Antonio Gramsci: Violence, Coercion and Resistance

Gramsci’s writings offer a rich source of material for thinking both empirically and theoretically about the role that violence has played, is playing, and might play in the future within political societies. In popular interpretations of Gramsci, h... read more

Chris Hesketh,
Oxford Brookes University


Assembling Conflict Expertise: Competing Knowledges / Heterogeneous Experts

What is a conflict? How do we know about particular conflicts? Who gets to define conflict knowledge / expertise? And what are the performative implications for practice? Is there a generation of worlds of violence or worlds of peace? In this section we d... read more

Anna Leander,
Copenhagen Business School

Ole Wćver,
Copenhagen University


Beyond Production: Situating Social Reproduction ? Household, Community, Global Political Economy?

The key aim of this section is to explore insights gained from feminist research on social reproduction and the critical IPE focus on production. While there has been a long history of feminist attempts to integrate household and community there has been ... read more

Stuart Shields,
University of Manchester

Daniela Tepe-Belfrage,
University of Sheffield


Biopolitics and Violence in International Relations

The problematic of biopolitics has become increasingly important in the study of international relations. Inspired by the pioneering research of Michel Foucault and the subsequent development of the problematic of biopolitics in a variety of schools, IR s... read more

Sergei Prozorov,
University of Helsinki/Academy of Finland


Conflict Dynamics and Sub-State Political Violence: (Re)thinking Contentious Politics in Times of Unrest

The nexus between politics and organised violence runs like a common thread through approaches to the political. However, tensions between these concepts become particularly manifest when non-state political violence challenges established orders in times... read more

Leena Malkki,
University of Helsinki

Florian Edelmann,
Aberystwyth University


Construction(s) of the field of IR

The way in which the field of IR is constructed and narrated has shaped the borders of the ‘field’. This section invites considerations on the broad theme of construction(s) of IR. We are interested in the ways in which construction(s) of the ... read more

Zeynep Gulsah Capan,
University of Erfurt

Pinar Bilgin,
Bilkent University


Crises of Inclination and Imagination? Ethics, Violence and the Politics of Protection

This section explores ideas about ethical obligation and the practical commitments that follow from them when confronting the problem of political violence and the politics of protection. The panels aim to address questions of identity, moral community, t... read more

Jonathan Gilmore,
Kingston University

Kelly Staples,
University of Leicester


Critical International Political Economy in a Turbulent World

In an increasing world of inequality, polarisation and societal unrest, there has been recent calls to extend the boundaries of empirical and theoretical innovation within critical forms of IPE in order to highlight the often narrow ontological boundaries... read more

Owen Worth,
University of Limerick

Claes Belfrage,
University of Liverpool


Critical Military Studies

In the aftermath of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the enduring legacy of military intervention at both the geo-political and the personal bodily level has become increasingly apparent, demonstrating ways in which violence and war-making very literally comp... read more

Victoria M. Basham,
University of Exeter

Sarah Bulmer,
University of Exeter


Decolonizing International Relations

There is now a growing body of International Relations scholarship that has drawn attention to the ways that colonial encounters have shaped current institutions and practices of global modernity, with continuing effects on the lives of many people and co... read more

Shampa Biswas,
Whitman College


Economic Growth in Middle-Income Countries

Is there a distinct middle-income segment of the world-economy (BRICS, emerging markets, semiperiphery) and, if so, what are the prospects for long-term economic growth in the countries that make up this segment? Is "catch-up" possible? Is catch-up even a... read more

Salvatore Babones,
University of Sydney


Empires, Elites and War

This section proposes to address various aspects of coercive imperial power in the context of a broader focus on (contemporary) geopolitics from a plurality of critical International Political Economy perspectives. From this perspective it is recognized t... read more

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn,
VU University Amsterdam

Naná de Graaff,
VU University Amsterdam


Ethics and Security

We cannot escape ethics when thinking about and practicing security. Fundamental questions of security are at heart ethical questions: whose security matters; how should we prioritise different threat agendas; what obligations do we have to suffering outs... read more

