Past Events

Pan-European Conferences on International Relations (PEC)

11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

  • Date: 13-16 September 2017
  • Venue: Barcelona, Spain 

10th Pan-European Conference on International Relations (cancelled)

  • Date: 7-10 September 2016
  • Venue: Izmir, Turkey

9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

  • Date: 23-26 September 2015
  • Venue: Giadini Naxos, Sicily, Italy

8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

  • Date: 18-21 September 2013
  • Venue: Warsaw, Poland

Young Researchers´ Workshops (YRW)

3rd Young Researchers´ Workshop

  • Date:12 September 2017
  • Venue: Barcelona, Spain

2nd Young Researchers´ Workshop (cancelled)

  • Date: 6 September 2016
  • Venue: Izmir, Turkey

1st Young Researchers´ Workshops

  • Date: 22 September 2015
  • Venue: Sicily, Italy

European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS)

4th European Workshops in International Studies

  • Date: 7-10 June 2017
  • Venue: Cardiff, the UK

3rd European Workshops in International Relations

  • Date: 6-8 April 2016
  • Venue: Tubingen, Germany

2nd European Workshops in International Relations

  • Date: 21-24 May 2014
  • Venue: Izmir, Turkey

1st European Workshops in International Studies

  • Date: 5-8 June 2013
  • Venue: Tartu, Estonia

EISA Exploratory Symposia

6th EISA Exploratory Symposia

  • Date: 25-28 October 2017
  • Venue: Rapallo, Italy

5th EISA Exploratory Symposia

  • Date: 2-5 November 2016
  • Venue: Rapallo, Italy

4th EISA Exploratory Symposia

  • Date 11-14 November 2015
  • Venue: Rapallo, Italy

3rd EISA Exploratory Symposia

  • Date: 29 October – 1 November 2014
  • Venue: Rapallo, Italy

2nd EISA Exploratory Symposia

  • Date: 31 October – 2 November 2013
  • Venue: Rapallo, Italy

1st EISA Exploratory Symposia

  • Date: 24-27 October 2012
  • Venue: Rapallo, Italy

Olympia Summer Academy

Olympia Summer Academy 2017

  • Date: 9-19 July 2017
  • Venue: Napflion, Greece

Olympia Summer Academy 2016

  • Date: 11-21 July 2016
  • Venue: Napflion, Greece

Olympia Summer Academy 2015

  • Date: 13-23 July 2015
  • Venue: Napflion, Greece


The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises
13–16 September / Barcelona

Organised by the European International Studies Association and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.

The origins of the discipline of International Relations is a contested question, yet there is one common thread that connects many of the acclaimed reconstructions of the disciplines genesis: IR constituted itself as a clearly demarcated and institutionalised discipline at a violent historical conjuncture marked by world wars, colonial occupations, economic crises and a deeply unequal world order. For many scholars, IR symbolised a collective effort to confront these questions, and design the conditions of a more stable, peaceful world. Fast-forward to 2016, the contemporary challenges that face societies and the world at large are similar to those that helped trigger the formation of the discipline. Recurring crises of capitalism, the strengthening of racist discourses and political forces across the global North and South, continuing military interventions and brutal political violence, as well as the increasingly grim prospect of environmental catastrophe, throw into sharp relief the urgency of utilising our scholarship to interrogate and unmask the causes and perpetrators of these crises. We are, once again, at a historical intersection shaped by political, economic and environmental predicaments at which we need to ask what kind of a role IR should play in navigating these crises.

11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations invites the International Studies community to reflect upon the politics and responsibilities of International Relations scholarship in an age of crises. We particularly welcome contributions that investigate the ways in which the discipline can help design political, economic and social alternatives beyond the existing configurations that underpin the current crises. 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.

Call for Papers, Panels and Roundtables

The programme chairs of the EISA 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations invite paper, panel, and roundtable proposals for submission to any of the 50 sections on the 2017 programme.

The list of all 50 sections, including section abstracts and the contact information of the section chairs, can be found on the conference website. Please contact the section chairs for any question regarding their section. The conference website also provides more general information on the conference.

There will be no open section: All paper, panel, and roundtable proposals are expected to fit into one of the 50 sections and to be submitted online to the appropriate section. A given proposal can be submitted to only one section at a time. However, it is possible to indicate two further sections to which a paper or panel/roundtable proposal might fit.

All sections welcome individual paper proposals and most welcome panel/roundtable proposals as well — please contact section chairs to enquire about this. Each 105-minute panel/roundtable should comprise five papers/presenters plus a discussant who may also act as panel/roundtable chair.

Proposals (with abstracts of 200 words maximum) must be submitted via our online submission system: ConfTool 2017.

Please note that there will be a participation limit of three contributions per participant — whether as paper giver, roundtable speaker, or discussant/chair (any of these roles counts as one contribution).

The closing date for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals is midnight (CET) on Friday 10 February 2017. For any questions on the conference, please contact the programme chairs at

We look forward to your proposals and to welcoming you in Barcelona!

Victoria Basham (Cardiff) and Cemal Burak Tansel (Sheffield)
Programme Co-Chairs

4th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS)
Cardiff, 07-10 June 2017

The European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) 2017 take place at Cardiff University, UK from 07-10 June 2017. There will be 25 workshops. You can find a full list of workshops with convenors and a short description below.

Each workshop may accept up to 20 participants. Please note that participants are expected to attend their workshop for the entire period of the event.

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection process by the end of January 2017.

Please contact for general enquiries about EWIS2017.

WS A: The politicisation of expertise: Contentious knowledge politics in international organizations
WS B: “The good, the bad and the ugly” - Exploring boundaries between the informal, the criminal and the immoral
WS C: Museums, Exhibitions and the Representation of the International
WS D: Norms and Practices of Peace Operations: Evolution and Contestation
WS E: Theory as Ideology
WS F: Social Network Analysis & Digital Diplomacy
WS G: Theory and practice of non-Western regionalism
WS H: Responsibility and International Relations Theory: Power, Authority and Legitimacy
WS I: Recovering the Middle East in/from International Relations
WS J: Illuminating the Backstage
WS K: Security entanglements: materiality and temporality
WS L: Ambiguity in International Society
WS M: Critical Global Health: A New Research Agenda
WS N: Technologies of Power: The EU’s External Relations as Governmentality
WS O: Foreign Policy Analysis and Public Policy: Towards Theoretical Dialogue and Integration
WS P: Accountability in Global Governance: constraining and legitimating authority
WS Q: Anthropology and IR: Interdisciplinary explorations of money, security and the infrastructures of world order
WS R: Exploring Methodological Frontiers in Global Environmental Politics
WS S: (Re-)Politicizations of Security: Concepts and Practices
WS T: Memory Games in International Relations: between Security and Justice
WS U: New Frontiers in International Development Assistance: Interdisciplinary Explorations of Financing Sustainable Development
WS V: European Diplomatic Practices: Contemporary Challenges and Innovative Approaches
WS W: Intelligence on the frontier between state and civil society
WS X: International Relations and Migration (MigratingIR)
WS Y: Freedom and Constraint: Colonial Subjectivities, Postcolonial Governmentalities

Practical Information

Travel to Cardiff

Cardiff is easy to reach from anywhere in Europe, the UK or further abroad. Cardiff Airport ( is situated 11 miles from the city centre. There are regular scheduled flights from Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Geneva, Dusseldorf, Munich, Milan and other European destinations. You can travel to/from the airport by a shuttle bus that takes you to Cardiff Bay or Cardiff Central station.

Bristol Airport ( serves a broad range of low coast carriers to a wide range of European destinations (such as Brussels, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, or Budapest). It is connected to Cardiff city centre by a direct bus journey of an hour and a half. ( for schedules).

London airports provide further connections. From London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports, there are frequent, direct coach services to Cardiff Central Station ( for schedules). Alternatively you can take Heathrow and Gatwick Express and then continue via rail. A direct train service of 2 and 15 minutes from London’s Paddington station is a further connection (early booking is recommended, see

The EWIS venues are all easily reached from Cardiff Central Station, which has direct rail links to many cities in the UK including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol and Southampton. Cardiff is also easily accessible via the M4 motorway, which runs through the north of the city, providing a direct route between Cardiff, Heathrow Airport and London, and other parts of the UK.

EWIS Venues

EWIS will be held at Cardiff University Cathays Park Campus. All facilities are located close to the intersection of Corbett Road and Park Place (see map below). All hotels situated in the city centre, Canton, or Cathays are in easy walking distance. For local transport we recommend Uber or Dragon Taxi (+44 29 2033 3333).


As Cardiff frequently hosts large international sporting events (such as the 2017 Champions League Final) the city offers a large number of accommodation options in the city centre. These are in close vicinity (walking distance) to the workshop venue. This includes hostels, bed and breakfasts, mid-range and high-end hotels. For a more quiet stay, choose the wide range of BnB’s and Hotels located in Cathedral Road, which are still in walking distance. Also a wide variety of AirBnB options are available. Cardiff accommodation options are all reasonably priced. Below is a selection of recommended hotels.
 The Jury’s Inn, Single, twin and double En-suite Bedrooms available, £91
 The Angel Hotel, Single, twin and double En-suite Bedrooms available, £76
 Holiday Inn, Single, twin and double En-suite Bedrooms available, £110
 Travelodge, Double En-suite Bedrooms available, £50
 Nomad , Backpacker hostel, From £11
 RiverHouse Backpackers, Backpacker hostel, From £15

Exploring Cardiff, Capital of Wales
Cardiff University is located in the heart of the Welsh Capital which offers a range of unique attractions and top class entertainment – all within walking distance. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings and Cardiff Bay offers entertainment for everyone. The compact city centre, a short walk from Cardiff University’s campus, combines the traditional and modern to provide one of the finest regional shopping centres in Britain. A spacious, pedestrian area features a mixture of major department stores and individual shops, a network of glass canopied Victorian and Edwardian arcades, indoor and outdoor markets and several large, contemporary complexes. The City has a thriving nightlife, including a vast range of lively pubs, wine bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
The city supports a rich and diverse cultural life drawing on its musical and literary heritage in Welsh and English. Cardiff Bay has been turned into a vast freshwater lake with the introduction of a barrage. Europe's Largest Waterfront Development has reunited the city with its waterfront and is home to a number of attractions such as the Dr Who Experience and Techniquest Science Discovery Centre (ideal for all the family), Craft in the Bay, The Welsh Assembly at the Pierhead, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Goleulong 2000 Lightship, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the Wales Millennium Centre. The city is within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Glamorganshire Heritage coastline and a plethora of historic tourist attractions, which are scattered throughout South Wales.

