The Results Are In - Conference Survey 2019

Following the BISA 2019 conference in London we asked attendees for feedback on what worked well and what we could improve for Newcastle 2020 and beyond. The results are in and we wanted to share some highlights. We rely on your suggestions to improve the conference year on year and, most importantly, to give you as members a productive and worthwhile conference experience that represents value for money.
 
The most important statistic for us is that 96% of you said that the conference delivered on our aim to provide an intellectual atmosphere that is respectful and open to all levels of debate and opinion. This was our principle aim for the conference and we are pleased with this strong result.
 
Other aspects of the conference which scored well included:
  • 87% of you thought the satellite events were a useful addition to the programme
  • 85% gave a positive response on the special panels, for example CPD and mentoring
  • 88% rated the diversity of panel topics ‘excellent’ or ‘good’
  • The ‘Meet the Editors’ event organised by the BISA Postgraduate Network (PGN) was a particular favourite with requests to repeat it next year
Common themes for improvement included:
  • A later start time each day to ensure better attendance at the first panels
  • More consideration to be given to the choice of venue and use of space – for example to have seating and work areas, more signage and better wifi
  • Provision of training for panel chairs
  • Greater diversity of panellists - this is very important to us and we are continually looking for ways to improve in this area
  • Better promotion of the PGN events
We’ll be discussing all the conference feedback at the next conference committee meeting in September, with a view to ensuring that we can act on as many of your suggestions as possible for Newcastle 2020. Look out for announcements on what we’ve improved when the conference programme is released early next year.
 

Call for Papers: ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’? Tackling Serious and Organised Crime post-Brexit - journal special issue

Journal special issue – Trends in Organised Crime
 
Against a background of continuing growth in the volume of serious and organised crime (SOC) in the United Kingdom (UK), the 2019 report of the National Crime Agency points to a systemic failure of the police in tackling this issue, as well as to increasing concerns with the current impact on UK society: 
 
“SOC affects more UK citizens, more frequently than any other national security threat. It has a daily impact on citizens, public services, businesses, institutions, national reputation and infrastructure. SOC is estimated to cost the UK economy at least £37bn a year” (NCA, 2019: 4). 
 
Given the transnational nature of SOC and the level of international security cooperation currently in place to address this phenomenon, the departure of the UK from the European Union (EU) is only expected to worsen the situation. Since the Maastricht Treaty, the UK has been developing a system of opt-ins and opt-outs that has allowed it to substantially benefit from and contribute to the development of European measures aimed at tackling organised crime, at the same time as it has enabled the country to avoid taking part in measures which are perceived as not aligned with its national interests. Well-known examples of instruments and mechanisms the UK takes part in include the European Arrest Warrant – aimed at harmonising extradition procedures-, the Schengen Information System – a database for the purpose of border management and law enforcement-, and Europol – the EU’s law enforcement agency. Brexit has the potential to substantially reduce the capacity of the UK to address organised crime by limiting its access to crucial instruments and databases, as well as decreasing its influence over EU decision-making in this area.
 
Bearing this background in mind, the present call for papers invites expressions of interest covering one or more of the following topics for the purpose of submitting a special issue proposal to the journal Trends in Organised Crime:  
 
  • How is Brexit likely to shape SOC trends?
  • How are policy and legal responses likely to be impacted?
  • What form and depth of cooperation could be achieved in future negotiations covering the issue of serious and organised crime? What political, legal and operational obstacles do you foresee?
  • How can the fight against SOC be conceptualised and imagined beyond EU Justice and Home Affairs' instruments and policies? 
  • How can the UK continue to serve as an influential actor in the fight against SOC from an external position?
  • How is the governance of Brexit impacting on the current security relations between the UK and the EU?
 
Expressions of interest should be submitted to the editors of the special issue, Helena Farrand Carrapico, Alex Hall, and Ekaterina Gladkova (Northumbria University) via the following e mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. They should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and a 200-word abstract. The deadline for submission of expressions of interest is 15th September 2019.

International Political Theory Essay Prize – Submit Now!

The BISA Contemporary Research in International Political Theory (CRIPT) working group are delighted to announce that we have set up an essay prize for the best submission in international political theory, as part of the activities of this academic year.
 
