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Highlights

With lots of simultaneous events it can be difficult to know where to start. Use this section to kick start your conference experience.

01 Keynotes

Our keynotes take place at 2-3.30pm each day.

  • Monday 21 June - Geographies of Racism (Sponsored by Polity). Speakers: Professor Gary Younge (University of Manchester), Dr Olivia Rutazibwa (University of Portsmouth), Professor Robbie Shilliam (Johns Hopkins)
  • Tuesday 22 June - Roundtable: Forget International Studies? (Sponsored by Cambridge University Press). Speakers: Dr Heba Youssef (University of Brighton), Dr Jenna Marshall (Universität Kassel), Dr Lata Narayanaswamy (University of Leeds), Professor Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni (University of Bayreuth), Dr Sithembile Mbete (University of Pretoria), Dr Swati Parashar (University of Gothenburg)
  • Wednesday 23 June - Reset the international system and reboot International Studies - Dr Agnes Callamard, (Sponsored by Palgrave Macmillan). Speakers: Dr Agnes Callamard (UN/Amnesty International), Dr James Rogers (University of Southern Denmark)

02 Exhibitor events

Polity book launch: Anthony King's 'Urban Warfare in the Twenty-First Century' (publishing July 2021), Tuesday 22 June, 11am-12.30pm, Room 9 - Over the last two decades, warfare has migrated into cities. From Mosul to Mumbai, Aleppo to Marawi, the major military battles of our time have taken place in densely populated urban areas.  Why has this happened? What are the defining characteristics and the military and political implications of urban warfare today? Find out from leading sociologist Anthony King.

Meet and Greet with Palgrave Macmillan Commissioning Editors, Tuesday 22 June 4-5.30pm, Room 9 - Are you interested in publishing a book on international studies and would like to approach a publishing editor for more details? Do you have questions about the book publishing process in general and what to look out for when submitting a proposal? Or are you interested in hearing more about Palgrave’s commitment to open research and open access book publishing programme? Then join us for an interactive meet & greet where our experienced publishing editors will be taking questions on the various aspects of scholarly book publishing in the field of IR. Speakers- Anca Pusca, Executive Editor for International Studies, Anne Birchley-Brun, Editor for International Studies, Rebecca Roberts, Associate Editor for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Polity book discussion: What's Wrong with NATO and How to Fix it, Wednesday 23 June, 9-10.30am, Room 9 - NATO, the most successful alliance in history, is beset by unresolved tensions and divergent interests that are undermining its cohesion, credibility and capability. In this book, Mark Webber, James Sperling and Martin Smith explore four key post-Cold War developments that threaten NATO's survival.

Bristol University Press Book Launch - Grand Strategy in 10 Words: A Guide to Great Powers in the 21st Century by Sven Biscop, Wednesday 23 June, 4-5.30pm, Room 7 - In a world that has returned to great power rivalry, understanding the grand strategy of these powers is crucial. This book introduces ten key terms for analysing grand strategy and shows how the world’s great powers – the United States, China, Russia and the European Union (EU) – shape their strategic decisions today. Introduction by Stephen Wenham, Publisher of Politics and International Studies at Bristol University Press.

03 Top 3's

We asked several people involved with the conference to let us know which sessions they are most excited about.

Dr Amal Abu-Bakare - Conference Assistant

  1. Widening Participation panel - Vicarious Identities in the Curriculum: Examining Muslim Women, Tuesday 22 June, 11am-12.30pm, Webinar room
  2. Keynote - Geographies of Racism, Monday 21 June, 2-3.30pm, Webinar room
  3. Roundtable - Intimate Conflicts: Queer Lives in Times of War, Wednesday 23 June, 4-5.30pm, Room 5

Professor Ruth Blakeley - Incoming BISA Chair

  1. Keynote - Geographies of Racism, Monday 21 June, 2-3.30pm, Webinar room
  2. Panel - Forgetting IR to Reimagine IR, Monday 21 June, 4-5.30pm, Room 9
  3. Keynote - Dr Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International and former UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings, Wednesday 23 June, 2-3.30pm, Webinar room

Juliet Dryden - BISA Director

  1. RUSI sponsored roundtable: The Middle East, Geopolitics, and International Studies Today, Monday 21 June 4-5.30pm, Webinar room
  2. BISA Chair's Address and Prize Giving, Tuesday 22 June, 12.30-2pm, Webinar room
  3. Panel - The Other Histories of International Relations: women thinkers, forgotten locations and unexplored genres, Tuesday 22 June, 6-7.30pm, Room 8