Map of central Cardiff with EWIS venues

Preliminary Schedule

Day 1 – Wednesday, 7 June 2017
From 10.00 Registration
Law Building, Park Place
14.00-15.30 Workshop Slot 1
15.30-16.00 Coffee Break
16.00-18.00 Plenary and Keynote (with First Minister, confirmed) National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park
18.00-20.00 Post Plenary Reception (sponsored by Learned Society of Wales) National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park
Day 2 – Thursday, 8 June 2017
9.00-10.30 Workshop Slot 2
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-12.30 Workshop Slot 3
12.30-14.00 Lunch Break
14.00-15.30 Workshop Slot 4
15.30-16.00 Coffee Break
16.00-17.30 Workshop Slot 5
17.30-19.30 EWIS Happy Hour
19.30 Convenors’ Dinner (by invitation)
Day 3 – Friday, 9 June 2017
9.00-10.30 Workshop Slot 6
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-12.30 Workshop Slot 7
12.30-14.00 Lunch Break
14.00-15.30 Workshop Slot 8
15.30-16.00 Coffee Break
16.00-17.30 Workshop Slot 9
17.30-19.30 EWIS Happy Hour
19.30 EWIS Closing Event
Day Four – Saturday, 10 June 2017
9.00-18.00 Excursions (optional)

WS A: The politicisation of expertise: Contentious knowledge politics in international organizations

Convenors: Katharina Glaab (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Lisbeth Zimmermann (PRIF/Goethe University)

Expertise and knowledge matter in global governance and are depicted as the basis for reasoned political decision-making in international organizations. Whilst advice based on science, statistics and quantifiable data is the most conventional basis of expertise, expertise and knowledge come from various facets, from scientific to political and cultural, and from knowledge of procedures to knowledge of practices and knowledge of technologies.

This workshop explores how expertise and knowledge become contentious and asks how knowledge and expertise are legitimised, how they circulate and become authoritative in international organizations. This workshops brings together scholars from a broad range of policy fields, such as environment, security, development, peacebuilding and international trade and finances.

The workshop aims at exploring (but is not limited to) the following questions:

  • How is expertise and knowledge understood and institutionalised in IOs ranging from formal to informal practices? In other words, who counts as an expert, how are such experts involved and with what effects?
  • How does knowledge and expertise circulate, translate and ‘move’ within and between international organisations?
  • What forms of knowledge and expertise become authoritative in IOs? How are claims to knowledge performed? When and how does expertise become contentious?
  • Are claims to expertise and knowledge dealt with as complementary or as competitive? What role does technology and data play in the performance of expertise? How do IOs legitimize expertise towards a broader public?
  • What is our own role in knowledge production and writing on IOs?

WS B: “The good, the bad and the ugly” - Exploring boundaries between the informal, the criminal and the immoral

Convenors: Alessandra Russo (University of Pisa) and Abel Polese (Tallin University)

We are looking for contributions that engage with the theme of informality by deconstructing this manifold concept. We welcome papers presenting new empirical materials and methodologies to trace informal practices, actors, institutions, networks, at different level of analysis. We appreciate papers to be potentially connected to at least one of the following themes:

  1. The social morality of crime, focusing on the social and economic embeddedness of organised crime, its relevance for as a survival strategy of some communities and individuals, and the emergence of grey areas of connivance and collusion between criminals and state agents.
  2. Opposition of “us” (the people, often informally organised) against “them” (the elites, formally representing the state), focusing on the romanticisation of the role of criminals and outlaws, and the construction of alternative societal narratives.
  3. Informality and resistance, focusing on instances of contestation of state structures and institutions and the process through which informal and loosely organized actions may gradually turn social or protest movements, contentious politics and even insurgency.

WS C: Museums, Exhibitions and the Representation of the International

Convenors: Audrey Reeves (University of Bristol) and Charlotte Heath-Kelly (University of Warwick)

Museums, memorials, and exhibitions are sites through which societies represent and enact the international. Historical museums document the history of warfare, often glorifying warrior masculinities and domesticated femininities. Ethnographic and maritime museums narrate colonial pasts and postcolonial presents. Memorials to the victims of terrorism, war, genocide and slavery naturalise narratives of resilience in the aftermath of disaster. Art exhibitions and biennales gather the international elite under the banner of culture, often showcasing provocative and controversial artists, but barely concealing the context of city marketing and urban regeneration.

As privileged sites for diplomatic visits, state ceremonies, and international tourism, all provide salient arenas for transnational communication on questions ranging from military intervention, migration, environmental protection, economy and global justice. However, museums, memorials and art exhibitions have generated little analysis within IR. To paraphrase Christine Sylvester, Art/Museums is where IR is least expected to be found. Building on an ISA 2017 panel convened by Lene Hansen and Cecelia Lynch, this workshop invites papers that interrogate these sites as political spaces and/or as opportunities to push forward theoretical debates in IR. We invite submissions that address, amongst other topics, the use of art-inspired methods in research on world politics; the politics of curation; the place of museums, galleries and memorials in economies of affect and emotion; relics and materiality, and the international political significance of the cultural realm.

WS D: Norms and Practices of Peace Operations: Evolution and Contestation

Convenors: Ksenyia Oksamytna (University of Warwick) and John Karlsrud (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs)

Peace operations have experienced an unprecedented expansion after the Cold War, not only in quantitative but also qualitative terms. Peacekeepers have organised elections, protected civilians, facilitated community reconciliation, advised on security sector reform, and apprehended war criminals. The question of why peace operations take the shape that they do has attracted sustained scholarly interest only recently, despite the fact that these multi-billion-dollar operations fundamentally reshaping the lives of people around the world.

In seeking to answer this question, we welcome contributions that explore the evolution of one the following:

  • The traditional peacekeeping principles (consent, minimum use of force and impartiality);
  • Substantive tasks of peace operations (for instance, human rights and democratisation, the protection of vulnerable populations, stabilisation and the extension of state authority, assistance in combating criminality, or early peacebuilding);
  • Mission organisation and enablers (for example, integrated planning, strategic communications, intelligence, or technology).

We are especially interested in contributions that focus on the UN or compare it with other international organisations. Besides documenting the changes that have taken place, we expect the contributions to include an explicit theoretical perspective. They may focus on the role of different actors – states, IO officials at headquarters and in the field, and non-state actors, such as NGOs and experts – in developing norms and practices of peace operations. They may look at institutionalisation and the accompanying contestation. They may discuss how implementation changes norms or ‘feeds back’ into global discussions on the future of peace operations.

WS E: Theory as Ideology

Convenors: Benjamin Martill (University College London) and Sebastian Schindler (University of Frankfurt)

In a famous article published in 1981, Robert Cox argued that “theory is always for someone and for some purpose”. But who is this ‘someone’, and what are these purposes, to which Cox refers? In this workshop we want to explore the role that theorisations and theoretical explanations play in (and for) political practice. In particular, we want to consider the relationship between theory and ideology, and to examine both the potentials and the limits of analyzing IR theory as ideology. Although the dominant view in the discipline sees IR as necessarily ‘non-ideological’ – wedded as it is to scientific modes of explanation – the growing strength of interpretive, constructivist, linguistic and historical methodologies in IR has opened up significant space for a more critical (and more reflexive) analysis of the theory/ideology nexus. Our intention in this workshop is to bring together contributors from a wide variety of different theoretical and methodological perspectives, all of whom are interested in inquiring into theory as ideology. By doing so we hope to foster interdisciplinary engagement and a more self-reflective research programme in the study of theory, ideology, and practice.

Possible questions addressed by the papers include, but are by no means limited to, the following:

  1. How are theory and ideology related?
  2. How do practitioners theorise and explain world politics?
  3. What effects do academic theories have on world politics outside the ‘ivory tower’?
  4. To what extent do the terms theory/thought/philosophy/ideology connote important differences?
  5. How should theory as ideology be studied?

WS F: Social Network Analysis & Digital Diplomacy

Convenors: Corneliu Bjola (University of Oxford) and Ilan Manor (University of Oxford)

We invite submissions to the workshop on “Social Network Analysis and Digital Diplomacy”. The goal of this workshop is to explore the use of social network analysis (SNA) to the study of diplomacy in general, and digital diplomacy in particular. The workshop seeks papers from scholars working in diverse fields (e.g., diplomacy, data science, sociology and security studies) so as to facilitate a multi-disciplinary evaluation of the use of SNA in diplomatic studies. Papers are expected to demonstrate the manner in which this novel methodology may be employed to further the study of diplomacy. This may include questions regarding the impact of digital diplomacy, re-conceptualisations of traditional concepts in diplomacy (e.g., power, hierarchy, representation, prestige, etc. ), investigations of structural changes in diplomacy brought about by digitisation, and examinations of SNA contributions to the management of change in the international system (including strategies for countering state-sponsored propaganda and for combating violent extremism).In addition, we encourage submissions that identify both the theoretical and practical limitations of social network analysis. All papers are expected to offer either a theoretical or methodological contribution to the study of (digital) diplomacy. Doctoral students are also encouraged to submit papers to this workshop. Paper length should not exceed 8,000 words. Papers that have already been published in academic publications are not acceptable. This call for papers will close on 16/12/2016. Acceptance decisions will be finalised by 13/01/2017.

