The Historical Sociology Working Group holds regular seminars and often sponsors panels at professional associations. Please contact us if you would like to attend one of these events or if you are interested in presenting a paper or hosting a future symposium.

Forthcoming Events


Recent Events

Historical Sociology in International Relations (HSIR) working group ran a successful section in the 2017 BISA annual conference which took place in Brighton, June 14-16. The HSIR section consisted of two roundtables, one co-sponsored by Review of International Studies, and three panels. The section brought together a number of prominent IR scholars and received considerable attention from the conference participants. HSIR working group intends to pursue the theme of ‘The Future of Historical Sociology in International Relations’ in its 2017 annual workshop. The list of the roundtable and panels are below.

  1. The Future of Historical Sociology in International Relations (Roundtable)
  2. The Future of Historical Sociology in International Relations
  3. Roundtable on Andrew Linklater’s ‘Violence and Civilization in the Western States-System’ [Jointly with Review of International Studies]
  4. Capitalism and Difference: Interrogating Marxism’s Postcolonial Challenge
  5. Historical Sociology and World History: Uneven and Combined Development over the Longue Duree

 BISA 2017-1

BISA 2017-2


SSHA Conference 
Toronto, 6-9 November 2014
1. Comparing Revolutions Across Time and Place: From 1979 to 2014
Chair: Silvia Pedraza (Michigan)
Eric Selbin (Southwestern), ‘Revolution for All Seasons: Transversing the Mediterranean World and Diaspora’
Kevan Harris (Princeton), ‘Do We Really Need Another Theory of the Iranian Revolution? Why 1979 Matters for Today’
George Lawson (LSE), ‘The Arab Uprisings in Comparative Perspective’

2. Vision and Method in Global Historical Sociology
Chair: George Lawson (LSE)
Discussant: Julia Adams (Yale)
Julian Go (Boston), ‘Reassembling the Global: Global Historical Sociology beyond the Second-Wave’
Diego Holstein (Pittsburgh), ‘Thinking History Globally’
Diana Kim (Harvard) and Jean Lachapelle (Harvard), ‘What Are We Comparing?’

BISA Historical Sociology and IR Working Group Workshop 

Modernity: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It

LSE, 22 September 2014


10:00-10:30: Welcome and Introduction

10:30-12:30: Session I: ‘Global Modernity’

Robbie Shilliam (Queen Mary), ‘Europe, Freedom, Colonial Amnesia’

Daruis A’Zami (Sussex), ‘The Report of My Death was an Exageration: The Peasantry and International Relations in the Making of (Tanzanian) Modernity’

Kamran Matin (Sussex), ‘Reconceptualising Modernity: The Case of Iran’

12:30-13:30: Lunch, Senior Dining Room, LSE

13:30-15:30: Session II: ‘Competing Modernities’

Hannes Lacher (York, Toronto), ‘Competing Modernities and the Limits of Capital(ism)’

George Lawson (LSE), ‘Capitalism and the Emergent World Order’

Ben Coulson (Newcastle), ‘Modernity and the “Rise of China” in US foreign policy’

15:30-16:00: Break

16:00-18:00: Session III: Roundtable – ‘Whither Modernity’?

Ayse Zarakol (Cambridge), Justin Rosenberg (Sussex), Meera Sabaratnam (SOAS), Oliver Kessler (Erfurt)

BISA Conference
Dublin, 18-20 June 2014

1. Roundtable on History and IR
Chair: George Lawson
Participants: Beate Jahn (Sussex); Ayse Zarakol (Cambridge): Robbie Shilliam (Queen Mary); Meera Sabaratnam (SOAS).

2. Citizens, Revolutions and Nations in International Historical Sociology
Chair: Jeffery Webber (Queen Mary)
Daniel Neep (Georgetown), ‘The Invention of the Citizen: State Formation, Transnationalism and Territorialisation in Syria’
Luke Cooper (Richmond), ‘The International Relations of the “Imagined Community”: Explaining the Late Nineteenth Century Genesis of the Chinese Nation’
Jamie Allinson (Westminster), ‘Ranciere in Cairo? From Democratic Transition to Emancipatory Politics in the Egyptian Revolution’

3. World Politics 25 Years After History Ended
Chair: Justin Morris (Hull)
Beate Jahn (Sussex), ‘Liberalism and History – Revisited’
Georg Sorensen (Aarhus), ‘No End in Sight: A Liberal World Order in Crisis’
George Lawson (LSE), ‘Capitalism and the Emergent World Order’
Ewan Harrison (Rutgers), ‘The Global Victory of Democracy and the End of the Western Era’


Social Science History Association Annual Conference

Chicago, 21-24 November 2013

New Global Histories

Chair: Julian Go (Boston)
Discussant: Jack Goldstone (George Mason)

