After Deconstruction: Exploring 'New' Discourses of Governance and Critique in International Relations

After 30 years of devastating critiques against orthodox (modernist) theories, the discipline of International Relations is still alive and thriving. Our starting assumption is that 'deconstruction' has not led to the end of IR, but reoriented the discipl... read more

Pol Bargués-Pedreny,
University of Duisburg-Essen

Peter Finkenbusch,
University of Duisburg-Essen


Analysing Foreign Policy

The section will discuss original and innovative theory-guided works in the field of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). The hallmarks of FPA are its penchant for actor-specific, middle-range theorising and for interdisciplinary and multidimensional approaches... read more

Kai Oppermann,
University of Sussex

Klaus Brummer,
Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt


Authoritarian Neoliberalism: Dominations, Crises, Resistances

The term 'authoritarian neoliberalism' (AN) is becoming an established part of critical social science scholarship, as shown by its use across a range of disciplinary and critical perspectives. It provides the basis for conceptual and political interventi... read more

Ian Bruff,
University of Manchester


Conceptualising International Practices: New Directions for the Practice Turn

Over the last decade, International Practice Theory has become a strong voice in the repertoire of International Relations theory. A significant number of scholars have engaged in developing a practice-based research and theory for international relations... read more

Christian Bueger,
Cardiff University

Alena Drieschova,
Cardiff University


Crises as Catalysts: The Rise of the Pan-European New Right

The spectacular electoral performance of far-right and extreme right political parties and the rise of right-wing extra-parliamentary movements in most European countries have profoundly unsettled political elites, liberal-minded opinion formers, and acad... read more

Ian Klinke,
University of Oxford

Hartwig Pautz,
University of the West of Scotland


Crisis and Change Nexus in Global Politics

Recently, Dirk Nabers argued that crisis represents a situation in which our everyday beliefs of how the world works are thoroughly disrupted by an event that is out of our control. In a way, the crises are comparable to trauma due to the diffic... read more

Erica Resende,
Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro

Didem Buhari-Gülmez,
Istanbul Kemerburgaz University


Critical Military Studies

Building on previous successes of Critical Military Studies (CMS) sections at EISA 2013 and 2015, this section will bring together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars, at different stages of their career, to contribute to a ten-panel section at EISA 20... read more

Julia Welland,
University of Warwick

Mathias Delori,
Sciences Po Bordeaux


Dimensions of Power in Global Politics

IR scholars study power in global politics – who has it, how is it used, how does it matter? What is it? Is it military might, economic accumulation, or influence? Yet recent theorising, with some exceptions, pays less attention to power as such tha... read more

Laura Sjoberg,
University of Florida

Cameron Thies,
Arizona State University


Dislocating Geopower: New Approaches to Space, Culture, and Violence in World Politics

This interdisciplinary section will bring together leading and emerging scholars who are currently exploring the state of the art at the intersections of space, culture, and violence in world politics. While these intersections have been a long-standing c... read more

Kyle Grayson,
Newcastle University

Una McGahern,
Newcastle University


Emerging Powers in Global Governance

The rise of emerging powers such as China, Brazil and India in world politics challenges the discipline of International Relations in several crucial ways. Emerging powers, for instance, seem to change the balance of power in the international system, rai... read more

Stefan Alexander Schirm,
University of Bochum

Jörn-Carsten Gottwald,
University of Bochum


English School: The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises

Charles Manning was one of the first professors of IR and played a major role in establishing this field as a bone fide subject in British universities in the interwar period and after. In times of crises he studied peaceful change, international organisa... read more

Tonny Brems Knudsen,
Aarhus University

Peter Wilson,
London School of Economics


Ethical Worlds in World Politics

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

Elke Schwarz,
University of Leicester

Myriam Fotou,
London School of Economics


Ethnographic Approaches to International Interventions

Over the last decade, an increasing number of scholars from an International Relations/Political Studies background have conducted fieldwork in faraway places on various aspects of international interventions. While this is a welcome development, fieldwor... read more

