Call for Papers for a Workshop: Governing Transit Migration: Varieties of Approaches in International Politics
Call for papers: Feminist International Relations and the ‘Science Question’: Positivism, Post-positivism, and Beyond. One Day Workshop
- Is positivist IR androcentric/masculinist or have feminist IR scholars portrayed its philosophical and methodological orientation in inaccurate/misleading ways?
- Is science only superficially or inadvertently androcentric/masculinist or does it inescapably silence and delegitimise feminist forms of knowing/knowledge-production?
- How should feminist IR scholars relate to the knowledge-claims of natural scientists?
- Should (evolutionary) biology play any role in our understandings of sex/gender-dynamics?
- Is the philosophical orientation that has been adopted by feminist IR scholars genuinely post-positivist or does it inadvertently reproduce (or invert) a number of positivist positions?
- Does the adoption of a feminist orientation towards IR mean that we should abandon rationality, rigour, neutrality, objectivity, etc. wholesale, just because these notions are conventionally associated with positivist philosophy of (social) science? Or is this akin to throwing out the proverbial baby with the bathwater?
- Are the methodological and epistemological stances that are favoured by feminist scholars exclusively feminist or are they simply more suitable for their particular purposes (i.e. do they have broader applications as well)?
- Do efforts to re-theorise/reclaim science by pragmatist, critical realist, new materialist, and other anti-positivist approaches hold any promise for grounding future forms of feminist IR?
- Can broader feminist theorisations of science improve/re-vitalise discussions within feminist IR? What intellectual resources do these theorisations provide?
- To what extent are positivist and post-/anti-positivist philosophical approaches capable of providing a basis for the normative aims of feminism? What kind of politics do these philosophical approaches suggest/imply?
- Is feminism/feminist IR a political project, a scientific project, or neither/both?
Critical Terrorism Studies has so far provided a wide critique of mainstream approaches to terrorism, extremism and radicalisation. CTS has brought to the fore the main problems of these conceptualisations of terrorism, not only at an academic and theoretic level, but also, and more importantly, at a political and policy-making level. CTS scholars have highlighted how countering-terrorism, countering-radicalisation and countering-extremism have created different spaces for intervention in specific social contexts, both at an international and domestic level. Military interventions, the creation of a “suspect community”, the alienation of specific parts of the population, human rights abuses and so on have been widely analysed within CTS at different material and ideological levels. Also, CTS has managed to shift the focus to specific concepts such as state-terrorism.
CTS was created to denounce these issues and offer a counter-narrative to the dominant, mainstream understanding of terrorism. Nevertheless, although a robust critique of the destructive nature and practices of CT, CR and CVE has been produced, less attention has been focused on how to rethink these activities, something that the academic community – but, CTS specifically – cannot ignore anymore. The 2018 CTS Annual Conference thus will look for submissions on possible ways forward, reformulations of current polities and policies, lessons learnt from specific – international or domestic – contexts and so on. Having interiorised the critiques CTS has put forward in this last decade, it is now time for a normative turn in our field. We can thus ask ourselves: how does a CTS theory or practice of countering-terrorism, countering radicalisation or countering-extremism looks like?
Therefore, possible themes under consideration include (but are not limited to):
- How does a CTS counter-terrorism/counter-radicalisation/counter (violent) extremism model look like? How to counter terrorism, radicalisation, or extremism from a CTS perspective?
- How can post-colonial, feminist, pacifist, post-structuralist gazes intersect with CTS to create a CTS model to counter-terrorism?
- Counter-terrorism, counter-radicalisation and counter-extremism: what to save? Could and how could they be reformulated?
- Any constructive lessons learnt for CTS from specific (international or domestic) cases, from bottom-up or top-down perspective?
- Can CT/CR/CVE be reshaped as an emancipatory tool - i.e. broadening of notion of violence, terrorism and extremism, application to the state etc?
As usual, papers not dealing specifically with the conference topic will also be considered. However, only papers on the conference topic may be selected for a special issue on the Journal Critical Studies on Terrorism.
9 x home/EU scholarship (of £150) and 1 non-EU scholarship (£400) will be available to support designated PhD candidates travelling to the conference to present their research. Details will be discussed after the selection for the conference.
We look forward to welcoming you in Leeds!
Alice, Michael and Gordon
Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group Convenors
BISA Is Looking to Recruit A New Chief Executive
Salary: £49,149 - £56,950
37.5 Hours per week
We are looking for a dynamic, creative and forward-thinking Chief Executive to steer one of Britain's leading political societies.
The British International Studies Association (BISA) is a learned society which develops and promotes the study of International Studies, Politics and related subjects through teaching, research and networking. Founded in 1975, BISA is the leading organisation for researchers, policy makers, practitioners and students of International Studies in the United Kingdom.
The association has over 1300 members. While most are based in the UK there are also members throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. New members are always welcome.