Ho-fung Hung (Johns Hopkins), ‘The Future of Hegemony: Revisiting the Gramscian Theory of Global Politics in the Time of the “Rise of the Rest”’
Emily Erikson (Yale), ‘Some Relationships between Global History and the Adoption of a Capitalist Ideology in the West’
George Lawson (LSE), ‘Capitalism and the Emergent World Order’

EISA 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
Warsaw, 18-21 September 2013

Periodization and Key Dates in International Relations

Chair: Benjamin de Carvalho (NUPI)
Discussant: Halvard Leira (NUPI)

Barry Buzan and George Lawson (LSE), ‘Rethinking Benchmark Dates in International Relations’
Yale H Ferguson (Rutgers) and Richard W Mansbach (Iowa State), ‘Preinternational Polities: Political Change and Continuity in the Ancient Mediterranean’
Daniel M. Green (Delaware), ‘Not 1648, But How About 1689? Early Modern Europe after the 1680s and a Model of the “Eighteenth Century European System”’
Daniel Nexon (Georgetown), ‘Period Pieces: Periodization in Post-War International Relations’
Wojciech Kozlowski (CEU), ‘Theorizing Late Medieval Politics – Report from the Field’

Roundtable: International History, Historical Sociology and IR, or Historical IR?: Daniel Nexon (Georgetown), George Lawson (LSE), Bryan Mabee (Queen Mary), Benjamin de Carvalho (NUPI), Morten Skumsrud Andersen (NUPI)

International Relations, Capitalism and the Sea: The Historical Sociology of Oceans and Inner Seas
Birkbeck, Monday 16 September 2013

Session One: IR and the Sea: Global Commons or Outlaw Space?

Alejandro Colás (Birkbeck), ‘Barbary Coast in the Expansion of International Society: Piracy and Corsairing as Primary Institutions’
Jeppe Mulich (NYU), ‘Connecting Imperial Waters: Inter-Polity Ports in the Global Nineteenth Century’
Amedeo Policante (Goldsmiths College), ‘Foucault and Pirates: International Law, World Trade and Primitive Accumulation’

Session Two: Ocean Power: Governance, Empire and Internationalism

Tamson Pietsch (Brunel), ‘The Floating University of 1926’
Benjamin de Carvalho and Halvard Leira (NUPI), ‘Opening Up the Oceans; or How the Other States Went to Sea’
Bryan Mabee (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘An “Enemy of All Mankind”? Somali Piracy and the Global Political Economy’

Roundtable: IR, Capitalism and the Sea: Clare Anderson (Leicester), Phil Steinberg (Durham), Meera Sabaratnam (SOAS), Liam Campling (Queen Mary)

BISA Annual Conference
Birmingham, 20-21 June 2013

Roundtable: ‘The IR Scholar as Public Intellectual’: Simona Rentea (Aberystwyth), Milja Kurki (Aberystwyth), Nick Vaughan-Williams (Warwick), Meera Sabaratnam (Cambridge), George Lawson (LSE)

Roundtable: ‘The Past, Present and Future of Intervention’: Toby Dodge (LSE), John MacMillan (Brunel), George Lawson (LSE)

ISA Annual Conference
San Francisco, 3-6 April 2013

Wednesday 3rd April, 4pm: Global Historical Sociology and the Politics of Diffusion

Chair/Discussant: Daniel Nexon (Georgetown)

Tarak Barkawi (New School) ‘Bombing Asians: The Orientalist Genesis of American Airpower’
Robbie Shilliam (QMUL) ‘The Crisis of Europe and Colonial Amnesia’
Nawal Mustafa (LSE) ‘Velvet Colouring with a Hint of Jasmine: Revolutionary Diffusion and Contentious Performances’


The Historical Sociology of International Theory
University of Sussex, 13 September 2012

Session One

Antonio Cerella (Sussex) ‘The Cage, the Agent and the End of History: Remarks for an “Unchained” International Historical Sociology’
Philip G. Cerny (Rutgers) ‘Conceptions of International Relations Theory: From State-Centrism to Sociological Complexity’
Andrew Davenport (CAIT) ‘History and Theory in IR Marxism’

Session Two

Robbie Shilliam (QMUL) ‘”Open the Gates Mek We Repatriate”: Caribbean Slavery and Hermeneutic Tensions in the Sociology of Knowledge Tradition’
Julian Saurin (Middle East Technical University) ‘An Environmental Sociological Imagination: Arguments for a Historical Environmental Sociology of International Relations’

Roundtable: Beate Jahn, Kamran Matin, Louiza Odysseos, Benno Teschke

BISA-ISA Joint International Conference
Edinburgh, 20-22 June 2012

Thursday 21st, 11.30: Roundtable: History, the Past, and the Study of Global Politics

