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About the conference

01 Conference programme

View the conference programme to find panels that interest you, or to check when you’re presenting.

The programme is updated in real time and will always be the latest version. If you’d like to view it as a pdf, you can use the print to pdf function and then search for keywords or your name to quickly find what you’re looking for.

Due to high demand and limited room availability, the BISA conference team is unable to accommodate requests to reschedule panels and/or presentations.

02 Structure of the day

Each day of the three-day conference will consist of five ‘slots’ for a number of simultaneous panels, roundtables and discussants:

  • Session one: 9-10.30am
  • Session two: 11am-12.30pm
  • Session three: 2-3.30pm
  • Session four: 4-5.30pm
  • Session five: 6-7.30pm

Fringe events will take place at lunchtime or at the end of each day after the panel sessions have concluded.

03 Costs and bursaries

BISA 2021 is open to both members and non-members. Members receive up to 50% discount on the standard rate paid by non-members. There are also significant discounts for early-career researchers and students.

04 Access and support

Everyone is welcome at the BISA conference. We expect both individual submitters and our submission reviewers to give due consideration to our equality and diversity objectives when putting panels together.

When you submit your paper, panel or roundtable we will ask for your time zone so that we can take this into account when scheduling.

We are committed to providing all reasonable support to make our events accessible. Visit our dedicated ‘Access and support’ page for more information on how to let us know your requirements.

05 How to conference virtually

If you haven’t taken part in a virtual conference before, don’t worry. Here are some FAQs, letting you know how to join sessions and ask for help, running test sessions and linking to best practice for chairs.

Please read our Code of conduct, including ‘netiquette’.

06 General information

The BISA conference brings together a worldwide community of specialists to discuss, promote and develop International Studies.

You can present and receive feedback on your paper, take part in discussions, and enhance your knowledge. You'll network with colleagues, publishers, editors, and representatives from NGOs, think tanks and schools. We’re a leading voice in International Studies and our conference is renowned for being inclusive and friendly.

Our 2021 conference is taking place virtually due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst we’ll all miss the benefits a face-to-face conference brings, we are excited to reach and include a wider audience and a fuller breadth of scholars and practitioners from the discipline. You'll still be able to present your research, network, and hear from leaders in IR.