PPWG: Multiple Violences in Global Politics - Call for Panels, Roundtables and Papers

Violence is central to various perspectives associated with poststructuralism. It comes in many forms, including though not limited to: patriarchy; the foundational violence of sovereignty; the exclusionary violence of the state of emergency; the logocentric violence of language; the violence of difference and differentiation; the violence of exploitation and discrimination associated with forms of colonisation and domination. In short: violence comprises many forms of exclusion, domination, exploitation, inequality, and injury. It ranges from historical oppression to the performative exclusions of the metaphysics of presence. But it can also be seen as productive.   A focus on the multiple, heterogeneous manifestations and dimensions of violence highlights the political stakes of analyses inspired by, or associated with, poststructuralism. The task of the empirical is to draw out the messiness of violent moments and phenomena. The task of theory is to understand the exclusions and injuries performed by a variety of conceptual and institutional discourses in order that political and ethical alternatives might be offered.
The PPWG invites panels and papers on the multiple violences of global politics broadly construed. This theme aims to explore both the nature of violence as well as its various historical and contemporary manifestations. The former could encompass understandings of differentiation and exclusion as well as the affects that accompany them. The latter can encompass a range of phenomena including, but not restricted to, colonial exploitation, gender inequality, discrimination on the basis of race and/or sexuality, environmental degradation and the various harms caused by military/security apparatus. The aim is to foster a wide ranging discussion about the multiple forms violence might take, the political stakes of such violences and the insights scholarship inspired by poststructuralism can bring to bear.
Topics might include (this list is indicative and not exhaustive):
- The dynamics of gendering and the violence enacted in such dynamics
- Migration and the violences experienced by bodies in motion that do not conform to the narrow territorial structures of the inter-state system
- The various ways in which the violences experienced by LGBTQI+ subjects shape the global politics of sexuality
- The violent politics of contemporary global political economy, not least austerity and its acceleration of precarity
- The constitutive role of the violence of colonial domination in postcolonial, decolonial and indigenous thought
- The discriminatory assemblages of racial politics, not least resurgent nativism and alt-right thinking
- The material artefacts that make or unmake violence
- The violent degradation of the environment, the injury it causes to the biosphere and the unequal ways in which its impacts will be felt
- The affective states associated with violence - violent affects such as rage, and states of injury such as grief
- The visual regimes of violence - both the scopic regimes that enable the destruction of life and the various ways in which that violence is visualised
- The ontopolitics of violence - the various ways in which conceptualising what is excludes, limits, or degrades what is taken to be abnormal, other or simply different
The online submission system for papers, panels, and roundtables will open in September, 2018. Please prepare to submit to the BISA website’s electronic submission system.

BISA European Security Working Group Call for Papers

Date: 17th and 18th of January, 2019
Location: Newcastle University, Newcastle
Theme: The future of European Security 
The third workshop of the BISA European Security Working Group, which will take place on the 17th and 18th of January 2019, at the University of Newcastle, will focus on the topic of the Future of European Security. The workshop wishes to discuss recent developments in the area of European security broadly understood, as well as the reasons behind these changes and thus what the future of European security might look like. We intend to discuss both internal influences and external ones, including the impact of external actors such as the US, Russia and/or NATO on European security. In particular we are looking for papers in these areas:
*       Theoretical arguments about the (re)conceptualisation of European Security;
*       Future security challenges facing Europe;
*       The interdependence, duplication or competition between security institutions;
*       The triangular interactions between the US, the EU and Russia; 
*       Bilateral and multilateral security cooperation initiatives between European states;
*       The development of PESCO, European Defence Fund and related initiatives;
*       The internal and external dimensions of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice;
*       Potential synergies and collaborations between the CSDP and internal security agencies;
*       Brexit and its impacts on external and internal European Security;
The coordinators of the group are also particularly happy to announce that the keynote speech will be given by Jamie Shea, the NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. Panel and paper proposals should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 7th of October  2018. Limited funding will be available for post-graduate students.

Call for Papers - Europe and the World Centre, University of Liverpool and the BISA South East Europe Working Group - External influences in South East Europe?