Chair: Patrick Finney (Aberystwyth)
Peter Jackson (Strathclyde)
George Lawson (LSE)
Jack S. Levy (Rutgers)
Jan Ruzicka (Aberystwyth)
Andrew Williams (St Andrews)

Thursday 21st, 2pm: New Directions in Global Sociology

Chair/Discussant: Robbie Shilliam (Queen Mary)

Paul Musgrave and Dan Nexon (Georgetown), ‘Is Liberalism Compatible with Imperial Stability?: Ireland and India in the British Empire’
Julian Go (Boston), ‘Relationalism and Postcolonial Sociology’
Barry Buzan and George Lawson (LSE), ‘The Global Transformation: The 19th Century and the Making of Modern International Relations’
Iver B. Neumann and Einar Wigen (NUPI), ‘Where Have All The Mongols Gone?’

ISA Annual Conference
San Diego, 1st-4th April 2012

Monday 2nd, 4pm: The Social Technologies of Protest

Chair/Discussant: Patrick Thaddeus Jackson (American)

George Lawson (LSE), ‘The Social Technologies of Revolution’
Eric Selbin (Southwestern), ‘Small Worlds, Slow Memory/ies, and Redes: Who ‘Writes’ Stories of Revolution and Who ‘Hears’ Them’
Meera Sabaratnam (LSE), ‘Music and Revolutions: Performances, Motifs, Rhythms and the Improvisation of Political Consciousness’
Robbie Shilliam (Queen Mary), ‘The Message is in the Memory: News of the Haitian Revolution’

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World History and International Historical Sociology
University of Sussex, Thursday 15 September 2011

Session One: Continuity and Change in World History

Martin Hall (Lund) ‘Narratives of Global Political Space: The European Miracle 2.0’
Barry Buzan and George Lawson (LSE) ‘The Global Transformation: The 19th Century and the Making of Modern International Relations’

Session Two: War and Imperialism in World History

Vassilis Fouskas (Richmond) ‘What Is Imperialism?’
Tarak Barkawi (Cambridge) ‘States, Armies and Empires: Armed Forces and Society in World Politics’

Session Three: World History and Historical Sociology

John Hobson (Sheffield) ‘Putting the World Back Into World History: Towards a Non-Eurocentric Historical Sociology of Uneven and Combined Development’
Tom Davies (City) ‘Transnational History, the Evolution of INGOs, and International Historical Sociology’

Session Four: Roundtable

Kees van der Pijl (Sussex)
Meera Sabratnam (LSE)
Kamran Martin (Sussex)
Fabio Petito (Sussex)

Rethinking Intervention
Thursday 28th April 2011

Session One

Chair: George Lawson (LSE)

John MacMillan (Brunel) ‘Rethinking Intervention’
David Williams (City) ‘Development, Intervention and International Order’
Lee Jones (Queen Mary) ‘Sovereignty, Intervention and Social Order: The Case of Cold-War Southeast Asia’

Session Two

Chair: George Lawson (LSE)

Kimberly Hutchings (LSE) ‘Rendering the Unforgettable in IR’
Barry Buzan (LSE) ‘Forgotten Histories in the English School’
Tarak Barkawi (Cambridge) ‘The Sovereign Veil: The Hidden Histories of Imperial Violence’
George Lawson (LSE) ‘Stories of Memory and Forgetting’


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Africa and the Historical Sociology of ‘The International’: A Collaborative Workshop Between the BISA Historical Sociology Working Group and the BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group
Open University, Camden, London, 26 May 2010


Meera Sabaratnam (LSE) ‘Is the ‘development’ in ‘uneven and combined development’ the same as the ‘Development’ in ‘Millennium Development Goals’?’
William Brown (Open University) ‘Aid, sovereignty and history: colonial antecedents and contemporary aid relations’
Fouad Makki (Cornell University) ‘The Imperatives of Uneven and Combined Development: Dynastic Centralization and Official Nationalism in Ethiopia’
E.A. Brett (LSE) ‘Reconstructing Development Theory: Understanding Contested Institutional Transitions in Africa’


Justin Rosenberg (Sussex University)
Gavin Williams (Oxford University)
Tom Young (SOAS)
George Lawson (LSE)


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BISA Annual Conference
University of Leicester, 14th–16th December 2009

Tuesday 15th: Session 2: Theory and Explanation in History and IR II

Chair: Adam Humphreys (Oxford)
Discussant: George Lawson

Geoff Roberts (Cork) ‘History and Modes of Explanation in IR: An Exploration of the Work of Charles Reynolds’
David McCourt (EUI) ‘On the Historical Turn in International Relations: Mapping the Road Ahead’
Mark Laffey (SOAS) ‘Histories, Geographies, and Theories’
Simon Curtis (LSE) ‘The Annales School and Historical Sociology in IR’

Wednesday 17th: Session 6: After Development? Rethinking the Theories, Histories and Ethics of Capitalist Development