WS G: Theory and practice of non-Western regionalism

Convenors: Marcin Kaczmarski (University of Warsaw) and Shaun Breslin (University of Warwick)

The early 21st-century international politics has been marked by the rise in non-Western regional projects, in the form of new or redesigned regional institutions, which provide for governance in a specific geographic space, and as non-institutionalised means of influencing patterns and processes of regional interactions. Regional designs have become an intrinsic part of a multilevel governance system.

This workshop aspires to explore non-Western regional projects and their mutual interactions, drawing on the fields of comparative regionalism, area studies, and studies of empire. We aim to develop approaches that could capture and explain the diversity of regions, stepping away from EU-centrism. We invite contributions from scholars working on comparative and theoretical aspects of regionalism as well as those with expertise on particular regional projects. We welcome papers dealing with theoretical, empirical and normative aspects of regional-level international politics. Possible topics include, but are not to be limited to, such issues as:

  • drivers of integration, material (economic and political benefits) and ideational (ideas, identities, external norms);
  • discursive constructions of regions;
  • the role of great-power identity in shaping regional projects;
  • the interplay between the global script of regionalism and its local applications;
  • the role of domestic politics in shaping the content of regionalism;
  • the choice between advancing hegemon’s interests or paying for integration;
  • followership of leaders and the role of coercion in shaping regional projects;
  • contribution of studies on empire to the field of comparative regionalism;
  • the relations between particular regional projects.

WS H: Responsibility and International Relations Theory: Power, Authority and Legitimacy

Convenors: Antje Vetterlein (Copenhagen Business School)

The concept of ‘responsibility’ has become increasingly significant in world politics. Yet, while related concepts such as accountability or legitimacy have received considerable scholarly attention in international relations (IR) theory, the concept of responsibility is predominantly discussed in relation to specific policy areas such as the responsibility to protect or corporate responsibility. In times of global crises and observed governance gaps, responsibility might be on the rise because underlying moral values seem to receive increased attention in politics. Responsibility therefore needs reassessment.

In order to pin down the notion of responsibility in IR and to explore its multifaceted meaning, potential and impact as well as its social praxis the workshop will approach the phenomenon from three different angles: power, authority and legitimacy.

  1. With power, one says, comes responsibility. Yet, is the reverse true as well, that is do actors gain more power by taking on responsibilities?
  2. Authority derives from the responsibilities and duties awarded to a specific position, which raises questions of accountability as well as moral agency, and their possibilities and limits in a system of global governance.
  3. Responsibility is closely tied to questions of legitimacy. Sometimes, decisions might be legal but not legitimate, or the other way around. This dimension thus highlights the normative foundation of governance in world politics.

With this broad focus we invite papers on the theme of responsibility in international relations across theoretical divides, disciplines and policy fields in order to reflect upon an emerging field of research.

Possible themes could include:

  • The concept of responsibility: its meaning, historical origin and transformation (different disciplinary/theoretical approach more than welcome)
  • The ideological and normative underpinnings of responsibility
  • Different types of responsibility, such as guilt, care, obligation or duty
  • Individual, corporate and collective responsibility
  • Conceptual questions regarding responsibility, i.e. moral agency in international relations
  • Ethics, responsibility and legitimacy
  • The relationship between accountability and responsibility
  • Responsibility in global governance
  • Powerful states/actors and responsibility
  • Sources and actors of responsible behavior: civil society, firms, states, transnational organisations and regimes
  • The social, political and legal dimensions of responsibility
  • Responsibility and compliance
  • The rhetoric and performativity of responsibility
  • Various policy fields (welfare/social policies, security, environment, migration, poverty, science & technology …) and responsibility
  • Responsibility and the global commons

WS I: Recovering the Middle East in/from International Relations

Convenors: Clemens Hoffmann (University of Stirling) and Cemal Burak Tansel (University of Sheffield)

Despite the manifest importance of the Middle East for global politics, the region has endured an uneven relationship with the discipline of International Relations (IR). While IR scholarship continually discusses Middle Eastern politics, it often does so in ways that carefully selected examples from Middle Eastern states, societies and cultures are employed to test hypotheses and substantiate theoretical premises. These fragmented cases are frequently developed from within Western (White), Anglophone academia based on little sustained exposure to the region’s dynamics. Simultaneously, the attempts that are made to explain and understand these dynamics are often framed within theoretical perspectives that regard such processes as the ramifications of developments happening elsewhere, thus minimising the role of actors and processes operating within the region. These shortcomings have further intensified since the Arab Uprisings, which revealed the deficiencies of many approaches and concepts that are utilised in the study of the Middle East.

The workshop thus aims to address the unstable relationship between IR and one of its core field of study, the Middle East, by examining relevant conceptual and methodological issues. It will provide a platform to discuss the ways in which Middle Eastern intellectuals, social movements and scholars themselves approach the questions of international relations, and examine how we can reshape IR’s engagement with the Middle East. We aim to promote discussions on how the IR literature can learn from the advances in other branches of the social sciences and humanities. To this end, we particularly encourage submissions and contributions from those who work in the Middle East.

Please send 300 words abstracts speaking to the workshop’s core themes as set out above and a short biographical note to the workshop conveners by December 16, 2016. Successful participants will be informed by January 13, 2016.

WS J: Illuminating the Backstage

Convenors: Liane Boer (VU Amsterdam) and Sofia Stolk (VU Amsterdam)

This workshop focuses on the ‘backstage’ practices of transnational law. Practices such as treaty negotiations or the performance of international criminal trials – usually considered the ‘frontstage’ of transnational practice – are themselves made possible by practices considered marginal to these more familiar ones. The overarching goal of the workshop is to explore and make tangible these unexplored practices and interactions, and to critically observe what these ‘doings do’. We invite contributions that focus on one specific practice; examples of existing contributions include footnote styles; airplane travel; handshakes, and moot courts. What unites these examples is their focus on a practice that usually remains outside of the scope of inquiry, yet in themselves they are crucial for what happens on the ‘frontstage’. In other words, what we scrutinize as ‘the transnational’ would look very different if the backstage disappeared or took on a different form. The contribution should (1) engage with one particular backstage practice others may recognize as their own or as part of the field they study (2) bring to the fore its aesthetics and (3) suggest how it facilitates/interferes with what happens on the frontstage and explore the (permeability of) this boundary. Overarching themes that are to be discussed in the workshop include recognition, access, production, mimesis, façade, and aesthetics.

WS K: Security entanglements: materiality and temporality

Convenors: Dagmar Rychnovská (Metropolitan University Prague & Charles University) and Jan Daniel (Institute of International Relations Prague & Charles University)

This workshop aims to put the dynamics of re-assembling socio-material networks to the center of critical reflection on security and focus on entanglements of actors, materials, technologies and temporalities in constructing (in)security. How can we explain and analyze the re-assembling and re-stabilizing material artifacts, infrastructures, corporeal bodies, and expertise connected with these objects, left behind by past securitizations? How can we explore the afterlives of security objects and what they do in and on the world? Going beyond the discursive approaches and drawing on the burgeoning scholarship that engages insights from sociology, philosophy, STS, and anthropology, this workshop shall bring together scholars interested in how to approach the connections between practice, materiality and temporality of security. Specifically, we look for empirical studies as well as further theorization related to topics such as:

  • Securitization: How are securitization, de-securitization, and re-securitization related to socio-material networks? How does materiality mediate the construction of (in)security and emergence or disappearance of certain threats?
  • Temporality and socio-material networks of (in)security: What kind of temporalities are enacted by socio-material networks of (in)security? Can there be an ‘after’ in security?
  • Afterlives of security socio-material networks: What happens to various types of security objects when the threats they were designed to tackle fade out? How do they act in their respective contexts?
  • Lifecycles of socio-material networks of security: How can we study the shifts in networks connecting security knowledge, material objects, and practices? What can security studies learn from STS, sociology of science, and history regarding the theorization of temporality?

WS L: Ambiguity in International Society

Convenors: Thomas Diez (University of Tuebingen) and Bettina Ahrens (University of Tuebingen)

In this workshop we want to explore the inherent ambiguity of norms and practices in international society. For instance, what often seems to be a positive normative development in international society, such as the increasing relevance of individual human rights, at the same time has problematic consequences such as the increase in the number of military interventions or the reproduction of rather problematic power relations. Such ambiguities for instance also come to the fore in diplomatic practices that must conform to old standards of inter-state engagement as much as speak to a broader audience of transnational publics. In this workshop, we want to explore these ambiguities and the analytical and political challenges that they pose in more detail. Are they inescapable? Are they always problematic or can they be used productively to strengthen cooperation and normative change? Where do they exactly come from, how do they develop over time and what are their effects and implications for a changing global order? How should states and other actors respond to ambiguities?

WS M: Critical Global Health: A New Research Agenda

Convenors: João Nunes (University of York) and Simon Rushton (University of Sheffield)

Global Health is now a well-established field that cuts across multiple disciplinary boundaries. This workshop seeks to bring together scholars whose work critically engages with this field, through papers that respond to the need to decolonize global health and to challenge the Western-centric perspectives that dominate both scholarship and practice.

We seek contributions that engage theoretically and/or empirically with themes that include, though are not limited to:

  • The political processes by which global health governance is translated and resisted at the regional, national and local levels;
  • The effects of global health governance upon state and non-state actors, particularly in the developing world;
  • The constitutionalization of global health governance in the legal systems of developing countries;
  • The limits of global health: gender, class, race, sexual orientation, age and disability ;
  • Power, agency and the politics of knowledge in global health governance;
  • Issues of justice, inequality, vulnerability and neglect in global health.

