A Welcome to BISA's New Director

We are pleased to welcome Juliet Dryden as the new Director of BISA.
Juliet has worked in the field of international relations for the last 25 years specialising in programme management, international development and donor relations. She has previously worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the London School of Economics (LSE IDEAS) and for 15 years with the United Nations in Cairo, Gaza and Jerusalem (UNRWA, OCHA, UNOHCHR). She joins us from the West Asia -North Africa (WANA) Institute in Amman where she was the Director of Programmes. Juliet holds an MA in International Relations from the University of East Anglia. Juliet is taking on the role of Director at an exciting time for BISA – among her many tasks will be the rolling out of a new plan of development for the organisation. Members will hear more about this in due course. For now, we wish Juliet well in her new role.
- Mark Webber, BISA Chair on behalf of the Trustees

Workshop Invitation: BISA Working Group on International Studies on the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia one-day Workshop

The BISA ISMMEA Working Group is an interdisciplinary forum for engaging scholars, practitioners and policy-makers. We focus on the geopolitics of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia beyond the bifurcated views of a West vs. non-Western world order on knowledge production, power, identity, and foreign policy and for a more critical and alternative approach to theorising international relations with a view of empirical research.  
We will be hosting a one-day workshop at the University of Westminster, Westminster Forum, in London on the 30th January 2019. This workshop aims to explore ’the Methodological Nationalism, Liberal Democracy and the Questions of Post-trust politics’ for Critical International Relations (CIR). Most recently, while the resurgence of right-wing populism has been diagnosed as a form of ‘post-truth politics’, it raises questions not only for CIR but also domestic politics, which has probed into the notions of a single truth most recently during Brevets and Trumpism in Western contexts. Therefore, following the unfolding cases from rising tides of nationalism, populism and (il)liberal democracies across the world, we focus on how various political debates related to the questions of ‘post-truth politics’ steer public opinion in domestic and foreign policy decisions. We particularly invite papers to discuss these issues and applications in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia with the aim of interrogating its implications for various case studies from a variety of disciplines and fields in humanities, social and political sciences. 
For more details and to register attendance, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IMPRG Working Group, Call for Papers: The Migration – Security Nexus from a Transnational Perspective

Working Group on the “International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diasporas”
Call for Papers: The Migration – Security Nexus from a Transnational Perspective 
Organised by Dr. Foteini Kalantzi and Dr. Maria Koinova
21 February 2019 at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Currently more than 250 million migrants live outside their country of birth. It is expected that this number will rise because of population growth, climate change, growing inequality and increasing connectivity. At the same time, the changes in the balance of power in the geopolitical arena, massive displacement of people because of conflict and war create significant management challenges for states and the international community. Large numbers of people arrive at the shores of countries in the Mediterranean, refugees die at sea undertaking dangerous journeys and criminal networks exploit this situation.
There is also a growing reluctance by states to accept refugees, xenophobic rhetoric is on the rise and far-right populist anti-immigrant figures successfully convince publics of ill fortunes that immigrants might bring. In addition, there is a growing number of countries that refuse to sign the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, whose goal is to better manage migration at local, national, regional and global levels.
The intensification and militarisation of border controls in the Mediterranean, the operation of military forces, the use of ‘extraordinary measures’ and the expansion of detention centres presents new challenges to the migration governance in the EU and nation-states within and beyond it. 
This workshop intends to focus on the global governance of migrants from the perspective of the migration-security nexus including its transnational dimension, examine the position of nation-states in the new challenges of globalisation and transnationalism, the growing securitisation of migration, and the changing role of NGOs, diasporas, and other non-state actors. 
If you are interested, please send a paper abstract of 300 words maximum and a short bio of up to 300 words to Dr. Foteini Kalantzi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr. Maria Koinova (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 7 January, 2019. The organisers will decide about accepted abstracts by 10 January 2019. Limited financial support will be available.

Call for Papers: British International History Group 31st Annual Conference.

5-7 September 2019, Lancaster University
Keynote Speaker: Professor Kathleen Burk, University College London
The BIHG Committee invites you to contribute a paper to the conference. As in previous conferences, we are pleased to receive offers to present papers on a wide range of subjects in International History, for any period. These include:
  • Inter-State Diplomatic Relations
  • Domestic Issues in Foreign Policy

  • History of International Relations

  • Military History (including strategic issues, POWs etc)

  • Intelligence and/or Propaganda
  • International Organisations and Institutions

