Call for Papers: Postgraduate Research Workshop - Militarisation and the Local in Peacekeeping: Ambition, Pragmatism and Adaptability

Peacekeeping operations increasingly face a tension between pragmatic approaches, which seek realistically achievable outcomes, and ambitious approaches rooted in humanitarian commitments and human rights. This ‘turn’ to pragmatism speaks to the need of peacekeeping to adapt to new expectations and challenges, including increasingly complex mandates of multilateral missions and the emergence of asymmetric threats. However, these more robust and militarised operations may have negative effects on host communities and wider work towards sustainable peace. Using 'the local' lens, this workshop will explore adaptation to some of these new challenges amidst these humanitarian and security tensions. This event seeks to provide a productive space for emerging PGR voices, and each substantive panel will include a balance of practitioners, scholars and postgraduates.
This workshop is the first of a four-part series which will examine peacekeeping through three layers: the local, the national/regional, and the global. The series aims to stimulate thinking through a bottom-up approach, which builds an additional 'lens' through which to view the challenges in question, beginning with the 'local', then adding the 'national/regional' and finally the 'global'. The final event of the series will bring together PGRs, scholars and practitioners to discuss the outcomes of the workshops and to strategize directions for a robust peacekeeping research agenda.
This event is held under the remit of the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group with funding from BISA PGN.
We invite submissions on the following themes and topics:
Humanitarian Aspects
Challenges to aspirational human rights and humanitarian goals
Approaching diverse actors to fulfil aspirational aims in a complex environment
Incorporating local needs and interests in pursuit of aspirational humanitarian goals
Privileging Security
What kind of security for whom? Struggles over meaning for security
The role of militarisation in peacekeeping and challenges in practice for local security
The effects counter-terrorism on local conceptions of security
Adaptation of peacekeeping in responding to counterinsurgency strategies
Building Peace
Implications of conceptual and practical interactions between militarisation, humanitarian aims, human
security and development on building peace
Strategies for balancing normative ambitions against security challenges in pursuit of peacebuilding
If you wish to present a paper: Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 31 July 2019.
If you wish to attend, but not present a paper: Please send a brief statement (also no more than 250 words) of how the workshop will benefit your research, no later than 31 July 2019.
Selected speakers and attendees will be informed by 9 August 2019.
A limited number of travel bursaries (max. £50 pp) are available for participants who cannot secure funds from their home institution. If you would like to apply for a travel bursary, please provide a brief explanation in your email and whether other sources of funding are available to you.

“International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diaspora” Working Group Announcing an Annual Best Book Award

BISA’s Working Group on the “International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diaspora” confers its first Annual Best Book Award for a monograph published in the field of international politics of migration during the previous year. Books should meet the thematic focus of the Working Group, which includes securitisation of borders; transnational diaspora, refugee and migrant politics; the relation and tensions between migration, human rights and citizenship. More details can be found here:
  • Books will be judged by the committee members on their rigour, originality and significance to the field.
  • Books should be nominated by individuals, authors, departments, or publishers.
  • Books for consideration must be monographs and cannot be edited volumes.
  • The author(s) need not hold BISA membership (but any non-member recipient must immediately join BISA to receive the award). 
  • For this first ever prize of the Working Group, the nominated book must have been published between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 (authors may be required to provide proof that the book was published in the calendar year of 2018).
  • The award consists of a £100 voucher to be awarded to the recipient.
  • The recipient will be announced at a venue of the Working Group on “International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diaspora” by the end of 2019. In the following years, the book award will be conferred at the BISA Annual Conference. The selection committee for the best book award reserves the right not to make an award in any particular year.
How to apply
  • Individuals, authors, departments, and publishers may submit a nomination. A brief supporting statement is required of each nomination. It is the nominator's responsibility to contact the publisher and request that copies of the nominated title be sent to each of the committee members at the addresses listed below.
  • The nomination with supporting statement should be addressed to the committee chair. Only email nominations will be considered. 
  • The deadline for submission for nominations is the Monday 15 July 2019.
  • Individual nominators are limited to one submission but a maximum of 3 books can be nominated by the same publisher.
  • It is the nominator's responsibility to contact the publisher and request that copies of the nominated title be sent to each of the committee members at the addresses listed below.
  • If copies of a book are not received by the selection committee by the date stipulated, the nomination will be excluded from consideration. Where possible, pdf or e-book versions would be welcome in addition to a hard copy.
  • The award will be judged by the committee members appointed by the “International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diaspora” WG (listed below).
Committee Members
Dr Sara de Jong, 
University of York (Chair)
Department of Politics, University of York
Heslington, York, 
YO10 5DD, UK
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Dr Myriam Fotou, 
University of Leicester
8 Manley Court, 
London N16 0PB, UK
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Prof Behrooz Morvaridi, University of Bradford
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Bradford
West Yorkshire BD7 1DP
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Call for papers: Conference “New Perspectives on Non-State Political Violence”, November 22-23 2019, Queen’s University Belfast