We aim to attract scholars from a wide range of disciplines and theoretical perspectives adopting a (broadly defined) ‘critical’ approach to global health. This may include postcolonial studies, post-structuralism, feminist and queer theory approaches, Marxist approaches, subaltern studies, and others. We particularly encourage applications from early career researchers and scholars from the Global South. We have a small amount of funding available to contribute towards the participation of scholars from those groups.

WS N: Technologies of Power: The EU’s External Relations as Governmentality

Convenors: Hendrik Huelss (University of Kent) and Hanna L. Muehlenhoff (VU Amsterdam, ACCESS EUROPE)

Conceptualisations of the EU as an international actor have significantly advanced in the past two decades, including constructivist concepts such as normative power Europe or postmodern/poststructuralist critiques of the EU’s normative (self-)image. However, most approaches neglect how the EU implements its policies through employing various instruments and technologies or, in other words, how different (normative) objectives are operationalised through specific technologies of governing in the context of (neo-)liberal governing. Although an increasing number of scholars turn to governmentality as an approach accommodating the interrelatedness of the rationality and the technology of governing, the overall research agenda is empirically and theoretically fragmented. This contrasts with the salient role governmentality-related concepts such as biopower/bio-politics, apparatuses of security or surveillance techniques occupy in other areas of IR and EU studies. This workshops aims to bring together scholars working on the governmentality of EU external relations. It intends to take stock of the emergent governmentality research agenda in this field and to provide a platform for discussing theoretical and empirical approaches to study governmentality. We welcome papers on theoretical-conceptual and methodological questions of studying governmentality as well as empirical analyses on the interplay and effects of rationalities and technologies in EU governing. We further invite papers discussing what the study of governmentality has to offer to EU external governing scholarship. The workshop will serve as a forum for discussing options for future research projects and/or publication activities.

WS O: Foreign Policy Analysis and Public Policy: Towards Theoretical Dialogue and Integration

Convenors: Klaus Brummer (University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt) and Kai Oppermann (University of Sussex)

This workshop on “Foreign Policy Analysis and Public Policy: Towards Theoretical Dialogue and Integration” invites original and innovative papers that:

  1. address in more general terms the feasibility and desirability as well as the challenges and opportunities (regarding ontology, epistemology and methodology) of bringing together insights from FPA and Public Policy in a comprehensive framework to make sense of political decision making and policy making across policy domains;
  2. (b) use analytical concepts from either FPA or Public Policy to explain decision-making processes and/or concrete policies in the respective “other” field (i.e., use FPA concepts to analyze non-foreign policy decisions or Public Policy to analyze foreign policy); or
  3. (c) propose new analytical concepts that integrate insights from FPA and Public Policy.

Possible concepts from Public Policy that are worth exploring in more depth for their value in studying foreign policy include multiple streams, advocacy coalitions, policy diffusion, veto players or punctuated equilibrium theory. Concepts from the FPA toolbox which can potentially be utilised in Public Policy include historical analogies, leadership trait analysis, operational codes, bureaucratic politics or two-level games.

As regards methods, the workshop takes a pluralist perspective. We particularly encourage participants to explore the feasibility of multi-method strategies.

By bringing together scholars who conduct such bridge-building exercises and are interested in exploring the potential of such exercises, this workshop establishes a network that enables a systematic exchange across sub-disciplinary boundaries and builds up research capacity which promises better research in FPA and Public Policy for the future.

WS P: Accountability in Global Governance: constraining and legitimating authority

Convenors: Gisela Katharina Hirschmann (European University Institute / Ruhr University Bochum)

The exercise of authority in a complex system of global governance has raised demands for accountability. The policies and actions of international organisations and their partners increasingly affect the lives and rights of individuals and may thus – unintendedly or purposefully – violate core international norms. This is most clearly illustrated by the sexual exploitation and abuse by humanitarian aid workers and United Nations peacekeepers. Further examples are the economic austerity policies of the International Monetary Fund and the European Union in Southern Europe, which have caused economic hardship and severe effects on citizens’ living conditions, in particular their right to health. Public-private health partnerships came under fire when pharmaceutical companies were using global vaccination campaigns for low-cost clinical trials for instance in India and South Africa, thereby abusing the situation of infected individuals. As a consequence of these rights violations, the legitimacy of global governance has come under strain.

Accountability has become a buzzword in IR scholarship when debating constraints of authority in global governance. However, traditional accountability mechanisms are difficult to achieve in global governance. Instead, alternative forms of accountability have evolved, labelled external, diagonal, horizontal or surrogate accountability. This workshop intends to systematize the conceptual thinking on accountability in IR research and seeks to outline specific types of and conditions for accountability across a variety of empirical fields in global governance. Moreover, it encourages engaging with important work from other research strands, such as International Law, political philosophy, sociology or public administration. Finally, it also aims at fostering a normative debate on how accountability should look like to render global governance more legitimate.

We welcome contributions that address one or several of the following aspects or questions:

  • Accountability for what? In which instances of the exercise of authority in global governance have demands for greater accountability been raised?
  • How can specific types of accountability be conceptualized in the context of global governance?
  • What are the conditions for, the limits and constraints of accountability in global governance?
  • How can we measure accountability in global governance?
  • What is the relationship between accountability and legitimacy? How and under what circumstances can it legitimate or de-legitimate global governance?
  • How should accountable global governance look like?

The workshop invites contributions from IR research, with diverse methodological approaches, as well as from related disciplines. We will also consider the possibility of a joint publication, e.g. a special issue in a major IR journal.

WS Q: Anthropology and IR: Interdisciplinary explorations of money, security and the infrastructures of world order

Convenors: Kai Koddenbrock (University of Aachen) and Mario Schmidt (University of Cologne)

While IR and political science more broadly has had a hard time moving beyond its state and organizations-centered social ontology and is only slowly discovering the virtues of tracing connections and networks from bottom-up, complexity theory and actor-network theory have been highly influential in anthropology for decades. Yet, both anthropologists and political scientists have by and large refrained from controversial arguments on the bigger picture of contemporary world society, global capitalism in crisis, or the processes of migration affecting Africa, Europe and the Middle East at war.
In contrast, our workshop explores the virtues of moving from the minutiae of social processes to the bigger structures of world society and back again by focusing on three broad – but not exclusive – issue areas – and their interlinkages: Money, security and infrastructures. Money as a prime means of Vergesellschaftung is crucial for the study of international relations and anthropology. Security, which has all but dominated IR for the last decades, conjures up the questions of external warfare and the securitization of our societies in the wake of terrorism and the challenges of migration. The focus on infrastructures opens our vista towards essential building blocks of our social lives that we usually take for granted like container ships, satellites or cross-continental cables.
Scholars from all the social sciences are welcome to join this collegial debate!

WS R: Exploring Methodological Frontiers in Global Environmental Politics

Convenors: Hannah Hughes (Cardiff University) and Alice Vadrot (Cambridge University)

The global response to challenges like climate change and biodiversity loss are characterised by a complex range of actors, activities and arenas. These are producing new forms of political and economic relations and reproducing old patterns of inclusion and exclusion. Scholarly attempts to analyse these complexities have led to a number of important conceptual innovations. Attempts to understand the role of non-state actors and the power of knowledge in the construction of environmental problems have generated concepts such as epistemic community, knowledge brokers and discourse coalitions that have proven to have wider explanatory power for the study of IR. More recently, scholarship interested in the influence of international bureaucracies has clearly demonstrated that secretariats need to be understood as more than mere functionaries. As well as offering new conceptual tools for illuminating secretariats as actors in world politics, this scholarship highlights the significance of Global Environmental Politics (GEP) as a site for methodological innovation in international studies. However, there remains much work to be done to develop the conceptual apparatus required for untangling the myriad activities constituting the field of global environmental politics today.

The aim of this workshop is to identify both new methodological approaches and popular research tools that have been adapted for study within GEP. The workshop will explore these innovations and adaptations in two directions. First, to what extent do these approaches provide an avenue for dealing with the complexities that the study of global environmental politics presents? Second, to what extent are these methodological innovations useful to the broader study of international relations?

WS S: (Re-)Politicizations of Security: Concepts and Practices

Convenors: Hendrik Hegemann (University of Osnabrueck) and Andrew Neal (University of Edinburgh)

Large parts of the critical security studies discourse tend to imply that security is a way to escape the contention of (democratic) politics, be it through existential threats justifying exceptional measures or technocratic risk management routines by unaccountable security professionals. This workshop seeks to reopen questions about this supposedly negative or pathological relationship between security and politics by engaging with concepts and practices of (re-)politicization in the security field. It thereby responds to the diverse forms of security politics at play in various attempts to address current-day security concerns. These may involve different actors from parliaments, courts, media, industry, academia and social movements, and encompass manifold practices of legitimation and contestation. The workshop seeks papers that study these diverse practices of security politics. It also invites proposals that move beyond existing conceptual frameworks in security studies such as those offered by securitization, governmentality, or risk, and instead consider the utility of thinking about security politics with concepts and theories from elsewhere in politics scholarship, such as ‘normal politics’ and ‘politicization’. Questions to be asked include: Are we today witnessing a (re-)politicization of security? Is security becoming more akin to what we might call ‘normal’ politics, as opposed to the exceptional or anti-politics of security hitherto imagined? Which practices of security politics are emerging? And how does this affect the democratic legitimacy of contemporary security governance? We invite paper proposals addressing these and related questions in different areas from a theoretical, empirical, and/or normative perspective.