Dr Natalie Jester - BISA member and conference delegate

  1. Keynote - Geographies of Racism, Monday 21 June, 2-3.30pm, Webinar room
  2. Panel - (Structural) Forgetting? Secrecy, Ignorance and Power in International Studies, Tuesday 22 June, 4-5.30pm, Room 1
  3. Panel - The Other Histories of International Relations: women thinkers, forgotten locations and unexplored genres, Tuesday 22 June, 6-7.30pm, Room 8

Tom Vaughan - Postgraduate Network (PGN) Chair

  1. The Toxicity of Empire: Ruination, sacrifice, myth and nostalgia, Monday 21 June, 8-9.30pm, Room 2
  2. (Structural) Forgetting? Secrecy, Ignorance and Power in International Studies, Tuesday 22 June, 4-5.30pm, Room 1
  3. A Changing Global Nuclear Order, Tuesday 22 June, 9-10.30am, Room 1

Dr Julia Welland - Conference Chair

  1. Keynote - Geographies of Racism, Monday 21 June, 2-3.30pm, Webinar room
  2. BISA Chair's Address and Prize Giving, Tuesday 22 June, 12.30-2pm, Webinar room
  3. Roundtable - Art and/of Military Afterlives, Wednesday 23 June, 9-10.30am, Room 2

04 Networking

Meet with delegates who have similar research interests by attending our 'Coffee and conversation' networking sessions. You can also find out more about the BISA working groups and what they do. You don't need to be a member of BISA, or of a particular working group, in order to attend these sessions. All delegates are welcome.

  • Coffee and conversation networking session - European Security WG - Monday 21 June, 4-5.30pm, Room 10
  • Coffee and conversation networking session - Foreign Policy and Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding WGs, Tuesday 22 June, 11am-12.30pm, Room 10
  • Coffee and conversation networking session - War Studies WG, Tuesday 22 June, 4-5.30pm, Room 10
  • Coffee and conversation networking session - International Law, South-East Europe, Colonial Postcolonial Decolonial, Gender in IR, Global Health, Post-structural Politics, Ethics and World Politics, Global Nuclear Order, Russian and Eurasian Security, and Interpretivism in IR WGs, Wednesday 23 June, 12.30-2pm, Room 10

05 Fringe events and take a break

In addition to panels and roundtables and the above networking sessions, we have some other exciting events taking place.

BISA Chair's address and prize giving - Tuesday 22 June, 12.30-2pm, Webinar room. It’s been a tough year with a distinct lack of good news. Come along and hear what we've been up to over the last year, and celebrate the success of colleagues awarded this year’s prestigious BISA prizes.

Virtual exhibition hall - Take a short break from our panels and roundtables to visit the virtual exhibition hall. Here you'll find special conference discounts on products and services, excellent videos and guides on publishing and more, and contact details for the right people to reach for further information.

Postgraduate Network quiz - Monday 21 June, 8.30-9.30pm. Come along with your favourite beverage to test both your general and IR knowledge in this light-hearted quiz. There'll be four rounds of 10 questions and we've managed to secure book prizes from one of our excellent exhibitors.

Michael Mulvihill exhibitions - 'Noise to Signal' and 'Worldly Noise and Electronic Atmospheres' - Tuesday 22 June, 11am-12.30pm, Room 8

  • 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.
  • Worldly Noise and Electronic Atmospheres - Together with musician and producer Chris Tate, the pair formed One Key Magic to interpret and materialise the scintillations and aurora of these electro-magnetic engagements, while folding together the geographic, cultural and historic trajectories of music production, space exploration and nuclear deterrence.

A conversation with Jenny Edkins (Joint winner of BISA's 2021 Distinguished Contribution Prize) - Wednesday 23 June, 11am-12.30pm, Webinar room

06 Special event

As part of our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we're delighted to have a widening participation panel as part of our conference. Many thanks to Shahnaz Akhter for bringing this together.

Vicarious Identities in the Curriculum: Examining Muslim Women, Tuesday 22 June, 11am-12.30pm, Webinar room

Speakers

  • Alexandra Ignat
  • Joseph Haigh (University of Warwick)
  • Lily Mae Barton
  • Mia Mattu
  • Saraah Khalifa
  • Shahnaz Akhter (University of Warwick)
  • Tonio Induli

This panel includes students who are under 18, both as speakers and audience members. Therefore we'd like to politely remind you to be professional and collegial when engaging.