St George's Square, Glasgow

About the conference

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 academic and practitioner colleagues from around the world, publishers, editors and more. We’re a leading voice in International Studies and our conference is renowned for being inclusive and friendly. You don’t have to be presenting a paper to attend – all are welcome.

Glasgow, our location for 2023, is a vibrant and compact city with a range of cultural attractions including museums and art galleries. The city combines contemporary life with traditional Scottish culture. You can take in one of the city’s best viewpoints from the top of Queen’s Park, check out the thriving independent shopping scene, and much more. We’ll see you there.

01 Conference programme (draft)

View the draft 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. You can also search for keywords or your name to quickly using 'Ctrl' and 'f' to find what you’re looking for.

Due to high demand and limited room availability, we are unable to accommodate requests to reschedule panels and/or presentations.

You can view a (draft) list of all speakers at #BISA2023 to quickly find out who else is participating.

The registration deadline for conference participants is 6 March 2023. However, if you are not participating in a panel or roundtable, you will still be able to register beyond this date.

02 Conference highlights

  • Three days of inspiring, provocative and diverse panels and roundtables
  • War Studies keynote 'Is the Nature of War Changing' by British military historian Professor Sir Hew Strachan
  • Public lecture on ‘Uncomfortable Histories: decolonising our universities’
  • Plenary roundtable sponsored by the Scottish Council of Global Affairs: ‘Towards a Feminist Foreign policy in Scotland: Pitfalls, Promises and Lessons Learned’
  • Conference reception on Wednesday 21 June at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The Centre Hall has an exquisite, vaulted ceiling and ornate chandeliers. The museum features 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8,000 objects. We are grateful to the Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow for their support in holding this reception
  • Exhibitions
  • More to be confirmed.

03 About Glasgow

Glasgow is a vibrant and compact city with plenty to offer you outside of conference hours. The city has a range of cultural attractions including the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Many museums and art galleries offer free entry.

Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music with over 150 live music events per week to enjoy, and boasts a food and drink scene catering for every taste - from traditional whisky pubs to fine dining. You can look forward to a warm welcome in a city voted ‘world’s friendliest city’ by Rough Guides. Find out more about the city and its attractions on the Glasgow tourism website.

The conference venue

Hilton Glasgow sits on the edge of Glasgow’s City Centre, just 20 minutes from Glasgow airport. The hotel boasts a dedicated events floor, home to one of the largest ballrooms in the city. Each of the smaller meeting rooms benefits from natural light and AV equipment, making them the perfect space to present at #BISA2023.

Without leaving the hotel, you can experience authentic haggis in Tart & Lobster and visit The Tea Lounge by Dilmah, the first of its kind in the UK, for afternoon tea. Whisky Mist offers cocktails and meals next to the crackling fire.

We will also be utilising some conference rooms at the Glasgow Marriott located next door to the Hilton.

03 Costs and bursaries

The BISA 2023 conference is competitively priced with up to 40% discount on the standard rate for BISA members. There are also significant discounts for early-career researchers and students.

04 Access and support

We are committed to providing all reasonable support to make our events accessible. We also promote equality, diversity and safety. Read our dedicated support, childcare and Code of Conduct pages for more information.

05 Reserve a room

Are you a working group looking to book your AGM, or an exhibitor wanting to hold a reception? Let us know your room booking requirements using the link below. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so please complete the booking form as soon as possible.