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1. Fourth Global International Studies Conference: „Justice, Peace and Stability: Risks and Opportunities for Governance and Development“

Ort und Datum: Frankfurt a.M., 06-09.August 2014

Deadline: 30.November 2013


People and nations aspire for justice, peace and stability and yet we live in a real world of conflicts, inequality and imbalances of different sorts. Illusions about universal democratic future are gone, new tensions and cleavages arise. Trajectories of political and social transformations become ever more divergent. Modern states exhibit varying types of stateness and institutional quality with no ideal model fit for all. Gaps in development increase.

This reality challenges us with a wide spectrum of risks and at the same time offers unprecedented opportunities. Which directions we go and how we manage the journey remains a question. Problems of governance and development in the modern world are among the most pressing for politicians and scholars. How should we conceive of central concepts such as security, statehood and development in an era of economic and political upheaval? How to attain better governance within the states and among them? Which national and international institutions are better fit to meet new challenges?  Which priorities should be put forward to advance development and make it sustainable?

We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions to address these and other questions. And we encourage panels and papers on the following themes:

  1. Chaos vs. regulation
  2. Shaping the globe: which actors matter?
  3. Justice, peace and stability: research and reality
  4. Economic justice and stability in times of crisis
  5. Different states, different stateness, different institutions
  6. “Better governance” or “good enough governance”?
  7. Global financial governance
  8. Beyond “development” – Towards “well-being”?
  9. The future of foreign aid
  10. Security and development, civil and military cooperation: pitfalls and opportunities
  11. Bringing the state back in: implications for world politics
  12. Transformations of the international order
  13. Municipality—state, region, globe: connections and divides
  14. South-South cooperation
  15. Diplomacy in the 21st Century
  16. Globalization of time and space in world politics
  17. Changing status of the Great Powers
  18. Security beyond the state
  19. Revenge of sovereignty?
  20. Power in world politics: national, global, transnational
  21. Expansion and development of international law
  22. Global civil society in the making?
  23. Diffusion and importation of ideas and institutions
  24. History and evolution of the discipline of IR
  25. Ontology, epistemology and methodology in IR
  26. Beyond the divide: qualitative and quantitative methods in IR
  27. G8, G20, BRICS, what’s next?
  28. Ethics and values for governing the globe
  29. Demography and migration
  30. Teaching and learning international studies
  31. Diversity of norms and political attitudes.


Individuals may propose papers or panels by registering as a user and uploading the respective proposals to the conference registration system accessible here. A panel consists of four papers, a discussant/chairperson, or it can take the form of a roundtable. A roundtable consists of up to 8 participants and a chairperson. Each panel and roundtable lasts for 105 minutes. Paper-givers will have no more than 12 minutes for their presentation, as will the discussant. Chairpersons of both panels and roundtables should leave 30 minutes for discussion from the floor.

Papers will be given in English and will have to be uploaded on the conference registration system. Powerpoint presentation will be possible. A paper will be allocated to an appropriate panel, tabled or rejected. A tabled paper is an official contribution to the Conference but one that will not be discussed in a panel due to the exigencies of time, space or topic. Section and Panel proposals should include an international element among its participants or the Programme Committee may exercise its prerogative to include such an element. It is expected that paper givers will circulate their paper to all other participants on their panel in a timely fashion.

The Conference is open to all members of any WISC member organization and to others with like interests in the scholarly and practical aspects of international studies. The Programme Committee reserves the right to refuse permission to participate. Decisions of the Programme Committee are final.

Contact information for paper and panel proposals:

Andrei Melville, Programme Chair
Faculty of Politics
National Research University Higher School of Economics
20 Myasnitskaya ul.
Moscow, 101000 Russia

E-mail: (for queries concerning the programme)

2. Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance: “Access and Allocation in the Anthropocene”

Ort und Datum: University of East Anglia, Norwegen, 01.-03.Juli 2014

Deadline: 15.November


The challenge of establishing effective strategies for mediating the relationship between humans and the natural world represents one of the most daunting tasks in the quest for environmental sustainability at all levels, from the local to the global. Environmental problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, water quality and access problems, soil erosion and others, call into question the fundamental viability of how humans have organized the relationship between society and nature. There is an urgent need to identify and develop new strategies for steering societies towards a more sustainable relationship with the natural world.

