Governing Transit Migration: Varieties of Approaches in International Politics

On the 17th September 2018, the BISA Working Group on the “International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diasporas” will host a workshop at the University of Warwick between 9am and 5.30pm. 

It will be held in Room E.2.02 of the Social Sciences Building and is orgnanised by Maria Koinova (University of Warwick) and Gerasimos Tsourapas (Univesity of Birmingham). 

The timetable for the workshop can be found here.
 

BISA Statement of Concern on the Hungarian Government and Gender Studies

The British International Studies Association (BISA), has grave concerns regarding the Hungarian government's proposal to ban Gender Studies programmes in higher education institutions across the country. This is a negative development for the generation of research that is beneficial to the advancement of knowledge, teaching that produces engaged global citizens, and the principles of academic freedom that are fundamental to the effective functioning of universities as centres of education. Therefore, we join other learned societies in calling on the Hungarian government to rescind this proposal. As the disciplinary association of experts on International Studies in the United Kingdom, we reject the notion that the benefits of academic programmes can be reduced to ledger sheets guided by impoverished conceptions of what constitutes value. Moreover, we would note that Gender Studies has played a central role in the advancement of International Studies in the UK and beyond, producing knowledge that provides scholarly, social, and policy impacts whose benefits are priceless. Given the complex global challenges that confront all of us irrespective of national origin, we believe that Gender Studies will continue to make important contributions, directly and indirectly, to the discovery and implementation of solutions that are ethical, equitable, and expedient. Thus, for the purposes of ensuring the continuing advancement of knowledge and education, we strongly urge the Hungarian government to rethink its position and commit itself to upholding the principles of academic freedom for all scholarly disciplines.
 
 

PSA Departmental Leadership Conference - 19th September 2018

 
The PSA Departmental Leadership Conference will take place on the morning of Wednesday 19th September at the Institute for Government in Central London. 
 
In partnership with BISA, we are delighted that the Politics and International Studies REF Sub-panel, chaired by Professor Charlie Jeffery, will then hold a briefing session on the REF in the afternoon.
 
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. confirm your place. Departmental Heads are encouraged to nominate a colleague if they cannot participate. Up to two departmental representatives are welcome to attend.
 

Ethnic and World Politics Working Group Research Seminar

Date: Monday 3 September 2018
 
We are pleased to announce our upcoming Ethics and World Politics Research Seminar, which is an ongoing forum for scholars to present, discuss and develop the latest work on the normative dimensions of world politics.
 
The seminar will take place on 3 September 2018 in the War Studies Seminar Room, 6th Floor, King’s Building, Strand Campus of King’s College London between 12.30 and 5.30pm. 
 
The speakers are:
 
Dr Jonathan Gilmore (University of Manchester), ‘Between the State and Humanity: Cosmopolitan-mindedness, foreign policy and practices of transition’
 
Dr Alix Dietzel (University of Bristol), ‘Global Justice and Climate Governance: Bridging Theory and Practice’
 
Dr Stephan Engelkamp (KCL), ‘Responsibility as political beauty? Derrida’s ethics of decision and the politics of responding to others’
 
A light lunch will be provided at 12.00, as well as refreshments during the session. The papers will be followed by drinks reception sponsored by Millennium: Journal of International Studies.
 
If you are interested in attending please register here. There are bursaries to assist with travel expenses available for BISA members who are PhD students or do not hold a permanent academic appointment. Please contact us with request for bursaries or with any other questions – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

Call for Papers and Panels - Change and Continuity: Politics, Socio-Economic Development and International Relations in Africa and the World

Call for Papers and Panels - Change and Continuity: Politics, Socio-Economic Development and International Relations in Africa and the World
 
South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) 14th Biennial Conference 2018
Venue: University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus, Pretoria, South Africa
 
