A World Society on the Move? New and Old Dynamics in the Field of International Migration

New actors and dynamics are playing a growing role in the field of International Relations. Consequently, it is increasingly argued that innovative and interdisciplinary approaches are indispensable today in order to properly understand the evolution of t... read more

Valeria Bello,
United Nations University

Sarah Leonard,
University of Dundee


At the Margins of World Society? Rethinking Africa's Role in International Relations

For many years, Africa had a marginal place within the study of IR with African international relations being a topic of political and academic interest only with regard to great-power rivalry. Although Africa is now more visible in IR studies and its par... read more

Elem Eyrice Tepeciklioğlu,
Yaşar University

Evren Tok,
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Authoritarian Neoliberalism: Philosophies, Practices, Processes

Despite the severity of the 2007-8 global economic crisis and the widespread aversion to austerity policies that have been unleashed especially but not only in Europe, neoliberalism remains the dominant mode of governance across the world. What makes neol... read more

Ian Bruff,
University of Manchester

Cemal Burak Tansel,
University of Sheffield


Concepts and Practices of Security Politics

Large parts of the critical security studies discourse tend to imply that security - especially in the way it is has come to be understood in the post-9/11 context - is a way to escape the contention of (democratic) politics, be it through existential thr... read more

Hendrik Hegemann,
University of Osnabrueck

Andrew Neal,
University of Edinburgh


Contemporary Foreign Policy in World Society

The European Union’s High Representative Federica Mogherini is preparing a global strategy for European foreign policy. In her review of the European Security Strategy of 2003, Mogherini highlights that the Union is situated in changing global envir... read more

Defne Gunay,
Yasar University

Knud Erik Jørgensen,
Yaşar University


Critical Military Studies

Building on the success of the Critical Military Studies sections for EISA in 2013 and 2015, we will bring together scholars from IR and related disciplines at different stages of their careers to again contribute to a section at EISA in 2016 showcasing e... read more

Victoria Basham,
Cardiff University

Sarah Bulmer,
University of Exeter


Democracy Promotion as Interaction: Rethinking the External-Internal Interplay in International Relations

Any attempt to shape the political order of a country from the outside necessarily involves interaction between external and local actors. Curiously though, this dimension of interaction is notably neglected and undertheorized: what exactly happens in the... read more

Tina Freyburg,
University of St Gallen

Annika Elena Poppe,
Peace Research Institute Frankfurt


Doing Gender in Military and Police Missions

In the broader field of conflict, peacekeeping and state-building gender has been identified as a crucial determinant in understanding the impact of conflict. Therefore, the analysis of the effects of different types of conflict interventions needs to tak... read more

Georg Frerks,
Netherlands Defence Academy

Erna Rijsdijk,
Netherlands Defence Academy


English School: International Society and World Society

The historical and sociological evolution of international society and world society is at the heart of the English School. Early studies of historical states systems and the expansion of modern international society raised questions that are with us toda... read more

Tonny Brems Knudsen,
Aarhus University

Peter Wilson,
London School of Economics


Ethical Worlds in International Relations

Ethics and International Relations have an uneasy and dynamic relationship. Politics is often argued to require compromise, violence and deception, such that ethics is invariably undermined. Ethics in turn are taken to demand consistency, authenticity and... read more

Joseph Hoover,
City University London

Elke Schwarz,
University of Leicester


Ethnographic Approaches to International Interventions: Studying Violence in Contemporary World Society

Over the last decade, an increasing number of scholars from an international relations/political studies background have started to conduct fieldwork in faraway places on various aspects of international interventions (peacekeeping, peacebuilding, etc.). ... read more

Berit Bliesemann de Guevara,
Aberystwyth University

Morten Boas,
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs


Europe in Transition: Small states and Europe in an Age of Global Shifts

In the aftermath of the European crisis have come numerous attempts at EU reform; at the same time, the world is undergoing a process of significant shifts in economic and political power. In this age of European transitions and global shifts, what signif... read more

Kristin Haugevik,
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Pernille Rieker,
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs


European (Dis)integration and the Migration Challenge

This section interrogates the notion of a distinctly European international society, embodied by the European project, and its coming under duress from increased intra-EU and third-country migration. On the one hand, thus, stands the theme of unravelling ... read more