Chair: George Lawson (LSE)
Discussant: Mustapha Pasha (Aberdeen)

Julian Germann (York, Toronto) ‘Rethinking hegemony and the global development of capitalism: A critical appraisal of neo-Gramscian approaches’
Ritu Vij (Aberdeen) ‘Déjà vu: Civil Society After the Meltdown’
Matt Davies (Newcastle University) ‘Making Development Work: Work and Creativity in Development Theory and Policy’
Robbie Shilliam (Victoria, Wellington) ‘Redemption from Development: Amartya Sen, Rastafari and Promises of Freedom’

Wednesday 17th: Session 7: History and Explanation in IR 1

Chair/Discussant: Geoff Roberts (Cork)

George Lawson (LSE) ‘The Eternal Divide?: History and International Relations’
Adam Humphreys (Oxford) ‘Beyond the Nomothetic-Idiographic Distinction: What IR Can Learn From History’
Campbell Craig (Southampton) ‘Deductive Approaches to American Cold War History’

Historical Sociology and International Security Workshop
University of Sussex, Thursday 17th September 2009

Session 1: Historical Sociology, War and (Nuclear) Security

Tarak Bakawi (Cambridge) & Shane Brighton (Sussex) ‘Powers of War: Force, Knowledge, and Critique’
Campbell Craig (Aberystwyth) ‘Historical Sociology and the Nuclear Revolution’

Session 2: Historical Sociology, Schmitt, Genocide

Benno Teschke (Sussex) ‘Fatal Attraction – Rereading the International Historical Sociology of Carl Schmitt’
Martin Shaw (Sussex) ‘The International Relations of Modern Genocide: A Historical-Sociological Approach to a Clustered Phenomenon’

Session 3: Case Studies in Historical Sociology and International Security

Mark Laffey (SOAS) ‘Postcolonial modernity and the production of insecurity: history, human rights and China’
Jamie Allinson (Edinburgh) ‘From budget security to uneven and combined development: The case of Jordanian “security” in the Nasserist era’


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BISA Annual Conference
University of Exeter, 15th-17th December 2008

Tuesday 16th Roundtable: Is There Still a Logic of Realism?

Convenor/Chair: George Lawson, LSE
Michael Williams (Aberystwyth)
Justin Rosenberg (Sussex)
Campbell Craig (Southampton)

Tuesday 16th: IR & Iran: Theory, History and Politics (1)

Convenor/Chair: Kamran Matin, Sussex

Shabnam Holliday (Plymouth) ‘National Identity and Iran as an International Actor in Khatami’s Iran’
Andrea Duranti (Cagliari, Italy) ‘The Variable Geometrics of Iranian Geopolitics, 1989-2009’
Edward Wastnidge (Manchester) ‘Cultural Foreign Policy’ During the Khatami Era: The Dialogue of Civilisations in Iranian Diplomacy, 1997-2005’
Alessandra Cecolin (SOAS) ‘The Discourse of Domestic and International Policy of Iranian Zionism: Interrogating Israeli-Iranian Relations’
Erika Atzori (Bologna) ‘Ahmadinejad’s Iran : Between The Clergy and The Military’

Workshop: The Historical Sociology of Domination and Resistance
University of Manchester, 18th September 2008

Session 1

Dennis Smith (Loughborough) ‘Domination, Resistance and the Dynamics of Displacement’
Ben Holland (LSE) ‘Pufendorf in America: Resisting Sovereigns in a Composite State’

Session 2

Julian Germann and Hannes Lacher (York, Toronto) ‘British Hegemony and Nineteenth-Century World Order’
Jeremy Green (York, Toronto) ‘Rethinking Imperialism: Classes, States and Spatialization’

Session 3

Anna Stavrianakis (Sussex) ‘Domination and Resistance in the World Military Order’
Alex Prichard (Bath) ‘Towards a Moral Sociology of War’


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ISA 49th Annual Conference
San Francisco, March 2007

Thursday: Historical Sociology in International Relations: Bridging Divides or Generating Partitions?

Chair/Discussant: Michael Cox (LSE)

Daniel Nexon (Georgetown) ‘Historical International Relations’
Martin Hall (Lund) ‘Historical Sociology Should Not Become a Subfield of International Relations
George Lawson (LSE) ‘The Fourth Wave in Historical Sociology: Lessons From and For International Relations’
Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School) ‘Why Political Economy Needs Historical Sociology’

Thursday Roundtable: Relationalism in the Study of International Relations

Chairs: George Lawson (LSE) & Daniel Nexon (Georgetown)

Patrick Jackson (American University)
George Lawson (LSE)
Alexander Montgomery (Reed)
Daniel Nexon (Georgetown)
Sherrill Stroschein (University College)

