Kivistö Hanna-Mari, Yliopistonopetteja/University Teacher

Kivistö Hanna-Mari, Yliopistonopetteja/University Teacher
Valtio-oppi / Political science
Opinkivi 244.2.


I defended my PhD thesis Debating Right to Asylum: A Conceptual and Rhetorical Reading of the German post-war Deliberations in December 2013 (Political Science, University of Jyväskylä). The study analysed asylum disputes with focus on the constitutional and parliamentary politics of early West Germany. When writing the dissertation, I was a member of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change (2006-2011) and Kari Palonen's Academy Professor's project The Politics of Dissensus. Parliamentarism, Rhetoric and Conceptual History (2008-2012).

In my postdoc research I continue to deal with the politics of human rights. I am particularly interested in exploring debates, argumentation and rights claims related to so called 'non-citizens'. The project was awarded Kone Foundation scholarship in 2014. Currently, I am preparing a monograph on the right to asylum based on my dissertation research (forthcoming, Nomos) and co-editing a volume on the political concept of citizenship (forthcoming Routledge, edited together with Claudia Wiesner, Anna Björk and Katja Mäkinen).

Areas of Interest

Human rights, rights persuasion, political concepts, political thought, politics of displacement

Research Areas

Political theory, political rhetoric, conceptual history, parliamentary studies

The Relevance and Benefits of my Research

The research examines human rights debates with particular reference to asylum-seekers, refugees, migrants and stateless persons. By investigating disputes and interpretations of human rights, and the role of human rights in varying contexts and constellations, it provides politically important analyses and readings with both present day and historical relevance.

Recent Publications

Kivistö, H.-M. (2015). Politics, Debating, Rights. In C. Wiesner, E. Roshchin, & M.-C. Boilard (Eds.), In Debate with Kari Palonen : Concepts, Politics, Histories (pp. 81-85). Nomos.

Kivistö, H.-M. (2014). The Status of the Right to Political Asylum: A Rhetorical Analysis of German and United Nations Debates. In K. Palonen, J. Rosales, & T. Turkka (Eds.), The Politics of Dissensus: Parliament in Debate (pp. 449-476). Social Sciences and Humanities (2). Santander: Cantabria University Press; McGraw-Hill.

Kivistö, H.-M. (2014). Rights of Noncitizens: Asylum as an Individual Right in the 1949 West German Grundgesetz. Contributions to the History of Concepts, 9 (1), 60-73.

Kivistö, H.-M. (2013). Debating right to asylum: a conceptual and rhetorical reading of the German post-war deliberations. Jyväskylä, Finland: University of Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä studies in education, psychology and social research, 490.

Kivistö, H.-M. (2013). 'Dubliners' in the European Union: a perspective on the politics of asylum-seeking. In T. Vaarakallio, & T. Haapala (Eds.), The distant present (pp. 106-128). SoPhi (122). Jyväskylä, Finland: Jyväskylän yliopisto.

Kivistö, H.-M. (2012). The Concept of 'Human Dignity' in the Post-War Human Rights Debates. Res Pública. Revista de Filosofía Política, 15 (27), 99-108.

Publications (in Tutka database)