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.

The purpose of this stream is to investigate what possibilities might exist for collaborative and collective successes in the field. This includes both scholarly research focusing on collaboration, co-production, and solidarity, and practitioner experiences of these, and associated, themes. Paper, panel, workshop, and roundtable proposals are solicited to explore themes including, but not limited to:

– The theory and practice of solidarity
– Resisting scholarly individualism
– Possibilities for poststructural, feminist, postcolonial, queer theory
– Unlikely collaborations and allegiances within and beyond IR
– Post-foundational solidarities
– The roles of non-academics in research, and possibilities for community
– Unacknowledged debts in research activities
– Projects and spaces of collaboration in IR
– Co-produced research/writing/teaching activities

We welcome proposals for events which do not conform to the standard panel/roundtable format, and look forward to hearing your ideas.

Proposals must be submitted to the BISA online system by the 25th of October – make sure you specify PPWG when submitting so your proposal reaches us and we can take it into account. Since this system is new this year you might want to send your proposal to the PPWG convenors at in addition to submitting it through the system.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Aggie, Tahseen and Christina