The Earth System Governance Project was launched in 2009 to address these problems of environmental governance. In this project, “earth system governance” is defined as the interrelated system of formal and informal rules, rule-making mechanisms and actor-networks at all levels of human society (from local to global) that are set up to steer societies towards preventing, mitigating, and adapting to global and local environmental change and earth system transformation, within the normative context of sustainable development. The Earth System Governance Project’s Science Plan (available at is organized around five analytical themes. Architecture relates to the emergence, design and effectiveness of governance arrangements. Agency addresses questions of who governs the earth system and how. Adaptiveness research explores the ability of governance systems to change in the face of new knowledge and challenges as well as to enhance adaptiveness of social-ecological systems in the face of major disturbances. Accountability refers to the democratic quality of environmental governance arrangements. Finally, access and allocation deal with justice, equity, and fairness.

The 2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance will address these five analytical themes with a special focus on access and allocation.


Access and Allocation of Resources (Water, Food, Energy, Health and Wellbeing, Forests and Carbon Rights)

Access and Allocation not only relates to material resources (e.g. water, forests) but also to the access and allocation of immaterial values such as rights, benefits, responsibilities and risks. Issues of access and allocation demand new answers in times of the Anthropocene, an era of human-dominated ecosystems. Such responses need to be interdisciplinary and reconcile with governance effectiveness. Conflicts about natural resources such as water, forests, food, energy and carbon are in essence questions related to the allocation of and access to these resources, and often linked to concepts of security, i.e. “food security” and “water security”.

Transformative Pathways to Sustainability

This theme is one of the three themes under Future Earth and attempts to understand transformation processes and options across sectors and scales to identify strategies for the sustainable governance of the global environment and the relationship to human values, emerging technologies and economic paradigms. It will address the various blockages to these transformations and how to overcome them. This analysis will also involve new forms of localism and collective self-reliance at the scale of community across the whole planet.

Papers addressing the other analytical themes of architecture, agency, adaptiveness and accountability as well as methodological issues relevant to earth system governance research, science-society interface and interdisciplinarity are also invited.


Abstracts and panel proposals must be submitted electronically by 15 November 2013 and not exceed 300 words. Please submit your abstract at:


3. Konferenz:  „Arab Documentaries – Recording Whose ‚Reality‘?“

Ort und Datum: University of Westminster, Regent Street Campus, 309 Regent Street,London, 11.April 2014

Deadline: 16.Dezember 2013


Arab documentary films that have proliferated since the start of the Arab uprisings are part of a much longer and wider success story. Demand for documentaries increased with the rise of Arab-owned 24-hour news channels. At the same time, rapid technological changes enabled young Arab film-makers to circumvent censorship barriers, not only by filming more discreetly and cheaply but also by distributing their work online. As a result, genre boundaries have become blurred. Does mobile phone footage of torture in police cells or military action against protestors count as documentary film? In 2007, Egyptian bloggers saw the annual Cairo Film Festival as an opportunity to run a parallel event featuring videos of torture in police cells shot on mobile phones. In 2011 Egyptian activists used outdoor screenings to bring documentary evidence of brutality and human rights abuse by security forces to public attention and challenge the silence of mainstream media.

Whose reality finds expression through documentary film and what kind of ‘reality’ is represented? Does so-called Reality TV qualify as a sub-genre? Are Arab documentaries filling a gap where investigative journalism should be? Historically, in other regions, documentaries were mainstays of television broadcasters seeking to meet requirements for public service programming that would educate and inform, especially since easy translation of voiced-over narratives makes documentaries relatively easy to trade. In a region where the public service ethic is either not yet established or is heavily contested, do state broadcasters source documentary films locally or abroad?

An increase in Arab funding and training for aspiring documentary makers seems to reflect increasing appreciation for local topics and talent. Prominent supporting bodies include the Doha Film Institute and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture in Beirut, and prominent venues for documentary screenings include film festivals hosted by Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. But what became of the Dox Box that started in Syrian cities in 2008, and how has the annual Doc à Tunis event fared in the wake of Tunisia’s political upheavals? Despite some apparently positive changes affecting the filming and exhibition of Arab documentaries, questions remain about who exactly is commissioning and financing them, especially those that tackle sensitive topics. Are new voices really being heard and how far do film-makers still have to rely on foreign, mainly European, funding, despite the possible implications for decisions on content? Is crowd-funding a realistic alternative?

