PPWG – PhD conference/workshop participation bursaries

The PPWG has been allocated some funding for PhD bursaries to attend conferences or workshops throughout the next 11 months. These bursaries are in the first place to support with travel and accommodation expenses. We welcome applications from PhD students who would like to be supported to participate in any conference or workshop within the remit of the BISA-PPWG (https://bisappwg.org/history/).

• Bursaries are available to current PhD students who are also members of BISA, who do not have support from their institution or a research grant.
• Applicants must have papers accepted for presentation.
• The bursary application must be accompanied by a reference from the supervisor.
• No applicant will be supported for more than one conference/workshop.

Applications should be made by the 8th of March 2017.

Please supply the following information:
1 Student Name and institution/ email contact
2 Confirmation of current BISA membership
3 Title of paper
4 50 word paper abstract/summary
5 note of support from supervisor, which should introduce the applicant, detail the applicants academic record and commitment, make the case for funding and make the case for the value of participation.

Please email applications to BISAPPWG@JISCMail.ac.uk

PPWG Section, “In Search of Radicalism” at BISA 2017

The BISA Conference this year is put together differently — for the first time, it consists of sections organized by the BISA working groups. The PPWG section theme is “In Search of Radicalism” and includes ten not-to-be-missed panels. If you are attending the BISA conference in Brighton this year (June 14-16), you are welcome to come to any and all of the PPWG section panels. Registration for the conference is now open and there is a full conference programme at the BISA website. Here’s a list of the PPWG “In Search of Radicalism” panels: Continue reading

Mapping, Mercator and Modernity: The Impact of the Digital

Call for Papers:

Workshop 25th-26th April 2017

Venue: Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Schifferstr. 196, 47059 Duisburg

This funded workshop will explore the relationships between mapping, linearity, imaginaries of control and global cooperation. What drives the growing demand for mapping and visualizations of the world? Does this reflect an increased capacity for contestation or of control and regulation or perhaps even a retreat from the world? What is at stake in the fact that maps and visualizations are not the world but leave an irreducible gap? How does the digital transform the politics of maps and mapping? Continue reading

International Security After Brexit and Trump, University of Edinburgh

Call For Papers

22 June 2017

The Centre for Security Research at the University of Edinburgh will host a conference on the international security implications of the UK exiting the EU and the Trump presidency in the US. Held one year after the Brexit referendum, the conference invites scholarship reflecting on these developments from multiple perspectives and across a diverse range of topics.

Papers should have some focus on security, widely defined. Topics may include, but are not limited to: US and UK security policy, the future of NATO, implications for transnational security governance, Russia/US/EU relations, changes in the balance of power, reactions by emerging powers, implications for understandings of threat and risk, the securitization of migration, and critical and ethical responses to policy developments. Continue reading

The role of technology in IR

Section for the EISA PEC-17, Barcelona, 13-16 September 2017

Convenors: Marijn Hoijtink (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Matthias Leese (ETH Zurich)

On the widest conceptual scale possible, in Bruno Latour’s words, “technology is society made durable”. Technology facilitates, technology speeds up, technology automates, and technology does things that humans simply cannot do. In this sense, technology is a central aspect of IR. And yet, within the disciplinary paradigm it often remains “black-boxed”. Technology is present in analyses, but it is seldom deconstructed and engaged with in terms of its trajectories and bifurcations that, in turn, are embedded in political and social contexts. Moreover, there is a lack of clarifications regarding its ontological and epistemological status in studying the international.

Overall, technology has been given a surprisingly little amount of attention measured against its ubiquity and political and social significance. More recently, there have been calls to engage the role of technology more thoroughly and systematically – however, with few exceptions, such pledges still await delivery. This might be due to the lack of a proper toolbox to do so within IR, but it might also be due to a certain tendency to subdue the banal, the mundane, and the technical under more obvious questions of “the international”.

The proposed section seeks to engage the role of technology in IR, thereby inviting investigations that cover its theoretical status, its emergences, its practices, and its ethical and legal aspects. Taking inspiration from neighboring disciplines such as STS, geography, or philosophy of technology, we encourage contributions that critically engage technology vis-à-vis wider disciplinary trajectories.

Topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Technology and the status of knowledge
  • Technology practices
  • Technology and science diplomacy
  • The ontology of technology
  • Normative implications of technology

Please submit your proposal by 10 February 2017 the latest through the official EISA website: http://www.paneuropeanconference.org/2017/

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marijn Hoijtink (m.hoijtink@vu.nl) and Matthias Leese (matthias.leese@sipo.gess.ethz.ch)

Call for papers: panel for EISA Pan European Conference in Barcelona

Historical epistemology of international relations

A historical epistemologist would wonder, what sets of beliefs, knowledges, imaginations, and practices brought together make it possible to think of a certain human, at a specific moment in history, as a subject of power. Posing such a question invites a reflection on the experience of experiencing (in history). Understanding the experience of experiencing presumes in turn an understanding of history as evental, as a narrative of possible orders of governance, power and rule, never predetermined, always emergent, subject to knowledge.

This panel seeks to explore how can the history of international relations be thought of as the history of collective experiences of experiencing away from established traditions of theoretical knowledge. Exploring such experiences requires a logic of enquiry that seeks to reconstruct how orders emerge, how power is practiced, and how governance proceeds. Rather than assuming a theoretical approach as the basis for analysis, it prepares the ground for theorisation. In other words, a historical epistemological approach to international relations seeks to constitute empirical spaces. The challenge, however, is how to shake the analysis off from established traditions of knowing about order, power, and governance.

The panel invites papers inspired on the following provocations:

–       Is it possible to think of a historical epistemological approach to international relations as operating a pre-theoretical mode of reasoning?

–       How could contestation be thought of through historical epistemologies of international relations?

–       What form of historicity of International Relations would result from epistemologising the history of international relations?

–       How could experience be theorised after generating empirical spaces through historical epistemologies?

If interested, please email abstracts with your contact details by 7 February to Luis Lobo-Guerrero (l.e.lobo-guerrero@rug.nl) and Oliver Kessler (oliver.kessler@uni-erfurt.de).