Stefan Manser-Egli

Doctoral researcher

Stefan Manser-Egli is a doctoral researcher and teaching assistant at the Maison d’analyse des processus sociaux (MAPS) at the University of Neuchâtel. He holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva and a Master degree in Political, Legal and Economic Philosophy (PLEP) and Gender Studies from the University of Bern.

His Master thesis focused on the normative foundations of citizenship and, more specifically, on different interpretations of the so-called ‘all-subjected principle’. Similarly, he has analyzed the notion of ‘integration’ in law and practice in relation to the political philosophy of liberalism. In the field of Gender Studies, his work includes a critical analysis of the debate about a ‘burqa ban’ in Switzerland from feminist and postcolonial perspectives.

Building on this, his PhD thesis inquires into what has been called ‘boundary liberalism’, ‘repressive liberalism’ and ‘illiberal’ or ‘Schmittian liberalism’. These concepts refer to the fact that the extent to which immigrants are believed to have acceptably liberal values has become a site of boundary making in Western Europe with ‘integration’ increasingly being predicated on the adoption of liberal-democratic norms and practices and assumptions underpinning liberal personhood. This boundary making in the name of liberal ideals often ends up having its own illiberal thrust. From a historical, social science and political philosophy perspective, the aim of this thesis is thus to empirically work out social imaginaries of ‘liberalism’ and ‘society’ behind the boundary making in the name of ‘integration’ and to discuss them in light of the philosophy of political liberalism.


Université de Neuchâtel
Maison d’analyse des processus sociaux (MAPS)
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CH-2000 Neuchâtel
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