Workshop to be held at the University of Liverpool, UK, on Friday November 23rd, 2018
This workshop will examine the extent and nature of external influences, broadly defined, in south-east Europe taking a multi-disciplinary, and diverse methodological, approach to this highly topical area of study.
It starts from the premise that the region is coming back to the fore as a space of interest to the EU, Russia and Turkey - amongst others. The workshop seeks to explore how these influences are manifested in the region in terms of politics, security, religion, media and culture.
In this way we seek to promote further research in this developing area by both looking at several aspects in empirical detail and identifying overarching patterns and trends which may not be visible to a more specific approach.
We welcome papers looking at outside influences in the region on the following broad areas:
• Justice and Home Affairs inc.
• “Terrorism” and political violence inc. far right parties • Radicalisation
• Organised crime and corruption inc. trafficking
• Security inc.
• Politics and geopolitics inc. relations with the EU
• Energy security
• Military security inc. relations with NATO
• Media and Culture inc.
• Social media and cybersecurity
• Religion
• News media and popular culture
The workshop will also include an event aimed at PGR/ECR career development. Please send a 200-word abstract to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including your:
• Name and title
• Email address
• Organisational affiliation (if any)
• Career stage (PhD, ECR, mid etc.)
• Either a web link to your organisational profile or brief biographical notes.
Deadline: September 28th, 2018
• Some assistance with travel costs will be available and will be prioritised for PhD and ECR paper-givers.
• **If you intend to apply for travel funding, please also give us an estimate of your
 travel costs to Liverpool **• NB: Only members of BISA are eligible for travel cost re-imbursement.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Europe and the World Centre, University of Liverpool and the BISA South East Europe Working Group Convenors

Governing Transit Migration: Varieties of Approaches in International Politics

On the 17th September 2018, the BISA Working Group on the “International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diasporas” will host a workshop at the University of Warwick between 9am and 5.30pm. 

It will be held in Room E.2.02 of the Social Sciences Building and is orgnanised by Maria Koinova (University of Warwick) and Gerasimos Tsourapas (Univesity of Birmingham). 

The timetable for the workshop can be found here.

BISA Statement of Concern on the Hungarian Government and Gender Studies

The British International Studies Association (BISA), has grave concerns regarding the Hungarian government's proposal to ban Gender Studies programmes in higher education institutions across the country. This is a negative development for the generation of research that is beneficial to the advancement of knowledge, teaching that produces engaged global citizens, and the principles of academic freedom that are fundamental to the effective functioning of universities as centres of education. Therefore, we join other learned societies in calling on the Hungarian government to rescind this proposal. As the disciplinary association of experts on International Studies in the United Kingdom, we reject the notion that the benefits of academic programmes can be reduced to ledger sheets guided by impoverished conceptions of what constitutes value. Moreover, we would note that Gender Studies has played a central role in the advancement of International Studies in the UK and beyond, producing knowledge that provides scholarly, social, and policy impacts whose benefits are priceless. Given the complex global challenges that confront all of us irrespective of national origin, we believe that Gender Studies will continue to make important contributions, directly and indirectly, to the discovery and implementation of solutions that are ethical, equitable, and expedient. Thus, for the purposes of ensuring the continuing advancement of knowledge and education, we strongly urge the Hungarian government to rethink its position and commit itself to upholding the principles of academic freedom for all scholarly disciplines.

PSA Departmental Leadership Conference - 19th September 2018

The PSA Departmental Leadership Conference will take place on the morning of Wednesday 19th September at the Institute for Government in Central London. 
In partnership with BISA, we are delighted that the Politics and International Studies REF Sub-panel, chaired by Professor Charlie Jeffery, will then hold a briefing session on the REF in the afternoon.
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. confirm your place. Departmental Heads are encouraged to nominate a colleague if they cannot participate. Up to two departmental representatives are welcome to attend.

Ethnic and World Politics Working Group Research Seminar

Date: Monday 3 September 2018
We are pleased to announce our upcoming Ethics and World Politics Research Seminar, which is an ongoing forum for scholars to present, discuss and develop the latest work on the normative dimensions of world politics.
The seminar will take place on 3 September 2018 in the War Studies Seminar Room, 6th Floor, King’s Building, Strand Campus of King’s College London between 12.30 and 5.30pm. 
The speakers are:
Dr Jonathan Gilmore (University of Manchester), ‘Between the State and Humanity: Cosmopolitan-mindedness, foreign policy and practices of transition’
Dr Alix Dietzel (University of Bristol), ‘Global Justice and Climate Governance: Bridging Theory and Practice’
Dr Stephan Engelkamp (KCL), ‘Responsibility as political beauty? Derrida’s ethics of decision and the politics of responding to others’
A light lunch will be provided at 12.00, as well as refreshments during the session. The papers will be followed by drinks reception sponsored by Millennium: Journal of International Studies.
If you are interested in attending please register here. There are bursaries to assist with travel expenses available for BISA members who are PhD students or do not hold a permanent academic appointment. Please contact us with request for bursaries or with any other questions – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call for Papers and Panels - Change and Continuity: Politics, Socio-Economic Development and International Relations in Africa and the World

