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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: 

REF sub-panel update from Professor Charlie Jeffrey

The Politics and International Studies REF Sub-Panel has just met for the second time, so it is a good moment for an update. 
A first point to note is that Kristian Gleditsch of the University of Essex has joined the Sub-Panel in the current criteria-setting phase. One of the people on the original list of nominees to the Sub-Panel was unable to take up their place, leaving an important gap in the field of quantitative political science. I am delighted that Kristian has been able to join us to fill this gap. 
Second, the main task of the Sub-Panel so far has been to advise on the overarching Guidance on Submissions document and (in particular) Main Panel C’s Panel Criteria and Working Methods document. These in part reproduce guidance from the last REF, but are also being updated to clarify certain issues, but also to respond to the changes introduced after the Stern Report. I suspect the product will be a long and quite intricate set of documentation. 
This will make – third – the consultation process on these documents especially important. Many of the issues - for example, who can be or must be submitted - will largely be questions of institutional policy. Others – for example, double-weighting of outputs, or continuing impact case studies which extend from cases submitted last time – will bear heavily on decisions at unit of assessment level. 
So please do consider the documents carefully when they are made available (I anticipate in the second half of July) and make sure your views are heard in your institutions’ responses. The consultation period is set to extend to early/mid- (I hope mid-) October, so there will be plenty of time for reflection. 
With that in mind, a date for your diary: I and other members of the Sub-Panel will be hosting a briefing on the draft REF documents (but also on the emerging understanding of how we are likely to interpret them in our working practice) on the early afternoon of 19 September, with the kind support of PSA and BISA. We hope this will be a useful occasion for Heads of Department and departmental REF Coordinators to discuss the draft documents, to help them influence their institutional consultation responses, and to shape their unit of assessment plans as they firm up in the run-up to the census date in 2020. 

Call for Papers - Deadline Extended - 13th BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group Annual Conference

Call for Papers *FINAL deadline extension Friday June 20* 

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.

The Keynote address on national security this year will be by David Rothkopf. He is the former CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine, professor of international relations, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of a number of books on US Foreign Policy, including National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear (2014).

Other confirmed speakers include Chief Diplomatic Correspondent Steven Erlanger New York Times, Dr. Leslie Vinjamuri SOAS and Chatham House (US and International Security expert). Ruth Deyermond Kings College London (Russian expert), Dr. Xin (Calvin) Liu Liverpool John Moores University (China expert), Dr. Adam Quinn University of Birmingham (USFP expert), Dr. Maria Ryan University of Nottingham (USFP expert), and Dr Dimitrios Anagnostakis Liverpool Hope University (EU-US relations expert).

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. Please email explaining how you fulfil these criteria. We also have a limited number of bursaries available for strong proposals from Early Career Researchers. ECRs considered for funding will be determined by being either a doctoral candidate or having a fixed term teaching post, postdoc etc. To provide confirmation please submit a CV with the necessary details. Because the funding for ECRs is coming from BISA you must be a member. Membership details can be found here. ECRs with a full-time permanent position will not be considered.

We will also have a conference dinner which all delegates can attend for an extra fee, paid at the point of conference registration.

Paper and panel proposals (300 word abstract) should be submitted to the Working Group convenor, Dr Matthew Alan Hill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the extended deadline of Friday June 20th, 2018.

A link to this call for papers can be found on the working group’s website: You can also follow us on Twitter: @USFPgroup; and join our Facebook group: 


BISA Working Group on Intervention and R2P Annual Workshop

BISA Working Group on Intervention and The Responsibility to Protect
Annual Workshop
European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
University of Leeds
Friday 21 September 2018
The BISA Working Group on Intervention and The Responsibiltiy to Protect will be holding its first annual one-day workshop and would welcome papers on intervention and the R2P.
Please send abstracts of 250 words and a 100-word bio to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 July 2018.
This year the general theme will be ‘alternatives to military intervention under R2P’. The choice of topic is because much of the R2P literature to date has focused on the military (and often contentious) aspects of R2P. At this event, papers will explore the case for non-military ways of addressing mass atrocities, under the second and third pillars of R2P. This will include both the ‘reactive’ measures of R2P, as well as some of the ‘preventive’ ones, specifically those concerned with ‘direct’ or ‘imminent’ prevention. There is potential to create a special issue as an output from the workshop.
There will also be some general sessions, for those members who are working on other topics related to intervention and R2P.
Possible topics include:
• UN sanctions
• Peace vs justice
• The UN’s relationship with the International Criminal Court
• Regional organisations and R2P
• UN Security Council practices in responding to mass atrocity crimes
• Legitimacy and the implementation of R2P
• Unarmed civilian peacekeeping
• Any other topics connected to R2P and intervention
Attendance and participation is not limited to members of BISA or the working group.
Lunch will be provided on the day.
The winners of the annual book and ECR article awards will also be announced.
The IR2P Working Group will also award two annual prizes for excellent research on intervention and R2P. There is a prize for the best book (monograph or edited collection) and a prize for the best article by an ECR (current PhD student or within two years of PhD submission). Self-nominations are welcome. For the full details and regulations click here.