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics of Queen’s University Belfast has opened a call for papers for a conference dedicated to new perspectives on non-state political violence. They welcome PhD and early-career researchers as well as experienced academics and practitioners from a broad range of backgrounds who are interested in innovative ways of researching and analysing non-state political violence. This includes the following areas:
1. New approaches to researching non-state political violence
- theoretical frameworks and interdisciplinary approaches: philosophical, historical, anthropological, economic/PR, artistic/cultural, etc;
- approaches to data collection and analysis;
- ethical aspects of doing research on political violence
2. New trends in political violence
- historical heritage within the 21st century non-state political violence; threats;
- modi operandi;
- terrorist financing and economic resources;
- propaganda and radicalisation
3. New responses to terrorism
- counter-terrorism strategies;
- intelligence and information-sharing;
- legislation and state security practices;
- ethical side of counter-terrorism
Please submit your abstract (max. 500 words) and a short bio to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 31, 2019
Notifications of Acceptance by September 30, 2019. All submissions should be in English.
If you wish to organise a conference panel please email the conference organisers regarding the theme and panellists’ names. All panellists should submit individual abstracts before the deadline.
The conference will be hosted by Queen’s University Belfast.
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Call for papers ‘International law in times of transformation: How does international law deal with systemic change?’

Workshop, University of St Andrews 
Friday, 8 November 2019
Deadline for abstracts: 15 July 2019
Organisers: Dr Mateja Peter and Dr Adam Bower, on behalf of BISA International Law Working Group and the Centre for Global Constitutionalism, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews 
International law has developed in spurts, often following a dramatic reordering of power structures precipitated by the conclusion of major wars. The existing international legal order emerged at conferences held at the end of the First and Second World Wars, and through increased interaction following the end of the Cold War. Each shift in power structures brought new regimes and institutions across economic, environmental, developmental, human rights, and security-related spheres. Changes experienced between these reordering moments have been more gradual and incremental, but still possess cumulative impact. Today, core elements of the contemporary multilateral global order are arguably under increasing pressure due to a new systemic reordering. Not only are we experiencing a switch from a unipolar to a multipolar order, but the system is also under serious strain from pressures emanating from non-state actors (terrorism, organised crime, refugees) and new technologies. 
In this vein, we invite participants to reflect on how international law deals with systemic change. We welcome contributions from scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and encompassing a plurality of theoretical and methodological approaches that shed light on one or both of the guiding questions that will orient the workshop: (1) What can past power transitions teach us about contemporary challenges to international law?, and (2) What adaptations of existing international rules and institutions are we already seeing and are these sufficient to respond to a systemic change in power relations?
We welcome proposals from scholars at any level, and we strongly encourage early-career researchers (advanced PhD students, postdocs, and junior staff) to apply. A limited number of bursaries towards travel and accommodation expenses will be available (£200 for participants from UK/Europe; £400 for participants based outside Europe) for those with limited resources. If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please provide a brief rationale for why you need a grant with your abstract submission. Successful recipients of a bursary must be registered members of BISA by the time of the workshop.
Important dates:
15 July 2019: Deadline for abstracts. Please submit these to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
1 August 2019: Notification of acceptance
28 October 2019: Deadline for paper submissions