Friday: Thinking Time in IR 1: Time and Truth in the Social Science of IR

Chair: Felix Berenskoetter (LSE)
Discussant: George Lawson (LSE)

Heikki Patomäki (Helsinki) ‘Layers of Geo-History, Historical Analogies, Counterfactuals, Possible Futures and Global Narratives’
David Blaney (Malacaster) and Naeem Inayatullah (Ithaca) ‘Savage Times: Making Visible the Critical “Past” within the Contemporary’
Chris McIntosh (Chicago) ‘ Time and the Production of Knowledge in IR’

BISA Annual Conference
University of Cambridge, 17th–19th December 2007

Monday 17th Roundtable: History and International Relations – Critical Reflections (with the BISA History and International Relations Working Group)

Convenor: Geoffrey Roberts (Cork)
Chair: George Lawson (LSE)

Geoffrey Roberts (Cork)
Barry Buzan (LSE)
George Lawson (LSE)
Justin Rosenberg (Sussex)

Tuesday 18th 9-10.30am: Orders and Disorders: Violence in Global Politics

Convenor/Chair: George Lawson (LSE)

Fred Halliday (LSE) ‘Hidden From Regulation: The Invisible Globalisation’
John Sidel (LSE) ‘From Dress Rehearsal to Detonation: Recurring Cycles of Transnational Islamist Mobilisation from the Late 19th Century to the Present’
Toby Dodge (Queen Mary) ‘Neo-Liberalism, Globalisation and Violence: The Case of the Middle East’
Birthe Hansen (Copenhagen) ‘What’s in the Name of A War? The Politics of Designating Wars in the Middle East’

Tuesday 18th 2-3.30pm: Slavery: A Lost History in IR?

Convenor: George Lawson (LSE)
Chair: Robbie Shilliam (Victoria University of Wellington)

Robbie Shilliam (Victoria University of Wellington) ‘ What Can ‘Atlantic Studies’ give to International Relations, and What Can International Relations give back to ‘Atlantic Studies’?’
Kathryn Manzo (Newcastle) ‘Capitalism and Modern Slavery in Contemporary Africa: A Post-Colonial Critique’
Joel Quirk (Hull) ‘Anti-Slavery, Imperial Benevolence and Colonial Expansion in the Age of High Imperialism’
Amalia Ribi (Oxford) ‘Slavery in Ethiopia: A Problem in Inter-War International Relations’

Tuesday 18th 4-5.30pm: Roundtable: Functional Differentiation and Sectors: Between Sociology and IR

Convenor: Mathias Albert (Bielefeld)
Chair: George Lawson (LSE)

Barry Buzan (LSE)
Phil Cerny (Rutgers)
Mathias Albert (Bielefeld)
Colin Wight (Exeter)

Wednesday 19th: Myth and International Relations

Convenor: George Lawson (LSE)
Chair: John Gibson (Newcastle)

Mark Bailey and John Gibson (Newcastle) ‘Myth, Psychoanalysis and the Objectification of World Orders’
Chiara Bottici (Firenze, Italy) ‘The Clash of Civilisations as a Political Myth’
Oliver Ramsbotham (Bradford) ‘On the Very Idea of Political Myth in the Phenomenology of Radical Disagreement’
Kees van der Pijl (Sussex) ‘The Foreign Encounter in Myth and Religion’

SGIR Annual Conference
University of Turin, 12th–15th September 2007

HS 1: What is Historical Sociology and What is it to IR?

Chair/Discussant: Jennifer Sterling-Folker (Connecticut)

John Hobson (Sheffield) and George Lawson (Goldsmiths) ‘The Fourth Wave in Historical Sociology: Lessons From and For IR’
Martin Hall (Lund) ‘Historical Sociology Should Not Become a Subfield in IR’
Daniel Nexon (Georgetown) ‘A Historical Sociology of International Relations’

HS 2: The “Science” of Historical Sociology

Chair/Discussant: Justin Rosenberg (Sussex)

Simon Curtis and Marjo Koivisto (LSE) ‘Historical Sociology in IR: Where’s the Science? What Role for Science?’
Colin Wight (Exeter) ‘Extending the Longue Dureé: Manuel De Landa and a Thousand Years of Nonlinear History’
Heikki Patomäki (Helsinki) ‘Is a Global Identity Possible? The Relevance of Big History to Self-Other Relations’

HS 3: Historical Sociology and the Postcolonial Challenge

Chair/Discussant: Ann Tickner (USC)

Sanjay Seth (Goldsmiths) ‘The Nation-State as Globalization: Postcolonial Theory and the Critique of the Nation-State’
Robbie Shilliam (Oxford) ‘‘The Half That Has Never Been Told’: Can Lived Experiences be Treated as International Historical Sociologies?’
Kamran Matin (Sussex) ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude: The International Relations of the ‘Relative Autonomy’ of the State: The Case of Iran, 1890-1990’
Michael Dutton (Goldsmiths) ‘911: The Re-Emergence of Colonial Governmentality’

