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
 
 

BISA Professional Development Initiative: Upcoming Conference Events

BISA's Professional Development Initiative is sponsoring a number of events at the 2019 BISA Annual Conference that we would love to welcome you at. 
 
WB14: Wednesday 09:40 AM - 11:05 AM
Roundtable
Professional Associations in International Studies: Roles and Challenges in a Changing Landscape
Sponsor: BISA Professional Development Initiative
Room: National Grid Room
Convenor: Kyle Grayson, Newcastle University
Chair: Kyle Grayson, Newcastle University
Jocelyn Mawdsley UACES
Mark Webber , BISA
Panellists: TBC
 
 
WD13: Wednesday 13:45 PM - 15:10 PM
Roundtable
How to Pitch a Book Proposal to Academic Publishers
Room: Kohn Centre
Convenor: Kyle Grayson, Newcastle University
Chair: Ruth Blakeley, University of Sheffield
Panellists: Rachel Kerr, King's College London
Nick Wheeler, University of Birmingham
John Haslam, Cambridge University Press
Kirsten Ainley, London School of Economics
 
FB13: Friday 09:40 AM - 11:05 AM
Roundtable
Academic mentoring: What’s in it for the Mentor and Mentee?
Room: Kohn Centre
Convenor: Ruth Blakeley,
Chair: Ruth Blakeley, University of Sheffield
Panellists: Martin Coward, University of Manchester
Rita Abrahamsen, University of Ottawa
Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London
Jack Holland, University of Leeds
Katharine Wright, Newcastle University
Tracey German, King's College London
 
 

BISA Conference Satellite Event: Re-building Security Relations post-Brexit: discussing the future UK-EU security relationship and its long-term implications

Date: 11th of June 2019
Time: 3pm
Location: Chatham House
Organisers: Professor Richard G. Whitman, Dr Helena Farrand Carrapico and Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley
 
As we approach the prospect of Brexit, it is now crucial to consider the future long-term security relationship between the UK and the EU, and to shift our focus from disintegration to re-construction. Not only is it important to analyse what kind of security treaty the UK and the EU might be able to sign, including the possible legal and political formats for the new relationship, the timescale to implement new arrangements and potential roadblocks, but it is also relevant to reflect on a number of elements that are likely to shape the future relationship. In particular, what conception of European security could be developed beyond EU instruments and policies? Has the Brexit process eroded mutual trust and, if so, how will it affect the normalisation of security relations? And, what will be the UK’s position within this new relationship? In order to kickstart reflections on the re-construction of the UK-EU security relationship, the event will gather academic and policy-making communities that have traditionally not engaged with each other, in particular the criminal justice and internal security community and the defence community.
 
You can download the full programme by clicking here.
 
For registrations, please send an expression of interest to professor Richard G Whitman via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
 

BISA Conference Satellite Event: Special Plenary Session hosted by the CPD-BISA Working Group: Other Internationals: world-making counter-projects beyond the state

5.30 – 7.30pm Thursday 13th June 2019
LSE (room TBC) 
 
 
This special plenary session brings together Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyya, Dr Su Lin Lewis, Prof. AbdouMaliq Simone and Prof. Robbie Shilliam who have each pursued vital research into various forms of internationalism which are usually silenced or marginalised by the discipline of IR. The aim of this session is to excavate some of the many forms of internationalism which exist alongside, and in spite of, the international state system. The conversation will reflect on how 'Other Internationals' have been fostered, how some of these have been variously inhibited and broken down, and how some have resisted and been reconstructed, even against the weight of dominant structures. The speakers will therefore consider Indigenous, Black, anti-colonial, feminist, and other forms of internationalism which have been forged in defiance of structural constraints in the global system.
 
Prof. AbdouMaliq Simone (University of Sheffield, UK) Prof. Simone is an urbanist with positions at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield; the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and Goldsmiths College, among other institutions. Simone’s work spans issues of spatial composition the urban Global South, global blackness, and histories of the present for Muslim working classes.
 
Prof Gargi Bhattacharyya (University of East London, UK) Prof. Bhattacharyya’s work within the discipline of sociology has broadly covered racisms, sexualities, and global cultures. Her most recent book, entitled Rethinking Racial Capitalism, maps out global histories of racial expropriation and analyses the bearing these have on the present.  
 
