13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Bulgaria


European International Studies Association (EISA)

A Century of Show and Tell: The Seen and the Unseen of IR

12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Prague


European International Studies Association (EISA)

A New Hope: Back to the Future of International Relations

General Call for Papers and Panels – NOW OPEN

Organised in collaboration with CEEISA – Central and East European International Studies Association.

Venue: University of Economics (VSE) and Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague

Dates: September 12-15, 2018

Theme -  A New Hope: Back to The Future of International Relations (details below)

Programme Co-Chairs: Dr Halvard Leira (NUPI) and Dr Ayse Zarakol (University of Cambridge)

Local Organiser: Dr Benjamin Tallis, IIR Prague

Local Host: Štěpánka Zemanová, VSE Prague

Call For Papers & Panels - Opens:  11/12/2017 (All details & requirements below)

Call for Sections - Closes: 01/02/2018

All Proposals must be submitted through the form available  here.

All information about the Conference is available at www.eisapec18.org.

General Enquiries to info@eisapec18.org.

Programme Enquiries to programme@eisapec19.org .


International relations, both the subject matter and the discipline, have been in a state of malaise for at least a decade: a seemingly never-ending stream of wars and crises in our object of study is matched by a perceived disciplinary fragmentation and the alleged end of cohesive theorising about major issues. Yet we often overlook the many reasons for not despairing: for example, globally, fewer people than ever live in poverty and an energy revolution might be underway, while the discipline of IR has become a more eclectic and inclusive space in terms of both its approaches and its demographics. As a problem oriented discipline, IR has for more than a century oscillated between bleak pessimism about the scale of the problems and naïve optimism about future solutions. After a decade of despair, it is time that we once again broaden our horizons to include at least the possibility of hope.

The 12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations invites the International Studies community to explore the possible future(s) of international relations: will we be seeing recurring patterns of enmity and conflict, a gradual change beyond the system or a positive trajectory towards a better future? Is that future inevitable? Which present day choices are more instrumental in shaping the things to come? We particularly welcome contributions that look to the future while being grounded in nuanced understandings of the past. While we encourage participants to submit proposals in line with the conference theme, we are open to and invite contributions from all sub-fields of International Studies, as well as from the other branches of the social sciences that are concerned with similar questions and themes.


  1. 02/10/2017 – Call for Sections Opens 
  2. 06/11/2017 – Call for Sections Closes 
  3. 04/12/2017 – Decision on Sections 
  4. 01/12/2017 – General Paper and Panel Call Opens 
  5. 01/02/2018 – General Paper and Panel Call Closes
  6. 05/03/2018 – First Choice Selection by Section Chairs 
  7. 30/03/2018 – Deadline for Panel Forming by Section Chairs 
  8. 05/04/2018 – Acceptance letters (emails) – Registration Opens 
  9. 14/05/2018 – Registration Closes - Deadline 
  10. 05/06/2018 – Finalisation of Sections 
  11. 15/08/2018 – Finalisation of Programme