The essay prize is aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers, and you could receive not just monetary reward but the chance to increase your recognition within the international studies community. The winner of the prize will receive a £100 Amazon voucher and the chance to deliver their paper at the conference on the International Thought of Judith Shklar, taking place on 10th October 2019 at the University of St Andrews. The working group will also offer a contribution to travel or accommodation expenses for the conference.
 
To participate, submissions must:
  • be authored by a BISA member;
  • not exceed 16,000 words;
  • be authored by a current postgraduate student (at any level), early career researcher (holding a position within a higher education institution for a maximum of three years prior to submission), or PhD holder (to have graduated a maximum of three years prior to submission);
  • be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before September the 1st.
 
Submit your entry now or circulate to any colleagues or students. Should you have any questions please email Flaminia and Christof at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Good luck to all entrants.

BISA appoints new Communications Manager

We’re delighted to announce that BISA has recently appointed a new full-time Communications Manager, Chrissie Elliot-Duxson.
 
Chrissie has replaced Maximilian Lempriere who has done a fantastic job of looking after BISA’s communications on a part-time basis over the past few years.
 
Chrissie has worked in marketing/communications for around 10 years across a range of different sectors including several positions in Higher Education at the University of Warwick. She graduated in 2008 with a first-class degree in Law from the University of the West of England and has professional qualifications in marketing and accountancy. Chrissie is also a former Chair of her local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses and Coventry and Warwickshire First Young Professionals. In her spare time Chrissie enjoys travelling, reviewing gigs for Birmingham Live and is a singer/songwriter.
 
BISA Chair, Mark Webber, said “Following the success that BISA has enjoyed over the past few years, we are now in a position where we need a full-time member of staff to look after our communications. We want to make significant changes to our website and member communications, as well as increasing our offer to new audiences such as schools, and this just couldn’t be achieved on a part-time basis. I’ve really enjoyed working with Max and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”
 
Over the next six months Chrissie will be working on developing a new BISA website and refreshing the BISA brand, as well as continuing the great work done by Max. She is looking forward to getting to know as many BISA members and Working Group convenors as possible. Should you have any member or working group-related news/events please get in touch with Chrissie and she will be happy to help you disseminate these via our communications channels. Her email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
We’ve taken on the web development and rebrand work following analysis of the results from the member survey we conducted in the Spring, and we hope the results will address some the things you asked for. We’ll be bringing you more information on this over the course of the next few months.
 
Welcome Chrissie and good luck for the future Max.
 

Call for Papers: The West and the Rest? Challenging the Emotions Research Agenda

Monday 9 December 2019
London South Bank University (K2-V709, 9am-5pm)
 
Organised by the BISA Working Group Emotions in Politics and IR
 
The workshop
 
Emotions research in Politics and International Relations is now a well-established and rich field, illuminating the political, cultural, and social work of emotions in a variety of global processes including war, peace and conflict resolution, trauma, security, social movements, public opinion, and diplomacy. Recent studies on the everyday politics of emotions have shed light on who gets to express emotions, which emotions are perceived as (il)legitimate or (un)desirable, and how and when emotions are circulated. Emotions and their expression do not, therefore, ‘float freely’; their articulation, perception and reception are contingent on where one is located. Why, for example, is ‘America’s anger’ toward China’s trading practices treated as more rational and legitimate than Afghan women’s anger at the presence of US military forces in Afghanistan? What role do emotions play in legitimating or resisting the forces of white supremacist politics? What role do emotions play in perpetuating or contesting the historical and racialised dynamics of power represented by the ‘refugee crisis’?  This workshop seeks to explore some of these questions with the aim of engaging with critical, non-Western, and postcolonial perspectives on emotions. The discipline of IR is increasingly under the microscope for its role in reproducing global inequalities and violence, and is being asked to look beyond the West to understand and study the world. This workshop seeks to explore: the ways in which the everyday politics of emotions is shaped by gender, race, and class; the extent to which emotions research to date has contributed to a more pluralist and radical vision of IR, and the ways in which (non-)Western perspectives on emotions shape the production of knowledge.
 
Questions we seek to address include (but are by no means limited to):
- To what extent have emotions studies included a variety of perspectives and empirical cases beyond the West?
- How do emotions intersect with race, sexuality and gender?
- How can decolonialism/postcolonialism inform the study and research of emotions in IR?
- How might the everyday politics of emotions contribute to our understanding of International Relations from non-Western perspectives?
 
