Maxim is a PhD candidate at the POLITICO programme on political concepts in the world, funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie scholarship. He recently published ‘Who, the people? Rethinking constituent power as praxis‘ in Philosophy & Social Criticism.

He holds a bachelor in philosophy from Radboud University Nijmegen, and master’s degrees in political philosophy and human geography from the same university. His master’s thesis theorised an intervention into the debate on the boundary problem in democratic theory from a radical democratic point of view, especially based on the political thought of Jacques Rancière.

Previously, Maxim was an intern at Caucasian House in Tbilisi, Georgia, organised conferences at Radboud University Nijmegen, and was on the board of the philosophical faculty journal.

Maxim’s PhD project at POLITICO investigates what role the concept of political community may play in philosophical theories of civil disobedience, particularly in contentious circumstances such as post-conflict societies.

Research interests

  • Democratic theory
  • Civil disobedience/mass protests
  • Ethnopolitical conflicts
  • The Caucasus
  • The Balkans


van Asseldonk, Maxim. (2020). “‘Beyond civil bounds’: The demos, political agency, subjectivation and democracy’s boundary problem,” in Constellations (onlinefirst).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 754326.