HS 4: Feminism, Historical Sociology and IR

Chair/Discussant: Nicholas Onuf (Florida State)

Ann Tickner (USC) ‘Journeying Through International Relations: Some Feminist and Postcolonial Observations’
Lene Hansen (Copenhagen) ‘Go (Rebecca) West? Black Lamb and Grey Falcon as a Feminist IR Classic’
Catherine Eschle (Strathclyde) and Bice Maiguashca (Exeter) ‘Rethinking Global Resistance: Feminist Activism and Critical Theorising in International Relations’

HS 5: Constructivism and Historical Sociology

Chair/Discussant: Patrick Jackson (American University)

Roland Dannreuther (Edinburgh) ‘Constructivist Methodologies and Methods: Lessons to and From Historical Sociology’
Rodney Bruce Hall (Oxford) ‘Dialectics as Constitutive Process in Historical International Systems: From Concrete Totality to Context Sensitivity’
Bryan Mabee (Queen Mary) ‘National Security as an Institution: ‘Constructing’ the ‘National Security State’
Simona Manea (LSE) ‘Historically Situated Typologies of the State’

HS 6: The Historical Sociology of Empire

Chair/Discussant: Daniel Nexon (Georgetown)

Michael Cox (LSE) ‘ Why Empire? Why Not? American Exceptionalism and World History’
Alejandro Colas (Birkbeck) ‘ Peoples, Territories and Empires: The Place of Frontiers in Imperial Histories’
Mehdi Mozaffari (Aarhus) ‘The Demise of Empires and the Rise of Islamism’
Gonzalo Pozo (UCL) ‘Does Imperialism Need Imperialists?’

HS 7: Historical Sociology and War

Chair/Discussant: Bryan Mabee (Queen Mary)

Justin Rosenberg (Sussex) ‘Kladderadatsch: 1914 in the History of Uneven and Combined Development’
Tarak Barkawi (Cambridge) ‘Orientalism in Times of War’
Antoine Bousquet (LSE) ‘The Scientific Way of Warfare’
Campbell Craig (Southampton) ‘Nuclear Weapons and the Recurrent Crises of American Realism’

HS 8: The “Inside/Outside” to Historical Sociology: Nation, State and Territoriality

Chair/Discussant: Tarak Barkawi (Cambridge)

Benno Teschke (Sussex) ‘Prusso-German State-Formation and the 19th Century International System’
Clemens Hoffman (Sussex) ‘‘Imagined Histories’: Reflections on the Problem of Nationalism and Historiography for an International Historical Sociology’
Douglas Bulloch (LSE) ‘Humanity, Inside and Out: Mapping Historical and Territorial Differences in the Discursive Evolution of IR’
Lars Bo Kaspersen (Copenhagen) and Jeppe Strandsbjerg (Sussex) ‘Polity, Space and Power: How Polities Make Space Make Polities’

HS 9: The IPE Dimension of Historical Sociology

Chair/Discussant: Benno Teschke (Sussex)

Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen) ‘Why Political Economy Needs Historical Sociology’
Stuart Shields (Manchester) ‘Towards a Spatial Political Economy Critique of ‘Global Governance’’
André Broome (ANU) ‘The Historical Sociology of Intercultural Financial Orders
Samuel Knafo (Sussex) ‘State Intervention and the Origins of Speculative Finance in Nineteenth Century Britain’

HS 10: “Long-Term” Perspectives on the Making of Modern World Order

Chair/Discussant: Martin Hall (Lund)

Fulvio Attina (University of Catania) ‘The Study of Long-Term Change and World Political Institutions’
Herbert Dittgen (Johannes-Gutenberg Universität) ‘World Politics as a Civilizing Process?’
António Ramos dos Santos (University of Lisbon) ‘Should We Examine a Map and Remember the Past?’ How Geography and History Enter into Connection with International Relations’
Ernesto Gallo (University of Turin) ‘Italy and Spain: Two Models of Hobbesian State-Society Complexes’

Workshop: The Post Colonial in World Politics
Queen Mary, University of London, 7th June 2007

Toby Dodge (Queen Mary) ‘Indigenous traces and endogenous state formation: The comparative autonomy of the state in the Middle East’
Adam Morton (Nottingham) ‘Unraveling Gramsci and the North/South Question of Uneven Development’
Branwen Gruffydd Jones (Leeds) ‘“Properly speaking”: Pathologies of the African state in political science and international relations’
Alf Gunvald Nilsen (Nottingham) ‘Political Economy, Social Movements and State Power: A Marxian Perspective on Two Decades of Resistance to the Narmada Dam Projects’


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BISA Annual Conference
University of Cork, 18th-20th December 2006

