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Call for Papers and Panels

Call for Papers and Panels

Justice, Peace and Stability: Risks and Opportunities for Governance and Development (DEADLINE: 30th November 2013)

People and nations aspire for justice, peace and stability and yet we live in a real world of conflicts, inequality and imbalances of different sorts. Illusions about universal democratic future are gone, new tensions and cleavages arise. Trajectories of political and social transformations become ever more divergent. Modern states exhibit varying types of stateness and institutional quality with no ideal model fit for all. Gaps in development increase.

This reality challenges us with a wide spectrum of risks and at the same time offers unprecedented opportunities. Which directions we go and how we manage the journey remains a question. Problems of governance and development in the modern world are among the most pressing for politicians and scholars. How should we conceive of central concepts such as security, statehood and development in an era of economic and political upheaval? How to attain better governance within the states and among them? Which national and international institutions are better fit to meet new challenges? Which priorities should be put forward to advance development and make it sustainable?

We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions to address these and other questions. And we encourage panels and papers on the following themes:

1. Chaos vs. regulation

2. Shaping the globe: which actors matter?

3. Justice, peace and stability: research and reality

4. Economic justice and stability in times of crisis

5. Different states, different stateness, different institutions

6. “Better governance” or “good enough governance”?

7. Global financial governance

8. Beyond “development” – Towards “well-being”?

9. The future of foreign aid

10. Security and development, civil and military cooperation: pitfalls and opportunities

11. Bringing the state back in: implications for world politics

12. Transformations of the international order

13. Municipality—state, region, globe: connections and divides

14. South-South cooperation

15. Diplomacy in the 21st Century

16. Globalization of time and space in world politics

17. Changing status of the Great Powers

18. Security beyond the state

19. Revenge of sovereignty?

20. Power in world politics: national, global, transnational

21. Expansion and development of international law

22. Global civil society in the making?

23. Diffusion and importation of ideas and institutions

24. History and evolution of the discipline of IR

25. Ontology, epistemology and methodology in IR

26. Beyond the divide: qualitative and quantitative methods in IR

27. G8, G20, BRICS, what’s next?

28. Ethics and values for governing the globe

29. Demography and migration

30. Teaching and learning international studies

31. Diversity of norms and political attitudes.


Individuals may propose papers, panels or roundtables by registering as a user and uploading the respective proposals to the conference registration system accessible here. A panel consists of four papers, one or two discussants and a chairperson. Linked panels on a common theme can also be proposed and should be marked accordingly. Up to four panels can be linked in this fashion. A roundtable consists of up to 8 participants and a chairperson. Each panel and roundtable lasts for 105 minutes. Paper-givers will have approx. 12 minutes for their presentation, as will the discussant(s). Chairpersons of both panels and roundtables should leave approx. 30 minutes for discussion from the floor.

Papers will be given in English and will have to be uploaded on the conference registration system. Powerpoint presentation will be possible. A paper will be allocated by the Programme Committee to an appropriate panel, tabled or rejected. A tabled paper is an official contribution to the Conference but one that will not be discussed in a panel due to the exigencies of time, space or topic. Panel proposals should include an international element among its participants or the Programme Committee may exercise its prerogative to include such an element. It is expected that paper givers will circulate their papers to all other participants on their panel in a timely fashion.

The Conference is open to all members of any WISC member organization and to others with like interests in the scholarly and practical aspects of international studies. The Programme Committee reserves the right to refuse permission to participate. Decisions of the Programme Committee are final.

Deadline for submissions of proposals is 30 November 2013

The deadline for decisions on submissions is 1 February 2014. Proposals received after the deadline are unlikely to be included in the Programme.

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