Dates: 1 - 3 October 2018
 
[SAAPS has offered to extend paper/panel submissions for their conference to BISA members with a final deadline of 15 August, 2018.  Submissions can be made to the conference programme chair, Professor Christopher Isike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ]
 
The art and science of politics and international relations has experienced rapid and major changes globally in the past decade or more with implications for political analysis. Apart from the changes sweeping through the political realm at national, regional and international levels, new ideas, tools of analysis, methods, theories, theses and questions have also emerged. Some catalytic political developments include the phenomena of revolutions and uprisings by the excluded and downtrodden; the agency of civil society in all its forms including women’s and youth groups; internal revolutions and fissures within political parties and movements; the upsurge of social movements occasionally connecting across national boundaries; the explosion of social media and other technologies as means and tools of conducting politics heralding the rise of the digital era in political science; unusual cases of political succession and the emergence of younger and more versatile leaders; new forms of security threat and responses; ebbs and flows in regional integration with the case of Brexit indicative of struggles between nationalism and supranationalism; the re-emergence of populist/nationalist/extremist politics; new alliances and forums on the diplomatic front; and new patterns of interface between the market and politics in many countries, among others.
 
The rise of popular revolutionary struggles in parts of Africa epitomized by mass struggles over land and property; revolutions such as the so-called Arab Spring; popular uprising and palace coup against sit-tight and dictatorial leaders; signs of democracy fatigue; the resurgence of energy, water and food crises; stagnation in the regional and continental integration process; uncertain outcomes of Africa’s strategic international partnerships; static dynamism in Africa’s agency in world affairs are among developments suggesting an uncomfortable co-existence between change and continuity in African politics. In South Africa, examples include the decline in the ANC’s dominance of the political space; student’s uprisings such as the #FeesMustFall and calls for decolonization of the curricula; state capture by business and renewed crack down on state and private sector corruption; the upsurge of new political formations including critical civil society formations, and so forth. These all represent changes in the conduct and explanation of politics as we have always known it both at national and international levels.
However, these changes also raise questions around whether they are mere shifts which represent continuities in varying forms or real changes and discontinuities from the norm. Are we seeing something new or a continuation of the old in new ways; change without change? Also, what change is desirable and ideal? These questions call for some thinking through the populism of transformation, reforms, decolonization, de-imperialization, nationalism and other forms of change which dominate the practice and study of politics and international relations globally. The conference organizers therefore invite abstracts from scholars including postgraduate students for panels, papers, roundtables and posters that critically reflect on the dynamic interface between change and continuity across a range of sub-themes including but not limited to the following:
 
• Rethinking democracy and development
• Global transformations and reforms
• International relations in a changing environment
• The changing meta-geography of geopolitics
• Domestic and international terrorism and responses
• The decline of regional integration
• Reconfiguration of global power, world leadership and global governance
• Emerging powers of the global South
• Foreign policy and diplomacy
• Regime change and political change
• The decline/demise of dominant political parties
• The politics of anti-corruption and regime change
• Revolutions, uprisings and counter-revolutions
• Resurgence of populism and nationalism
• Human security and the changing global security landscape
Political education and change
• Women and the engendering politics and IR
• Leadership accountability, governance and change
• Critical civil society, social movements and change
• Students/Youths as change agents
• Technology, science and power
• The practice and teaching of politics and IR in the digital age
• Decolonization of knowledge, power and society
• Political philosophy, political thought and alternative policy paradigms
 
Further information can be found at: http://saaps.org.za/news/call-for-papers-and-panels-change-and-continuity-politics-socio-economic-development-and-international-relations-in-africa-and-the-world/view

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Registration invitation: PSA/BISA Teaching and Learning Conference, 6-7th September 2018

 
PSA/BISA Teaching and Learning Conference 6th and 7th September, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds. 
 