Calls for Expressions of Interests to Host BISA 2020

The Executive of the British International Studies Association is seeking statements of interest for serving as the Host for the annual BISA conference in June of 2020. The BISA conference draws an international group of researchers and practitioners who are dedicated to the free exchange of scholarly opinions and evidence based research for the purposes of advancing the field of international  studies.
We seek expressions of interest from groups, departments, schools, and/or organisations to serve as Host for the BISA 2020 conference. The Conference Host is a group or organisation who serves as a liaison to BISA, assisting in the identification of conference spaces, hotels, catering and reception options, sponsorships, and ways to engage with the local community in order to raise the visibility of BISA and the field of international studies.
BISA will manage the conference programme. Dedicated BISA staff will also lead much of the conference planning, including negotiating contracts with hotels, meeting venues, catering, and handling the administrative details of the conference, including registration, reception(s), A/V and wifi, and book vendor displays. The role of the Conference Host is to advise on this process and provide crucial local knowledge and connections.
Individuals, organisations, or consortia who may be interested in serving as Conference Host should contact BISA President Professor Richard Whitman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with a letter outlining an expression of interest. The letter should include the following information:
-a list of the members of your hosting group;
-your connections to BISA and the field of international studies;
-a description of any prior experiences you have had with hosting conferences and the role(s) members of the hosting group have played;
-initial thoughts on venue options that could accommodate up to 700 delegates and 175 panels over 3-4 days and why these would be good spaces for holding the conference. [Please note BISA is open to a variety of venue spaces, including universities, conference centres, and hotels];
-initial thoughts for a programme of events around the conference that will engage with the local community to raise the visibility of BISA and advance the understanding of international studies;
-an assessment of the potential for additional institutional support (if available)
The deadline to submit expressions of interest is 30 August, 2018 by 5pm UK time to Professor Richard Whitman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Call for Papers for a Workshop: Governing Transit Migration: Varieties of Approaches in International Politics

Date: 17 September 2018
Location: University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Organised by Dr. Maria Koinova and Dr. Gerasimos Tsourapas
BISA Working Group on the “International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diasporas”
Migration has emerged as one of the major challenges of our time, from the Syrian refugee crisis to the sub-Saharan refugees seeking to reach European shores via the Mediterranean to the mobilisation of the Turkish diaspora across Europe for the 2017 constitutional referendum, and the debates on immigration reforms in Europe and the United States. While researchers and policy-makers have examined both emigration and immigration, transit migration remains underexplored in migration studies, even more so from the perspectives of International Relations and Political Studies. 
This workshop seeks to bring this conversation to the attention of BISA members and other scholars worldwide who would like to join this workshop. We seek to attract a range of researchers working on transit migration and its connection to sending and destination states and international organizations, and would welcome abstracts from doctoral students, early-career scholars and senior academics. 
The workshop seeks to structure the discussion along two main axes: firstly, we are interested in institutional politics. What types of institutional responses do sending, transit and receiving states issue to regulate transit migration? How do international organisations, non-governmental organisations and think-tanks respond to the phenomenon of transit? How could we explain such responses, and how could we assess them about their adequateness and shortcomings? Secondly, we are interested in the migrants and refugees and their experiences with transit. How do migrants and refugees engage with existing institutions and societal structures during their migration journeys? How do they respond to various institutional obstacles preventing migration, and what kind of coping strategies do they develop? How do they mobilize during and in the aftermath of their transit migration?
This one-day workshop aims to address these questions, within the broader perspective of migration governance. It will take place on 17 September 2018 at the University of Warwick. We welcome applications from junior and senior scholars in international politics, as well as those with particular regional expertise in the Middle East, Eurasia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.
If you are interested to participate, please send a paper abstract of 300 words maximum to Dr. Gerasimos Tsourapas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr. Maria Koinova (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 10 June 2018.
The organisers will decide about accepted abstracts by 15 June 2018. The organisers may consider the submission of select papers as a special issue in an ISI-ranked journal. Limited financial support will be available for BISA members. We welcome new BISA members at
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