Call for Papers: ‘Workshop on Globalizing Emotion Studies: Embracing Multiple Voices’

Workshop, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
Tuesday, 3rd September 2019
Deadline for abstracts: 30 July 2019
Organizer: Chaeyoung Yong (PhD Candidate, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews), on behalf of the BISA Emotion in Politics and International Relations Working Group.
The broad-ranging research on emotions in global politics has contributed to producing plural narratives and alternative forms of knowledge in the field of IR. While the study of emotion emphasizes a pluralistic and interdisciplinary approach, there is a lack of systemic engagement with the emerging call for globalizing IR. Global IR perspectives urge the IR community to challenge underlying Eurocentrism/Western-centrism in our concepts and theories and to recognize the voices and agencies of non-Western and indigenous peoples.  This workshop seeks to explore how the study of emotions could listen to marginalized voices, stories, and emotional experiences beyond ‘the West’ and embrace diverse ideas and traditions of thoughts from ‘the non-West’. Taking a global perspective seriously, this workshop will welcome participants from across a range of theoretical perspectives and disciplines to interrogate diverse emotional experiences and practices of both Western and non-Western contexts, and to engage with dialogue across cultures or civilizations, and to reflect on the purposes of knowledge about emotion. 
In this vein, participants will be asked to reflect on one or several guiding questions of this workshop: 
How can we explore and develop different concepts, perspectives, and geocultural ontologies/epistemologies from the non-West? How is emotion understood in non-Western philosophies in their discussion of politics and ethics? How does such enquiry deepen (meta-)theoretical debates on emotion drawing from diverse insights? (e.g. the relationship of cognition, body and feelings, emotion, effect; individual/collective emotions; the role of emotion in moral judgement and agency) 
What is the role of emotion in reflecting on and critiquing Western-dominated narratives and knowledge-production? 
How diverse is emotion studies in terms of knowledge-production? Has research on emotion been inclusive in dealing with marginalized dimensions (e.g. gender, race, ethnic, class, culture)? What aspects and topics remain marginalized?
How can emotion studies bridge the ‘West/non-West divide’ in terms of theorizing and empirical research? What are the implications of advancing a global perspective on emotion to promoting ‘dialogue’ within, across disciplines and with political practitioners? How do different types of knowledge, science, history, religion, and philosophy meet in the study of emotion? 
Does the study of emotion reinforce pluralism or add to fragmentation in terms of theoretical, methodological, ontological, epistemological, geo-cultural dimensions? 
This event strongly encourages postgraduate students to apply in order to allow them to share their research and exchange knowledge, however, this event will also be open to early career researchers. Small travel grants to be awarded to participants (BISA members only), but priority will be given to PhD students and unwaged participants. 
To apply, please send your title and abstract (250 words max.) no later than 30 July 2019 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For inquiries please contact the organizer.

BISA 2020 Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 45th BISA Annual Conference 2020 will be held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 17-19 June 2020. The conference will be supported by the local organising committee from the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology at Newcastle University who have already been hard at work to inject a sense of place to make BISA 2020 our best yet. 
It has been thirty years since the BISA annual conference was held in Newcastle and much has changed to make it an outstanding location for our 2020 event. With convenient transport links by rail and air (including multiple daily flights from major UK and European hubs), accommodation types to suit all budgets, a thriving arts and culture scene, blue-flag beaches, stunning countryside, critically acclaimed restaurants, and world-class nightlife, Newcastle is one of the best kept secrets in Europe, if not the world. Delegates are warmly encouraged to come to the conference and then stay for the weekend to get the most from all the city and surrounding area offers.
Our conference venue is the stunning Newcastle Civic Centre which has recently undergone restoration work. Opened in 1968, it captures local traditions within the sophistication of modernist architectural design while providing a fully accessible and functional academic conference venue. Located in the centre of the city beside the Newcastle University campus, it benefits from excellent public transport links and has many cafes, pubs, and shops close by. Moreover, by selecting a publicly owned venue for the conference, BISA is proud to be helping to support a local council that has faced almost £327 million in cuts to its funding since 2010. 
The reception will be held at the Wylam Brewery located at Exhibition Park, a 10 minute walk from the conference venue. Fully accessible, it provides the perfect atmosphere to enjoy drinks and canapes in the company of colleagues and friends, old and new, under the long evening light. 
We are also pleased to announce that there will be a series of satellite events organised to promote international studies to the local community and school students. Many of these events will also be open to BISA delegates as they take place in exhibition spaces across the city centre during the conference. 
Further details on the conference, including a call for papers, accommodation options, and how to submit proposals will be available from September 2019. 
We look forward to seeing you in Newcastle for BISA 2020! 