‘The Student Journey’
 
We will explore the opportunities and challenges involved in delivering high-quality, coherent and rewarding degree programmes for students. How do we ensure that students develop an appropriate mix of skills and competences? What kinds of curriculum innovations can enhance both digital and more traditional teaching delivery methods? How can help we deal with issues such as mental health and cultural barriers which can affect the student experience? What kinds of wider opportunities should politics and international studies degrees be offering students?
 
The registration for the event is now live and can be accessed along with the draft programme at:
 
 
If you have any queries please get in touch on either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call for Papers - CIAP 2018: Rethinking Resistance - September 2018

CIAP 2018: Rethinking Resistance: The ethics of defiance, opposition and struggle in an age of injustice and disenchantment
18 - 19 September 2018
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK
 
The adage ‘that’s politics’, or ‘I don’t do politics’, encapsulates a widespread sense of growing despair and disillusionment with the status of democratic politics and its practitioners – sentiments which manifest themselves in political disengagement, withdrawal, and apathy. The disagreements on the magnitude and precise symptoms of disenchantment aside, scholars and pubic pundits of all stripes agree on this much: democratic politics is in crisis and in need of renewal.
 
The sense of loss and despair, and the corresponding crisis and withering away of democratic politics are not just crystallised in the rejection of ‘politics-as-usual’ - the quest for withdrawal from formal democratic participation, and our thriving culture of anti-political sentiment. Rather, a number of commentators and public pundits have recently lamented and derided the passion for protest and dissent which has erupted beyond the walls of our democratic institutions and which has manifested in the birth of social movements, modalities of resistance, and waves of mass protest – i.e. the Occupy Movement, Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March, and anti-Brexit campaigns. “We need no more marchers. We need more mayors”, implores Mark Lilla. Contemporary modes of extra-institutional resistance, opposition, and defiance, it is argued, are neither antidotes to intra-institutional inertia nor indicators of genuine political vitality; rather, they are symptoms of the malaise of democratic politics. Behind such cries of despair and scorn of contemporary opposition lie two discrete, yet interrelated concerns: i) extra-institutional dissent is unsustainable and politically ineffective a mode of civic engagement, ii) extra-institutional dissent is apolitical, and illegitimate. Using these provocative claims, the conference seeks to shed new light on the ways in which we should approach and conceive of resistance and defiance, injustice and political disenchantment. We welcome established scholars, early career scholars, and postgraduate researchers, as well as practitioners and activists on the following, non-exhaustive list of topics:
 
 
 
The ethics, legitimacy and/or value of extra-institutional resistance
The (un)sustainability of contemporary modes of political protest and resistance
Reforming political institutions and domesticating or taming extra-institutional resistance
Civil Disobedience and other types of illegal political action
Secession and resistance
Political resistance and the problem of dirty hands
Resistance and identity politics
The ethics of violent struggle and/or covert opposition
Acts of Everyday resistance – i.e. hunger strikes, satyagraha, hacktivism, and symbolic defiance
The aesthetics of dissent
Social movements (both contemporary and historical) and the re-emergence of populisms, left and right
The possibility of a politics of the common good amid pluralism and conflict.
Historical Injustice and Complicity
Art, Culture and Resistance
 
 
The Conference for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics (CIAP) is an annual conference that concentrates on the study of political issues that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Previous conferences have been dedicated to the hotly debated issues of political cooperation and emotions. The conference will provide a working-group setting focused on an in-depth discussion of the papers, alongside a roundtable with practitioners.
 
Keynote Speakers:
Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt (Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for South Thanet)
Dr Derek Edyvane (Associate Professor of Political Theory, University of Leeds)
 
Abstract Submission Deadline 
Scholars interested in presenting an individual paper are invited to send an abstract of 350 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 July 2018.
 