WS T: Memory Games in International Relations: between Security and Justice

Convenors: Maria Mälksoo (University of Kent) and Karl Gustafsson (Swedish Institute of international Affairs)

Transitional justice (TJ) is a multi-disciplinary approach to redressing past human rights violations and international crimes in post-conflict or post-authoritarian/-totalitarian settings through a variety of judicial and non-judicial means of accountability, ranging from trials to truth commissions, reparations, institutional reform, memorialisation measures and acts of contrition. The theory and practice of TJ is a major topic in IR, International Law, Peace and Conflict studies and Comparative Politics. Yet, the lack of systematic attention paid to the connection between states’ approaches to particular TJ measures domestically and their foreign policies and international behaviour remains a glaring oversight in mainstream scholarship.
This workshop aims at deepening the dialogue between different disciplines and bringing together scholars working on distinct issue-areas that could be incorporated under the broader concept of TJ. Bringing together two burgeoning literatures – on ontological security (OS) in IR and TJ/memory politics in the transdisciplinary crossroads of cognate fields, the workshop will seek to unpack OS-seeking as a generic social mechanism in international politics. This concept, we suggest, allows us to productively conceptualise the connection between states’ TJ, foreign, security and defence policies. Our methodological objective is to further hone the parameters of state OS-seeking and the related mnemonical (de)securitisation processes, to make these notions operative in the study of the international politics of TJ. The workshop invites papers that explore the links between OS-seeking and narratives of transition, temporalities of TJ and othering, mutual recognition in bilateral relations and status-seeking in international society in any empirical setting.

WS U: New Frontiers in International Development Assistance: Interdisciplinary Explorations of Financing Sustainable Development

Convenors: Celine Tan (University of Warwick) and Ambreena Manji (Cardiff University)

The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by the global community in 2015 marked a milestone in the landscape for international development finance. The challenge of implementing the ambitious new international development targets is shifting existing frameworks for mobilising, delivering and regulating international development flows and creating greater plurality of actors and mechanisms of cooperation in the international development sector.

This workshop seeks to engage in interdisciplinary conversations on the changing architecture of international development assistance in its historical and contemporary contexts. As a subject intimately connected with broader paradigms of power in the exercise of international relations, international economic law, foreign policy and the imperial legacy, international development finance as a field of study has traditionally been subsumed under wider disciplinary and sub-disciplinary umbrellas. This workshop aims to facilitate a broader yet more cohesive platform for discussions to address the challenges brought on by emerging frontiers in international development assistance.

We invite contributions to the workshop addressing the following, non-exhaustive, themes:

  • the politics, economic, laws and sociology of development finance;
  • historical and contemporary perspectives of the changing landscape of aid and international development cooperation;
  • comparative studies, including empirical studies, on aid policy and practice from different geographical and political and economic constituencies;
  • constitution of global and national frameworks for aid accountability and frameworks of aid regulation and governance;
  • the role of aid and international development in international relations, foreign policy and international law
  • intersections between international development finance and global economic governance and international economic law
  • aid, international humanitarian interventions and global security

WS V: European Diplomatic Practices: Contemporary Challenges and Innovative Approaches

Convenors: Niklas Bremberg (Swedish Institute of International Affairs) and Nina Græger (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs)

The aim of this workshop is to advance the research agenda on practice approaches applied to the study of European diplomacy, security and foreign policy. Practice approaches are gaining increased attention as an innovative way of studying core questions and concerns in IR. Our departure point is that, although there is no unified theory of practice in social science, there are several more or less compatible approaches to practice. In order to foster conversation, practices are defined broadly as “socially meaningful patterns of action” although we do not expect all participants to agree, only that they accept to start the conversation there. As a substantial body of literature has emerged, it is time to take stock of it and understand the implications for scholars interested in IR theories as well as in European and EU studies. In a nutshell, the workshop aims to bring together scholars to discuss in-depth how practice approaches can be done in order to study European diplomacy, security and foreign policy. Key questions to be addressed are: what are the patterns, mechanisms and processes of European diplomatic, security and foreign policy practices? How is European security “done” across a number of policy fields? How do foreign policy practices “work” and what are their effects? We expect that a set of other questions will emerge from the workshop as participants engage in discussions on the advantages and limitations of applying insights gained from practice approaches in their research.

WS W: Intelligence on the frontier between state and civil society

Convenors: Karen Lund Petersen (University of Copenhagen) and Myriam Dunn Cavelty (ETH Zurich)

Past debates on intelligence and other security organisations have mostly focused either on institutional structures, reforms, legal and parliamentary oversight or on the techniques and methods used for addressing possible threat. An increasing call for more and new data, as well as an indentified need for civil society to ‘tip in’ in the fight against today’s more pervasive threats, have however broadened and changed the role of these services in society.

This workshop asks to this new role of security agencies (intelligence, homeland security organisations and military institutions) in society by exploring how conventional understandings of security expertise is challenged by new information and communications technologies and by asking how the many communication strategies vis-à-vis the public construct new roles for civil society in security politics.

We would very much like for the participants to reflect upon and relate to some of the questions listed below, covering intelligence expertise and communication as an organisational and democratic challenge.

  • What role is big data playing in today’s ‘security communication’ ?
  • How are citizens brought into security work though partnerships, data mining from social media and other more subtle forms of data mining happening through their engagement with private enterprises. With what effect?
  • What happens to the concept of oversight and political control in an intelligence world characterized by big data, resilience and precaution.
  • But what happened to this idea of secrecy and national security in a world where data mining is an increasingly used tool? Is the concept of secrecy expanding into a public domain and, if so, what democratic challenges do this involves?

The aim is to publish the proceedings

WS X: International Relations and Migration (MigratingIR)

Convenors: Tamar Todria (Tblisi State University), Lasha Matiashvilli (Tblisi State University), Polly Pallister Wilkins (University of Amsterdam).

Recent migratory trends have raised important questions about the role of mobility in international relations. As a discipline IR is understood to have its foundations in a particular understanding of state sovereignty that reifies sovereign territorial borders and minimizes the agency of mobile populations, often choosing to read such mobility through the lens of security. Meanwhile in critical IR, sociology and political geography there has been a focus on mobility as a key organizing principle of the international that takes its cue from the central role of mobility/circulation in Foucauldian inspired critical security studies. Alongside this there have been repeated calls from feminist and postcolonial scholars to bring people and their agency back into focus. This workshop aims to interrogate migration in international relations empirically and theoretically, asking what recent events and scholarship can tell us about the role of mobility in the international today. Does the mobility and migration of people in the present day challenge the foundations of international relations scholarship rooted in the sovereign territorial state or do such forces help constitute sovereignty itself? Is migration an issue of the domestic or the international and what does mobility looked like when viewed from these differing perspectives?

WS Y: Freedom and Constraint: Colonial Subjectivities, Postcolonial Governmentalities

Convenors: Simon Philpott (Newcastle University), Elisa Wynne-Hughes (Cardiff University)

Racialised and gendered modes of governance are inherent to colonial practices and produce hierarchies and particular forms of personhood. These enduring modes of subjectivisation are experienced as embodied daily life, but they also shape and are shaped by practices of governance on a national and international scale. Thus, the production of particular kinds of subjects plays out at national and international levels in practices of inclusion and exclusion that influence and inform governance and legal frameworks. Foucault has shown how processes of subjectivisation work through both freedom and constraint. Foucault declares that his objective “has been to create a history of the different modes by which, in our culture, human beings are made subjects.” However, Foucault is clear about the cultural narrowness of his own project, and that the production of personhood across different cultural milieus deserves attention. How do different forms of government and governmentalities produce particular subjectivities? How are subjects shaped by the global reach of colonialism? We invite papers that deal with processes of subjectivisation and its intersections with colonialism in a variety of sites and at a variety of scales. Research that dismisses as well as embrace Foucault’s approach is welcome. Papers that deal with the formation of personhood from traditions not deeply influenced by liberalism as well as in discourses from outside of formal academia are also most welcome.

10th Pan-European Conference, Izmir, Turkey, 7-10 September 2016 (cancelled)

21 July 2016: Public Statement – Cancellation of the 10th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

4 March 2016: 10th Paneuropean Conference on International Relations to Stay in Izmir

22 January 2016: Public Statement of the Presidents and Chairs of Professional Associations on “International Studies” regarding the Prosecution of Academics in Turkey

3rd European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) Tübingen, 6-8 April 2016


Preliminary programme now available here

The European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) 2016 take place at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, 6-8 April 2016. There will be 20 workshops. You can find a full list of workshops with convenors and a short description here:

  • WS A: Worlding beyond the Clash of Civilizations: An Agenda for an International Relations – Islam Discourse

    WS A: Worlding beyond the Clash of Civilizations: An Agenda for an International Relations – Islam Discourse

    Convenors: Nassef Manabiland Adiong (Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, Istanbul, Turkey) / Raffaele Mauriello (University of Tehran, Iran) / Deina Abdelkader (University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA)

    The research agenda of the International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort (Co-IRIS) aims at fostering research that is inclusive of Islamic Studies in International Relations.
    Co-IRIS is established and built to explore Islamic contributions to the field of IR on many levels: the theoretical level and the praxis of international affairs in Muslim societies.

    The workshop aims:
    1) to provide synergy between Islamic notions/practices and Euro-American notions/practices of international relations, and
    2) to provide an analytic platform whereby the relations between the Western world and the Muslim world are contextualized.
    That is to say, going beyond civilization clashes to the stem causes of differences and worldviews to provide a theoretical bridge between the existing viewpoints of international relations at large.