Berit Bliesemann de Guevara,
Aberystwyth University

Morten Bøås,
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs


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

Michelle Pace,
Roskilde University

Ali Bilgiç,
Loughborough University


Global Affairs and/of Europe

This section is sponsored by the journal Global Affairs and aims at revisiting what John Ruggie calls an 'emerging global public domain'. The emerging domain is 'inhabited' by states but also international organisations, transnational corporations an... read more

Stefania Panebianco,
University of Catania


Global Governance in the Internet Age

This section focuses on the impact of information and communication technologies (Internet, social media, big data, mobiles) on global governance. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) enable traditionally marginalised actors, such as NGOs and... read more

Jérôme Duberry,
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


Global Health and International Relations

This section explores the emerging subfield of Global Health & International Relations. It seeks to foster dialogue about how global health challenges can help scholars critically interrogate received concepts and approaches to the study of internatio... read more

Stefan Elbe,
University of Sussex

Simon Rushton,
University of Sheffield


Globalising the Climate, Climatising the World: The Transformation of Global Politics in Times of the Climate Crisis

Climate governance is no longer restricted to multilateral negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It extends 'beyond' or 'outside' the climate regime through the individual or combined actions of regional, national and ... read more

Stefan Aykut,
LISIS (INRA & Université Paris-Est)

Lucile Maertens,
King's College London & Columbia University


Historical International Relations

The HIST Section in 2017 will be the third consecutive HIST section within the EISA. Strong of its experiences in fostering such engagements beyond sub-disciplinary boundaries, the HIST section aims at engaging with works ranging from more theoretical re... read more

Halvard Leira,
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Benjamin de Carvalho,
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs


Inter-Organisational Relations in Crises: Coordination, Competition and Change

International organisations are increasingly actors more than member state arenas or instruments. In situations of crisis, they compete for resources, people, and the attention of national and global publics, as well as that of policymakers at both levels... read more

Ingvild Bode,
University of Kent

John Karlsrud,
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs


International Law in Crisis

International law thrives on crisis. It is involved in almost any crisis imaginable: it attempts to regulate crisis, to prevent crisis, to manage crisis, but it is also complicit through framing and enabling crisis and response. Moreover, international la... read more

Renske Vos,
University of Edinburgh

Sofia Stolk,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


International Migration and International Relations: Forced Movements of People Across Borders and Interdisciplinary Approaches

Among the contemporary challenges that face societies and the world at large and that have triggered the formation of the discipline of International Relations, the governance of the so-called 'migration crises' and related phenomena, including mounting l... read more

Valeria Bello,
United Nations University

Sarah Léonard,
Vesalius College


International/Economy/Society: IPE Meets IPS

International Political Economy (IPE) and International Political Sociology (IPS) exist as largely separate fields, with different frames of reference and scholarly networks. But if all that is international is political, then why still the opposition bet... read more

Liam Stanley,
University of Sheffield

Amin Samman,
City University London


Islam in World Affairs: Politics and Paradigms

The section addresses the role of Islam in world affairs. It seeks to explore the empirical experiences and ideational perspectives of the Islamic civilisation on world affairs with regards to statecraft, governance, transnational movements, Isl... read more

Raffaele Mauriello,
University of Tehran

Deina Abdelkader,
University of Massachusetts Lowell


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

Joao Piedade,
Instituto Universitário Militar

Brendan Flynn,
National University of Ireland Galway


Migration and the European Welfare State: Mapping the (Violent) Encounters between Welfare and Mobility

'Progressive' political projects have tended to view the support for the welfare state as central to social justice, equality and projects of inclusive citizenship. What this tends to ignore is how welfare plays a central role in modern border regimes. We... read more