For further information please contact Demetris Tillyris at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

Call for Papers Preview: BISA 44th Annual Conference 2019 - 100 Years of BISA

Call for Papers Preview
BISA 44th Annual Conference 2019:
100 Years of British International Studies
12-14 June, 2019
Royal Society, 10-11 Carleton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG
 
 
 
 
2019 marks the centenary of the founding of the Woodrow Wilson Chair and the Department of International Politics at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Established in 1919, it was the first such department of International Politics/Relations in the world. This anniversary provides an opportunity to critically reflect upon whether there is a distinctive discipline of British international studies, what that discipline might be, what kinds of stories we tell ourselves about it, and how those stories shape us as a collegium in relation to others? More particularly, such questions demand an engagement with the history of international studies within the United Kingdom and how the discipline connects to the practices of the British state. Attention is also drawn to what the discipline may be today and how it may change in response to the myriad worlds within which it is embedded, including the uncertainties of a post-Brexit environment, as well as changing configurations of governance and power in the international system. Thus, alongside traditional concerns of war, diplomacy, trade, and finance, the centennial is a good time to evaluate how well equipped international studies in the United Kingdom is to respond to the challenges of the Anthropocene, climate change, inequality, migration, questions of identity, ubiquitous surveillance, and a revival of imperial nostalgia. It is also an opportune moment to contemplate the pedagogy of international studies, the role of international studies within contemporary British universities, and the composition of our academy. Put bluntly, does international studies in the UK have the people, institutional support, inter- disciplinarity, methods, concepts, and theories to address the challenges of the next 100 years? If not, what is needed and necessary to address these challenges?
 
 
To pursue answers to the questions raised by 100 years of British international studies, the conference programme committee invites individual papers, panels, and roundtables that engage with the themes identified above or any other topic that advances the understanding of international studies widely defined. It also encourages the inclusion of multiple perspectives, diversified panels, and innovative formats.
 
The online submission system for papers, panels, and roundtables will open in September, 2018.
 

Call for Participants - Newton Fund British Council Researcher Links Workshop

 
Call for Participants
 
Newton Fund British Council Researcher Links Workshop
 
"Governance And Actor Roles In Sustainable Development in a Global-Local Framework"
 
Chapecó-Santa Catarina, Brazil 
27-31 August, 2018
 
 
 
Closing Date for Applications: 15th July 2018
 
 
 
Coventry University is inviting applications to attend a British Council Researcher Links Workshop under the Newton Fund in Brazil. The UK-Brazil Workshop for Early Career Researchers in Brazil 27-31 August. 
 
The title of the five-day workshop is  "Governance And Actor Roles In Sustainable Development in a Global-Local Framework" and is a collaboration between Coventry University and Chapecó-SC, Brazil (Communitarian Regional University – UNOCHAPECÓ). 
 
The Grant provides international travel, visa and some local travel costs, accommodation and meals. Successful applicants should have a demonstrated research interest in the key thematic focus of the Workshop.
 
The main themes of the workshop are:
 
* Main tracks in governance and sustainable development: where are everyone looking at?
* UN 2030 Agenda and its development 3 main dimensions: social, environmental and economic
* Governance with/-out government: how can they get along to promote development?
* Global-local crossings in development
* Regulatory blueprints: human rights to development and how Law can help to foster sustainable development?
* “Power to” possibilities in a “power over” world: how can private actors (business, civil society, and labour NGOs) join to foster development along with public actors?
 
The main objectives of the workshop will be to: (a) discuss recent research on governance and actors roles in sustainable development in all dimensions (environmental, social, economic); (b) discuss global crossings in local development initiatives with public and private local partners; (c) develop new ideas for future collaboration between innovation scholars in Brazil and the UK; and (d) build research capacity in the field.
 
During the workshop early career researchers (ECRs) will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of written presentation with further publication, engage in discussions with established researchers from the UK and Brazil, and take part in network sessions and visits with public/private partners in development initiatives.
 
The closing date for applications is 15 July 2018 (early application is recommended). Applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible after applications close. 
 
Details of the British Council Researcher Links Programme under the Newton Fund is available at: 
 
 
British International Studies Association
 
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