Dr Su Lin Lewis (University of Bristol, UK) Dr Lewis is Senior Lecturer in Modern Global History and her research covers gender, cosmopolitanism, decolonisation, and migration from the late colonial era to the Cold War with a focus on Southeast Asia and port-cities of the Indian Ocean and Pacific Rim. Dr Lewis leads an AHRC-funded collaborative research network on cultural internationalism and the transnational movements of activists (including trade unions and women's groups), literati, and artists in the 1950s across Asia and Africa (http://afroasiannetworks.com/)
 
Prof. Robbie Shilliam (Johns Hopkins University, US) Prof. Shilliam’s extensive body of work has revealed a great deal about the political and intellectual complicities of colonialism and race in the global order. He also co-curated with community intellectuals and elders a series of exhibitions–in Ethiopia, Jamaica and the UK–which brought to light the histories and significance of the Rastafari movement for contemporary politics.
 
Chair: 
Dr Lisa Tilley (Birkbeck, University of London) CPD Working Group co-convenor 
 

BISA Conference Satellite Event: Pushing the Boundaries: Talking about Race and Gender in The Contemporary Academy

 

11th June
Queen Mary,
University of London 
(the day before the BISA conference)
 
Organised by the BISA Gendering IR Working Group, PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group and the PSA Race, Migration and Intersectionality Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association, this interdisciplinary feminist workshop will bring together scholars from Politics, International Studies and other cognate disciplines to consider the race and gender dynamics of contemporary academia.
 
It will explore equality and diversity initiatives in higher education and whether they are conducive to sustainable change. It will explore precarity, pay gaps and mentorship, thinking about how academics continue to support each other and build professional networks, while also recognising that up to 50% of UK academics are on precarious contracts and that this has gendered and racialized implications. Another big focus of the day will be the decolonisation of our curriculums, and the ways forward for the discipline of Politics and International Studies, as well as academia more generally.
 
Three sessions, based on the three themes of Equality and Diversity; Precarity and Mentorship and; Decolonising Curriculums will shape discussions, with a series of excellent speakers to kick-off each session.
 
This workshop is designed to be conversational and dynamic. Based on a professional development model, a series of engaged and interactive roundtables will consider some key challenges facing contemporary academia from the starting point that that the personal is political. It will be a forum to share experiences across contexts, career stages, disciplines and institutions and to build networks and foster collaborations.
 
As a reflection of feminist innovation, contemporary criticality and creative academia, the workshop will conclude with a film screening of the Bafta-nominated film Pili and a Q&A session with the film's producer, Professor Sophie Harman.
 
Provisional Programme
 
11:30 Registration & Introduction
11:45: Session One: Equality and Diversity
13:15: Lunch
14:15: Session Two: Precarity, Pay Gaps, Mentorship
15:45: Coffee break
16:00: Session Three: Decolonising the Curriculum
17:30: Pili film screening + Q&A with Professor Sophie Harman & wine reception
 
Watch the Pili Trailer here
 
Register for your free place here
 
Travel bursaries for PhD/ECRs: We have a small amount of funds to support PhDs/ECRs to attend the event, so if you would like to attend and might benefit from this, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Call for Papers: 14th BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group Annual Conference

The 14th annual conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA) US Foreign Policy Working Group will take place at University College Dublin, Ireland, on the 4th-5th September 2019. 
 
BISA’s working group on US foreign policy is a large and diverse international network of academics, scholars, and other professionals active in the analysis of US foreign policy and its related realms. Speakers bring expertise on US political, economic and security dynamics in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and elsewhere; on the international records of US presidents and administrations, past and present; on US engagement with key global institutions and organizations; and across numerous other arenas of historical, contemporary, and future significance.
 
This year’s Keynote Speakers so far include:
 
Christopher Painter, long-time US official who has occupied high-level positions at the Department of Justice, FBI, the National Security Council, and more recently the State Department where he was the nation’s top cyber diplomat, leading US efforts in advancing the diplomatic aspects of cyber issues ranging from national security to human rights matters. The full bio of Mr Painter can be accessed here.
Ulrike Franke, policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and part of ECFR’s New European Security Initiative. Ms Franke’s expertise covers the impact of new technologies, such as drones and artificial intelligence, on the future of warfare. Her full bio can be accessed here.
 
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, and human rights
  • regional/global power shifts/dynamics
  • terrorism and counterterrorism
  • cyber conflict and cyber security
  • nuclear proliferation/weapons
  • trade and finance
  • multilateral organizations and institutions
  • energy and environmental policy
 
More focused papers might include President 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.
 