Joe Turner,
University of Sheffield

Clara Sandelind,
University of Sheffield


Negotiating Divides in IR and Reading International Politics in Times of Crises

The history of the discipline of International Relations is usually narrated as a succession of theories that pursue different ontologies and epistemologies and focus on different problems. IR is riven by theoretical divisions and conflicts between school... read more

Hartmut Behr,
Newcastle University


New Horizons and Research Perspectives on Latin America and the Caribbean

What is the current political agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean? How are IR scholars approaching these issues? Which new theoretical, methodological and epistemological tools are being developed to assess these regions' relationship with the 'inte... read more

Minerva Campion,
Universidad Central

Iratxe Perea Ozerin,
University of the Basque Country


Normative Ambitions, (De)Militarised Societies and the Transcendence of War

This section revisits what was perhaps the foundational normative ambition of international relations – the objective of transcending or abolishing war as a political practice in world politics. The inter-war idealist currents within which the disci... read more

Jonathan Gilmore,
Kingston University

Jeremy Moses,
University of Canterbury


Politics of Global Economic Governance in Times of Change

Global governance, and global economic governance in particular, constitutes a significant factor shaping contemporary international relations. In the globalised world it is beyond the capacities of individual states to tackle the recurrent economic crise... read more

Karina Joanna Jędrzejowska,
University of Warsaw

Anna Magdalena Wróbel,
University of Warsaw


Public Contestation, Legitimacy and Effectiveness in Regional and Global Governance

Coping with trans-boundary policy challenges is a topical issue of the current global agenda and the object of a vivid debate among both policy-makers and scholars. Global crises in climate change, food, health, finance, and the world economy have sparked... read more

Daniela Irrera,
University of Catania

Joint section with the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR).


Reappraising Eurocentrism

This section is based on the perhaps counter-intuitive idea that Eurocentrism can be turned into a tool for innovative theoretical and disciplinary advances. Critique of Eurocentrism has in recent years gained speed, major studies have appeared and genera... read more

Knud Erik Jørgensen,
Yaşar University


Reconsidering 'Transit Migration': Techniques, Subjects and Spaces of Governing Mobile Populations

The aim of this section is to reconsider the conceptual and methodological tools utilised to examine 'transit migration'. Starting from critical research on transit migration, we argue that transit mobility and its governance rest on more complex and mult... read more

Beste İşleyen,
University of Amsterdam

Nora El Qadim,
Université Paris 8


Reconstructing Global Histories of the International

Histories of the 'international' and the development of concepts such as security, capital, sovereignty and civilisation have been predominantly concerned with three interlinked stories: the story of the rise of the West, the story of the development of c... read more

Maj Grasten,
Copenhagen Business School

Filipe Dos Reis,
University of Erfurt


Remote Interventionisms

The past decades have seen a steady preoccupation with military and humanitarian interventions into theatres of war and emergence. The end of the Cold War nuclear stand-off opened new possibilities for direct political, civil and military intervention in ... read more

Jolle Demmers,
Utrecht University

Lauren Gould,
Utrecht University


Responsibility in Global Politics

The concept of 'responsibility' has become increasingly significant in world politics and has already materialised across diverse policy fields, such as the responsibility to protect (R2P). It might be on the rise because underlying moral values seem to r... read more

Hannes Hansen-Magnusson,
Cardiff University

Antje Vetterlein,
Copenhagen Business School


Resurfacing 1989 in the History of International Relations

The key turning point implied by the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin wall generated ripples of concepts, events and designed scenarios that are strongly resurfacing as paradigmatic points of reflection and comparison in times of fundamental... read more

Cristina Blanco Sío-López,
European University Institute


Rethinking Agency Beyond, or in Spite of, the State

IR, and political sciences debates at large, have been evolving around the central role of the state in domestic and international affairs. This has resulted in a limited academic exploration of sub-national and trans-national phenomena such as networks, ... read more

Licinia Simão,
University of Coimbra

Abel Polese,
Tallinn University


Rethinking International Relations in the Anthropocene: Challenges and Opportunities