  • Inter-Imperial Relations
  • International Economic Relations
  • Cultural and/or Transnational Processes
The committee accepts both individual papers (20 minutes) and complete panel submissions consisting of three 20 minute papers. We also welcome the submission of multiple panels on a related theme; papers from such panels will be considered for publication in a theme issue of the International History Review.
If you wish to offer a paper, please submit your details and 250 word abstract online at www.bihg.ac.uk.
The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2019.
Please note that this year the BIHG will waive the conference registration fee for BISA members. We encourage all BIHG members to join BISA; BISA membership fees are tax deductible and there are reduced rates for ECRs and PG students. For details see: https://www.bisa.ac.uk/index.php/membership
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BISA's Statement on The Conviction of Matthew Hedges

The British International Studies Association wishes to express its grave concerns regarding the arrest, detention, and conviction of PhD student Matthew Hedges in the United Arab Emirates. The conditions of Mathew’s detention and his summary trial are in breach of international legal norms. Adherence to internationally agreed rights’ regimes, respect for internationally recognised standards of due process, and the protection of academic freedom for researchers irrespective of location are cornerstones for the continuing advancement of knowledge in international studies.  We therefore believe it is imperative that British and UAE authorities secure Matthew's immediate and unconditional release as a matter of the utmost urgency.  

Candidate Nomination Statements - BISA 2018 Executive Committee Elections

Below you can find the candidate nomination statements for BISA's 2018 Executive Committee Elections. Those members who are eligible to vote will receive their voting emails on the afternoon of Friday the 16th November. 
Dr. Danielle Beswick - for the position of Honorary Treasurer
I have been an active participant in BISA for over ten years, including co-convening the Africa and International Studies Working Group from 2014-17. I am currently a BISA trustee (elected 2018) and am now applying for the role of Honorary Treasurer. BISA is a vibrant, dynamic and ambitious association, and I am committed to supporting its continued success. I am keen to ensure that BISA continues and improves support for early career scholars and women in the profession. If elected, I would be honoured to help contribute to BISA’s development as an Officer and a member of the Executive Committee.
Dr. Ben Kienzle - for the position of Executive Committee Member 
I am seeking election to the BISA Executive as a Committee Member. I am a Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department (School of Security Studies) at King’s College London. My interests lie in international security cooperation, in particular regarding the control of nuclear weapons and European defence. Since the early days of my doctoral studies, I have benefited enormously from my BISA membership and I am now eager to contribute to BISA’s work myself. Within the context of Brexit and an increasingly competitive university sector in the UK, I am particularly keen to make sure that BISA remains the open, diverse and inclusive association that has offered a home for international studies scholars from across Europe and around the world for over four decades. In the future, it will be even more important to work closely with partners in Europe, North America and other parts of the world. As a EU citizen with research and teaching links across Europe, I am acutely aware of the precarious situation of European scholars in the UK and the need to provide a stable long-term perspective. This is particularly true for early- and mid-career academics, who – as in my case – need to balance work commitments and substantial parental responsibilities. I believe BISA can make an important difference in this regard. Therefore, I would be delighted if you chose to support my application.
Professor Ruth Blakeley - for the position of Vice-Chair
As a former Trustee (2010-12) and former Honorary Secretary (2012-2015) of BISA, and as editor of Review of International Studies (2016-2019), I have demonstrated my commitment to advancing the discipline of International Studies. BISA has a special role to play in providing resources and fora for scholars to develop collaborative research and networks, and to support early career colleagues entering the field, through its specialist working groups. Over the past five years BISA has increased its support for early career researchers, particularly through the postgraduate network. If elected as Vice-Chair, further investment in our postgraduate and early career colleagues will be a key priority. BISA, along with allied professional associations in the UK and internationally, should be at the forefront of shaping higher education policy for the good. This is of critical importance at a time when universities face real threats, whether in terms of resourcing, or from political currents that seek to erode the influence of scholarship and critical thinking that our discipline fosters. BISA also has a role to play in tackling limited student and staff diversity in higher education, and to enhancing dialogue and collaboration with scholars in the Global South. I am committed to creating genuine opportunities to diversify the discipline and address the various inequalities that stubbornly persist in academia. With significant leadership experience as a former Head of Department, and as the Director for the ESRC White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership, I am well placed to join the BISA Board of Trustees and help lead the association in exciting new initiatives that will bring greater esteem to the field of International Studies and create improved opportunities for BISA members at all stages of their careers to thrive and develop.



