BISA @ ISA Conference, Atlanta

BISA is pleased to be sponsoring, the following 4 sessions at the International Studies Association conference, Atlanta.

Wednesday, March 16 8:15 AM - 10:00 AM  WA67: Does Britain Still Have a Role in the World?

About this Roundtable 
Chair: David M. McCourt (University of California-Davis)
Participant: Jason Ralph (POLIS-University of Leeds)
Participant: Hendrik W. Ohnesorge (University of Bonn, Center for Global Studies)
Participant: Tim L. Oliver (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Participant: James Strong (London School of Economics)
Participant: David Strachan-Morris (University of Leicester)
A consensus appears to be emerging among commentators on UK foreign policy that Britain is relinquishing its role as a residual great power. This follows the parliamentary "no" vote on intervention in Syria, and Britain's seeming lack of interest in dealing with the issues of ISIS and the Ukraine. As one of the foremost military powers in the world, and historically one of the most militaristic, this roundtable brings together a diverse selection of scholars to debate this important issue. What do recent events actually signify? Is a real change afoot in UK foreign policy? If so, what is the nature of that change? Or has the UK foreign policy context remained stable, while the foreign policies of related states—like France and the United States, for example—shifted in important ways?

Thursday, March 17 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM  TD34: On the Government of Peaceful and Violent Life: The Unsettling (of) Liberal Settlements of Peace

About this Panel
Chairs and Discussants
Chair: Elisa Wynne-Hughes (Cardiff University)
Discussant: Alexander D. Barder (Florida International University)
  • Warding-off Governmentality: Indigenous Agency in Civil Society and Settler Peace
Author: Tahseen Kazi (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Roads, Barriers and Entrepreneurs: Neoliberal Governmentality and Materiality in Israeli Settlements in the West Bank
Author: Jakub Zahora (Charles University in Prague)
  • Narratives of “Good Order” in Post-interventionary Policing

Author: Colleen Bell (University of Saskatchewan)

  • Post-liberal agency: indeterminacy, decolonization and the late liberal settler state
Author: Darcy Leigh (The University of Edinburgh)
No longer credible as an ideal for the world, much less as a tragically unattainable dream, liberal peace can now be understood as governmental – as complicit in the production of our contemporary matrix of peaceful and violent life. In practice, liberal processes of peace are simultaneously failing and relentlessly resurrected in developmental and insurential techniques, and in resilient mentalities. Given such circumstances, how can we reimagine peace and create agencies to diverge out from the reproduction of liberal peace and violence? This panel has two aims: 1. We are concerned with documenting contemporary practices of ‘liberal settlements of peace’ in two senses of the phrase: as attempts to reconfigure people and things for the achievement of liberal ideals of peace in this world; and in the sense of colonial-style settler wealth production out of the dispossession and pacification of indigenous livelihoods. That is, liberal settlements inscribe life by racialization, stratification, sexualization, and production of resilient life. 2. We are equally concerned with how peace and agency are being differently imagined even amidst the settlements of peace. To this end we uncover practices of post-liberal agency and of alternative authority production that ward-off liberal settlements of peace.

Friday, March 18 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM FD39: International Political Economy of Energy

About this Panel
Chairs and Discussants
Chair: Adam N. Stulberg (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Discussant: Adam N. Stulberg (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Pipelines and Hegemonies: A Gramscian Approach to the Study of Energy
Author: Paolo Sorbello (University of Glasgow and KIMEP – Kazakhstan)
  • Natural Gas and Conflicts – How Different is Gas from Oil?
Author: Adnan Vatansever (King's College London)
  • The Impact of Low Oil Prices on Energy Security in Asia

Author: Younkyoo Kim (Divison of International Studies, Hanyang University)

  • Between a rock and a hard place: energy policy in a comparative political economy perspective
Author: Slawomir Raszewski (King's College London)
Energy is too important to be neglected by Political Scientists. Yet, within the mainstream of the discipline energy research still remains a peripheral area of academic enquiry seeking to plug into the discipline’s theory debates. The purpose of the panel to assess how existing International Political Economy (IPE) perspectives fit with our understanding of peace in energy research. Security and conflict constitute the origins of energy research linked to oil and political instability of the Middle East. The ‘gloomy’ picture of ‘energy security’ made way for a ‘peaceful’ research linking energy with trade and markets. Global economic development has altered the peaceful focus. Resource scarcity and conflict attributed to the rise of new economic powers epitomised by the BRICS concept has made energy research come full circle to its conflict-ridden roots with the climate change science only reinforcing and weakening the importance of energy security as both a policy issue and theoretical paradigm. Yet, the concept of new geopolitical rivalry over resources, in regions such as the Arctic, is challenged by technological advancement exemplified by the US shale phenomenon. Reflecting on existing research the IPE energy research panel seeks to plug into the discipline’s theory debates.

Saturday, March 19 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM  SB61: Gendered Agency in War and Peace: Politics of Security

About this Panel
Chairs and Discussants
Chair: Vivienne Jabri (King's College London)
Discussant: Laura McLeod (University of Manchester)
  • Faslane and Feminism: Gendered Power, Identity and Agency in the ‘Longest Running Peace Camp in the World'
Author: Catherine Eschle (University of Strathclyde)
  • ‘Silences’ as Sites of Agency and Transformation: Feminist Studies and the Politics of Right-Wing Women
Author: Akanksha Mehta (SOAS, University of London)
  • Gendered Agency in War and Peace: The Reintegration of War-Affected Women and Female Ex-Combatants in Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina
Author: Maria O'Reilly (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Mobilising on the Fringe of Civil Society: Gendered Agency and Peacebuilding in Nepal
Author: Hanna Ketola (King's College London)
October 2015 marks the fifteenth anniversary of UNSCR 1325 on ‘Women, Peace and Security’. Hailed as a landmark in the advancement of women’s rights, the resolution stresses the importance of integrating women and gender issues into matters of international security. Despite growing rhetoric on the importance of ‘gender security’, many argue that security interventions still fail to address the gender-specific security concerns of women in conflict and post-conflict settings, and continue to overlook the agency of women in war and peace. This panel examines the gender politics of international security. The papers identify and critically examine the local expressions of gendered agency and resistance that emerge within the context of contemporary security interventions. How are the gendered subjects of security (differently) engaged in adopting, adapting, and/or contesting security discourse and practices that are targeted at them? Dominant discourses and practices of international security tend to (re)produce and legitimise restrictive understandings of ‘women’s agency’. In contrast, these papers develop more nuanced conceptualisations of the modes of agency and resistance that are fostered and deployed in various sites of (in)security. The panel explores how a deeper understanding of gendered agency allows us rethink dominant distinctions between ‘women’/’men’ ‘local’/’international’, ‘civil’/’political’ and ‘war’/’peace’.
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