Please send your title and 200 word abstract by no later than Friday 13 September to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copying This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 
Please note that there is small amount of money available for travel that can be awarded to participants (who are BISA members) but priority will be given to PhD students and unwaged participants.

20 Years After Kosovo: The Prospects for and Limits of International Intervention

Wednesday 18 September - Thursday 19 September 2019
University of Surrey, Guildford. 
 
This conference reflects upon the trajectory of interventionism since Kosovo. What have been its successes? What have been its failures? Does it have a future? How does a changing international environment, as well as the emergence of new actors and combat technologies, affect intervention? The event will bring a group of top academics, as well as policy makers, to Surrey in order to discuss these and related questions.
 
This event is organised by the Centre for International Intervention at the University of Surrey and BISA International Responsibility to Protect Special Working Group (IR2P). This event is supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies (University of Surrey), BISA and the Leverhulme Trust.
 
University of Surrey 
Guildford 
Surrey 
GU2 7XH
 
A registration fee (to be confirmed) is applicable for this event.
 
Overview
 
Twenty years ago, NATO went to war against Serbia over ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, bringing to a close a decade marked by vigorous debate on the pros and cons of military intervention. By the end of that decade, the consensus seemed to be that ‘something had to be done’ in the face of large scale atrocities. ‘Standing by and letting die’ was not a sound foreign policy option. In response, in 1999, the then UK Prime Minister Tony Blair even went so far as to defend a form of ‘liberal interventionism’ in a famous speech in Chicago. Twenty years later, in 2019, the mood music surrounding intervention has changed considerably. In the 2000s, ethnic cleansing in the Sudanese region of Dafur was not halted by the international community, while the slaughter in Syria has continued unabated since 2011/2. The UN-backed intervention Libya in 2011 was anything but a roaring success. Intervention was barely on the agenda during the ethnic cleansing Myanmar’s Muslim minority in 2018. Powerful states, in particular the USA under the presidency of Donald Trump, have begun to pursue a more isolationist foreign policy where ‘saving strangers’ is not an objective. Against this background, this year’s high profile conference, co-organised by Surrey’s Centre for International Intervention and BISA IR2P, reflects upon the trajectory of interventionism since Kosovo. What have been its successes? What have been its failures? Does it have a future? How does a changing international environment, as well as the emergence of new actors and combat technologies, affect intervention? The event will bring a group of top academics, as well as policy makers, to Surrey in order to discuss these and related questions.
 
Call for papers
 
Theme
 
The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the Kosovo Intervention, a defining event in the evolution of humanitarian intervention and the protection of civilians. The broad theme of the conference will be the legacies of the Kosovo Intervention and the evolution of humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect (R2P) since 1999.  Papers need not relate to the conference theme, though we would certainly welcome those that do. 
 
The conference will explore the substantive changes in the norms relating to civilian protection, alongside the practices of protection that have emerged over the past 20 years. It will address some of the ongoing challenges to the effective prevention of, and response to mass atrocity crimes, as well as looking forward to future evolutions in protective practice, theoretical conceptualisations, legal architectures and international norms.
 
We welcome papers that address normative, theoretical, legal, and empirical aspects of intervention and the R2P.
 
Possible topics include:
 
The long-term impact of the Kosovo Intervention
The normative development of humanitarian intervention since 1999
The evolution of military practice for the protection of civilians and/or populations
The R2P within the United Nations system
The impact of populism and neo-nationalism on the R2P
The legitimacy of humanitarian intervention in the 21st Century
The domestic politics of civilian protection
Refugee protection and the R2P
Drones, emerging military technology and intervention
The ethics of intervention
Any other topics connected to the R2P and/or intervention
 
Abstract submission
 
Please send abstracts of 250 words and a 100-word bio to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 July 2019.
 
Attendance and participation is not limited to members of BISA or the working group. There are some bursaries to help with travel for PhD students to enable attendance. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply (please note, that it is necessary to join BISA to obtain a bursary). The conference will also announce the winners of the 2019 IR2P book and ECR article awards.
 
Accommodation
 
We have a limited number of guest rooms on our Stag Hill and Manor Park campuses. There are also several hotels within close proximity to the University.
 
