Call for papers: Peace operations in the global context: national and regional interpretations of intervention


Tuesday 11 February and Wednesday 12 February 2020
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK
This two-day conference is the second in a series of events organised by the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group, which explores how peace operations are conceptualised and implemented from 'local', 'national/regional' and 'global' perspectives. For this two-day conference, we welcome papers that analyse national and regional perspectives of peace operations, and broach all aspects of the activity, including humanitarian, security, and peacebuilding dimensions.
National and regional perspectives may include policies and activities of actors that contribute (or not) to peace operations; the interaction of policy at a national level towards intervention into violent conflict; the interaction between interveners and national governments within countries where a mission is deployed; interactions among the local and national level; and regional dynamics of peace operations. However, papers are not restricted to these dimensions.
We particularly welcome interdisciplinary contributions and innovative theoretical approaches that challenge existing conceptual approaches to the study of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. It is anticipated that each substantive panel will include a balance of practitioners, scholars and postgraduates at various career stages to reflect on current debates, and discuss future directions in peace operations.
We invite submissions on the following themes and topics:
Humanitarian Aspects
  • Challenges to aspirational human rights and humanitarian goals
  • Approaches to intervention to protect human rights
  • Humanitarian action when the state is a belligerent
Privileging Security
  • Comparability between national security, global security, and human security
  • Security, counter-insurgency, and ‘robust’ approaches to intervention
  • The role of non-militarised approaches to security
Building Peace
  • Actors, policies and interests in building peace
  • Peacebuilding, statebuilding, and strong state institutions
  • Building peace and ‘exit strategies’
Paper and panel proposals should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the end of Friday 1 November 2019. Abstracts for papers should be no more than 250 words. Panel proposals should consist of no more than four participants.
Travel bursaries
A small number of travel bursaries will be available for postgraduate students, and we will send information out on how to apply for these once the call for papers has closed on Friday 1 November.
About the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group:
The BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding working group was established in March 2018 to provide a space for international studies researchers to develop their work on the various aspects of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. For further information on the working group or to join, visit the Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group webpage.

Call for proposals: BISA Workshops’ Conference, 14-15 May 2020

We’re delighted to announce that applications are now open for the BISA Workshops’ Conference to be held on May 14-15 2020 in Birmingham.
The workshops are an opportunity for groups to come together to discuss and develop projects. The subject of the workshop should relate thematically to International Studies or to the career development of scholars working in the discipline. A workshop may involve any of the following:
the presentation and discussion of papers for an edited volume or journal special issue
the coming together of an existing research group (for instance a BISA Working Group, a group working on a collaborative research award or an application) 
a writers’ retreat 
a teaching team wishing to workshop changes to curriculum, assessment, feedback and student engagement
continuing professional development 
We are open to suggestions on other themes and formats. 
Each workshop will have dedicated space at the venue in which to work, and will have access to overnight accommodation, meals and a plenary event. The conference site has room for up to nine workshops. We envisage each workshop as having 8 to 12 participants. 
How to apply
Applications should be made by a potential workshop convenor using the form at the bottom of this page. You will need to include a summary of no more than two pages of A4 stating the purpose of the workshop and a list of its potential participants. Should the workshop be approved, there is no further application process. The submission is done on behalf of the group, in other words, there is no subsequent requirement for individual applications. 
The Workshops are open to both BISA members and non-members, although we do require that the convenor is a member of the Association. Participants can be drawn from any career stage including PhD students. We encourage convenors to take into account gender balance when constituting their workshop.
The cost per participant is £250 for BISA members and £350 for non-members. PhD students enjoy a reduced rate of £150 per participant. The cost includes an evening meal and overnight accommodation on the night of 14 May 2020, breakfast on 15 May 2020 and lunch on both days.
Key dates and deadlines
29 November 2019: applications close 
20 December 2019: notification of approved workshops 
31 January 2020:  convenors to confirm participants’ details 
March 2020: detailed joining instructions circulated
14-15 May 2020: workshops’ conference held
Should you have any queries about this event, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Applications should be made by a potential workshop convenor. A summary of no more than two pages of A4 stating the purpose of the workshop and a list of its potential participants must be uploaded with your application.
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Could you be the next Postgraduate Network Vice-Chair?

