Newcastle Civic Centre

Call for papers

Where lies the future of international studies as a field of inquiry, mode of learning, and site of politics?

As the discipline enters its second century in the UK, there is an opportunity to engage critically with how we envision the future possibilities of international studies. Are the fundamental contours of world politics changing as challenges like the Anthropocene, populism, and ongoing inequalities potentially reconfigure power and governance in the international system? Or, is the theory and practice of British international studies stuck in its ways, embracing modes of scholarly investigation and forms of nostalgia associated with a mythical bygone era? 

Thus, at a time of competing tendencies and tensions, BISA 2020 provides an opportune moment to further investigate how we ‘do’ international studies and how the field both shapes, and is shaped by, the pressures of contemporary higher education, societies in deep crisis, and worlds in flux. Where might the field turn for new forms of inquiry, engagement, and understanding to better grasp what is at stake in contemporary world politics and better discern how our answers to this question will influence future trajectories for international studies? Moreover, how might international studies more robustly investigate its pasts, presents, and futures? And might it do so with a normative commitment to producing more equitable, diverse, and inclusive worlds?

These questions and their challenges for international studies are not conducive to simple answers. They demand a re-invigoration of inquiry within international studies. But in doing so, to what extent must they also engage with cognate disciplines like geography, history, law, and sociology or even further afield in conversation with the arts, humanities, and sciences? Similarly, how might different ways of knowing, different forms of knowledge, different ways of teaching, and different ways of being a researcher produce alternative futures for international studies?

To pursue answers to the questions, the conference programme committee seeks individual papers, panels, and roundtables that engage with the themes identified above or any other topic that advances the understanding of international studies widely defined. It also encourages the inclusion of multiple perspectives, diverse panels, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovative formats. Please note that members and non-members of BISA are warmly invited to submit proposals.

Note you will be taken to where conference submissions are being managed.

01 What we’re looking for

Hear from BISA Conference Chair Kyle Grayson on what makes a good submission in this short three-minute video.

02 How it works

For BISA 2020 we will accept three submission types:

  • Individual Paper Submissions
  • Panel Submissions
  • Roundtable Submissions

We accept scholarly research papers and policy analysis on any topic related to international studies in its broadest definition.

Panel - A panel is an opportunity for a group of experts working in a specific area to share papers or papers in progress. Panel submissions should include four papers, a discussant and a chair, or five papers and a chair.

Roundtable - A roundtable is an opportunity for a group of experts to discuss a particular issue in depth without the constraints of having to speak to a paper. Roundtable submissions should include a minimum of five participants and a chair.

Across panels and roundtables, we encourage diversity of participants including (but not limited to) gender, ethnicity, career stage and geographical location.

Each submission (whether a paper, panel, or roundtable) may only be made to one working group. On the proposal submission form this is called a 'track'.

The review process

Once the online submission process is closed, individual paper/panel/roundtable submissions are peer reviewed by the conference programme committee. 

Initial peer review is done by working group conveners who are assigned submissions based on the working group identified in the proposal.

Working Group conveners can accept, decline or refer submissions during this process. They can also build panels composed of individual papers submitted to their working group.

Where the are individual papers with scholarly merit but for which there is no good panel fit within a working group section, the conference programme chair will attempt to construct interdisciplinary working group panels.

You can only present a maximum of two papers or participate on four panels/roundtables in total in any role (paper presenter, panellist, chair, or discussant). This rule is in place to maximise the number of colleagues who can participate in the conference.

03 Timeline

20 December 2019: Deadline for all submissions - papers, roundtables and panels

10 February 2020: Provisional programme published and notification emails sent out

10 February 2020: Registration opens

10 Feburary 2020: PG conference bursary applications open - deadline 28 February 2020

16 March 2020: Presenter, Chair, and Discussant registration closes

31 March 2020: Last day for changes to the programme (please check name/affiliation are correct)

31 March 2020: Refund & withdrawal deadline (admin fee applicable to refunds £30)

31 March 2020: Deadline for funding and visa support letters

May 2020: Final programme published

1 June 2020: Registration for non-presenting delegates closes

17 June 2020: 45th conference begins

04 Costs and bursaries

The rates for full BISA members for the conference are:

  • Three day conference rate £225
  • Day rate £80

This represents over 30% discount on the fees paid by non-members, which are £330 for three days or £115 for one day. Early career researchers and students are entitled to further discounts, found on the conference costs page.

We are also offering 15 bursaries for PhD students.

05 Our conference management system

When you submit your proposal you will be taken to our conference management system, Indico, where you will be prompted to login. If you've not used Indico before you can create an account by clicking 'create one here' underneath the username and password fields.

Once you are logged in you can click on the call for either abstracts (single paper), panels or roundtables, and then complete the submission form.

06 Ready to submit your paper, panel or roundtable?

Note you will be taken to where conference submissions are being managed.