    Prospective themes and topics include:

    1. Theories
      • Non-Western Movement in IR: The Islamic Perspective
      • Islamic Approaches to IR Theory
      • Islamic Norms and Values in IR
      • Civilizational Analyses in Islam
      • Islamic Thinkers in International Relations
      • Islam in the West: Democracy, Secularism, and Modernity
      • Comparing Nation-State and Muslim Governance
      • Islamism and Post-Islamism
    2. Praxes
      • Emergence and Evolution of ISIS, ISIL, Daesh
      • Competing Leaderships in the UN, OIC, GCC, Arab League, and ASEAN
      • Muslim-dominated countries' foreign policies
      • Post-Arab Spring and its Geo-Politics

  • WS B: Resilience and World Politics

    WS B: Resilience and World Politics

    Convenors: Philippe Bourbeau (University of Cambridge, UK)

    Resilience has gained substantial traction in international politics of late. This scholarship has sparked debates concerning the meaning of resilience and how scholars should go about studying it.
    IR scholars have employed resilience to describe the actions employed by individuals/groups in the face of economic liberalization and labor market reforms. Others have highlighted the utterly positive influence of resilience on individuals caught up in violent conflicts, while still others have underscored the role of resilience in counter-terrorism strategies and management infrastructure responses.

    At the same time as these issues are being explored, new terms of dispute are drawing a dividing line. Scholars attuned to Michel Foucault’s governmentality thesis argue that resilience is a product of contemporary neoliberalism and constitutes a strategy permitting states to abdicate responsibility in times of crisis. For these scholars, beneath resilience lurks a dehumanizing political agenda and a strategy for creating unequal regimes of power. In contrast, other scholars have proposed a different socio-political story of the connections between resilience and international politics. They argue that although resilience may be in some instances a neoliberal device for governance, it has a wider range of meanings as well; reducing resilience to a neoliberal product limits more than it reveals in the context of international politics.

    The objective of the workshop is to bring together these two understandings of the link between resilience and world politics, bolster the dialogue between them, and evaluate the added value (or lack thereof) of a resilience approach to international studies.

  • WS C: Institutionalized Inequalities – How International Organizations Shape Global Order

    WS C: Institutionalized Inequalities – How International Organizations Shape Global Order

    Convenors: Caroline Fehl (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF - HSFK), Germany) / Katja Freistein (Centre for Global Cooperation Research/University Duisburg‐Essen, Germany)

    The workshop will investigate the idea how studying International Relations through the conceptual lens of “inequality research” can add to our understanding of global order.
    This order can be understood as societal, i.e. as relations among unequal global subjects. In particular, we seek to draw attention to the manifold ways in which inequality is institutionalized. Inequality among states, non‐state groups and individuals, we argue, is never simply a material feature of the system – as a realist perspective on unequal power relations would hold – but is constituted, produced, reproduced and changed through institutional mechanisms.

    Examples such as the G20 or the UN Security Council are best‐known cases of such inequalities, but almost any other international organization can be involved in the reproduction or transformation of unequal relations – be they material or non‐material.
    Which inequalities are concerned and how they are brought about will be empirical questions for the workshop.

    The individual contributions to the workshop should explore the institutionalization of inequality in international politics across a broad range of policy‐areas. By aiming to combining case studies of issue‐specific organizations with analyses of broader institutional processes of world order formation, the workshop is meant to reconcile micro, meso and macro perspectives on unequal order with a focus on the reproductive role of international institutions.

    The main goal of the workshop will be to identify patterns of (in)equality production throughout a variety of international institutions and across different policy fields, focusing on intra‐ and interorganizational processes (or mechanisms).

  • WS D: An International Society of What? The State and Beyond

    WS D: An International Society of What? The State and Beyond

    Convenors: Charlotta Friedner Parrat (Uppsala University, Sweden) / Kilian Spandler (Tübingen University, Germany) / Bettina Ahrens (Tübingen University, Germany)

    Current international dynamics seem to belie prophets of the advent of a post-Westphalian era. Centrifugal tendencies and secessionist movements aim at creating new states and even the EU as a prototypical post-Westphalian idea seems to adopt features of 'stateness', such as increasingly restrictive borders and the build-up of military capabilities.
    While seemingly contradictory, these dynamics suggests that the sovereign state seems to be back at centre stage of international society with a vengeance. However, it is far from clear whether conventional concepts of the state, sovereignty and authority provide an adequate lense through which the current, often ambiguous developments can be analysed and normatively assessed.

    This workshop therefore aims at problematizing the state from a variety of theoretical perspectives and at examining its special position as the constituent unit of international society from various empirical, conceptual and normative angles. Possible topics for papers include:

    • What conceptions of legitimate political authority and membership in international society have been prevalent in specific historical or spatial contexts? Why do they change? What alternative conceptions could there be?
    • Assuming that the state still stands out as constitutive unit of international society, but is at the same time challenged by other conceptions, what are the consequences of such conflicting structures existing in parallel?
    • How do processes of (re-)locating authority and boundary-drawing at different levels (state, regional, global) interact? How are they connected to normative change in international society?
    • Can there be an international society without sovereign states? Are states normatively desirable?

  • WS E: The Politics of Translation in World Society: On Discourses, Knowledge and Ordering

    WS E: The Politics of Translation in World Society: On Discourses, Knowledge and Ordering

    Convenors: Zeynep Gulsah Capan (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey) / Maj Grasten (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) / Filipe dos Reis (University of Erfurt, Germany)

    The concept of translation is essential when it comes to understand social change and the constitution of agency.
    This workshop focuses on translation both as an analytical lens to observe discursive formations in their relationship to knowledge conditions and as a practice in and through which social differences are enacted, contested and recursively altered.

    The workshop departs from the observation that translation is a central concern in various disciplines and schools interested in how orders and differences are enacted in and through discourses (most explicitly in Actor-Network Theory, but also in anthropology, postcolonial, feminist and critical legal studies, and among critical constructivists in International Relations).

    Notwithstanding, there has to date been no thorough discussion in International Relations of what the concept of translation means, how we empirically observe processes of translation, and what methodological implications the concept entails in and across these scholarly fields.

    To this end, the workshop aims at bringing together various perspectives on translation and creating an interdisciplinary environment to reconstruct the ways in which discourses, knowledge and ordering intersect in processes of translation.

    The aim of this workshop is thus to explore and discuss new perspectives on the social practice of translation vis-à-vis the making of and interaction between social orders and representations (eg. ‘the Other’). In analytically foregrounding practices of translation it is therefore possible to inquire into how boundaries are drawn and binaries made to select, classify and appropriate knowledge for specific aims.

  • WS F: Rethinking Responsibility: Military Humanitarianism beyond Western States?

    WS F: Rethinking Responsibility: Military Humanitarianism beyond Western States?

    Convenors: Mischa Hansel (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany) / Alex Reichwein (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany)

    Ten years after its endorsement by the UN world summit, the status, meaning and applicability of the responsibility to protect (R2P) remain disputed. Unsurprinsingly, NATO’s intervention in Libya 2011 reinforced the view of critics who continue to see it as an encroachment on the sovereignty of weak states and as a hegemonic project of the West. At the same time, however, there is a tendency among some non-Western powers to legitimize their military interventions in humanitarian terms. Russia’s interventions in Georgia 2008 and in the Crimea 2014, where humanitarian reasoning has been coupled with the politics of irredentism, are cases in point. Other examples are military actions by regional organizations and hegemons such as Brasil, the African Union, Nigeria or Saudi-Arabia.

    The workshop sheds light on such instances of non-Western military humanitarianism by asking a number of empirical, conceptional and theoretical questions:
    (1) Are references to humanitarian principles simply meant to duisguise geopolitical motives in the abovementioned cases? Or is there an element of norm diffusion at work?
    (2) Do military efforts to “save our people” question the cosmopolitan foundation of humanitarian ideas?
    (3) Is it still adequate, or has it ever been adequate to understand the R2P debate in terms of a divide between democratic and non-democratic or Western versus non-Western states?

    The workshop encourages contributors working within and between different theoretical traditions to discuss all these and other fundamental questions and, thus, to rethink the R2P in light of non-Western military humanitarianism.

  • WS G: Social Media´s Puzzle and Possibilities in/on IR

    WS G: Social Media´s Puzzle and Possibilities in/on IR

    Convenors: Susan Jackson (Malmö University, Sweden) / Libby Hemphill (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)

    International Relations (IR) as a discipline is only beginning to explore the implications of social media. Yet this is already influencing the functioning of the state domestically and internationally.
    It is thus apposite for IR to support a systematic discussion regarding the gaps found in the literature so allowing for a more complex understanding of how social media use affects international politics and the contributions and challenges social media research has for IR.

    The workshop will foster a structured conversation on IR research and social media. The focus includes a discussion of the empirics of social media and how social media contributes to and affects IR, and on the methods of using social media in IR scholarship.

    It is framed to investigate how social media changes the relationships between, and constellation of, the actors and influences in international politics, as well as to examine how social media itself challenges (the field of) IR because of the methodological challenges posed by the structure and use of social media. Possible questions for papers in this workshop include: How does social media impact the political realm in ways that reach beyond as well as incorporate the initial social intent of the technology? Who counts in political space and what counts as political discourse? What kinds of new methods might we need in order to handle the amount of data now created on a daily basis? How does the availability of data impact our ability to study significant international events?

  • WS I: Secure worlds in motion: exploring the security/mobility nexus

    WS I: Secure worlds in motion: exploring the security/mobility nexus

    Convenors: Matthias Leese (University of Tübingen, Germany) /Stef Wittendorp (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

    While critical work on borders and security has brought about innovative theorizing of the international and its circulations, it is nevertheless structured primarily around two political figures – that of the migrant and that of the terrorist. This workshop engages in more detail the characteristics of contemporary mobility and the ways in which mobility is being conceptualized to render the international secure. Thus, we seek to explore the security/mobility nexus through a juxtaposition of (critical) security studies with the mobilities turn in Political Geography.

    Mobilities literature calls to problematize how mobility is enabled and brought into being, while at the same time scrutinizing how (new) forms of mobility (re)structure social life. Security studies should pay increased attention to how the formation of ‘fixities’ and ‘moorings’ makes possible certain forms of international mobility. Moreover, security scholars should examine how connecting mobilities of material infrastructure (e.g. roads, railway tracks, airports, seaports, pipelines, electricity cables, etc.) and communication networks, enable a politics of security that is grounded in both data-driven practices of risk assessment and pre-emption, and more classic guarding practices.

