Patrick Jackson is the Programme Chair for the 9th CEEISA Convention this year, and members may be particularly  interested in proposing papers for their conference in Krakow in September. Some details below (pdf with full details here):

Boundaries in/of international relations

9th Convention of the Central and East European International Studies Association
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
20-22 September 2012

The 9th Convention of the CEEISA will feature a plethora of panels organized around all aspects of the study of international relations. Submissions of papers, panels, and roundtables on any aspect of international relations broadly understood are welcomed and encouraged.

We particularly invite submissions in which scholars turn their focus to the ways in which all manner of boundaries in and of IR are produced, maintained, and transformed. Both International Relations (IR) as a scholarly field and international relations (sometimes “world politics” or “global politics/political economy”) as an object of study have been centrally concerned with a variety of boundaries: the borders of sovereign states, the limits of acceptable governmental action, the barriers to intercultural and intersocietal collaboration, and in general the opportunities and pitfalls of a heterarchic and complex distribution of authority and capacity throughout the globe. But in addition, and not unrelated to these various boundaries in the world that we study, the global scholarly IR field is increasingly concerned with its own boundaries, both in terms of how international relations may be properly (perhaps “scientifically”) studied and whether and to what extent the local, national, and regional location and organization of scholars and scholarship shapes the knowledge that we produce. Thus the boundaries of IR as a global scholarly field are increasingly becoming an object of investigation in their own right, with important implications for how we make sense of the world we inhabit.

As a spur to thinking, conference participants are especially invited to respond to the following four “theme” questions from within their own sub-fields and research specializations:

1.Which boundaries are the most significant in contemporary world politics? Have the significant lines of demarcation and division shifted in recent years, or is the basic structuring of world politics essentially unchanged? What insights does a consideration of polities that begins with an account of their bounding bring, as opposed to a mode of analysis that begins with more or less fully-formed political and social entities?

2. Is IR a “scientific” field of study? Should it be? What does it mean to study world politics “scientifically,” and should all IR scholarship be in some sense “scientific”?

3. Does IR encompass every substantive topic, or are there some issues and questions that should be excluded from consideration? Does the phrase “that’s not IR” have any operational meaning and intellectual content? Do studies of popular culture, social movements, interpersonal computer-mediated networks, and similar subjects have a place in IR?

4. Is IR truly a global scholarly field, or is it more of an assemblage of national and regional research traditions? Is IR scholarship indelibly marked by the social and cultural conditions and circumstances in which it arises, or is “universal” IR theory and knowledge possible and/or desirable?

Deadline for submissions: 23 MARCH 2012

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