CFP: One Panelist Place in Accepted Panel at ISA 2016, “On the Government of Peaceful and Violent Life”

Call for Papers, ISA Panel “On the Government of Peaceful and Violent Life: The Unsettling (of) Liberal Settlements of Peace”

This is an open call for International Studies Association (ISA) registrants and others who are interested in participating in an accepted panel at the 2016 ISA Convention in Atlanta. Due to a cancellation, one place has come open for a paper presenter in the ISA panel “On the Government of Peaceful and Violent Life”. This panel is sponsored by the British International Studies Association (BISA).

A description of the panel is below. Please send related abstracts, of no more than 200 words, to Elisa Wynne-Hughes ( and Tahseen Kazi ( The due date for abstract submissions is Friday, November 20, 2015.

This call is open to already registered participants at ISA and to others who will be able to attend the conference. In the case that the participant with the selected abstract is not already registered for the 2016 ISA Convention, ISA has agreed to allow registration at the lower earlier rate. The panel is currently scheduled for 4-5:45 pm on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Panel description:

No longer credible as an ideal for the world, much less as a tragically unattainable dream, liberal peace can now be understood as governmental – as complicit in the production of our contemporary matrix of peaceful and violent life. In practice, liberal processes of peace are simultaneously failing and relentlessly resurrected in developmental and insurential techniques, and in resilient mentalities. Given such circumstances, how can we reimagine peace and create agencies to diverge out from the reproduction of liberal peace and violence? This panel has two aims: 1. We are concerned with documenting contemporary practices of ‘liberal settlements of peace’ in two senses of the phrase: as attempts to reconfigure people and things for the achievement of liberal ideals of peace in this world; and in the sense of colonial-style settler wealth production out of the dispossession and pacification of indigenous livelihoods. That is, liberal settlements inscribe life by racialization, stratification, sexualization, and production of resilient life. 2. We are equally concerned with how peace and agency are being differently imagined even amidst the settlements of peace. To this end we uncover practices of post-liberal agency and of alternative authority production that ward-off liberal settlements of peace.