    Exploring security/mobility also highlights the necessity to engage normative questions of power and justice that are deeply entangled in today’s international system, thereby producing strongly diverging travel experiences based on citizenship and social status. The workshop therefore also encourages participants to speak to questions of who is rendered harmless and mobile and who is rendered a (potential) threat and therefore immobilized.

  • WS J: Doing Research Differently: Empirical Challenges for Postcolonial/Decolonial IR

    WS J: Doing Research Differently: Empirical Challenges for Postcolonial/Decolonial IR

    Convenors:Franziska Müller (University of Kassel, Germany) / Aram Ziai (University of Kassel, Germany)

    The 'postcolonial turn' took some time to reach the realm of International Relations, but has since then been quite successful in opening up epistemological and methodological debates. In doing so, it suggests two strategies that point to a different way of actually doing IR research: the deconstruction of existing methodologies and methods, that (re)produce the coloniality of knowledge; and a reconstruction and/or reinvention of research practice.

    Nevertheless, the existing body of empirical research is still fragmented and particularly lacks works that apply a different kind of epistemology/methodology. While postcolonial studies have already found their way into some IR textbooks many IR topics (including some highly politicized ones: global climate/energy governance, international political economy, security studies, EU studies) widely miss postcolonial perspectives. In fact that is where it becomes delicate: while postcolonial theory promotes the fancy feeling of theorizing in a somewhat wild and unconventional way, empirical research still needs to live up to its theoretical claims.

    To challenge the "right to research" (Appadurai) points to some questions post-/decolonial IR needs to take into account:

    • What (new) empirical approaches, lenses and tools for research do post- and decolonial perspectives offer for IR?
    • How can research designs and field access be realized without reproducing power complexes?
    • What does this imply for IR in terms of research agendas, research cooperation, and dissemination?
    • How do we operationalize and apply postcolonial concepts like 'othering', 'hybridity', 'subaltern articulation' or 'provincializing Europe' in the field of IR? How does this challenge or alter analytical categories such 'the state', 'power', 'the market' or 'political ecology'?
  • WS K: Geopolitics and strategic thinking in EU foreign policy

    WS K: Geopolitics and strategic thinking in EU foreign policy

    Convenors: Cristian Nitoiu (London School of Economics, UK) / Monika Sus (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany)

    The Ukraine crisis has deeply affected the EU’s understanding of its role in international relations. Diplomats in Brussels, Berlin or London seem to have embraced the idea that the EU must have a more strategic approach to the politics of the neighborhood, but also world politics.

    To a great deal of academics and analysts this shift should have occurred much sooner. Scholars taking this stance have particularly focused on the EU’s grand strategy, its strategic partnerships, the role of public diplomacy, (soft) geopolitics, the development of CSDP missions or the relationships between values, interests and strategic thinking.

    The workshop aims to discuss and contextualize the recent shift towards geopolitics and strategic thinking in EU foreign policy. It will evaluate how recent events international arena (such as the Ukraine crisis, the Arab spring or the rise of Isis) have emphasised the need for the EU to engage with geopolitics and strategic thinking in foreign policy.

    In this sense, the workshop will
    a) focus on developing theories of EU foreign policy that can capture and explain the role of geopolitics and strategic in the EU’s foreign policy,
    b)discuss empirically grounded accounts of the way geopolitics and strategic thinking shape EU foreign policy.

    The workshop will provide a forum for discussing in a systematic manner the role of geopolitics and strategic thinking in EU foreign policy. The results of the workshop are to be published in a special issue in leading journal as well as an edited volume on foreign policy mistakes.

  • WS L: Political Struggle and Performative Rights in Global Politics: New Directions in Research

    WS L: Political Struggle and Performative Rights in Global Politics: New Directions in Research

    Convenors: Louiza Odysseos (Univeristy of Sussex, Brighton, UK) / Anja Eleveld (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands)

    The workshop aims to develop new research directions in the juncture of rights, performativity and political struggle. It is particularly interested in contributions examining the links between practices of claiming rights, performativity and contemporary political struggles, seen for instance in recent claims to the right of dignity or the right to decent work. It acknowledges the concerns of critical scholars questioning the ability of rights to promote change, which have focused on the cost of increased state power, possible invigilation of civil society activity and normalization of identities (e.g. Brown 1995).

    Its objectives, however, are to analyse the relationship between rights and democracy anew by exploring further how it is that rights-claiming as performance contributes to, and shapes, political struggles, as seen in recent work by Zerilli (2005), Madison (2011) and Zivi (2012). The workshop invites contributions exploring the performative dimensions of rights-claiming as democratic practice, investigations of the often ambivalent effects of rights claims in both contesting and constituting the meaning of identity, the contours of community and the forms which political subjectivisation may take.

    In this vein, the workshop has three main aims: first, to theoretically develop the concepts of ‘performative rights’ and performativity. Second, to use such theorizations to inform and heuristically analyse distinct forms of contemporary political struggle, ranging from procedures of judicial activism to processes of adjudication and strategic litigation to struggles over meanings of rights and also their apparent rejection in recent riots 
and other forms of socio-political conduct. And finally, to question inductively the very notions of struggle on the basis of empirical research on historical and ongoing political performances.

  • WS M: The Politics of Otherness: The Identity/Alterity Nexus in International Relations

    WS M: The Politics of Otherness: The Identity/Alterity Nexus in International Relations

    Convenors: Erica Simone Almeida Resende (Candido Mendes University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) / Sybille Reinke de Buitrago (University of Hamburg (IFSH) and Institute for Theology and Peace (ITHF), Hamburg, Germany)

    Traditionally, IR has understood its object of study as state actions outside national borders in a context of anarchy. Following this, the discipline has evolved perceiving its problématiques as pertaining to either the war-peace nexus or the conflict-cooperation nexus.

    This workshop acknowledges the emergence of a third nexus in IR: the identity/alterity nexus, which allows us to conceive international relations as the continuous process of constructing relations of self and other, or even the construction of difference through a process of othering. This workshop aims to understand the process of othering, its factors and dynamics, and to elucidate if othering is negatively colored or not and thereby generate insights regarding conditions for seeing the other as equal.

    By exploring the implications of the identity/alterity nexus as related to processes of othering for explaining and understanding international relations, we propose to formulate a new research agenda about identity and alterity in IR: How do identity and identity formation processes occur and develop at different levels, times and dimensions? How do discourses of differentiation and identification construct state identities and interests? How do otherness and othering practices express themselves in foreign policy discourses, narratives, images, literature, and popular culture? How could questions of tolerance, religion, collective memories, gender as well as feelings of solidarity and empathy be called upon to modify state behavior? If it is true that otherness could come in diverse forms and not only from negative differentiation, how could one maintain their own identity without producing barriers toward others?

  • WS N: Popular Culture and World Politics – Time, Identity, Effect, Affect

    WS N: Popular Culture and World Politics – Time, Identity, Effect, Affect

    Convenors: Nick Robinson (Leeds University, UK) /Kyle Grayson (Newcastle University, UK)

    This workshop aims to bring together leading and emerging scholars who are currently exploring the state of the art in the sub-field of popular culture and world politics (PCWP) with a particular interest in questions of methodology and method.

    The general motivations of the workshop are to unpack how popular culture might matter, when it might matter, where it might matter, to whom it might matter, and how its myriad influences might be assessed and/or perceived. In light of the broader aesthetic turn in the social sciences in general, and the discipline of international relations in particular, it is envisioned that papers could examine how aesthetic approaches can provide additional insights into popular culture and world politics. It is anticipated that questions of method and methodologies, as well as engagement with core concepts shaping how we might understand the popular culture-world politics continuum, will be areas of shared interest amongst participants.

    A central concern of the workshop is to empower researchers. We are minded that many early career researchers and postgraduates (in particular) find it difficult to legitimate research on popular culture and world politics within what often appears to be the confines of mainstream IR. Central to the workshop is an emphasis that far from being trivial, popular culture is, in fact, of foundational importance to all international studies scholars.

    While submissions are invited from across the range of work in PCWP, we are particularly interested in papers that speak to the aesthetic subject; methods and concepts beyond the visual; affects and effects; temporality; and identity construction.

  • WS O: International Politics in the Anthropocene

    WS O: International Politics in the Anthropocene

    Convenors: Delf Rothe (University of Hamburg, Germany)

    Amongst geologists there is a growing consent that we have entered a new geological epoch of the Anthropocene. The emergence of the Anthropocene is intrinsically linked to international politics. It is the dark side of a global economic model that rests upon the large-scale exploitation of fossil fuels resources and which is sustained, amongst others, by global economic, development or security governance. At the same time, the identification and definition of the Anthropocene itself is an inherently political process. The Anthropocene is not simply discovered but actually performed through hybrid networks of different techno-scientific, aesthetic and political practices.

    The Anthropocene also affects international politics at a fundamental level by changing the very conditions in which it takes place. Processes like changing climate patterns, large-scale migration, species extinction and shifting international power relations could change international politics considerably. One might even speak of an emerging „Anthropocene geopolitics“ (Dalby 2013).

    Finally, the Anthropocene offers a possibility to rethink theories of (international) politics. Accepting the notion of the Anthropocene might help overcoming the artificial boundary between the natural and the social worlds that has haunted modern political thought and thereby pave the way for a new global ethics.

    The workshop addresses these multiple imbrications between the Anthropocene and international politics from a variety of conceptual angles. It decidedly seeks to transcend the established disciplinary boundaries of IR and invites empirical, theoretical as well as aesthetic approaches that address the international politics of the Anthropocene.

