BISA 2018 – Call for Papers, Panels, Events for PPWG Stream: ‘Addressing Academia’s Rugged Individualism: Seeking Collaboration, Co-Production, and Solidarity in and through IR’

We are pleased to open the call for papers for the PPWG’s 10-Panel Stream at BISA 2018

“Addressing Academia’s Rugged Individualism: Seeking Collaboration, Co-Production, and Solidarity in and through IR”

This stream explores the individualised character of scholarly research, and seeks to unearth novel forms of connection and collaboration in and through IR. From PhD to professorial levels, academic life can frequently be experienced as isolated and atomised. In addition to solitary periods spent reading, travelling, and writing, success in the field is often measured by individualised metrics and targets, and colleagues are compelled to compete for jobs, promotions, and funding according to a zero-sum logic. Publication pressures result in scrambles for individual citation scores and online visibility, and a possessive attitude towards fields of study can ensue. While emphasis is placed on interdisciplinarity and networking in the field, the instrumental quality of these terms frequently inhibits, rather than facilitates, meaningful scholarly connection. Continue reading