BISA Conference 2020 Call for Papers - The Future of International Studies

We’re delighted to bring you the call for papers for the BISA 2020 conference to be held on 17-19 June 2020 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
If you’ve followed BISA for a while you’ll know that we usually open proposal submissions in September each year. This year however, submissions will open a little later at the end of October. This is because, following feedback from conference participants and our working group convenors, we’re redeveloping both our website and the functionality behind it. This includes proposal submission and review. We hope that the short delay won’t deter you from submitting a proposal. The extra time will allow us to make sure that your experience of proposal submission and review improves on previous years.
Call for papers
Where lies the future of international studies as a field of inquiry, mode of learning, and site of politics?
As the discipline enters its second century in the UK, there is an opportunity to engage critically with how we envision the future possibilities of international studies. Are the fundamental contours of world politics changing as challenges like the Anthropocene, populism, and ongoing inequalities potentially reconfigure power and governance in the international system? Or, is the theory and practice of British international studies stuck in its ways, embracing modes of scholarly investigation and forms of nostalgia associated with a mythical bygone era? 
Thus, at a time of competing tendencies and tensions, BISA 2020 provides an opportune moment to further investigate how we ‘do’ international studies and how the field both shapes, and is shaped by, the pressures of contemporary higher education, societies in deep crisis, and worlds in flux. Where might the field turn for new forms of inquiry, engagement, and understanding to better grasp what is at stake in contemporary world politics and better discern how our answers to this question will influence future trajectories for international studies? Moreover, how might international studies more robustly investigate its pasts, presents, and futures? And might it do so with a normative commitment to producing more equitable, diverse, and inclusive worlds?
These questions and their challenges for international studies are not conducive to simple answers. They demand a re-invigoration of inquiry within international studies. But in doing so, to what extent must they also engage with cognate disciplines like geography, history, law, and sociology or even further afield in conversation with the arts, humanities, and sciences? Similarly, how might different ways of knowing, different forms of knowledge, different ways of teaching, and different ways of being a researcher produce alternative futures for international studies?
To pursue answers to the questions, the conference programme committee seeks 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, diverse panels, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovative formats. Please note that members and non-members of BISA are warmly invited to submit proposals.
We hope this call whets your appetite for the 2020 conference and we'll let you know as soon as submissions are open.
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