 

Call for Papers: Second Annual Conference on Intervention and R2P

Conference date: Wednesday 18 September - Thursday 19 September 2019
Abstract submission deadline: 15 July 2019.
 
Organised by the BISA working group on Intervention and State Sovereignty
 
20 Years After Kosovo: The Prospects for and Limits of International Intervention 
 
 
This conference reflects upon the trajectory of interventionism since Kosovo. What have been its successes? What have been its failures? Does it have a future? How does a changing international environment, as well as the emergence of new actors and combat technologies, affect intervention? The event will bring a group of top academics, as well as policy makers, to Surrey in order to discuss these and related questions.
 
This event is organised by the Centre for International Intervention at the University of Surrey and BISA International Responsibility to Protect Special Working Group (IR2P). This event is supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies (University of Surrey), BISA and the Leverhulme Trust.
 
A registration fee (to be confirmed) is applicable for this event.
 
Overview
 
Twenty years ago, NATO went to war against Serbia over ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, bringing to a close a decade marked by vigorous debate on the pros and cons of military intervention. By the end of that decade, the consensus seemed to be that ‘something had to be done’ in the face of large scale atrocities. ‘Standing by and letting die’ was not a sound foreign policy option. In response, in 1999, the then UK Prime Minister Tony Blair even went so far as to defend a form of ‘liberal interventionism’ in a famous speech in Chicago. Twenty years later, in 2019, the mood music surrounding intervention has changed considerably. In the 2000s, ethnic cleansing in the Sudanese region of Dafur was not halted by the international community, while the slaughter in Syria has continued unabated since 2011/2. The UN-backed intervention Libya in 2011 was anything but a roaring success. Intervention was barely on the agenda during the ethnic cleansing Myanmar’s Muslim minority in 2018. Powerful states, in particular the USA under the presidency of Donald Trump, have begun to pursue a more isolationist foreign policy where ‘saving strangers’ is not an objective. Against this background, this year’s high profile conference, co-organised by Surrey’s Centre for International Intervention and BISA IR2P, reflects upon the trajectory of interventionism since Kosovo. What have been its successes? What have been its failures? Does it have a future? How does a changing international environment, as well as the emergence of new actors and combat technologies, affect intervention? The event will bring a group of top academics, as well as policy makers, to Surrey in order to discuss these and related questions.
 
Call for papers
 
Theme
 
The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the Kosovo Intervention, a defining event in the evolution of humanitarian intervention and the protection of civilians. The broad theme of the conference will be the legacies of the Kosovo Intervention and the evolution of humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect (R2P) since 1999.  Papers need not relate to the conference theme, though we would certainly welcome those that do. 
 
The conference will explore the substantive changes in the norms relating to civilian protection, alongside the practices of protection that have emerged over the past 20 years. It will address some of the ongoing challenges to the effective prevention of, and response to mass atrocity crimes, as well as looking forward to future evolutions in protective practice, theoretical conceptualisations, legal architectures and international norms.
 
We welcome papers that address normative, theoretical, legal, and empirical aspects of intervention and the R2P.
 
Possible topics include:
 
The long-term impact of the Kosovo Intervention
The normative development of humanitarian intervention since 1999
The evolution of military practice for the protection of civilians and/or populations
The R2P within the United Nations system
The impact of populism and neo-nationalism on the R2P
The legitimacy of humanitarian intervention in the 21st Century
The domestic politics of civilian protection
Refugee protection and the R2P
Drones, emerging military technology and intervention
The ethics of intervention
Any other topics connected to the R2P and/or intervention
 
Abstract submission
 
Please send abstracts of 250 words and a 100-word bio to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 July 2019.
Attendance and participation is not limited to members of BISA or the working group. There are some bursaries to help with travel for PhD students to enable attendance. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply (please note, that it is necessary to join BISA to obtain a bursary). The conference will also announce the winners of the 2019 IR2P book and ECR article awards.
 
Accommodation
 
We have a limited number of guest rooms on our Stag Hill and Manor Park campuses. There are also several hotels within close proximity to the University.
 

A new BISA website - invitation to tender

We are delighted to invite tenders for the development and support of a new BISA website.
 