Matt McDonald,
University of Queensland

Jonna Nyman,
University of Leicester


Europe's Commitment to the Responsibility to Protect in a Changing World

On 4 April 2013 the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament stressed the European Union’s commitment to R2P and called on the European Council to ‘draw lessons, in cooperation with the Member States and our international partners,... read more

Jason Ralph,
University of Leeds

Edward Newman,
University of Leeds


Feminist Global Political Economy

Feminist Global Political Economy (GPE) is a growing field of research situated between Critical Political Economy, Feminist Economics, and Feminist International Relations. Feminist GPE analysis begins from two linked claims: first, that gender is an ess... read more

Sydney Calkin,
University of York


Geographies of Humanitarian Protection: Engagements with Violence and Place

This section focuses on geographies of humanitarian protection and seeks to explore a diversity of spatial projects designed to protect and shelter people from violence. Places that might be examined include but are not limited to hospital and security zo... read more

Margo Kleinfeld,
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater


Geographies of Violence

Studies on ‘geographies of violence’ have rapidly increased in number over the past decade, both within and outside the discipline of geography. Reflecting greater sensitivity to multiple forms of violence and their spatial dimensions, this gr... read more

Simon Springer,
University of Victoria

Philippe Le Billon,
University of British Columbia


Geopolitics in Europe: Power, Crisis and the Return of Territory

European geopolitics has long enjoyed an intimate relationship with forms of political violence, from 19th century imperialism to 20th century territorial revanchism. Yet, post-Cold War Europe is often cast as a curiously post-geopolitical continent, a pl... read more

Gonzalo Pozo,
King's College London

Ian Klinke,
University of Oxford


Global Conversations

Current debates over international security have given rise to widespread critiques of global liberal governance and the ethnocentrism of existing theories. Scholars outside the United States and Europe have questioned the conceptual underpinnings of IR t... read more

Karin M. Fierke,
University of St. Andrews


Global Health and International Relations

Global health issues are deeply imbued with international relations of inequality, power, diplomacy and insecurity. To see this, we need to look no further than the Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa throughout 2014. Barrack Obama described Ebola durin... read more

Stefan Elbe,
University of Sussex

Simon Rushton,
University of Sheffield


Governance in Geopolitical Landscapes in Transition: Global Networks, Violence, and Order-Making

Large areas in the world today are geopolitical landscapes in transition. As old centres of power wither, new ones develop, people’s lives change, new pathways to governance emerge too. Organised violence is a crucial part of these emerging systems ... read more

Berit Bliesemann de Guevara,
Aberystwyth University

Louise Wiuff Moe,
Danish Institute for International Studies


Historical International Relations

Over the last decade, there has been an increasing interest in historical scholarship in the discipline of International Relations. The idea for this section is to provide a space for scholars who engage historically to work together, meet, and engage wit... read more

Benjamin de Carvalho,
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Halvard Leira,
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs


Imitation, Desire and Violence: Transdisciplinary Mimetic Approaches to Global Politics

The centrality of imitation in human behaviour and social processes has been increasingly demonstrated by advances in the experimental sciences over the last two decades, most notably the discovery of mirror neurons. Meanwhile, mimetic theory has made hea... read more

Elisabetta Brighi,
University of Westminster

Antonio Cerella,
University of Central Lancashire


(In)security in the Global Mediterranean: Between Conflict and Cooperation

This section addresses issues, actors and strategies dealing with security threats, political instability and socio-economic challenges in the Mediterranean. A global Mediterranean is emerging by the expanding influence of extra-regional players and the g... read more

Stefania Panebianco,
University of Catania

Rosita Di Peri,
University of Torino


International Migration and International Security: From the Securitization of Migration to Making Migration Secure for People?

