarchist Studies Network

A PSA Specialist Group for the Study of Anarchism.


ASN members secure £250k research grant from the ESRC. See here

Rowman & Littlefield Int publish two book series by ASN members Saul Newman and Ruth Kinna

Alex Prichard

I am a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter. I have taught IR at the University of Bath (2007-2009), the London School of Economics (2010-2012), and Coventry University (2012). I was an ESRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bristol, 2009-2010. I was awarded my PhD from the Department of Politics, History and IR, Loughborough University in 2008. My PhD thesis was titled "Justice, Order and Anarchy: The International Political Theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865)" was published in the Routledge New International Relations Series in 2013.

I am currently a co-investigator, with Ruth Kinna, on a research project on the constitutionalising practices and principles of anarchist(ic) groups. This was funded under the ESRC Transformative Research call and runs from January 2016 for 18 months.

I was a co-founder of the Anarchist Studies Network in 2005, and I am now a co-editor of the Manchester University Press monograph series 'Contemporary Anarchist Studies'. I edited the first journal section on anarchism and IR theory in Millennium in 2010, co-edited a collection of essays on the intersections between anarchism and marxism for Palgrave in 201. I have co-edited a special issue of "Capital & Class" on the same subject, published in February 2016. For more see here

A (very) Brief History of the ASN

The idea for the ASN was first put forward in October 2005. After managing to convince three others to give papers on anarchism and world politics at the British International Studies Association conference at St Andrews in December last year, I thought I might try and get a couple of panels sorted for the 2006 Political Science Association conference at the University of Reading. Both conferences gave rise to 13 papers on anarchism accross the two biggest political studies conferences in the UK. (abstracts for these panels can be found in Documents) Since there also seemed to be a huge e-community of people interested in anarchism, and a significant number of academics and research students interested in the subect, it seemed to make sense to try and get some official recognition and, obviously, some money.

With the help and advice of Dr Eric Herring, the convenor of NASPIR, and Dr Ruth Kinna and Dr Dave Berry at Loughborough University, we managed to get a PSA specialist group founded. Since the founding of this group there has been a blossoming of interest in and coordination of anarchist studies. The North American Anarchist Studies Network was founded in 2009 and anarchist research initiatives and groups have been established at Loughbrough University and at CUNY. The original proposal for the group can also be found in Documents.

A further discussion with Dr Sharif Gemie also led to the formal affiliation of this group with the journal Anarchist Studies in 2008. This is the only peer-reviewed academic journal around that is entirely devoted to anarchism as theory and practice. You can find it here: Anarchist Studies. From 2010 members of the ASN get discounted subscription to this journal.

Contact: alprich[@]