We have an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and inspirational chief executive to lead the organisation at a time of change and opportunity. BISA has an ambitious new strategic plan and is in the process of transforming its management and operational functions. We are looking for a forward-thinking leader who will help shape our strategic and operational direction and so drive the organisation forward into its next phase of development.
The successful individual will have experience of working strategically in a leadership role with evidence of an entrepreneurial mind-set and a positive ‘can do’ attitude to work. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in academia, particularly in the fields of International Studies and Politics.
The key responsibilities for the role are:
· To provide strategic leadership for BISA, working with Trustees to set, monitor and review the organisation’s strategic goals
· To act as the public face and manage the reputation of BISA, ensuring the organisation is visible and highly regarded
Interviews will be held in central London on the 21st and 22nd June 2018.
The British International Studies Association (BISA) invites applications for the position of Editor of the European Journal of International Security (EJIS) from January 2020.
EJIS, published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of BISA, seeks to publish the best research across the range of sub-fields in security studies. The new editor and his/her team will succeed Professor Tim Edmunds and his team, whose editorial term will end on December 31st 2019. The incoming Editor will serve a four-year term from 1st January 2020 through to 31st December 2023, with the opportunity to shadow the outgoing team during the course of 2019.
It is expected that applications will be from lead editor(s) and an associated team, and will identify an institutional base and support. Applicants must be BISA members and the lead Editor and journal office must be based at a UK university; other members of the editorial team may be based outside the UK. It is recommended that at least one member of the editorial team be based in the United States. We also welcome applications from teams that include an associated editor based in the Global South.
The new lead Editor will have complete editorial responsibility for journal content, and for sustaining and building on the growing reputation of EJIS as a preeminent refereed journal in its field. He or she can expect to receive a considerable number of new manuscript submissions per year and should ensure that publication decisions are made in a reasonable and timely manner.
- Professor Richard Whitman, BISA Chair
- Professor Mark Webber, BISA Vice Chair
- Professor Tim Edmunds, outgoing Editor, European Journal of International Security
- Professor Ruth Blakeley, Editor, Review of International Studies
- One further member of the BISA Executive
A decision is expected by 31st January 2019 so that successful candidates have time to prepare for the transition.
Applications must include material under the following headings:
- The Team. Lead Editor and Editorial team; description of editorial experience and experience of working together as a team, as appropriate. Description of proposed editorial style.
- The Vision. Describe goals for the journal, ideas for innovations or changes (if any).
- Implementation. Description of institutional and resource support.
- Budget. There is financial support from Cambridge University Press that can be discussed as below prior to completion of this element; but support from the home institution is also expected.
The total document should comprise no more than five pages (word or PDF format).
4-5 September 2018
Liverpool John Moores University, UK
The 13th annual conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA) US Foreign Policy Working Group will take place at Liverpool John Moores University on 4 and 5 September 2018. We invite proposals of individual papers or panels on any aspect of US foreign policy, contemporary or historical. We also welcome proposals from a range of scholarly perspectives, including International Relations; Political Science; History; Economics; and other related disciplines.
Possible topics for papers and panels might include US foreign policy as it relates to: race; gender; human rights; regional/global power shifts; terrorism and counterterrorism; cyberwarfare/security; energy security; nuclear weapons; trade and finance; multilateral organisations and institutions, and any other relevant arena. More focused papers might include Trump’s foreign-policy initiatives, as well as the future of US grand strategy. We are also supportive of panels that incorporate outside perspectives such as Chinese, Russian, Iranian or European reflections on US foreign policy.
There are two themes at this conference that will be addressed in the roundtables. We will examine US national security and the institutions that deliver it, and explore how the world views US foreign policy and its engagement with the world. Details of the invited speakers and keynote will be sent out at a later date.
We are keen for papers to reflect the diversity of US foreign policy by encouraging papers from women and BAME delegates. To support this issue of diversity we will provide some funding to those panels that expand our base and focus. We also have a limited number of bursaries available for strong proposals from Early Career Researchers. Please contact Dr. Matthew Alan Hill for further details.
We will also have a conference dinner which all delegates can attend for an extra fee, paid at the point of conference registration.
A link to this call for papers can be found on the working group’s website: https://www.us-foreign-policy.com/call-for-papers. You can also follow us on Twitter: @USFPgroup; and join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/USFPWG/
Message to BISA and PSA Members from Professor Charlie Jeffery, Political and International Studies REF Sub-Panel
The Political Studies Association and the British International Studies Association welcomes the appointment of Professor Charlie Jeffery, senior vice-principal at the University of Edinburgh, as the chair of the sub-panel for Politics and International Studies in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework assessment exercise. Professor Jeffery is a widely respected political scientist and senior university manager with the full range of knowledge and skills necessary for this challenging role. The PSA and BISA are confident that under Professor Jeffery’s chairship the panel will be well placed to review all areas within the panel’s remit; to assess the wider impact of research in politics & international studies and to ensure that full recognition is given to considerations of equality and diversity.