From the question of making migration secure — and to the benefit of whom (Bigo 2002) — to the analysis of transnational activities of migrants and their impact on conflicts and socio-political change (Poku 2005), scholarship has increasingly ... read more

Valeria Bello,
United Nations University


International Migration and the Visible and Invisible Forms of Violence

This section aims to explore the diverse forms of violence that affect human mobility across borders today, as well as the various responses (and lack thereof) by state and non-state actors to that violence. Violence may be most visible when discriminatio... read more

Ana Margheritis,
University of Southampton


International Theory and the Ethics of Political Violence

Recent decades have seen a massive rise in the volume of scholarship dedicated to analysing the morality of political violence, particularly focusing on war and related themes like torture and assassination. Some scholars continue to follow the paradigm o... read more

Christopher Finlay,
University of Birmingham


Law's Violence

International law is traditionally understood as a juridical means for restraining violence, which disciplines the excesses of state sovereignty. As such, it is imagined as the “other” of power politics which — as human rights activists ... read more

Tanja Aalberts,
VU University Amsterdam

Nikolas Rajkovic,
University of Kent


The Legacy of Foucault in International Relations: Querying the Bases, Boundaries and Possibilities

The Legacy of Foucault in IR:  Where has it taken us, where are we now and where should we go from here? This section will invite papers that, rather than adopting particular ‘Foucauldian’ concepts and analytical frameworks to illuminate ... read more

Tina Managhan,
Oxford Brookes University

Doerthe Rosenow,
Oxford Brookes University


Maritime Security

Maritime Security is perhaps the latest addition to the international security vocabulary. Several security actors, including NATO, the EU, the AU and the UK have launched maritime security strategies recently which foregrounds the salience of the theme. ... read more

Christian Bueger,
Cardiff University

James Malcolm,
Coventry University


Modes and Forms of Insurgency in the Contemporary World

Recent events in Ukraine and Syria are only the ultimate expression of a tendency that we have observed, with regularity and in very different regions of the world. Although under-researched thus far insurgency has emerged as a major phenomenon of recent ... read more

Abel Polese,
Tallinn University

Donnacha Ó Beacháin,
Dublin City University


More-than-Human Worlds of Violence

Violence is almost always framed as a dynamic that arises between human subjects. Nonhumans are usually treated as its instruments, its passive objects, and/or the background against which it unfurls. For instance, nonhumans may be instrumentalized as wea... read more

Audra Mitchell,
University of York


Non-Europeans' Europe: Between Violence and Amity

This section aims to contribute to the conceptual, theoretical and empirical research on images and experiences of Europe from the perspective of non-Europeans. Their historical, political, social and economic interactions with Europe have an impact on th... read more

Asli Ergul Jřrgensen,
Ege University

Betul Aydogan Unal,
Ege University


Philosophical perspectives on Emotions, Violence and Peace-building Processes

Conflict resolution, peace-building processes and post-conflict scenes invite us to think about ways to deal with historical trauma. The experience of grief and pain that results from violence in a social or political conflict opens questions about the pl... read more

Ian Bruff,
Manchester University

Inanna Hamati-Ataya,
Aberystwyth University


Political Violence and Resistance

The resort to political violence and resistance is tackled in diverse fields of study and from various disciplinary angles, among them prominently social movement research and security studies in International Relations. Still, cross-fertilization between... read more

Nicole Deitelhoff,
Goethe-University Frankfurt

Donatella della Porta,
European University Institute


Politics in Times of Anxiety

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, worries over public safety and security became a central issue across the world. The subsequent crisis that broke out in 2008 in the USA and gradually spread in Europe initiated a protracted period of global slump and dist... read more

Andreja Zevnik,
University of Manchester

Emmy Eklundh,
University of Manchester


The Politics of Global Connectivities

Connectivity lies at the core of human interaction with the ‘world’. Power, knowledge, scarcity, order, language, experience, culture, materiality, spatiality, vitality, intellect, spirituality, and expression are all dimensions of existence t... read more

Luis Lobo-Guerrero,
University of Groningen


The Politics of (In)Security: Securitization, Technocratisation or (Re)Politicisation?

