11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises
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.

Call for Papers, Panels and Roundtables

The programme chairs of the EISA 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations invite paper, panel, and roundtable proposals for submission to any of the 50 sections on the 2017 programme.

The list of all 50 sections, including section abstracts and the contact information of the section chairs, can be found on the conference website. Please contact the section chairs for any question regarding their section. The conference website also provides more general information on the conference.

There will be no open section: All paper, panel, and roundtable proposals are expected to fit into one of the 50 sections and to be submitted online to the appropriate section. A given proposal can be submitted to only one section at a time. However, it is possible to indicate two further sections to which a paper or panel/roundtable proposal might fit.

All sections welcome individual paper proposals and most welcome panel/roundtable proposals as well — please contact section chairs to enquire about this. Each 105-minute panel/roundtable should comprise five papers/presenters plus a discussant who may also act as panel/roundtable chair.

Proposals (with abstracts of 200 words maximum) must be submitted via our online submission system: ConfTool 2017.

Please note that there will be a participation limit of three contributions per participant — whether as paper giver, roundtable speaker, or discussant/chair (any of these roles counts as one contribution).

The closing date for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals is midnight (CET) on Friday 10 February 2017. For any questions on the conference, please contact the programme chairs at pec@eisa-net.org.

We look forward to your proposals and to welcoming you in Barcelona!

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