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Joint BISA-ISA International Conference "Diversity in the Discipline: Tension or Opportunity in Responding to Global Challenges", Edinburgh, UK, 20-22.06.2012

BISA was established in 1975, making it one of the longest established subject associations in the discipline of International Studies; ISA is the largest such association in the world. For only the second time in their history they will be holding a joint conference. This will bring together scholars from across the world, at all career stages, in probably the largest International Studies conference ever held in Europe.

Call for papers

Contemporary international relations is shaped by a series of global challenges. These include the financial crisis, political revolution in the Middle East, rising powers from the Global South, concerns over terrorism and the projection of Western military power. Alliances are being reconfigured, institutions are evolving and security is being articulated in new ways.

In addressing these issues, International Studies is characterised by diversity. We invite papers and panels which explore this diversity, particularly in relation to how competing approaches define and understand contemporary global challenges, and how those competing approaches have led to quite different proposals for responding to those challenges.

We welcome proposals for panels which consist of a diverse grouping of scholars from various countries and regions, from different career stages and which represent both genders. Joint submissions from ISA Sections and BISA working groups are warmly encouraged.

Location The conference will be held at two hotels on the Royal Mile, the mediaeval heart of Edinburgh with the Castle at one end and Holyrood the other, and in the historic Scotsman hotel overlooking Princes Street Gardens and the Scott Memorial. Edinburgh is a UNESCO city of culture, home to the International Festival and Fringe. The conference will be held at the same time as the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Royal Highland Show.

Deadlines for proposals Panels, papers and roundtables: proposals by 1st September 2011 Submit proposals via the bisa website conference pages, here or copy and paste this link into your web browser http://www.bisa.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=203&catid=35&Itemid=63

Contacts Please check the BISA conference pages (link above) for advice before emailing any of the following contacts

Joint Programme Chairs - Prof Colin McInnes (BISA) and Prof Karen Rasler (ISA) email: bisa-isa2012@isanet.org. (For enquiries about panels, papers and roundtable and conference programme generally)

Conference Organiser - Gail Birkett (BISA) email: bisa-conference@aber.ac.uk (For more general conference enquiries about venues, hotels, travel etc)


Workshop "Performing Geopolitics", Durham, UK, 22-23.06.2011

A 2-day workshop organised by the Politics-State-Space and Lived and Material Cultures Research Clusters

This workshop seeks to open up a conversation concerning the interplay between subjectivity, spatiality and materiality as constitutive features of the geopolitical. In response to recent calls for a critical geopolitics that challenges the centrality of Western elite practices and representations, the workshop aims to conceptualize how political subjectivity and materiality intersect in and through geopolitical space and asks what this might mean for the way in which the geopolitical is performed.

The workshop draws inspiration from a range of contemporary geographical approaches: recent feminist scholarship on the embodiment of political subjects, research on transnational citizenship and subaltern geopolitics on the value of theorising the geopolitical from the margins; and recent work on the geographies of materiality and affect and the roles they play in shaping contemporary geopolitical orderings. By considering these approaches together, the workshop aims to work toward a reconceptualisation of the everyday enactments of the geopolitical. The workshop is furthermore concerned with questions of methodology, namely with the methods available for tracing the material through the geopolitical.

We are now inviting submissions of abstracts for papers in a variety of formats, including 10-minute position papers and 20-minute research papers on these themes. Participants might, for instance, explore how recent critiques of scale inform critical geopolitical thought (Marston 2000, 2004, Marston et al 2005, Jones et al 2007, Law 2004, Gibson-Graham 2002), or the material assemblage of contemporary geopolitical orders (Ong and Collier 2005, Bennett 2010).

We are particularly keen to encourage submissions by postgraduate researchers and have a small number of postgraduate bursaries available to assist with travel expenses. Please let us know, if you are interested in applying for one of these.

Confirmed Participants: Professor Audrey Kobayashi (Queen's University, Canada) Dr. Merje Kuus (University of British Columbia, Canada) Professor Lynn Staeheli (Durham University, United Kingdom) Professor Joe Painter (Durham University, United Kingdom) Dr. Martin Müller (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland)

Participants not intending to give papers are also welcome to register.

Deadline: 15 April 2011

Please submit your abstract to: Kathrin Hörschelmann (kathrin.horschelmann@durham.ac.uk); Matthew Kearns (m.b.kearnes@durham.ac.uk), or Andrew Baldwin (w.a.baldwin@durham.ac.uk)