Call for Papers and Panels - BISA Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Conference 2019

BISA Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Conference 2019 
Call for Papers and Panels 
9th and 10th of April 2019 
University of Portsmouth 
Department of Politics and International Relations 
Celebrating a Diversified and Pluralistic IR?
In Defence of Multiple Narratives of International Relations 
Featuring as a Keynote Speaker Professor Kimberly Hutchings 
2019 marks a significant milestone for the studies of International Relations in the United Kingdom and especially for the British International Studies Association (BISA). As part of reflections on the first 100 years of International Relations/Studies, tracing it back to Aberystwyth in 1919, the BISA Postgraduate Committee is organising a Postgraduate Conference from the 9th – 10th April 2019 at the University of Portsmouth to celebrate the increasing pluralism of the discipline. Our aim is to provide a diverse and collaborative space for PhD and Early Career Researchers to come together in reflecting on the century-long evolution of scholarly thinking in International Relations and use the avenue to think forward in order to enhance understandings, creative and innovative perspectives to research and enrich the pedagogy of International Relations. The theme of the conference is ‘In Defence of Multiple Narratives of International Relations’. While the theme reflects the current rethinking agenda of International Relations, it is our hope that the chosen theme will bring together multidisciplinary perspectives that accommodate critical reflections on the past, present and future of International Relations beyond the United Kingdom. We therefore invite abstracts of no more than 250 words from PhD Students and Early Career Researchers on the following sub-themes: 
  • Critical Historical Origins of International Relations 

  • Local, Regional and Global Agencies in International Relations 

  • Rethinking International Relations from Interdisciplinary Perspectives 

  • The Roles of Emotions in the Study and Practice of International Relations 

  • Critical Global International Relations 

  • Gendering International Relations 

  • Non-Western Narratives of International Relations 

  • New Concepts and Theoretical Approaches 

  • Reinterpreting the Paradigms of International Relations 

  • Global Britain, Brexit and the Liberal World Order 

  • Information, Communication and Technology in International Relations 

The Conference provides PhD and Early Career Researchers with a space to present their research in an inclusive, collegial and supportive setting with plenty of networking possibilities. The conference also offers the valuable opportunity to take part in a wide range of roundtables and activities aiming at enhancing the research and career development of PhD and Early Career Researchers delivered by highly experienced guest speakers who will answer questions and impart key guidance. The details of roundtables and guest speakers are to be released from November 2018 onwards. 
We welcome submissions (individual papers and panels) from BISA Postgraduate and ECRs coming from a variety of disciplines pertaining to the field of International Relations/Studies. 
Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted to the BISA PGN This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 2nd of December 2018 at 5pm. 
Further Important Information: 

There are no registration fees to take part in the conference. If you are not a member yet, BISA membership will be required upon acceptance to attend the conference. Join now to benefit from many other upcoming events and opportunities at https://www.bisa.ac.uk/index.php 

A limited number of £50 travel grants are available. Should you wish to apply, please add a short paragraph (200 words max) after your abstract, explaining why the grant is required. 

Breakfasts, lunches and refreshments will be catered for all presenters throughout the conference and further requirements regarding dietary options will be provided when emails of acceptance are sent (December/January). 

Final details of roundtables, activities, guest speakers and an informal dinner gathering will be confirmed by January 2019. 

Attending the BISA Annual Conference in London in June 2019 does not preclude participation at the BISA Postgraduate and ECR Conference in April 2019 in Portsmouth. 

The Conference will take place at: The University of Portsmouth, Department of Politics and International Relations, Milldam Building, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS. 


Call for Papers: Workshop on The Politics of Emotions: Interrogating the Everyday

Workshop on:
The Politics of Emotions: Interrogating the Everyday
Aston University
Monday 17 December 2018
The study of emotions has emerged as a diverse discourse in the discipline of International Relations.  Publications on emotions and IR now span almost two decades of academic research yet less attention has been given to the relationship of emotions and the politics of the everyday.  Current debates have shifted away from grand strategies in a post-9/11 world, instead considering how attention to emotions can inform the study of the micro-political within IR.  Acknowledging the role that emotions has in both the micro and macro political spheres, this workshop seeks to explore emotions at the site of the everyday, addressing the agency of everyday actors in reinforcing or circumscribing particular emotional scripts and emotional knowledges. In so doing it opens a space for scholars to investigate emotions from an everyday perspective and explore the role that emotions play in theorizing the turn from the individual to the collective level of emotions as it encompasses three inter-related and frequently used concepts (feelings, emotions, affect). Drawing strongly on insights from feminist scholars, critical geography scholars, psychologists and sociologists we welcome papers from across different disciplines to engage in creative and critical dialogue about the various interpretation of the everyday, the role that emotions might inhabit within these perspectives, and what taking everyday emotions seriously might require of the researcher, theory, method, and political practice. 
Please send us your title and abstract by no later than 1 November at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copying This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Please note that there is small amount of money available for travel that can be awarded to participants but priority will be given to Phd Students and unwaged participants.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Emotions in PIR Working Group
Naomi Head
Clara Eroukhmanoff
Amanda Beattie

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.
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