Our main objectives for the new website are:
  • To improve the user experience allowing visitors to successfully navigate to the information they require, and to create a simple, user-friendly journey through key actions such as conference registration and joining BISA
  • To use our web presence more effectively to inspire interest in International Studies, showcase research and facilitate contact with users of academic activity, policy, journalism and the NGO/International organisation market  
  • To utilise new platforms and develop new technology to enhance the ability of our members to engage with BISA.
We want to hear from people who have:
  • Proven expertise in website development, particularly experience of events and membership management functionality
  • Proven knowledge of the UK education and/or charity sectors
  • Experience in providing user support
  • Experience of working effectively with a range of organisations and a high level of communication skills 
  • Effective project and business planning skills.
If this sounds like you and you’d like to work with us, download the instructions and response document and request the brief from our Communications Manager, Chrissie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
All responses must be received by 9am on Monday 29 July in order to be considered.
 
We look forward to hearing from you!

Call for Papers: Human Rights and British Foreign Policy: Past, Present, and Future

16 September 2019
Rendall Building, University of Liverpool Keynote: Dr Jamie Gaskarth (University of Birmingham)
 
The Conference
 
The history of human rights has emerged as a dynamic research field in recent years, with historians such as Samuel Moyn and Jan Eckel arguing that the 1970s – rather than the 1940s or the 1780s – constituted the ‘breakthrough’ decade for human rights in international politics. Yet Britain remains conspicuous by its absence in these narratives. Historians such as Barbara Keys have argued convincingly that human rights considerations began to exert an influence over US foreign policy formulation in the 1970s. Scholars such as Sarah Snyder, meanwhile, have challenged conventional narratives of diplomatic history by exploring the role of NGOs, civil society and international organisations in shaping ideas about human rights in US and Soviet foreign policy during the last two decades of the Cold War. In the British case, however, the introduction of human rights considerations into the foreign policy-making process is often attributed to the New Labour government in 1997, interpreted as a radical shift ushering in a “new era” of British diplomacy. This symposium – sponsored by the University of Liverpool and the Royal Historical Society, and supported by the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place – aims to address this myopia, providing a forum for interdisciplinary conversations between PGRs and postdoctoral researchers who are studying questions concerning humanitarian intervention, anti- terrorism, overseas aid, and the role of NGOs in shaping governmental approaches to these issues from both historical and contemporary perspectives. To provide PGRs and ECRs with an opportunity to engage with policy experts, the symposium will also feature a closing roundtable of experts from advocacy groups and foreign policy think tanks – experts who are currently grappling with the implications of Brexit, and the future role that human rights considerations may play in the formulation and implementation of British foreign policy in a post-Brexit world.
Possible subjects include but are not limited to:
 
The evolution of human rights concerns within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The role of the international institutions in shaping British responses to human rights issues
Human rights concerns within the context of overseas aid / development policy
The influence of NGOs in shaping human rights policy
The balancing of ethical and strategic considerations in British foreign policy
The entangled histories of human rights and humanitarianism
Media perspectives on human rights violations and humanitarian intervention
Emerging technological challenges to international human rights law
The role of human rights in British foreign policy post-Brexit
 
Please send abstracts of 250-300 words with a short biography to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 16 August.

Call for proposals: Understanding Foreign Policy-Making Within Area Studies

Queen Mary University of London, Tuesday 17 December 2019, 12-6pm
Convenor: Dr Marianna Charountaki (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Deadline: 31 October 2019
 
The goal of this workshop is to identify common ground between the fields of FPA and Area Studies. Colleagues are invited to propose contributions focused on ontological, epistemological, and methodological issues, and to think about how the insights from one might be relevant to the other. Contributions need not be in the form of a full paper, since this is a preliminary discussion which will build to some extent on conversations that took place at the BISA annual conference in June. It could, for example, include reflections on ongoing or recently completed research projects that drew on insights from both sub-fields.
 
The goal is to identify what scholars working in separate but related sub-fields might be able to learn from each other’s insights, knowledge, and approaches. There is some funding available for travel bursaries for BISA members wishing to attend this workshop, with preference given to PhD students and early career researchers without access to institutional travel funds.
 
Dr Charountaki is especially keen to hear from female colleagues and people of colour, and from colleagues working on a range of different regions of the world, so please do put yourself forward if you think you have something to say. If you are interested in participating, or would like more information, please email Dr Charountaki on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
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