Call for Section Chairs (Closed)

The Call for Section Chairs is now closed.
 The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises
11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
13–16 September / Barcelona
Organised by the European International Studies Association and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.

The origins of the discipline of International Relations is a contested question, yet there is one common thread that connects many of the acclaimed reconstructions of the disciplines genesis: IR constituted itself as a clearly demarcated and institutionalised discipline at a violent historical conjuncture marked by world wars, colonial occupations, economic crises and a deeply unequal world order. For many scholars, IR symbolised a collective effort to confront these questions, and design the conditions of a more stable, peaceful world. Fast-forward to 2016, the contemporary challenges that face societies and the world at large are similar to those that helped trigger the formation of the discipline. Recurring crises of capitalism, the strengthening of racist discourses and political forces across the global North and South, continuing military interventions and brutal political violence, as well as the increasingly grim prospect of environmental catastrophe, throw into sharp relief the urgency of utilising our scholarship to interrogate and unmask the causes and perpetrators of these crises. We are, once again, at a historical intersection shaped by political, economic and environmental predicaments at which we need to ask what kind of a role IR should play in navigating these crises.

11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations invites the International Studies community to reflect upon the politics and responsibilities of International Relations scholarship in an age of crises. We particularly welcome contributions that investigate the ways in which the discipline can help design political, economic and social alternatives beyond the existing configurations that underpin the current crises. While we encourage participants to submit proposals in line with the conference theme, we are open to and invite contributions from all sub-fields of International Studies, as well as from the other branches of the social sciences that are concerned with similar questions and themes.

As with the previous instalments of the conference, the programme will consist of a number of thematic sections which will each include five to ten 105-minute panels. Each panel should feature five papers, chair and/or discussant

The tasks for a section chair include:

  • proposing a section around a theme; populating preliminary panels at the proposal stage; maintaining a balance between established and emerging scholars, and postgraduate students;
  • composing the rest of the section’s programme, by selecting papers that were proposed in response to the call for papers;
  • identifying panel chairs and discussants;
  • taking overall responsibility for the actual execution of their section’s contribution to the conference programme.

Proposals for sections should include:

  1. Name, institutional affiliation, EISA membership number and email address of the proposed section chair(s) – a maximum two chairs per section.
  2. Proposed section title and summary of its theme(s) and rationale(s) (no more than 250 words). Please state here if your proposed section is to contain 5 or 10 panels.
  3. Tentative indication of possible panels. We do not require a full list of panels, nor a list of paper titles or participants, but we would like at least 3 suggested themes for a 5-panel proposal and 6 suggested themes for a 10-panel proposal, which would show what the Section convenor(s) hope would be covered by the section at the conference.

Proposals must be submitted online via ConfTool:

ConfTool will be open from 1 October 2016.

The closing date for section proposals is midnight on 6 November 2016.

After the authors of accepted section proposals have been notified, a call for papers and panel proposals will be issued in December 2016.

Dr Victoria Basham (Cardiff) and Dr Cemal Burak Tansel (Sheffield)
Programme Chairs