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Associate Professor

Auer, Stefan

European Studies


Stefan Auer is Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong. Prior to this, he worked at La Trobe University in Melbourne (2006-2013, as a Jean Monnet Chair in 2010-2013) and University College Dublin (2001-2006). He is the author of Liberal Nationalism in Central Europe (Routledge, 2004, pbk 2006), which was awarded the prize for Best Book in European Studies (2005) by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). He has published in leading politics journals, including Government and Opposition, International Affairs, The Journal of Common Market Studies and West European Politics; high impact sociology journals, such as Telos and Thesis Eleven, and area studies journals, such as Europe-Asia Studies and Osteuropa.

His research interests include political philosophy, spanning thinkers as diverse as Carl Schmitt, Hannah Arendt, Václav Havel and Slavoj Žižek; the comparative study of nationalism and the various aspects of the crisis of the European project. He also writes occasional opinion pieces for The South China Morning Post, The Australian newspaper and comments on European politics in the media, such as ABC News 24 (based in Melbourne), CNBC and RTHK (based in Hong Kong). He is currently working on a book entitled Post-Brexit European Union: A Sovereign Europe, or a Europe of Nation States? (Hurst, forthcoming 2021).

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518, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

HKU Scholars Hub


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Research Area

Political philosophy, Comparative study of nationalism, Various aspects of the crisis of the European project

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