2018 Conference: “Re-thinking Regions in Global International Relations”

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Call for Papers: Acharya’s (2014, 2016) calls toward a Global International Relations (IR) research agenda stressed the importance of area studies as a source of new concepts and perspectives in IR. The essential objective of which is to accommodate marginalized identities into mainstream IR theoretical discourses. While the desire for economic development and peace were key justifications for the institutionalization of regions during the Cold War, the increasing emphasis on identities and civilizations in world politics suggests that regions are expected to move ‘beyond’ their primary material basis to ideational forms of interaction. This has manifested in the attempts to explore what would constitute, for example, an ASEAN identity. At the same time, these processes involve the reimagining of pre-colonial identities and the networks of sub- and non-state actors that shape identities outside of the confines of the Westphalian state and institutionalized political regions, necessitating critical engagement with the epistemological and ontological assumptions of International Relations. In this conference, we would like to explore such connections and welcome papers on the following topics:

1) De-centering Southeast Asia – interrogating periphery-center relations

2) The construction of regional identities

3) Theoretical issues on continuities and discontinuities in postcolonial regions

4) The role of area studies in IR

5) Comparative Regional Studies

6) Critical engagement with dominant discourses on regionalization

7) Interrogating regions through interdisciplinary lenses

8) Curriculum and pedagogy on regions and regionalization

9) Transnational Networks and non-Westphalian regions

Submission process: Attach a word file containing 250-word abstract with title and 3 keywords, name(s) of authors, and 50-word bio note that specifies your current academic position, affiliation, and research interest. Send it to conference@phiso.org

Important Dates:

  • Submission of abstracts is due on January 12, 2018.
  • Notification of results is on January 19, 2018.
  • Submission of full papers is due on February 28, 2018.

Click here for the call for chapter and book proposals for the 1-day (March 22, 2018, i.e. Thursday) exploratory workshop on “International Relations in Southeast Asia” book series.

Registration rates for both the conference and exploratory workshop:

Reminder about PayPal and bank charges

  • Additional PH₱300 (or US$6) for PayPal payments, if selected. Incomplete payments sent through PayPal will have to be completed onsite in Philippine Peso.
  • Additional bank charges, if any, must be paid by the participant.

Registration fees on or before February 01, 2018 (with automatic 1-year PHISO membership):

  • PH₱3000 (or US$60) for graduate students & employed
  • PH₱1500 (or US$30) for undergraduate students

Registration fees after February 01, 2018 (with automatic 1-year PHISO membership):

  • PH₱3500 (or US$70) for graduate students & employed
  • PH₱2000 (or US$40) for undergraduate students

For payment procedures, click here. After payment, please send us a confirmation email with your name and its receipt to conference@phiso.org

Unfortunately, no conference, travel or accommodation grants are provided for both domestic and foreign participants.Soon to be announced are CHED endorsement and logistical instructions. The final programme will be available in early March 2018.

For inquiries, email us at conference@phiso.org

call/text +63.926.733.3009 or mail us at #5 P. Zamora St., San Isidro Village 1, Concepcion 1, Marikina, Metro Manila 1807 Philippines.