Past Events

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).