The political and societal response to comprehensive (in)security has shaped discussions of security policy for at least two decades. Securitization theory, for instance, prominently focused on the ways in which constructions of new security issues empowe... read more

Jonas Hagmann,
ETH Zurich

Hendrik Hegemann,
University of Osnabrück


Popular and Cultural Configurations of International Politics: Artifacts of the Popular Beyond Mimesis

The surge of interest in popular culture in International Relations, such as Drezner’s encounters with Zombies, has yielded research that illustrates different problems of the international. Such scholarship treats popular culture as mimetic, as sit... read more

Matt Davies,
Newcastle University

Simon Philpott,
Newcastle University


'Post' Interventions: Poststructuralism, Postcoloniality and Questions of 'After' in World Politics

Commentators will often refer to a crisis, such as a financial crisis, as a singular, past event. This erases the lines of ancestry in crisis and disguises a crisis’s function as an (ongoing) reaction to the flawed political (and economic) choices o... read more

Penny Griffin,
University of New South Wales


Power Politics in History, Theory, and Contemporary Practice

How do states, their leaders, and other actors wield their capabilities to, at a minimum, ensure their survival and, at a maximum, dominate others? The status of the study of power politics acquires greater urgency given recent developments in the field. ... read more

Daniel H. Nexon,
Georgetown University

Ole Jacob Sending,
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs


Power Shifts and International Institutions

A shifting distribution of international power is a fundamental contemporary trend. Emerging countries are changing the global balance of power, altering the character of the global political economy, and bringing new interests and ideas into the internat... read more

Matthew D. Stephen,
WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Michal Parízek,
Charles University


Reflecting a European Century of Violence: Reappraising Traditions of International Political Theory in Europe

For decades, International Relations (IR) was perceived to be an American discipline. Since Stanley Hoffmann’s famous article, many scholars have employed the notion of American hegemony in their meta-studies of the discipline, and enthusiastically ... read more

Knud-Erik Jřrgensen,
Aarhus University

Felix Rösch,
Coventry University


Reflective Methodologies and the Challenge of Doing Methods

Methodology is usually said to be guiding the choice of methods. Since it encompasses the theoretical and epistemological rationale for a particular choice of methods, it is only logical that the order from methodology to methods is maintained. But is the... read more

Laura Considine,
University of Leeds

Gillian McFadyen,
Aberystwyth University


Resilience > LEGITIMACY < Resistance

Violent processes of (re-)negotiation of statehood are one of the key challenges of international politics. Not only is the legitimacy of particular systems of rule questioned, we also find the very mode of state domination may be controversial and violen... read more

Florian P. Kühn,
Humboldt University Berlin

Jan Pospisil,
Austrian Institute for International Affairs


Rethinking International Security: Technology, Law and Theory

This section aims to gather panels around the conceptual and theoretical challenges posed by new technologies and practices in the security field, from the increasing use of unmanned vehicles to technology enhanced surveillance techniques. In concrete, it... read more

Bruno Oliveira Martins,
Aarhus University

André Barrinha,
Canterbury Christ Church University


Re-thinking, Re-imagining, Re-writing Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is a global phenomenon, identified as an international epidemic and a matter of high security concern by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. There are a vast number of theories about sexual violence, not least within the fields of Internatio... read more

Cristina Masters,
University of Manchester

Marysia Zalewski,
University of Aberdeen


Scandalous Economics

This section proposes to draw together feminist political economy scholarship on gendered violence/insecurity and on scandalous economics after financial crisis as well as crises of conflict and disaster. We are interested in papers and panels that examin... read more

Aida Hozic,
University of Florida

Jacqui True,
Monash University


Securing the Atmospheric: On Shifting, Melting, Rising, and Geo-Engineered Boundaries

Spatial practice has become central to the geopolitics of claiming sovereignty through establishing a territorial footprint. As entire nations are confined and defined by precise natural borders, peaks, glacial ridges, shorelines, sand depositions, and th... read more

Lukas Pauer,
RMIT University


Security Beyond the State: The Role of the EU

In current times, states and international organisations have enlarged their view about security issues and moved from the need to respond to traditional threats to security to the need to develop capabilities for new security risks. In this respect, the ... read more

Daniela Irrera,
University of Catania

Claudia Morsut,
University of Stavanger


The State and the Growth Conundrum in the Current Capitalist Crisis

The 2008 financial crisis ushered in a structural capitalist crisis of similar dimensions to the transformative crises of the 1930s and 1970s. One of the key challenges faced at this juncture by all countries, whether developed, emerging or developing, is... read more

Valbona Muzaka,
King’s College London

Roberto Roccu,
King’s College London


Symbolic Violence in Diplomatic Practice

What is nature of the relationship between diplomacy and violence? While coercive diplomacy is relatively well studied, many other forms of diplomatic pressure have received little attention from IR and diplomatic scholars. Diplomacy is nevertheless prone... read more