Wednesday 20th 11-12.30: Historical Sociology I: The International in the National-Theories and Histories

Chair/Discussant: Neil Davidson (Strathclyde)

Frederick Guillaume Dufour (Sussex/UCLA) ‘The Uneven and Combined Development of Nationalism’
Kamran Matin (Sussex) ‘Revolutions from Without, Above and Below: Iran ’s Uneven and Combined Development, 1921-79’
Adam Morton (Nottingham) ‘Mexican Revolution, Primitive Accumulation, Passive Revolution’
Suzi Weissman (St Mary’s College of California) ‘Disintegrating Democracy: From the Promise of the Soviet since 1905 to the Contemporary Crisis of Corrupt Democratic Forms’

Wednesday 20th 11-12.30: Historical Sociology 2: The Space(s) of International Relations: Globality, Territory, and the State

Chair/Discussant: Justin Rosenberg (Sussex)

Jeppe Strandsbjerg (Sussex) ‘The Cartographic Production of Territory: Mapping and Danish State Formation, 1450-1650’
Stuart Elden (Durham) ‘The Territory Integrity of Iraq: Preservation, Sovereignty, Viability’
Henrik Aspengren (SOAS) ‘The Politics of Making Colonial State Space: Bombay between the Wars’
John Gibson (Newcastle) ‘Thinking the Global: Notions of Spatiality in IFI’s and Global Justice Discourses’

Workshop: Finding “the International” in International Historical Sociology
SOAS, University of London, 12th September 2006

The International: In Social Theory

Justin Rosenberg (Sussex) & Alex Callincos (York) ‘Debating “the International”’

The International: In Historical Practice

Clemens Hoffmann (Sussex) – The Emergence of “the International” in SE Europe
Fiona Adamson (University College London) ‘Nationalism & the Emergence of Corporate Agency in World Politics’

The International: And the Geopolitical

Simon Bromley (Open University) ‘Politics and the International’

Closing Roundtable

Logics of Sovereignty – Theory and History (Joint Workshop with the BISA Working Group on Sovereignty And Its Discontents)
University of Oxford, 12th May 2006

Sovereignty in Theoretical and Historical Perspective

Philip Cunliffe (Kings College, London) ‘Politics without Sovereignty’
Benno Teschke (Sussex) ‘When was Sovereignty?’

Europe, Sovereignty and Empire

James Heartfield (Westminster) ‘Sovereignty and the European Union’
Andrew Baker (Christchurch, Oxford) ‘The Contest Between National and Imperial Self-Interest in Twentieth-Century Britain’

Sovereignty and Independence

Robbie Shilliam (Wadham, Oxford) ‘Development, Security and Race: the Challenge of the Haitian Revolution to Historical Sociologies of International Relations’
David Chandler (Westminster) ‘Rewriting Sovereignty: A Critical Analysis of International State-Building Practices’


Chris Bickerton (St Johns, Oxford)
Justin Rosenberg (Sussex)


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BISA Annual Conference
University of St. Andrews, 19th–21st December 2005

Monday 19th 4-5.30: Historical Sociology and IR 1: Journeys in Historical Sociology

Chair: Michael Cox (LSE)

George Lawson (Goldsmiths) ‘Historical Sociology as a Vocation’
John Hobson (Sheffield) ‘IR, historical sociology and world history’
Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen) ‘Understanding Sticky and Liquid Institutional Change in Markets, or Why International Political Economy Needs Historical Sociology’

Tuesday 20th 9-10.30: Historical Sociology and IR 2: Power, Order and Disorder in World Politics

Chair: George Lawson (LSE)

Edward Lai (Western Ontario) ‘The Westphalia Settlement and the Legitimization of a Constitutional Theory of Resistance’
Marjo Koivisto (LSE) ‘A new ethical order after the Cold War?: International social change, material power and the construction of ethical state agency’
John Gibson (Newcastle) ‘The WTO Open Symposium with Civil Society: A Case of Co-optation?’

Wednesday 21st 9-10.30: Historical Sociology and IR 3: Revisiting the Concept of “Backwardness” and International Relations

Discussant: Alex Colas (Birkbeck)

Kamran Matin (Sussex) ‘Revisiting the Iranian Constitutional Revolution, 1905-1911’
Robbie Shilliam (Oxford) ‘Tragedy in Context: Hans Morgenthau, German “Backwardness”, and the Fate of “Liberalism”’
Ernesto Vivares (Sheffield) ‘Towards a political economy of the Inter-American Development Bank’

Tuesday 20th 11-12.30: Theory and History in International Relations (Joint Panel with the BISA Marxism Working Group)

Chair: George Lawson (LSE)
Discussant: Richard Saull (University of Leicester)

Stephen Hobden (University of East London) ‘Understanding and Explaining the Spanish Conquest of the Americas’
Leonard Seabrooke (Australian National University) ‘Legitimacy, Economic Constructivism, and Institutional Change’
Andreas Bieler and Adam David Morton (University of Nottingham) ‘The Deficits of Discourse in IPE: turning base metal into gold?’