Nevena Nancheva,
Kingston University


European Inter-regional Cooperation Instruments: Challenges, Opportunities and Ways Ahead

The last decades have seen an increasing emphasis inside and outside the EU on the strategic importance of regional cooperation. As such, the EU Global Strategy for foreign and security policy, scheduled for June 2016, is expected to stress inter-regional... read more

Frederik G.A.A Ponjaert,
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Giulia Tercovich,
University of Warwick


European Security in the 21st Century

Europe's security paradigm is undergoing a tectonic shift: unlike the interstate wars of the previous century from which the EU and NATO emerged, contemporary conflicts have unleashed demographic, economic, political, and social pressures, which are chall... read more

Andrew Dorman,
King's College London

Tracey German,
King's College London


Europe's Responsibility to Protect

This section builds on the successful launch of the European Network for the Responsibility to Protect, which was launched at EISA2015. It aims to develop further the academic response to the 2013 call by the European Parliament to learn the lessons of th... read more

Cristina Stefan,
University of Leeds

Jason Ralph,
University of Leeds


Evolution of the International Economic Order

The lead theme of the 10th Pan-European Conference on International Relations addresses several issues related to the specifics of global economic system. Social changes, conflicts and other phenomena (i.e. rise of non-state actors in international relati... read more

Karina Joanna Jędrzejowska,,
University of Warsaw

Anna Magdalena Wróbel,
University of Warsaw


Exploring and Studying Emotions in Global Politics

The panels in this section aim to answer the following overarching question from diverse theoretical, conceptual, empirical, and methodological perspectives: how do emotions work in global politics? In other words, they will explore the ways in which emot... read more

Ali Bilgic,
Bilkent University

Michelle Pace,
Roskilde University


Global Health and International Relations

Global health is emerging as a rich, interdisciplinary subfield of International Relations. IR scholars find global health a salient domain through which to critically interrogate received concepts and approaches to the study of international relations. C... read more

Stefan Elbe,
University of Sussex

Simon Rushton,
University of Sheffield


Historical International Relations

Historical international relations has gained traction over the past decades as witnessed by the creation of the Historical International Relations section of the ISA in 2013 (now more than 250 members). Since the EISA Warsaw conference, the HIST section ... read more

Julia Costa Lopez,
University of Groningen

Xavier Guillaume,
University of Edinburgh


Histories of Interventionism: a Cross-Disciplinary Approach

The past decades have seen a growing concern with military, development and humanitarian aid interventions in theatres of war and complex emergencies. The end of the Cold War nuclear stand-off opened new possibilities for direct political, civil and milit... read more

Jolle Demmers,
Utrecht University

Paula Duarte Lopes,
University of Coimbra


Ideology and International Relations

Ideology is an understudied phenomenon in International Relations (IR). The legacy of state-centric 'realist' analysis in the discipline affords little scope for ideology as a source of variation in foreign policymaking, whilst the 'Almond-Lippmann consen... read more

Andre Filipe Barrinha,
Canterbury Christ Church University

Benjamin Martill,
Canterbury Christ Church University


International Relations after its Devastating Critiques: Understanding the 'New' in Metaphysics, Governance and Critique

After the devastating critiques of orthodox (modernist) theories for more than 30 years, the discipline of International Relations is still alive and thriving. We seek to analyse the new ‘constructivisms’ after ‘deconstruction’ by ... read more

Pol Bargués-Pedreny,
Centre for Global Cooperation Research

Mathieu Rousselin,
University of Duisburg Essen


International Relations and the Postcolonial World: Exploring the Philippines, Asia, and Beyond

Over the past few decades postcolonial studies have risen to prominence in the field of international relations; however, continues to struggle as a marginalized perspective. In late-1950s up to 1990s, few dominant reflexivist theories challenged the core... read more

Nassef Manabilang Adiong,
Philippine International Studies Organization (PhISO)

Catherine Lourdes Dy,
Philippine International Studies Organization (PhISO)


Inter-Organizational Relations in World Politics: Contributions to Global Order

Inter-organizational relations are omnipresent and increasingly contribute to world order. Empirically, inter-organizational relations encompass states and non-state entities such as intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), non-governmental organizations (... read more