We welcome papers from scholars and film-makers that will engage critically with particular aspects of Arab documentaries. Themes may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Processes and power relations in commissioning, funding and distribution
  • Voices and representation: Who gets to tell which story?
  • Film festivals and their impact on public access to documentary films
  • Film schools and the teaching and learning of documentary making
  • Current debates about documentary ethics and aesthetics
  • Documentary making and political engagement
  • Authorship rights and the law
  • Implications of digital media for the status and circulation of documentary films
  • Impact of new media technologies on documentary filming and editing
  • Archiving practices

Programme and registration

This one-day conference, taking place on Friday 11 April 2014, will consist of plenaries, parallel workshops and selected screenings. The fee for registration for all participants, including presenters, will be £99, with a concessionary rate of £49 for students, to cover all conference documentation, refreshments and administration costs. Registration will open in February 2014.


Successful applicants will be notified early in January 2014. Abstracts should be 300 words. They must be accompanied by the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal addresses, together with the title of the paper and a 150-word biographical note on the presenter.

Please send all these items together in a single Word file, not as pdf, and entitle the file and message with ‘AMC 2014’ followed by your surname. The file should be sent by email to the Events Administrator, Helen Cohen, at


4. Workshop: „The Making of a Nuclear Order: Negotiating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty“

Ort und Datum: Center for Security Studies (CSS) ETH Zürich, Schweiz, 01.-02.März 2014

Deadline: 15.November 2013


The 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is widely regarded as the cornerstone of the broader nonproliferation regime aimed at forestalling the further spread of nuclear weapons and related technologies. Though it imposes restrictions on the principle of sovereign equality of states, the NPT has been signed by 189 states and was indefinitely extended in 1995, making it the most successful arms control treaty in history.
While the NPT continues to be central to current global nonproliferation efforts and is routinely cited as a successful compromise (‘a grand bargain’) between the competing priorities of nonproliferation, disarmament, and access to peaceful nuclear technologies, the treaty’s underlying mechanisms are less widely discussed. Historical research on the origins of the NPT has mainly focused on the negotiations between the superpowers in the 1960s, the role of nonproliferation in the wider politics of détente, and especially on the central importance of the future nuclear status of the Federal Republic of Germany.  As a consequence, there has been very little investigation of the motivations and strategic calculi of the various middle and small powers in joining the treaty despite the accompanying imposition of an unequal status and obligations vis-à-vis the five ‘legitimate’ nuclear weapons states.
Conference Objectives:
Historical research can contribute towards clarifying some of these questions. This conference aims at collecting evidence about the hitherto overlooked global dimension of the NPT at the time of its creation. We invite papers on both (1) the multilateral negotiations leading to the treaty’s agreed text and (2) the national perspectives on the nascent nonproliferation agreement. We are particularly interested in papers addressing both the negotiations phase (either on the bilateral level or in the ENDC) and the subsequent ratification process in different states.  We are most interested in learning about the motives, intentions, incentives, and disincentives – both internal and external – that shaped the decisions of specific governments to become part of, or to refuse participation in, the new regime. We especially welcome contributions addressing less-researched case studies.
Possible questions to be addressed:
  • How did governments perceive the further horizontal proliferation of nuclear weapons both globally and regionally? To what extent was a global agreement seen as a solution to such problems?
  • How did different powers assess the early proposals for a global agreement on the non-dissemination of nuclear weapons? What was their reaction to the possibility of being subjected to a ‘second-rank’ status as non-nuclear weapon powers?
  • Was the envisaged link between curbing proliferation and nuclear disarmament a central factor for states’ decision to accede to the treaty? How important was the promise of civil nuclear cooperation? Did other factors influence decisionmaking?
  • How did these other powers try to influence the drafting process of the NPT? What was the main criticism of the agreed US-Soviet draft of August 1967? Which changes were demanded? Which were achieved?
  • What was the internal assessment of the consequences of signing the NPT? Was membership perceived as being consonant with the ultimate abandonment of nuclear weapons ambitions? What was the role of nuclear latency?
  • How did the behavior of other states influence the decisionmaking of governments on whether to sign the NPT and to speed up or slow down ratification?
  • After the NPT’s entry into force, how was membership or non-membership evaluated? What gains did states seek through their membership?
We expect paper proposals including a detailed description of the evidence used (archival sources and other documentary records on which the paper would be based). Paper proposals should be submitted as a page-long abstract together with a short CV, and should be sent to the Nuclear Weapons Policy Research Group at the CSS ( by 15 November 2013. For more information on the CSS or ETH Zurich, visit
1.  17th IAPSS Academic Conference and General Assembly (ACGA)
Für Kurzentschlossene!
Ort und Datum: Bucharest, 19.-24. November
Deadline: 27.Oktober 2013 (diesen Sonntag!)