Funding
 
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 fulfill 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.
 
Paper and panel proposals should be submitted to the Working Group convenor, Dr Eugenio Lilli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the deadline of 26th May 2019.
 
A link to this call for papers can be found on the working group’s website. You can also follow us on Twitter: @USFPgroup; and join our Facebook group.
 

Pushing the Boundaries: Talking about Race and Gender in Contemporary Academy

11th June at Queen Mary, University of London (the day before the BISA conference)

Organised by the BISA Gendering IR Working Group, PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group and the PSA Race, Migration and Intersectionality Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association, this interdisciplinary feminist workshop will bring together scholars from Politics, International Studies and other cognate disciplines to consider the race and gender dynamics of contemporary academia.
 
It will explore equality and diversity initiatives in higher education and whether they are conducive to sustainable change. It will explore precarity, pay gaps and mentorship, thinking about how academics continue to support each other and build professional networks, while also recognising that up to 50% of UK academics are on precarious contracts and that this has gendered and racialized implications. Another big focus of the day will be the decolonisation of our curriculums, and the ways forward for the discipline of Politics and International Studies, as well as academia more generally.
 
Three sessions, based on the three themes of Equality and Diversity; Precarity and Mentorship and; Decolonising Curriculums will shape discussions, with a series of excellent speakers to kick-off each session.
 
This workshop is designed to be conversational and dynamic. Based on a professional development model, a series of engaged and interactive roundtables will consider some key challenges facing contemporary academia from the starting point that that the personal is political. It will be a forum to share experiences across contexts, career stages, disciplines and institutions and to build networks and foster collaborations.
 
As a reflection of feminist innovation, contemporary criticality and creative academia, the workshop will conclude with a film screening of the Bafta-nominated film Pili and a Q&A session with the film's producer, Professor Sophie Harman.
 
Provisional Programme
 
11:30 Registration & Introduction
11:45: Session One: Equality and Diversity
13:15: Lunch
14:15: Session Two: Precarity, Pay Gaps, Mentorship
15:45: Coffee break
16:00: Session Three: Decolonising the Curriculum
17:30: Pili film screening + Q&A with Professor Sophie Harman & wine reception
 
 
 
 
Travel bursaries for PhD/ECRs: We have a small amount of funds to support PhDs/ECRs to attend the event, so if you would like to attend and might benefit from this, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

BISA Member Survey - Have Your Say In The Future Of The Organisation

The British International Studies Association is pleased to launch its latest member survey. 
 
As we approach our 45th Anniversary in 2020, we would like to hear from as many of our 1400 members as possible.
 
This marks the beginning of a wider member consultation. BISA is your organisation and the input we receive will feed into our priorities over the next year and beyond, leading BISA into an exciting new phrase. Taking part is easy and will only take five minutes or so. Click here to take the survey. 
 
As a thank you, there are three Amazon vouchers of £100 to be won.
 
We look forward to hearing from you!
 

Submit Your Paper for The Postgraduate Network's Meet the Editors Event

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. 
 
Receive tailored feedback on your article from the highly experienced editors of:
  • International Affairs
  • 
Politics

  • European Security
  • 
The Review of International Studies

  • The European Journal of International Security 
 

Deadline: 28th of April of 2019 
 
Note that no abstracts are accepted. You must send full articles only.
 


For more information, please contact us on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Guidelines For Participants 
 
 
Mandatory Eligibility Criteria: 
 
  • PhD Students (must be BISA Members and registered at the 2019 London Conference)
  • Early Career Researchers (up to 24 months after having com- pleted the PhD; must be BISA Members and registered at the 2019 London Conference)
 
Mandatory Requirements for Submitting a Paper: 

 
The paper must clearly and explicitly answer these questions:
 
  • What debate does this paper contribute to?
What is the original contribution of this paper?
Why is this contribution significant? 

  • The author may identify a preferred Journal and if so apply its formatting and word count guidelines. However, identifying a preferred Journal is not mandatory. 

  • Papers must be submitted with a letter from the supervisor/ peer certifying that the paper has been reviewed. 

  • The quality standard must be close to publication. 

Successful participants must come prepared in order to discuss 
in fuller detail the feedback with the editor. 
 
 
 
British International Studies Association
 
Email: office@bisa.ac.uk

 

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