Best Article Award from The International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diaspora Working Group

BISA's International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diaspora Working Group will award one prize of for the best article published at the intersection of international politics and migration studies broadly understood for an article published in an academic journal in 2017 and 2018. 
The award recognises an article that excels in originality, significance and rigour in the broadly defined field of the international politics of migration. 
General Information
Recipients must meet the following criteria:
Recipients must be current members of BISA at the time of submitting the article for consideration by the selection committee.
Articles eligible for the award must fall into the broadly defined category of international politics of migration studies. 
Eligibility: Eligible articles can be either single-authored or multi-authored.
Nominations: Authors can self nominate if they so wish. To be considered for the 2019 prize, articles must be published in either 2017 or 2018.
Prize £100 voucher is awarded to the recipient.
Selection Process
Articles submitted will be judged by the award committee (listed below).
Articles will be judged on their rigour, originality and significance to the field. 
The recipient will be announced at a working group business meeting held during a BISA Annual Conference or at another venue of the working group by the end of 2019.
How To Apply
If you (or for publishers, your press) have published an article that falls within the time frame and the relevant subject matter category and you would like it considered for the prize, please send a copy of this article to each member of the committee indicated below, by 30 June 2019. 
Please include a brief statement (300 words) explaining how the article relates to the field of international politics of migration broadly understood, and indicate how it provides an original scholarly contribution in a rigorous and significant fashion.  
Articles must be published electronically or in print by 31 December, 2018; a DOI number is necessary to be considered for the 2019 prize.
Committee Members
Amanda Russell Beattie  (Chair) (Aston University) 
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Foteini Kalantzi (Oxford University)
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Neil Wilson (Leicester University)
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Call for Papers: Translation in/of World Politics: Language, Practices, Power

Conference, SOAS University of London
17-18 January 2020
Deadline for Abstracts: 15 July 2019
Organisers: Felix Berenskötter (SOAS), Evgeny Roshchin (RANEPA, St Petersburg), Iain Ferguson (HSE, Moscow), Convenors BISA Interpretivism in International Relations Working Group
Keynotes: Professor Lydia Liu (Columbia University), Professor Helge Jordheim (University of Oslo)
Despite the recognition that the study of 'world politics' must deal with the reality of multiple worlds, the academic field of International Relations has, thus far, paid little attention to the translations that mediate encounters of (and across) these worlds. The aim of this conference is to discuss translation as an intellectual and political practice in the ‘inter’ of international relations, focusing on its political nature and as part of politics, rather than merely a technical issue of communication. It seeks to explore the transfer of political concepts and ideas from one context to another, their (non)-equivalence, the various practices of translation, role and power of the translators, and the possibilities and limits of translating/translation in world politics. 
In this vein, the organisers invite contributions dealing with (i) the sociology of knowledge and history of ideas, tracing how concepts, discourses and theories travel across contexts, time, and space, why and how they are appropriated and changed in the process; (ii) concrete political dynamics and practices of translation in world politics, such as the art of mediating in multilateral negotiations, the ability to invent new frames and concepts, as well as navigate between different political worlds as a source of power, how such skills may be used for both building trust and deception; (iii) the role and responsibility of academics in interpreting ‘the world’ and translating insights and debates to different (including non-academic) audiences. 
We welcome proposals from scholars in different academic disciplines and at any level, and we strongly encourage early-career researchers (advanced PhD students, postdocs, and junior staff) to apply. A limited number of bursaries towards travel and accommodation expenses will be available (£200 for participants from UK/Europe; £400 for participants based outside Europe) for those with limited resources. If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please provide a brief rationale for why you need a grant. Successful recipients of a bursary must be registered members of BISA by the time of the conference.
Important Dates
* 15 July 2019: Deadline for abstracts (250 words). Please submit your abstract via the form on our website:
* 1 August 2019: Notification of acceptance. 
* 5 January 2019: Deadline for paper submissions.