The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) – the only international organization representing exclusively political science students – issues the last call for registrations for the upcoming 17th IAPSS Academic Conference and General Assembly (ACGA) – which will take place between November 19 and 24 in Bucharest, Romania – on “Collective Action Problems in the Contemporary World“. The deadline for registrations is: Sunday, October 27.

The 17th IAPSS ACGA is traditionally split in two consecutive parts:

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY (GA): is IAPSS‘ highest decision making body. It decides upon the mid- and long-term course the association takes, decides on IAPSS‘ annual budget, its framework as well as all upcoming conferences. Aside, a total of 6 workshops dedicated to the needs and interests of political science students and student associations will be offered throughout November 19-20, including fundraising/grant applications for political science student associations, event management and a training on negotiation skills.

THE ACADEMIC CONFERENCE (AC): is scheduled for November 21-24 and concentrates on questions regarding collective action problems, various related theoretical approaches and case studies. Among others, present will be: Maurice Salles (on collective decision-making, social choice theory), Horia Terpe (on the concept of collective action, Olsonian and Ostromian theories of collective action), Dylan Kissane (on application of collective action to IR problems), Emanuel Socaciu (on political philosphical discussion of collective action) and Adrian Miroui (on collective action from the perspective of the philosophy of science). Various (student-lead) panels, lectures, workshops & seminars as well as the traditional show debate will be on the agenda for 4 inspiring days. The overall program is to be found here:

BUCHAREST: also know as the „Paris of the east“, is the capital of Romania with approximately 2 millions inhabitants and has a rich cultural past and presence. The conference will include numerous social events, where participants will get the chance to explore hot spots of Bucharest’s vibrant cultural and scientific scene. Bucharest is in easy reach of all European flight hubgs. Cheap flights can be purchased with Wizzair, Bluair, Ryanair, but also all other commercial operators.

REGISTRATION: A variety of participation options are offered to the special needs of interested political science students and young scholars. Please find both info on registration procedure, fees and included services as well the registration form here:

For more information regarding the 17th IAPSS ACGA, the convention’s theme, venues and logistical aspects, but also abstracts and papers of scheduled panels please visit:

For any inquiries please contact us at:

Ort und Datum: Cornelis Goethe Institut Frankfurt, Veranstaltungsreihe ab dem 20.11.2013
keine Deadline
Leader of the Communist Party USA, civil rights and prison rights  activist, ANGELA DAVIS, who studied Philosophy at the University of  Frankfurt from 1965-1967, poses the challenging question „How Does  Change Happen“. She proposes that a „critical posture“ towards the  tools, concepts, vocabularies, and organizing practices that  characterize landscapes of struggle involves transforming our habits  of thinking and imagination. Such an indispensable scrutiny would  contribute towards rethinking the interrelationship between activism,  advocacy work, and knowledge production.

On occasion of Angela Davis‘ stay at the Cornelia Goethe Center for  Women’s and Gender Studies (CGC) from 3rd to 11th December as Guest Professor, a  lecture series will be held in Winter Semester 2013/2014 in  co-operation with the Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial  Studies (FRCPS).

Internationally reputed scholars are invited to address issues of  power, domination, resistance, and radical change from a  feminist-postcolonial perspective and critically engage with the  question of how to produce and employ knowledge in a transformative  way. Addressing issues like the formation of new political spaces and  subjectivities during the Occupy Gezi protests in Turkey; the role of  gender and violence in the Algerian anticolonial struggle; the  situation of Latin American indigenous women within the modern  colonial gender system; the visual history of black lesbians in South  Africa; the reworking of democracy through interventionist politics in  India; and the politics of representation of colonial prisons in  Uganda as a strategy of colonial governmentality, this lecture series  will explore different sites, scales, and temporalities of social  change.


Time/Venue: 18h-20h, Casino 1.801, I.G. Farben-Haus, Campus Westend, Goethe University Frankfurt

20.11.2013: Ayse Saktanber/Binnaz Saktanber: Occupy Gezi: From an Uprising to a Social Movement?

04.12.2013: Marwa Arsanios: Have you ever killed a Bear or becoming Jamila

11.12.2013 Maria Lugones: Indigenous Movement and Decolonial Feminism

18.12.2013: Zanele Muholi: Sizwile (We’ve heard)

29.01.2013: Nivedita Menon: Transforming Commonsense, Reworking Democracy

12.02.2014: Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa: Representation and the Colonial Prison


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