Call for Papers *FINAL deadline extension Friday June 20*
4-5 September 2018
Liverpool John Moores University, UK
The 13th annual conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA) US Foreign Policy Working Group will take place at Liverpool John Moores University on 4 and 5 September 2018. We invite proposals of individual papers or panels on any aspect of US foreign policy, contemporary or historical. We also welcome proposals from a range of scholarly perspectives, including International Relations; Political Science; History; Economics; and other related disciplines.
Possible topics for papers and panels might include US foreign policy as it relates to: race; gender; human rights; regional/global power shifts; terrorism and counterterrorism; cyberwarfare/security; energy security; nuclear weapons; trade and finance; multilateral organisations and institutions, and any other relevant arena. More focused papers might include Trump’s foreign-policy initiatives, as well as the future of US grand strategy. We are also supportive of panels that incorporate outside perspectives such as Chinese, Russian, Iranian or European reflections on US foreign policy.
There are two themes at this conference that will be addressed in the roundtables. We will examine US national security and the institutions that deliver it, and explore how the world views US foreign policy and its engagement with the world.
The Keynote address on national security this year will be by David Rothkopf. He is the former CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine, professor of international relations, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of a number of books on US Foreign Policy, including National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear (2014).
Other confirmed speakers include Chief Diplomatic Correspondent Steven Erlanger New York Times, Dr. Leslie Vinjamuri SOAS and Chatham House (US and International Security expert). Ruth Deyermond Kings College London (Russian expert), Dr. Xin (Calvin) Liu Liverpool John Moores University (China expert), Dr. Adam Quinn University of Birmingham (USFP expert), Dr. Maria Ryan University of Nottingham (USFP expert), and Dr Dimitrios Anagnostakis Liverpool Hope University (EU-US relations expert).
We are keen for papers to reflect the diversity of US foreign policy by encouraging papers from women and BAME delegates. To support this issue of diversity we will provide some funding to those panels that expand our base and focus. Please email explaining how you fulfil these criteria. We also have a limited number of bursaries available for strong proposals from Early Career Researchers. ECRs considered for funding will be determined by being either a doctoral candidate or having a fixed term teaching post, postdoc etc. To provide confirmation please submit a CV with the necessary details. Because the funding for ECRs is coming from BISA you must be a member. Membership details can be found here. ECRs with a full-time permanent position will not be considered.
We will also have a conference dinner which all delegates can attend for an extra fee, paid at the point of conference registration.
A link to this call for papers can be found on the working group’s website: https://www.us- foreign-policy.com/call-for-papers. You can also follow us on Twitter: @USFPgroup; and join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/USFPWG/
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Call for papers: Feminist International Relations and the ‘Science Question’: Positivism, Post-positivism, and Beyond. One Day Workshop
- Is positivist IR androcentric/masculinist or have feminist IR scholars portrayed its philosophical and methodological orientation in inaccurate/misleading ways?
- Is science only superficially or inadvertently androcentric/masculinist or does it inescapably silence and delegitimise feminist forms of knowing/knowledge-production?
- How should feminist IR scholars relate to the knowledge-claims of natural scientists?
- Should (evolutionary) biology play any role in our understandings of sex/gender-dynamics?
- Is the philosophical orientation that has been adopted by feminist IR scholars genuinely post-positivist or does it inadvertently reproduce (or invert) a number of positivist positions?
- Does the adoption of a feminist orientation towards IR mean that we should abandon rationality, rigour, neutrality, objectivity, etc. wholesale, just because these notions are conventionally associated with positivist philosophy of (social) science? Or is this akin to throwing out the proverbial baby with the bathwater?
- Are the methodological and epistemological stances that are favoured by feminist scholars exclusively feminist or are they simply more suitable for their particular purposes (i.e. do they have broader applications as well)?
- Do efforts to re-theorise/reclaim science by pragmatist, critical realist, new materialist, and other anti-positivist approaches hold any promise for grounding future forms of feminist IR?
- Can broader feminist theorisations of science improve/re-vitalise discussions within feminist IR? What intellectual resources do these theorisations provide?
- To what extent are positivist and post-/anti-positivist philosophical approaches capable of providing a basis for the normative aims of feminism? What kind of politics do these philosophical approaches suggest/imply?
- Is feminism/feminist IR a political project, a scientific project, or neither/both?