Our Postgraduate Network (PGN) is looking for a Vice-Chair, followed by progression to Chair. The candidate would be in post from from 4 November 2019 to May 2021 and would spend the first seven months as Vice-Chair, followed by 12 months as Chair. This position is held on a voluntary basis, requiring a 19-month total commitment in order to fulfil both roles. 
If you're enthusiastic, hard-working, well-organised and committed then we want you to join our team. The opportunity is ideal for motivated and proactive PhD students seeking to diversify their skill base in working beyond their PhD research.
The BISA Postgraduate Committee promotes networking, support and guidance for PhD students and Early Career Researchers. We value and support the development of our members, so we organise workshops and events aimed at enhancing their learning experience and networks. You can find out more about the PGN on the PGN web pages.
Purpose of the Position
The successful candidate will assist the PGN Chair in the effective running of the BISA PGN in close coordination with the BISA Executive Committee, the BISA Director and BISA Comms Manager. They will contribute towards meeting the research and professional development needs of our vibrant Postgraduate and Early Career researcher membership community.
Eligibility Requirements
Working for the BISA PGN Committee is a valuable opportunity to gain transferable skills, so we aren’t seeking specific prior experience. However, the successful candidate must live in the UK and be registered as a PhD student (full- or part-time) for the duration of their mandate as Vice-Chair and Chair. The ideal candidate will be committed and motivated to help steer the direction and long-term vision of the BISA PGN Committee.
Key Responsibilities and Tasks
The Vice-Chair is an entry-level position progressing to lead the PGN Committee as Chair. It is an opportunity to learn to run the BISA PGN, assisting the Chair and coordinating tasks amongst the PGN Committee.
Chairing the BISA PGN requires:
To coordinate the Postgraduate Committee by ensuring that our activities respond to the research and professional development needs of our members.
To delegate tasks amongst the Committee.
To liaise regularly with the BISA Communications Manager and BISA Secretary, and when necessary, the BISA Executive Committee members.
To attend the four quarterly meetings of the BISA Executive Committee in order to report the progress of the PGN and implement any changes, (travel costs covered by BISA, extenuating circumstances may affect attendance).
To contribute to the monthly BISA newsletter (when appropriate).
To manage the Postgraduate budget allocated by BISA.
To be the first point of contact for the PGN through the email account including responding to the enquiries of members, trustees, and external interests.
If you'd like to apply for the role, please send a personal statement (between 300-500 words), together with proof of PhD registration to cover the length of the term as Vice-Chair and Chair to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject title: Vice-Chair Application. If you would like to discuss the position prior to applying, please contact Amandine Hostein: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The closing date for applications is 25 October 2019 at 5pm.

British International History Group 31st Annual Conference Report

In its 31st year, the British International History Group (BIHG) conference showed that the BIHG itself, its membership (which exceeds 700 worldwide) and the fields of history related to international affairs, are in robust health. Over 100 delegates attended the annual conference held at Lancaster University from 5 to 7 September 2019. 
Across 29 themed panels, 79 speakers presented research from the early modern period to contemporary international affairs. Attendees came from 30 UK universities and 14 international universities (in China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the USA). Representatives from FCO Historians, the German Historical Institute in London and The UK National Archives also gave papers.
This year’s roundtable considered the fields of international and military history. Dr Juliette Desplat (TNA), Dr Michael Hopkins (Liverpool) and Professor Michael Hughes (Lancaster) reflected on the evolution of the historiography of these approaches in parallel with the wider disciplines of history. They argued that clichéd depictions of them had been outdated for some time as the diversity of the papers delivered at the conference indicated. 
Patrick Finney
Professor Kathy Burk (UCL) gave the annual BIHG lecture, ‘Lubricating Diplomacy: The Uses of Wine’, which brought food and drink history to the conference. She surveyed diplomatic practice across centuries and continents to explain how central alcohol has been to international affairs.
High levels of empiricism and methodological innovation were recognised in the 2019 Michael L. Dockrill Thesis Prize winner’s research. It was awarded to Dr James Southern, formerly of the School of History, Queen Mary University of London, for his thesis entitled “‘Our people’: Recruitment to the British Diplomatic Service, 1945-1995”. 
PGRs and ECRs received formal career guidance at the BIHG’s annual PGR/ECR workshop and informal encouragement in the panels and over refreshments. As ever, the BIHG’s original objective was apparent in the atmosphere created by the conference and in the interchanges between scholars at different career stages, from diverse backgrounds and universities.
As a working group of the British International Studies Association, the BIHG received financial support for its conference, for which its members are grateful. Lancaster University and its Department of History provided an excellent setting and exceptional organisation for the conference. Much of the smooth running across the three days was due to Dr Marco Wyss and Amy Harding, both of whom receive the BIHG’s thanks, as do Dr Sophie Ambler and two MA students, Zhengya Gan and Sophie Merrix. 
The BIHG is now looking forward to its next annual conference, details of which will soon be announced on this website. Thereafter, there will be a call for papers and invitations to apply for the 2020 Thesis Prize for the best thesis of 2019. 
James Ellison
Vice-Chair, BIHG 

