Angel of the North

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 discussants, 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.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, our location for 2020, boasts a spectacular combination of vibrant city life, historic castles and a stunning coastline. We’ll see you there.

01 COVID-19

In light of the rapidly-evolving public health situation connected to the COVID-19 outbreak the conference has been cancelled. Read our full statement on our news pages.

02 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 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.

The registration deadline for conference participants is 31 March 2020. However, if you are not participating in a panel or roundtable, you will still be able to register beyond this date.

03 Conference highlights

In addition to three full days of panels and roundtables on a wide range of International Studies topics, we have some inspiring, provocative and social events lined up:

  • Between the local and international: 10 years of austerity politics - a mix of local practitioners and policy makers along with scholars of austerity politics, will consider issues of gender, race, class and the impact of austerity politics on Newcastle and the international.
  • Conference reception at Wylam Brewery which resides in the spectacular Palace of Arts, a Grade II listed building
  • Noise to signal, a special BISA 2020 Exhibition Launch - an exhibition of art works by Dr Michael Mulvihill that uses drawing, sculpture and moving image, in order to make visible the interconnections between everyday social and cultural experience, and the materiality of geopolitical power.
  • Annual prize giving ceremony and AGM
  • Professional development day on Tuesday 16 June
  • Guided 5k Toon Run
  • 'The Other City' podcast by Cap-a-Pie and Dr. Matt Davies - Use this podcast to explore Newcastle in a different way. Take your blinkers off and see what you wouldn't usually notice.

04 About Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Newcastle is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK thanks to its rich history, bustling nightlife, cultural hot spots and variety of shops, bars and restaurants. Added to this is a passion for sport and the legendary Geordie friendliness.

Inside the city you’ll find world-renowned museums and galleries, theatres, and famous icons such as the Tyne Bridge and Hadrian's Wall. If city life isn’t for you head out to the nearby countryside or the stunning coastline. You can find out more about the city and its attractions on the NewcastleGateshead website.

The conference venue

The Civic Centre is a central landmark in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. A combination of rich history, long-lasting traditions, and authentic modernist architecture make The Civic Centre a true modern classic and a venue quite unlike any other.

You’ll pass through the shadow of the magnificent bronze casting of the River God Tyne, and into the most prestigious building in the city for a truly unforgettable conference experience.

05 Costs and bursaries

The BISA 2020 conference is competitively priced with over 30% discount on the standard rate for BISA members. There are also significant discounts for early-career researchers and students.

06 Access and support

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

07 Reserve a room

Are you a working group looking to book your AGM, or an exhibitor wanting to hold a reception? Whatever you need to reserve a room for please let us know using the link below as soon as possible. This will give you the best chance of availability.