Call for Papers and Panels - BISA Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Conference 2019

BISA Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Conference 2019 
Call for Papers and Panels 
9th and 10th of April 2019 
University of Portsmouth 
Department of Politics and International Relations 
Celebrating a Diversified and Pluralistic IR?
In Defence of Multiple Narratives of International Relations 
Featuring as a Keynote Speaker Professor Kimberly Hutchings 
2019 marks a significant milestone for the studies of International Relations in the United Kingdom and especially for the British International Studies Association (BISA). As part of reflections on the first 100 years of International Relations/Studies, tracing it back to Aberystwyth in 1919, the BISA Postgraduate Committee is organising a Postgraduate Conference from the 9th – 10th April 2019 at the University of Portsmouth to celebrate the increasing pluralism of the discipline. Our aim is to provide a diverse and collaborative space for PhD and Early Career Researchers to come together in reflecting on the century-long evolution of scholarly thinking in International Relations and use the avenue to think forward in order to enhance understandings, creative and innovative perspectives to research and enrich the pedagogy of International Relations. The theme of the conference is ‘In Defence of Multiple Narratives of International Relations’. While the theme reflects the current rethinking agenda of International Relations, it is our hope that the chosen theme will bring together multidisciplinary perspectives that accommodate critical reflections on the past, present and future of International Relations beyond the United Kingdom. We therefore invite abstracts of no more than 250 words from PhD Students and Early Career Researchers on the following sub-themes: 
  • Critical Historical Origins of International Relations 

  • Local, Regional and Global Agencies in International Relations 

  • Rethinking International Relations from Interdisciplinary Perspectives 

  • The Roles of Emotions in the Study and Practice of International Relations 

  • Critical Global International Relations 

  • Gendering International Relations 

  • Non-Western Narratives of International Relations 

  • New Concepts and Theoretical Approaches 

  • Reinterpreting the Paradigms of International Relations 

  • Global Britain, Brexit and the Liberal World Order 

  • Information, Communication and Technology in International Relations 

The Conference provides PhD and Early Career Researchers with a space to present their research in an inclusive, collegial and supportive setting with plenty of networking possibilities. The conference also offers the valuable opportunity to take part in a wide range of roundtables and activities aiming at enhancing the research and career development of PhD and Early Career Researchers delivered by highly experienced guest speakers who will answer questions and impart key guidance. The details of roundtables and guest speakers are to be released from November 2018 onwards. 
We welcome submissions (individual papers and panels) from BISA Postgraduate and ECRs coming from a variety of disciplines pertaining to the field of International Relations/Studies. 
Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted to the BISA PGN This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 2nd of December 2018 at 5pm. 
Further Important Information: 

There are no registration fees to take part in the conference. If you are not a member yet, BISA membership will be required upon acceptance to attend the conference. Join now to benefit from many other upcoming events and opportunities at 

A limited number of £50 travel grants are available. Should you wish to apply, please add a short paragraph (200 words max) after your abstract, explaining why the grant is required. 

Breakfasts, lunches and refreshments will be catered for all presenters throughout the conference and further requirements regarding dietary options will be provided when emails of acceptance are sent (December/January). 

Final details of roundtables, activities, guest speakers and an informal dinner gathering will be confirmed by January 2019. 

Attending the BISA Annual Conference in London in June 2019 does not preclude participation at the BISA Postgraduate and ECR Conference in April 2019 in Portsmouth. 

The Conference will take place at: The University of Portsmouth, Department of Politics and International Relations, Milldam Building, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS. 

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