Call for Papers: Postgraduate Research Workshop on International Migration Politics

Organisers: Paul Goode (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Maria Koinova (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
The BISA working group on International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diaspora is organising a research workshop for postgraduates. We welcome paper proposals from postgraduate researchers in the area of international migration politics. The workshop will provide selected participants with feedback on their papers as well as career and publishing advice from the working group’s convenors.
This workshop is sponsored by BISA and the University of Bath’s research group on Nationalism, Populism, and Radicalism. It will be held in the Pall Mall (London) office of the University of Bath on Monday 21 October 2019. Limited travel support for selected participants will be provided. 
The deadline for proposals is Monday 23 September 2019.
Proposals should include name, affiliation, and paper abstract (100-250 words). Please email your proposal to the organisers in word or pdf format by 23 September. Selected participants will be expected to submit their papers two weeks prior to the workshop.
For more information, please contact either Paul Goode (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Maria Koinova (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

BISA Conference 2020 Call for Papers - The Future of International Studies

We’re delighted to bring you the call for papers for the BISA 2020 conference to be held on 17-19 June 2020 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
If you’ve followed BISA for a while you’ll know that we usually open proposal submissions in September each year. This year however, submissions will open a little later at the end of October. This is because, following feedback from conference participants and our working group convenors, we’re redeveloping both our website and the functionality behind it. This includes proposal submission and review. We hope that the short delay won’t deter you from submitting a proposal. The extra time will allow us to make sure that your experience of proposal submission and review improves on previous years.
Call for papers
Where lies the future of international studies as a field of inquiry, mode of learning, and site of politics?
As the discipline enters its second century in the UK, there is an opportunity to engage critically with how we envision the future possibilities of international studies. Are the fundamental contours of world politics changing as challenges like the Anthropocene, populism, and ongoing inequalities potentially reconfigure power and governance in the international system? Or, is the theory and practice of British international studies stuck in its ways, embracing modes of scholarly investigation and forms of nostalgia associated with a mythical bygone era? 
Thus, at a time of competing tendencies and tensions, BISA 2020 provides an opportune moment to further investigate how we ‘do’ international studies and how the field both shapes, and is shaped by, the pressures of contemporary higher education, societies in deep crisis, and worlds in flux. Where might the field turn for new forms of inquiry, engagement, and understanding to better grasp what is at stake in contemporary world politics and better discern how our answers to this question will influence future trajectories for international studies? Moreover, how might international studies more robustly investigate its pasts, presents, and futures? And might it do so with a normative commitment to producing more equitable, diverse, and inclusive worlds?
These questions and their challenges for international studies are not conducive to simple answers. They demand a re-invigoration of inquiry within international studies. But in doing so, to what extent must they also engage with cognate disciplines like geography, history, law, and sociology or even further afield in conversation with the arts, humanities, and sciences? Similarly, how might different ways of knowing, different forms of knowledge, different ways of teaching, and different ways of being a researcher produce alternative futures for international studies?
To pursue answers to the questions, the conference programme committee seeks individual papers, panels, and roundtables that engage with the themes identified above or any other topic that advances the understanding of international studies widely defined. It also encourages the inclusion of multiple perspectives, diverse panels, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovative formats. Please note that members and non-members of BISA are warmly invited to submit proposals.
We hope this call whets your appetite for the 2020 conference and we'll let you know as soon as submissions are open.

