- 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?
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. 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).
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.
Criteria for nomination of REF sub-panel members
- An international recognition in politics and international relations as identified by publications record, membership on editorial boards/journal editorship and/or research funding bodies.
- A recognition and understanding of the excellence in scholarly work that is conducted in politics and international relations across fields and methodologies.
- A recognition that the panel membership needs to reflect the goals of equality and diversity in scholarship in terms of gender, sexuality, region, race and ethnicity, scope and focus of their home institution and geographical location.
- A recognition of the importance of collegiality in terms of promoting the breath of politics and international relations scholarship in terms of research and institutional settings, as indicated by contributions to institutional and professional bodies, as well as the promotion of equality and diversity.
Early Career Small Research Grants
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of BISA in 2015, the association launched of the BISA Early Career Small Research Grants scheme(EC-SMRs). The grants are open to applicants in their early career (five years maximum between the date showing on the PhD certificate and the application deadline). Applicants must be based within a UK higher education institution (HEI) and must be a current, early career member of the BISA and throughout the duration of the grant.
The deadline for Stage 1 applications: 14th November 2017
The deadline for Stage 2 applications: 12th January 2018