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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 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.

We hope to receive paper submissions from across the globe and covering the broadest definitions of International Studies.

01 Conference highlights

- 75+ virtual panels and roundtables on a wide range of International Studies topics

- A keynote each day

    - A virtual IR quiz organised by our Postgraduate Network (PGN)

    - Professional development sessions

    - Two creative projects by Dr Michael Mulvihill (Newcastle University):

    1. Noise to signal - an exhibition of art works 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.
    2. Turning Fylingdales Inside Out: making practice visible at the UK’s ballistic missile early warning and space monitoring station – This interdisciplinary sound work started as a way of making audible the electronic atmospheres produced by RAF Fylingdale’s radar and electronic counter countermeasure systems. It is part of the outcome from an AHRC grant.

    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. We’ll be linking to hints and tips, letting you know how to join sessions and ask for help, running test sessions and linking to best practice for chairs.

    All of the above will be found here in 2021. In the meantime, please read our Code of conduct, including ‘netiquette’.