Corneliu Bjola,
University of Oxford

Alisher Faizullaev,
University of World Economy and Diplomacy


Terrorism as a Phenomenon and Object of Study

Terrorism, more than a decade after 9/11, and more than a century after its modern incarnation, remains often discussed but theoretically underdeveloped and historically unscrutinized. Yet, despite this and an associated long-standing rhetoric of discipli... read more

Andreas Gofas,
Panteion University of Athens

Rashmi Singh,
University of St Andrews


Theory and Critique of Capitalism

The word capitalism has become part of our common vocabulary again. The wide reception of Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century or Williams and Srnicek’s Accelerationist Manifesto indicate that discussions of capitalism are no longer the exclu... read more

Kai Koddenbrock,
University of Aachen

Wanda Vrasti,
Humboldt University Berlin


Transnational Religion, Conflict and Dialogue

For a long time, the discipline of International Relations (IR) has showed reluctance to take into account religion, both because of the dominant realist state-centric perspective, and as a consequence of the so-called secularization paradigm, regarding r... read more

Luca Ozzano,
University of Turin


Violence, Agency and Critique in a World of Complexity

The threat of ISIS fighters gaining ground in Iraq and Syria highlights a major problem for today's decision-makers: in a world of complexity any political intervention in the international sphere can have unintended consequences which might worsen the pr... read more

Delf Rothe,
University of Hamburg

David Chandler,
University of Westminster


Violence and Critical Approaches to Security

This section aims to critically address the co-constitutive nature of contemporary security, insecurities and violence. Security is framed as the cornerstone of responses to contemporary states of violence, while contributing in many ways to the generatio... read more

Julien Jeandesboz,
University of Amsterdam

Francesco Ragazzi,
University of Leiden


Violence and the English School of IR

Order and violence are central to the occupation of many English School scholars. Violence is deeply implicated in their conceptualization of such primary institutions as war, great power management and diplomacy in maintaining order in international soci... read more

Tonny Brems Knudsen,
Aarhus University

Yongjin Zhang,
University of Bristol


Violence in the Post-Soviet Area

Violence in the post-Soviet space exists on a number of levels: it is both material and constitutes a threatening potentiality. The Russian-Ukrainian conflict is the most visible recent eruption of violence, but the two decades following the fall of the S... read more

Natasha Kuhrt,
King’s College London

Marcin Kaczmarski,
University of Warsaw


Violence, Order and Constructivism

The concept of violence is irremediably linked to the question of order. To the extent that we can observe a transformation of world politics with its set and overlap of different spatialities and temporalities, the question of violence has to be re-opene... read more

Brent Steele,
University of Utah

Oliver Kessler,
University of Erfurt


Violence, Resistance and Emancipation in World Politics: Comparative Perspectives

Violence, resistance and emancipation have for the last four centuries been a constitutive component of modern international relations. The democratic revolutions of the eighteenth century, and wars of national liberation that followed in their wake presa... read more

Alejandro Colás,
Birkbeck College

Mandy Turner,
Kenyon Institute


War - What Is It Good For?

When combat deaths from warfare are said to be on the decline, the practices and concerns of war are expanding into multiple facets of contemporary political life. Furthermore, what kinds of violence and which deaths are to be counted under the banner of ... read more

Nisha Shah,
University of Ottawa

Jairus Grove,
Hawaii University


Worlds of Colonial Violence

International Relations (IR) scholarship has demonstrated an increased interest in the colonial question through both historical and contemporary investigations. Scholarship on the colonial question undertaken outside of IR has always had to deal with the... read more

Rahel Kunz,
Université de Lausanne

Robbie Shilliam,
Queen Mary University of London


Writing International Relations by Other Means: Rethinking the Aesthetic Path

For more than a decade, scholars have proposed an aesthetic turn that aims at highlighting international issues by other means. Research programs inspired by these concerns go beyond traditional attempts to examine the role of arts, literature or popular ... read more

Frédéric Ramel,
Sciences Po Paris

Noé Cornago,
University of the Basque Country