BISA PGN Postgraduate and ECR Conference Highlights

Postgraduate and ECR Conference, 9th and 10th of April 2019
To all of our fantastic participants, guest speakers and Professor Kimberly Hutchings, as well as the institutional support given to us by the Politics and IR Department of Portsmouth, we at the BISA PGN would like to send a big thank-you for contributing to making our Postgraduate/ECR Conference a resounding success.
The Conference was driven by the overarching theme of “Celebrating a Diversified and Pluralistic IR? In Defence of Multiple Narratives of International Relations” and gathered a wide-range of thought-provoking international contributions which reflected the diversity of perspectives within the discipline. It was a privilege for us to have Professor Kimberly Hutchings deliver her fascinating keynote address on “Decolonizing Global Ethics: Thinking with the Pluriverse”. Punctuated by a series of professional and research development workshops and networking opportunities throughout the two days, the conference attracted nearly 50 delegates, who engaged in a broad range of research from violence, security and conflict in IR, to re-visiting conventional IR theories/concepts, and the role of transnational connectivity and civil societies. 
We would also like to congratulate two of our participants, Marija Antanaviciute (Queen Mary, University of London) and Alexander Stoffel (London School of Economics), the joint-winners of our Three Minute Thesis Competition (conceived by the University of Queensland, Australia), whose prize was sponsored by Palgrave MacMillan. 
Above all, this event was a great way for us to connect with the membership and, for some, this was an introduction to the activities of our PGN community. Here are some testimonials from our participants on their experience of the PGN conference. In the meantime, stay tuned for another PGN Conference next year!
“Thank you to the whole BISA PGN committee for an outstanding work in preparing and organising the conference. I really appreciated presenting my own work to a very friendly and understanding audience. All the comments I received were very constructive, which was particularly important for me as it was my first time presenting my research outside of my university. I was also very happy to have the opportunity to chair a panel.
The keynote lecture by Professor Hutchings was so timely and thought-provoking – thanks for inviting her to the conference. Overall I extremely liked the format of the conference – alternating between panels and professional development sessions – The lunchtime and evening reception on the first day were also great opportunities to exchange with peers. It was a pleasure to participate this year, and I will for sure be coming back next year!” 
Olivia Nantermoz-Benoit is a PhD Candidate at the London School of Economics examining the practices of international justice-making following mass atrocities.
“This was my first BISA conference, and my first Postgrad/ECR-style conference, and I found it to be a really positive experience. I enjoyed being around colleagues at similar stages of their education/career, and I thought the overall quality of the panels and discussion was high. The environment also felt welcoming and inclusive, and audiences seemed engaged and interested. I hope to be able to participate in future BISA event like this one.” 
Regan Burles is a PhD Candidate at the University of Victoria in Canada, examining the concept of international political order within the English School debates.

BISA Postgraduate Network Conference Satellite Events

The BISA PGN is proud to be hosting its Meet the Editors Event at the 2019 Annual Conference in London, 12-14 June. This event is a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight for PhD and Early Career Researchers seeking to make inroads into publishing as part of their research career. The event will take place between 11.20-12.45 in the Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall on both the 12th and 13th June. 
This event is open only to successful applicants who sent their article for review in advance of the event. 
The editorial panel will be made up of: 
Politics, Dr James Strong, Queen Mary University of London
The Review of International Studies, Prof Ruth J Blakeley, The University of Sheffield,
International Affairs, Prof Andrew Dorman, King's College London
European Journal of International Security, Prof Timothy Edmunds, University of Bristol
European Security, Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley, Newcastle University
Global Society, Dr Rubrick Biegon, University of Kent
For more details, click here
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