Call for Expressions of Interest to Host the BISA Annual Conference in 2021 or 2022

We are seeking statements of interest for serving as the Host for the annual BISA conference in June of 2021 or 2022. The BISA conference draws an international group of researchers and practitioners who are dedicated to the free exchange of scholarly opinions and evidence-based research for the purposes of advancing the field of international studies.
We seek expressions of interest from groups, departments, schools, and/or organisations. The Conference Host is a group or organisation who serves as a liaison to BISA, assisting in the identification of conference spaces, hotels, catering and reception options, sponsorships, and ways to engage with the local community in order to raise the visibility of BISA and the field of international studies.
The BISA Chair, Director and staff will manage the conference programme and planning, including negotiating contracts with hotels, meeting venues, catering, and handling all administrative details of the conference, including registration, reception(s), AV, Wifi access and the organisation of exhibitors. The role of the conference Host is to advise on this process and provide crucial local knowledge and connections.
Individuals, organisations, or consortia who may be interested in serving as conference Host should contact the BISA Chair, Professor Mark Webber: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., cc’ing in the BISA Director, Ms Juliet Dryden: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a letter outlining an expression of interest. 
The letter should include the following information:
  • a list of the members of your hosting group
  • your connections to BISA and the field of international studies
  • a description of any prior experiences you have had with hosting conferences and the role(s) members of the hosting group have played
  • your preference (if any) on the year – 2021 or 2022
  • thoughts on venue options including cost estimates that could accommodate up to 700 delegates and 200 panels over 3-4 days and why these would be good spaces for holding the conference. (Please note BISA is open to a variety of venue spaces, including universities, conference centres, and hotels).
  • initial thoughts for a programme of events around the conference that will engage with the local community to raise the visibility of BISA and advance the understanding of international studies (for example links with schools, local community venues)
  • an assessment of the potential for additional institutional support (if available)
The deadline to submit expressions of interest is 15 November 2019 by 17.00 UK time and should be send to Professor Mark Webber on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cc’ing in the Director on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Short listed applications will be contacted by the end of 2019 and site visits carried out by the Director in early 2020. 

Call for Papers: Interrogating the Nuclear Condition: Past, Present and Future

11th November 2019
Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
Organised by the BISA Global Nuclear Order Working Group
We’re pleased to announce that proposals are invited for the seventh annual conference of the BISA Global Nuclear Order Working Group. The conference theme is Interrogating the Nuclear Condition: Past, Present and Future.
We invite proposals for papers and panels that investigate conceptual, empirical and/or policy aspects of global nuclear politics. Papers/panels can also reflect on methodological or theoretical debates in the field. We welcome papers that examine all aspects of the nuclear world we inhabit, including but not limited to:
  • Theoretical/interdisciplinary/activist/practitioner approaches to engaging with the nuclear condition
  • New thinking on contemporary and future nuclear challenges, such as deterrence and strategy in the third decade of the 21st century, and the relationship of nuclear and other technologies
  • Reflections on international nuclear politics at the ‘end of arms control’
  • Disarmament, the humanitarian initiative and global nuclear governance
  • Reconsidering and contextualising our nuclear past
  • Proliferation, nuclear security and nuclear risk management
We will also be holding shorter, informal five minute ‘pitch’ sessions for those with ideas at an earlier stage looking for feedback, advice or potential collaborators.
The BISA Global Nuclear Order Working Group was founded to bring together a diverse range of scholars, practitioners and professionals and so submissions from post-graduate students, non-academics and those working in other disciplines are particularly welcome.
Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words and/or 50 word ‘pitch’ idea by 30th September 2019 to Dr Laura Considine: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Conference is hosted by the University of Portsmouth with a contribution from the University Security and Risk thematic area. Security and Risk research at Portsmouth concerns the physical and electronic security of individuals, organisations and societies. A number of travel bursaries will be available for graduate students and early career presenters who are BISA members and will be allocated based on individual need and distance travelled.

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.
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