Call for Papers and Panels - Change and Continuity: Politics, Socio-Economic Development and International Relations in Africa and the World
South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) 14th Biennial Conference 2018
Venue: University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus, Pretoria, South Africa
Dates: 1 - 3 October 2018
[SAAPS has offered to extend paper/panel submissions for their conference to BISA members with a final deadline of 15 August, 2018.  Submissions can be made to the conference programme chair, Professor Christopher Isike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ]
The art and science of politics and international relations has experienced rapid and major changes globally in the past decade or more with implications for political analysis. Apart from the changes sweeping through the political realm at national, regional and international levels, new ideas, tools of analysis, methods, theories, theses and questions have also emerged. Some catalytic political developments include the phenomena of revolutions and uprisings by the excluded and downtrodden; the agency of civil society in all its forms including women’s and youth groups; internal revolutions and fissures within political parties and movements; the upsurge of social movements occasionally connecting across national boundaries; the explosion of social media and other technologies as means and tools of conducting politics heralding the rise of the digital era in political science; unusual cases of political succession and the emergence of younger and more versatile leaders; new forms of security threat and responses; ebbs and flows in regional integration with the case of Brexit indicative of struggles between nationalism and supranationalism; the re-emergence of populist/nationalist/extremist politics; new alliances and forums on the diplomatic front; and new patterns of interface between the market and politics in many countries, among others.
The rise of popular revolutionary struggles in parts of Africa epitomized by mass struggles over land and property; revolutions such as the so-called Arab Spring; popular uprising and palace coup against sit-tight and dictatorial leaders; signs of democracy fatigue; the resurgence of energy, water and food crises; stagnation in the regional and continental integration process; uncertain outcomes of Africa’s strategic international partnerships; static dynamism in Africa’s agency in world affairs are among developments suggesting an uncomfortable co-existence between change and continuity in African politics. In South Africa, examples include the decline in the ANC’s dominance of the political space; student’s uprisings such as the #FeesMustFall and calls for decolonization of the curricula; state capture by business and renewed crack down on state and private sector corruption; the upsurge of new political formations including critical civil society formations, and so forth. These all represent changes in the conduct and explanation of politics as we have always known it both at national and international levels.
However, these changes also raise questions around whether they are mere shifts which represent continuities in varying forms or real changes and discontinuities from the norm. Are we seeing something new or a continuation of the old in new ways; change without change? Also, what change is desirable and ideal? These questions call for some thinking through the populism of transformation, reforms, decolonization, de-imperialization, nationalism and other forms of change which dominate the practice and study of politics and international relations globally. The conference organizers therefore invite abstracts from scholars including postgraduate students for panels, papers, roundtables and posters that critically reflect on the dynamic interface between change and continuity across a range of sub-themes including but not limited to the following:
• Rethinking democracy and development
• Global transformations and reforms
• International relations in a changing environment
• The changing meta-geography of geopolitics
• Domestic and international terrorism and responses
• The decline of regional integration
• Reconfiguration of global power, world leadership and global governance
• Emerging powers of the global South
• Foreign policy and diplomacy
• Regime change and political change
• The decline/demise of dominant political parties
• The politics of anti-corruption and regime change
• Revolutions, uprisings and counter-revolutions
• Resurgence of populism and nationalism
• Human security and the changing global security landscape
Political education and change
• Women and the engendering politics and IR
• Leadership accountability, governance and change
• Critical civil society, social movements and change
• Students/Youths as change agents
• Technology, science and power
• The practice and teaching of politics and IR in the digital age
• Decolonization of knowledge, power and society
• Political philosophy, political thought and alternative policy paradigms
Further information can be found at: http://saaps.org.za/news/call-for-papers-and-panels-change-and-continuity-politics-socio-economic-development-and-international-relations-in-africa-and-the-world/view

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Registration invitation: PSA/BISA Teaching and Learning Conference, 6-7th September 2018

PSA/BISA Teaching and Learning Conference 6th and 7th September, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds. 
‘The Student Journey’
We will explore the opportunities and challenges involved in delivering high-quality, coherent and rewarding degree programmes for students. How do we ensure that students develop an appropriate mix of skills and competences? What kinds of curriculum innovations can enhance both digital and more traditional teaching delivery methods? How can help we deal with issues such as mental health and cultural barriers which can affect the student experience? What kinds of wider opportunities should politics and international studies degrees be offering students?
The registration for the event is now live and can be accessed along with the draft programme at:
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