The world has entered the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch marked by the central role played by humans in influencing the state, dynamics and future of the Earth system. Humans are reshaping the planet, producing developments that have no parallel in ... read more

Joana Castro Pereira,
Lusíada University


Scandalous Economics of Gender in Conflict and Post-Conflict

This section proposes to draw together critical feminist political economy scholarship on the gendered/racialised politics of IFIs in conflict and post-conflict settings.  The focus on the role of IFIs in the Global Financial Crises and the ensuing ... read more

Aida Arfan Hozić,
University of Florida

Jacqui True,
Monash University


The EU in a Contested World Order: How to Address the EU's Responsibilities and Challenges in a Time of Crises?

This section analyses the politics of the European Union (EU) in light of the changes that the currently contested world order entails. We are witnessing the rise, but also the decline of certain non-western regions and states. The nature and consequences... read more

Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti,
Middle East Technical University

Hartmut Mayer,
University of Oxford


The European Union: Promoting or Obstructing Global Justice?

Global justice is most often thought of as a matter of what would be a fair distribution of goods and resources – hence the quest for global distributive justice. But also a hegemon can distribute goods in a just manner: the focus on distribution of... read more

Helene Sjursen,
University of Oslo

Ben Tonra,
University College Dublin


The Future of European Security

Europe is beset by security challenges, whether it be from a resurgent Russia to the east, the consequences of the Syrian Civil War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, economic migration, Brexit and the US 'pivot' to Asia. Within Europe there are questi... read more

Andrew Dorman,
Chatham House

Tracey German,
King's College London


The Politics of International Political Theory

International Political Theory (IPT) draws upon a diverse array of traditions, methods, and disciplines. While much of research is in the fields of global ethics or more theoretically oriented, an increasing number of scholars also use is as a method by w... read more

Mathias Albert,
Bielefeld University

Anthony Lang,
University of St. Andrews


The Power Politics of International Orders

Developments in the last fifteen years have driven renewed interest in hegemonic-stability and power-transition theory. The persistence of US-centered primacy during the 1990s produced new arguments for the stability of unipolar orders and recent attentio... read more

Morten Skumsrud Andersen,
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Daniel Nexon,
Georgetown University


The Role of Professional Associations in Advancing International Studies

This section will look at the role of Professional Association in promoting and advancing scholarship in the discipline of International Relations. This section will look at the changing roles of BISA, EISA and other European regional associations as the ... read more

Helen Louise Turton,
University of Sheffield

Joint section with the British International Studies Association.


The Role of Technology in IR

On the widest conceptual scale possible, in Bruno Latour's words, 'technology is society made durable'. Technology facilitates, speeds up, automates, and does things that humans simply cannot do. In this sense, technology is a central aspect of IR. And ye... read more

Marijn Hoijtink,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Matthias Leese,
ETH Zurich


Understanding International Relations through the Lens of Education

This section seeks to strengthen the study of education within the field of International Studies. It will challenge the still prevailing assumption that education policy is one of the last bastions of state sovereignty and will highlight the importance o... read more

Eva Hartmann,
Copenhagen Business School

Toni Verger,
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Unravelling Contemporary Settler-Colonial Relations: Realities, Knowledge and Decolonisation

In the field of International Relations, the settler-colonial present is often muted in quests to unravel contemporary crises. Yet, its core logics persist in ongoing movements of territorial conquest, capital accumulation and dispossession of peoples, of... read more

Elian Weizman,
Council for British Research in the Levant, Kenyon Institute

Sharri Plonski,
SOAS, University of London


Visuality and Global Politics

In the digital age, visual representations travel easily, circulate on a global stage, raise public attention, shape collective identities, trigger emotions and co-constitute our common knowledge about the world we are living in. In the last decade, schol... read more

Axel Heck,
University of Kiel

Gabi Schlag,
Helmut Schmidt University