Ulrich Franke,
University of Bremen, InIIS

Martin Koch,
Bielefeld University


Islam in International Affairs: Politics and Paradigms

The section presents Islamic contributions to international affairs and to the field of International Relations. It seeks to explore theoretical approaches and empirical experiences of the Islamic civilization by referring to both classical and modern sou... read more

Deina Abdelkader,
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Raffaele Mauriello,
University of Tehran


Legitimacy and European Foreign Policy

In the pursuit of its transformatory agenda - one that challenges many traditional conceptions of the utility of power and violence in the international system - one of the difficulties the European Union is confronted with is that of its own internal and... read more

Hanna Ojanen,
University of Tampere

Ben Tonra,
University College Dublin


Mapping Critical Political Economy: Approaches, Methodologies, Strategies

Critical Political Economy (CPE) is a growing and increasingly diverse field. Yet, for all of its advances, there is still plenty of scope for new lines of enquiry to emerge and/or be developed further. Hence, this section provides a platform for the disc... read more

Ian Bruff,
University of Manchester

Johannes Jäger,
University of Applied Sciences Vienna


Maritime Security

Maritime Security is perhaps a late addition to the vocabulary of international security studies. Yet several security actors, including NATO, EU, AU and the UK, have all recently launched maritime security strategies that foreground the theme's salience.... read more

Brendan Flynn,
National University of Ireland Galway

Joao Piedade,
Higher Institute of Military Studies


Methodology in Critical Political Economy

Methodology does not feature prominently in critical political economy. We address methodological considerations at best in passing and at worst not at all. This may relate to a widespread aversion for the methodological obsession observable in positivist... read more

Section 30 has been merged with Section 28


New Horizons and Research Perspectives on Latin America and the Caribbean

What is changing in LAC? Which new theoretical, methodological and epistemological approaches are arising regarding the International? As a consequence of the emergence of the post-neoliberal governments in Latin America since the beginning of the millenn... read more

Minerva Campión Canelas,
Universidad Central

Iratxe Perea Ozerin,
University of the Basque Country


New Technologies in World Society: new frontiers for International Relations

It is becoming increasingly apparent that challenges and opportunities related to Internet technology raise questions beyond the technical. In fact, cyber-security, Internet Governance, network neutrality, jurisdictional questions and the distribution of ... read more

Andrea Calderaro,
Cardiff University

Madeline Carr,
Cardiff University


'Political Settlements' in between Epistemological Optimism and Peacebuilding's 'Era of Disillusionment'

Over the past few years, the concept of 'political settlements' has been rapidly gaining popularity in the international state- and peacebuilding discourses. The concept is broadly understood as standing for bargaining outcomes among contending elites in ... read more

Jan Pospisil,
University of Edinburgh

Cindy Wittke,
University of Konstanz


'Postcolonial' Capitalism? Theory and Critique

The growing influence of postcolonial thought in disciplinary International Relations comes at a time of transformation of the post-colony into what, some have argued, is a post-postcolonial condition. The rise of BRICS, the neoliberalisation of agendas i... read more

Section 34 has been dissolved


Problematizing Global Challenges: Recalibrating the "inter" in International Relations

During the last decade International Relations has become increasingly aware of itself as a global field of study. The history and sociology of International Relations have boomed - and continue to do so. Given the persistent neglect of how International ... read more

Gunther Hellmann,
Goethe University Frankfurt

Felix Roesch,
Coventry University


Protection in World Society: Logics and Outcomes

Protection of civilians is one of the most pressing challenges of the World society. Competition between communitarian and cosmopolitan understandings of world politics characterizes the current political debate at the European level and translates into p... read more

Chiara De Franco,
University of Southern Denmark

Annemarie Peen Rodt,
Danish Royal Defence College


Reinventing the Mediterranean: Mare Nostrum, A Sea of Identities, and Beyond

Especially with the Arab Uprisings, the Southern and Eastern Shores of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa, have gathered more attention than the Mediterranean region as a whole. Nevertheless, the Syrian refugee crisis has been the most st... read more

Emine Munevver Cebeci,
Marmara University

F. Asli Ergul Jorgensen,
Ege University


Responsibility in International Relations

The proposed section relates to the conference's theme of international relations as embedded in society by focussing on one key term in politics, that is responsibility. This concept has become increasingly significant in world politics and has started t... read more