Workshop: Journeys in Historical Sociology
Goldsmiths, University of London, 22nd September 2005

IR, IPE and Historical Sociology

George Lawson (Goldsmiths) ‘Historical Sociology as a Vocation’
Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen) ‘The Social Sources of Change in the International Political Economy’

From Macro to Micro

John Hobson (Sheffield) ‘International Relations and World History: From Western Provincialism to a Global Dialogic Conception of Inter-Civilisational Relations’
Bryan Mabee (Oxford Brookes) ‘Levels and Agents, States and People: Towards a Micro-Historical Sociological Analysis of International Relations’

Historical Sociology and Sociology

Roland Dannreuther and James Kennedy (Edinburgh) ‘Historical Sociology in Sociology: British Decline and US hegemony with Lessons for IR’
Erik Ringmar (LSE) ‘Power among Nations: A Sociological View’

ASEN conference
LSE, 21st April 2005

Nation and Empire: Contributions from International Relations

Chair: George Lawson (LSE)
Discussant: Mick Cox (LSE)

Bryan Mabee (Oxford Brooks) ‘The Imperial Moment? Discourses of Empire in US Foreign Policy’
David Ryan (Cork) ‘The Empire “for” Liberty: Foreign Policy Constructions of US Identity, The Other and Negative Liberty’
Nick Bisley (Deakin) ‘American Power in the Asia-Pacific: Hegemon, Empire or simply ‘Least Distrusted’’

ISA Annual Conference 2005
Hawaii, 1st–5th March 2005

Power Shifts, Transitions and Plate Tectonics: International Relations Meets Historical Sociology

Chair/Discussant: Martin Hall (Lund University)

John Hobson (Sheffield) ‘Racism and the ‘Market Standard of Civilisation’ in the Construction of the Modern World Economy’
Mehdi Mozaffari (Aarhus) ‘The Impact of the ‘End of Empires’ on Totalitarianism: The Case of Islamism’
George Lawson (LSE) ‘The Poverty of Transitology: Bringing International Relations in From the Margins’
Justin Rosenberg (Sussex) ‘The Problem of Historical Sociology in International Relations’
Robbie Shilliam (Sussex) ‘What about Marcus Garvey? Race and the Transformation of Sovereignty Debate’

Workshop: IR and Historical Sociology
LSE, 23rd February 2005

Michael Mann (UCLA) ‘From empires to nation-states: The changing nature of warfare’
Martin Shaw (Sussex) ‘The concept of genocide: Recovering a broad sociological and war-related understanding’
John Hobson (Sheffield) ‘The Eastern Origins of Western Civilisation’
Roland Dannreuther (Edinburgh) ‘Zones of peace, zones of instability: Northern and Southern routes to modernity’


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BISA Annual Conference 2004
Warwick University, 20th–22nd December 2004

Historical Sociology and IR I: Extending the Boundaries of the Discipline

Convenor: George Lawson (LSE)
Chair/Discussant: Justin Rosenberg (Sussex)

George Lawson (LSE) ‘Negotiated Revolution: The Prospects for Radical Change in Contemporary World Politics’
John Hobson (Sheffield) ‘Rethinking International Systems Change: The Eastern Origins of Modern Capitalism’
Chris Boyle (Sussex) ‘IPE and Mercantilism: A Case of Mistaken Identity?’
Robbie Shilliam (Sussex) ‘Historical Sociology and the Transformation of Political Community’

Historical Sociology and IR II: Historical Sociology Meets Security Studies

Convenor: George Lawson (LSE)

Roland Dannreuther (Edinburgh) ‘International Security, the State and Core-Periphery Relations’
Bryan Mabee (Oxford Brookes) ‘Securitisation, Risk and State Restructuring’
Rasmus G. Bertelsen (Cambridge) and Daniel Barnard (Chicago) ‘Bolsheviks, Kemalists and Weimar: Peace, War and the Nature of the State After WWII’

Workshop: IR and Historical Sociology
School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, Sussex University, 22nd September 2004

Justin Rosenberg (Sussex) ‘The problem of historical sociology in International Relations’
Benno Teschke (Sussex) ‘Bourgeois Revolution, State-Formation, and the Problem of the International’
Andrew Linklater (Aberystwyth) ‘Civilizing Processes in International Societies’
Robbie Shilliam (Sussex) ‘Historical Sociology and the Transformation of Political Community’
Mark Laffey (SOAS) ‘Decolonizing the Cuban Missile Crisis’
Chris Boyle ‘IPE and Mercantilism: A Case of Mistaken Identity’
John MacMillan (Brunel) ‘Rethinking Intervention’


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