AGS International Graduate Student Conference 2019 The New Landscape of International Relations: Globalism vs Populism

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The American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) is now accepting paper submissions for its 2019 International Graduate Student Conference on the theme: The New Landscape of International Relations: Globalism vs Populism?

Theme and objectives
Globalism’s intermingling of ideas, livelihoods, and people is creating a schism between and within states. The great schisms in the past revolved around Capitalism vs Communism, Left vs Right, Social Conservative vs Social Liberal, etc. The new schism pulls people from both left and right to deposit them into modern political and social affiliations with names such as Cosmopolitan vs Nationalist, Closed Society vs Open Society, Populist vs Pluralist, the Haves vs the Have-Nots, etc. At its root is the oldest concept of all – Us vs Them.

This one-day conference will look at how the rise of populism and ethnocentrism is challenging globalism; and how these forces and the tension between them are affecting various aspects of international affairs. We hope to bring together inquisitive graduate and postgraduate students, as well as practitioners from NGOs, government agencies and intergovernmental organizations to review and assess, that which challenges the notions of globalism and populism in today’s international arena. This conference seeks to expand the discourse on the political, economic and
social implications and drivers of globalism as nations reexamine policies in response to rising populism, as well as further our understanding of the various causes and drivers of populism. Attendance is open to all.  Note that the topic you choose should relate back to the field of International Relations:

What are drivers of the populist trend:
Economic, identity, political, e.g., America First.

What are possible consequences of adopting populist policies:
For the people of that country, inter-state relations, businesses, the environment, and the regional or international alliances with global governance, e.g., Brexit.

What are possible solutions:
In managing changes caused by populist policies, and more globalization, e.g., immigration, refugees, expats, businesses, etc.

List of possible themes, or possible topics to expound further:

Economics and Globalism:
Globalization’s Deficiencies, Globalization’s Lack of Environmental Sustainability in a Growing Economy, Cultural Globalization, Global Economic Interdependence, The Elephant Chart, Economic neocolonialism, Contemporary Consumption; Transnational Corporations.

Identity and populism:
Cultural Globalization, Migrants/Refugees Influence on Populism or Brexit, Populism vs Nationalism vs Globalism vs Cosmopolitanism, Sovereignty, Identity Politics; Mobs and Militias – the Rise of Violent Extremism, Populism in Africa, Brexit & Other Secessions.

Global Governance:
Big Power Countries Choices, International vs Domestic Law, Insufficient Global Governance, Transnational Corporations, Geopolitics.

This conference is organized by graduate students enrolled in the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy program conducted at the American Graduate School in Paris in partnership with Arcadia University. It is coordinated by Erik Caufield (M.A. Candidate 2019) and Tiffany Sparks (M.A. Candidate 2020) under the faculty supervision of Professor Ruchi Anand. Selected conference papers will be published in the Journal of International Relations, Peace Studies, and Development, an online, open-source, peer-reviewed academic journal published jointly by Arcadia University and the American Graduate School in Paris:

Date and location
The AGS International Graduate Student Conference will take place on Friday, April 26th, 2019 in Paris, from 9 am to 6 pm. The conference will be followed by a reception. It will be held at the American Graduate School in Paris, in the 6th arrondissement, a five-minute walk from the Luxembourg Gardens and the French

Who can submit
This is a conference intended for graduate students, but senior undergraduates with a faculty recommendation, professors, academics, and professionals in the fields relating to the conference theme may also apply.

How to submit
Abstracts should be 200 to 350 words and submitted electronically to as an attachment (Microsoft Word or PDF). The subject line should include the name of the candidate as well as “AGS Conference Abstract Submission.” Please also give a potential, if not finalized, a title for your paper/presentation.

  • Additional information to include in the submission:
  • Research topic/ topic of your paper, methodology (if applicable)
  • University affiliation (degrees earned and those in the process of concentration and completion)

Professional affiliation (if applicable)

  • If the applicant has a prior conference presentation experience
  • Letter of reference from institution faculty (required for senior undergraduate students)

Full papers are not necessary but highly suggested before the final presentation. Note that for submissions selected for publication in the Journal of International Relations, Peace Studies, and Development, a completed draft will be required two weeks after the conference.

Submission deadlines

  • Abstract: 20 January 2019
  • Working draft (suggested, not required): 21 April 2019

Fees and Conditions
All accepted candidates will be required to pay a non-refundable 50-euro registration fee (payable at that will help pay for organizational and administrative costs. Fees are due from accepted candidates within 10 days of receiving the acceptance letter. Attendance of those who do not present a paper is free. Snacks and meals may be consumed at an additional charge. This fee does not cover personal costs to the applicant, such as transportation, accommodation, etc.

The conference committee may provide visa letters upon request to accepted candidates and moderators. In addition to verifying attendance at the conference, candidates may be asked to sign a visa liability agreement and provide a letter of attestation from their school. Please note that participants are responsible for fulfilling the visa procedure according to their home country’s rules and regulations in connection to entering France.

Housing and transportation
For information on housing and transportation to the venue, please go to

For any questions about the conference, please feel free to contact Erik Caufield or Tiffany Sparks, the Student Conference Coordinators:
Graduate Student Conference Committee
American Graduate School in Paris
101, Boulevard Raspail
75006 Paris, France
+33 (0)1 47 20 00 94