Hannes Hansen-Magnusson,
Cardiff University

Antje Vetterlein,
Copenhagen Business School / Harvard University


Rising Powers and the Evolution of the International Order

Scholars have been describing the phenomenon of 'rising powers' since the mid-2000s (Hurrell 2006). It has been expected that the diffusion of power in international politics would pave the way for a world with multiple centres of power - more diversified... read more

Marcin Kaczmarski,
University of Warsaw

Miriam Prys-Hansen,
GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies


Russia's Foreign Policy

With Russia's actions in Ukraine and Syria, President Putin has put Russia back on the world map. The occupation of the Crimea and Russia's incursions in the eastern parts of Ukraine have met with strong condemnation in the West, less so in the rest of th... read more

Tom Sauer,
Universiteit Antwerpen


States, Markets, Powers: An Exploration of Varieties of Capitalisms and Security

Inspired by recent events, an emerging body of critical scholarship in international relations, political economy and social theory has increasingly challenged several orthodox economic and security-related paradigms. In a moment where economists start ac... read more

Abel Polese,
Tallinn University

Licinia Simao,
University of Coimbra


The Changing Status of Ethnic Groups in Central Europe and Western Balkans

Post-communist transitions to democracy became overwhelmed by the resurgence of ethnicity which became a tool for mobilising political support and justification of territorial, political and historical demands. The subsequent re-positioning of borders, th... read more

Erika Harris,
University of Liverpool

Miroslava Hukelova,
University of Manchester


The EU's Position in a Contested World Order: Ideational, Material and Political Challenges for Europe

This section analyses the evolving role of the European Union (EU) in light of the changes that the currently contested world order, be it multi-polar or otherwise, is bringing about. It starts from the premise that the importance of certain non-western r... read more

Hartmut Mayer,
Oxford University

Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti,


The Force of Law in World Society

International law is usually considered both a symptom and cause of an evolving society of states. Yet, transformations since 1945 suggest a more radical evolution as the increasingly transnational configuration of persons, goods, crime and wealth strains... read more

Tanja Aalberts,
Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law

Nikolas Rajkovic,
Tilburg University


The Global South in World Society: Historical and Political Sociologies of IR

We invite theoretically informed analyses of various political developments in the Global South that make use of historical and political sociologies of International Relations. We define Global South broadly as those world regions that did not form the (... read more

Jan Busse,
Universität der Bundeswehr Munich

Stephan Stetter,
Universität der Bundeswehr Munich


The Middle East in World Society: A Continuing Conundrum

Despite the best efforts of scholarship and activism, the Middle East continues to be treated as a region apart from broader world society and as a 'problem' to be solved or avoided by policymakers outside the region rather than a terrain of shared social... read more

Section 46 has been dissolved


The Political Economy of the Euro Crisis

The sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone has dominated policy making in the EU since 2010. While some crisis countries such as Ireland managed to overcome the crisis, others such as Greece remain in deep trouble. Controversies on the management of the cr... read more

Stefan Alexander Schirm,
Ruhr University Bochum

Hubert Zimmermann,
Philipps University Marburg


The Politics of Global Connectivities

The politics of global connectivities invites reflections on the making of the relational dimensions of global politics. Connectivity here refers to the intellectual domain where material, cultural, social, economic, spatial, spiritual, emotional, and art... read more

This section has been cancelled


The Promotion and Contestation of Values and Justice in World Society

Encounters between the promotion and the contestation of values tend to create conflicts both internationally and domestically. Being a value-based international actor, the EU is bound to engage in these normative encounters and, despite successful record... read more

Section 49 has been merged with Section 05


The Spaces and Scales of Social Reproduction in an Expanding World Market Society

The aim of this section is to move the study of International Political Economy further 'beyond production' - interrogating social reproduction as a crucial process, constituting World Market Society at scales such as the household and community, within a... read more

Section 50 has been merged with Section 28


Tipping Boundaries: World Society and the Politics of Differentiation

This section explores the ways in which social differentiation unfolds in world society by inquiring into the politics involved when boundaries are drawn. To this end, the section focuses on the processes and logics of 'co-production' of social order(s) a... read more

Zeynep Gulsah Capan,
Bilkent University

Benjamin Wilhelm,
University of Erfurt