Veith Selk is a habilitated political scientist. He works at the Institute of Political Science at Darmstadt University of Technology and in the Volkswagen Foundation-funded project “True Hate. Emotion Disciplining and Political Learning.” His work focuses on political theory and the history of political thought. Current research topics: Theory of Democracy, Populism, and Political Emotions. His habilitation thesis deals with the crisis of democracy in theory and practice.

Publications on the topic of Anxiety Culture:

2020: Fear Politics in Times of Populism, in Hermeneutische Blätter (2020), 1, 153-163.

2020: The obsolescence of the liberalism of fear, in: Linpinsel, Thomas and Martin, Susanne (eds.): Angst in Kultur und Politik der Gegenwart, Springer VS, Wiesbaden, 43-60.

2019: Uncertainty and Fear in Liberal Democracy, in: Adult Education. Quarterly Journal of Theory and Practice (2019), 107-110.

2016: Governing Fear. A History of Political Ideas from Tyranny to Leviathan, Wehrhahn, Hannover.

2015: Fear in Bielefeld. On an excluded feeling in systems theory (with Karsten Malowitz), in Mittelweg 36. Journal of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research 1-2 (2015), 92-116.
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2014: Republican Constitutionalism. Overcoming Fear as the Key to Liberty in Montesquieu’s Constitutional Theory (with Karsten Malowitz), in Journal of Political Theory 5 (1) (2014), 31-50.

2013: Anxiety and Method in Social Science. Consequences for Political Theory and the History of Ideas, in: Busen, Andreas/Weiß, Alexander (eds.), Ansätze und Methoden zur Erforschung politischer Ideen, Baden-Baden, 255-279.
2012: The Politicization of Fear in Modernity, in: Berliner Debatte Initial 23 (2) (2012), 136-148.

2012: New Contributions to the Politics of Fear in the Age of the War on Terror, in New Political Literature 57 (2) (2012), 267-291.

2011: Fear Politics. Terrorism as Political Strategy, in: Discourse 7 (1) (2011), 8-33.

PD Dr. Veith Selk

Technical University of Darmstadt , Political Science

Theory & Methodology

In a mutual approach of (Social / Natural) Sciences and Humanities, research on the different aspects of Anxiety Culture has to be carried out in a combination of methodological traditions and innovations, referring to data-sets and empirical findings in each area of investigation.