  • WS P: Decentred Practices of Regionality: How the Practical Turn in IR and Critical Border Studies Contribute to Theorising Regionalism

    WS P: Decentred Practices of Regionality: How the Practical Turn in IR and Critical Border Studies Contribute to Theorising Regionalism

    Convenors: Alessandra Russo (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy) / Luca Raineri (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy)

    Research on regional orders and complexes has questioned the exclusive prerogative on the part of the state in “going regional”: neither the state is the only regionalising actor nor is the only place where decisions to go regional are made. Notions of “trans-state regionalism”, “shadow regionalism” and “micro-regionalism”1 have been introduced more than one decade ago to account for the presence of alternative providers of regionhood2 sustaining different patterns and processes of regional interaction.

    The panel is designed as a venue to unfold, examine, and disclose the potential of turning to practices3 to study shadow regionalism, through different perspectives:

    1. from an ontological point of view, an exploration of the challenges and possible benefits in connecting the “practical turn” with the study of regionalism;
    2. from the methodological point of view, the use of comparative lenses and the insights of studies on informality;
    3. from an epistemological point of view, a reflection on the criticalities of carrying out researches on informal - unstructured - networked practices as expressions of regionalism.
  • WS Q: Transforming violent war-economies: What we know and what we need to know

    WS Q: Transforming violent war-economies: What we know and what we need to know

    Convenors: Sascha Werthes (University Koblenz-Landau, Germany) / Nina Engwicht (University Koblenz-Landau, Germany)

    Profits resulting from the production and trade of valuable natural resources have long been identified as a driving force of violent conflict. The prospect of profits enables and exacerbates armed violence and facilitate the occurrence of (illicit) war-economies. Accordingly, the transformation of war-economic structures and dealing with involved entrepreneurs ranks high on the (inter-)national post-conflict peacebuilding agenda as both factors might constitute a major risk to the lasting peace and stability of post-conflict states. Yet, we know little about the fate of war-economies after the end of violent conflict and their sustainable impact on post-conflict societies.

    The workshop aims to shed light on existing examples of transformation processes of war-economies and their impact on post-conflict societies. We welcome papers that link academic research on the topic with current policy debates. The goal is to collect possible contributions for publication of an edited volume on the topic. Papers should address one or several of the following subject areas:

    1. The structure and the agency of war-economies as a challenge to post-conflict societies: How do war-economies structures endure in or adapt to post-conflict situation? How do war-economic actors spoil peace as either violent or peaceful resisters?
    2. Intended and unintended effects of state-building strategies directed at war-economies: When do measures directed towards violent conflict-economies promote peace and inclusive political and economic institutions and when do they negatively influence peace processes? Do we need a modified strategy?
    3. Thinking outside the box: What alternative strategies of dealing with war-economies can we think of?
  • WS R: Living the “new normal”: Post-crisis politics of money, debt and time

    WS R: Living the “new normal”: Post-crisis politics of money, debt and time

    Convenors: Joscha Wullweber (University of Kassel, Germany) / Benjamin Wilhelm (University of Erfurt, Germany)

    The global financial crisis has left the European Union in a protracted 'post-crisis' state defined by ongoing crisis dynamics of sovereign risk, clashes between financial rationalities and democratic legitimacy, and growing social tensions and inequality. While some of these shifts manifest themselves openly, their full reach is hidden in the complexities of recent structural reformations in the EU. The post-crisis transformation of fiscal relations, financial regulation and governance, as well as economic policy, have shifted the very meaning of normality outside of public debate but with profound social, political and economic implications. This workshop wants to shed light on the new normal in the EU and beyond, by examining the politics of three central aspects: money, debt and time.

    The politics of money concerns the new role of the common currency in the eurozone and its impaired symbolism for the imaginary of a unified Europe in an era of ‘unconventional’ monetary policy and excess liquidity. The nature of debt,and in particular of sovereign debt, is undergoing a profound transformation, requiring increasing levels of collateral and guarantees. Both money and debt crucially involve the notion of time. The moment when debt turns into the obligation to pay is politically highly contested and implies a particular formatting of possible futures in the present. The workshop will explore these new configurations in terms of their production of specific social futures, their relation to power and sovereignty and new epistemologies of safety.

  • WS S: Human rights, humanitarianism, security: beyond the sovereign politics of life

    WS S: Human rights, humanitarianism, security: beyond the sovereign politics of life

    Convenors: Chenchen Zhang (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) / Polly Pallister-Wilkins (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands)

    The proliferation of the international human rights regime and the development of humanitarian governance in the second half of the 20th century have presented humanity or human life as a limit on the exercise of sovereign power. However, the literature inspired by the concepts of biopolitics and biopower has drawn attention to the originary and paradoxical relation of both rights and human life to sovereignty.

    This workshop aims to address theoretical and empirical questions on how human rights, humanitarianism and security entangle with one another in different arenas of international relations, such as military intervention, disaster relief and the multiple regimes of governing human mobility at, within and outside territorial borders. It is particularly interested in examining the contingent and ambiguous features of humanitarian politics that cannot be captured by the primacy of sovereignty and which might enable us to rethink concepts such as rights, humanity and solidarity.

    How do claims of human rights and those of humanitarianism differ and how do they conflate with one another in the form of a minimalist biopolitics? How does the doctrine and practice of preemptive self-defence bear upon the discussion on humanitarian intervention in terms of sovereign exception and the depoliticisation of life? In what ways do human rights and humanitarian organisations challenge as well as participate in the regimes of border and mobility control?How do we envisage a political approach to humanitarianism and alternative understandings of humanity?

    The workshop welcomes contributions from different disciplinary perspectives and focused on varied geographical locations.

  • WS T: Regional Integration for Peace? Comparing Integration Experiences Across Regions

    WS T: Regional Integration for Peace? Comparing Integration Experiences Across Regions

    Convenors: Marco Pinfari (American University Cairo, Egypt) / Giulia Piccolino (GIGA Hamburg, Germany)

    Regional integration is often seen as a tool to transform conflicts and bring about peace. The EU thus received the Peace Nobel Prize in 2012, and it has promoted integration across the world for both economic and political reasons. Yet the existing literature is much more sceptical about the link between integration and peace, even in the European context. Often integration only seems to offer a framework to draw on if windows of opportunity for change arise.

    In addition, the effects of integration seem to be determined by a whole range of additional factors, from global power distribution to local identity narratives. In this workshop, we invite papers that analyse the link between integration and peace in a variety of geographical contexts. Our definition of integration in this endeavour is a broad one, which includes more intergovernmental regional projects as well as more supranational ones, and takes into account economic as well as openly political integration processes.

    We are also interested in papers that look at the degree to which the promotion of integration is legitimised by its contribution to conflict transformation, and whether this promotion has led to any successes in integration and peace. We invite papers from a variety of disciplinary and methodological backgrounds, from explanatory to critical, in order to look at this issue from as many angles as possible.

Each workshop may accept up to 20 participants. Please note that participants are expected to attend their workshop for the entire period of the event. The deadline for paper proposals is 2 October 2015. Proposals MUST be submitted via this link.
Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection process by the end of October 2015.

Picture: Alexander Kobusch


Note that the following is a framework programme, and that workshop convenors are responsible for the organisation of individual workshops, including the allocation of papers to specific slots.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016
From 10:00 Registration
14:00 – 15:30 Workshop Slot 1
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 18:00 Plenary and Keynote
18:00 – 20:00 Reception
Thursday, 7 April 2016
09:00 – 10:30 Workshop Slot 2
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Workshop Slot 3
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30 Workshop Slot 4
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Workshop Slot 5
19:30 Convenors’ dinner (by invitation only)
Friday, 8 April 2016
09:00 – 10:30 Workshop Slot 6
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Workshop Slot 7
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30 Workshop Slot 8
15:30 – 16:00 Lunch break
16:00 – 17:30 Workshop Slot 9
Saturday, 9 April 2016
10:30 City Walk
(optional, to be booked at registration)


The keynote speaker at the plenary on 6 April will be Michael Zürn, Director of the Global Governance research unit at the WZB-Berlin Social Science Centre and a graduate of Tübingen University. You can view his profile here.


Registration opens on 16 October 2015 and closes on 30 November 2015. The registration fee for EISA members will be EUR 100 (full) / EUR 50 (research students). The non-member rate is EUR 200 (full) / EUR 100 (students) and does not include membership.
Click here to register .


Tübingen is one of the oldest university cities in Europe. The university was founded in 1477. For a fee of 5 Euros, EWIS participants can take part in a walking tour of the old town which can only be booked in advance during registration. To book, select the “Tübingen walking tour” excursion and add the 5 Euro fee to your cart. Walks will take place in any weather; fees are non-refundable unless we cancel the tour.

Picture: Ulrich Metz

Picture: Simon Schmincke

Picture: Alexander Kobusch


Tübingen is conveniently located with easy access from Stuttgart.

By plane: Take bus 828 from Stuttgart airport in front of Terminal 1 (6,60 Euros one-way, payable on the bus), ca. 1 hour. Tübingen main station is the final stop. Taxis take only 20 minutes, but cost 70 Euros one-way. A timetable and further information (in German only) is available here ( The last bus leaves the airport at 22:15. It is best to avoid arrivals later than that. If you do arrive later and do not want to take a taxi, it is often possible to find good rates for hotels either on or close to the airport, or you can check out other travel options here.

By train: Most train routes lead via Stuttgart, from where you have to take a regional train (every 30 minutes) to Tübingen. From Italy/Switzerland (Zurich), you ought to change at Horb and take the regional train from there. Further information is available here.

By bus: Tübingen is also served by a number of long-distance buses. To compare possibilities and prices, visit this page.


Find more information about accommodation here.


Picture: Ulrich Metz


April weather in southern Germany is known to be very changeable. On a good day, it can be sunny and warm with temperatures above 20 C, on a bad day it may snow with temperatures close to freezing – the real weather will be somewhere in the middle.
For an up-to-date weather forecast, click here or visit the official German Met Office website(available in English).