EWIS 2020

7th European Workshops in International Studies, Brussels, 1-4 July 2020
‘Together We’re Stranger’: Strange and Familiar in International Relations


Programme Co-Chairs:

Prof. Julien Jeandesboz, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Dr Maria Mälksoo, University of Kent in Brussels (for EISA)


Call for Workshop Proposals: Deadline: 21 October 2019

The European International Studies Association (EISA) invites workshop proposals for EWIS 2020, which will take place at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) from 1-4 July 2020. The European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), launched by EISA in 2013, have fast established themselves as a spirited place for the European IR community to engage in sustained, in-depth discussion with a diverse range of peers from various institutions, countries, disciplines and career stages. EWIS has proven to be a popular and productive format, perfect for preparing special issues, edited volumes or exploring new ideas, themes and directions in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.


EWIS 2020 will be organised in collaboration with the centre for international politics (REPI, Recherches et études en politique internationale) and the Department of Political Science of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Located in Brussels and founded in 1834, the ULB is one of the most influential Belgian universities, and REPI an important hub for IR in the francophone world. The Solbosch campus is situated in the heart of the city, with easy access to the pulsating centre of Brussels with its distinct neighbourhoods, art and architecture troves, charming cafés and brasseries. Easily reachable by air, land and the sea, the ‘Capital of Europe’ is an oft-underplayed little gem of the continent.


The 7th iteration of EWIS at the ULB takes inspiration from a song and an eponymic album Together We’re Stranger by an English art-pop duo No-Man, formed in 1987 as No Man Is an Island (Except the Isle of Man). The problems of difference and otherness, the reefs of cultural miscommunication and mutual misunderstandings in the inevitably ‘peopled’ world, combined with the inescapable need to somehow organise cultural diversity, keep haunting contemporary international relations. How can we live together – as we cannot really live apart, regardless of the occasional temptations to mute the noise of the world, ‘take back control’ and retrofit modern societies to imaginary orders that never were? Are we more vulnerable to ourselves, seeking seclusion? How do we mediate estrangement and togetherness – through which modes of knowledge and reasoning, practices, or devices? Are we stranger together – or yet something else? We encourage you to step outside and not to be afraid to probe the brave new world; to ask for better.


We invite colleagues to submit 500-word workshop proposals with an extended list of possible participants and their paper topics by 21 October 2019. We intend to bring together 25-30 workshops with up to 20 participants in each.

We are seeking proposals for workshops on specific themes within the broad field of International Studies from potential convenors who would organise and chair the workshops. The proposals should include:

  • Workshop title
  • Description of workshop topic and its relevance (max 500 words)
  • An indication of possible paper topics and potential participants (1-2 pages)
  • A short CV of each workshop convenor (max 1 page each)



Maximum of two convenors per each workshop. Workshop convenors must be current EISA members. They will pay a reduced participation fee and will be invited to the workshop convenors’ dinner. They will, however, fund and arrange their own travel and accommodation.

Accepted workshop conveners will be notified by 11 November 2019. The general call for papers will then open on 25 November 2019 and run until 13 January 2020.


EWIS 2020 timeline:

1.     21/10/2019 – Call for Workshop Proposals Closes

2.     11/11/2019 – Decision on Successful Workshops

3.     25/11/2019 – General Call for Papers Opens

4.     13/01/2020 – General Call for Papers Closes

5.     17/02/2020 – Acceptance emails – Registration Opens

6.     31/03/2020 – Registration Closes

7.     30/04/2020 – Finalisation of Workshops

8.     01/06/2020 – Finalisation of Programme

9.     01/07/2020 - Start of EWIS 2020


Submission & Inquiries: All proposals should be submitted as PDF attachments to ewis2020@eisa-net.org and copied to Julien Jeandesboz (julien.jeandesboz@ulb.ac.be) and Maria Mälksoo (m.malksoo@kent.ac.uk) with the title ‘EWIS 2020 Workshop Proposal’.


Please contact ewis2020@eisa-net.org for general enquiries about EWIS 2020.