ISA GSCIS Havana 2017: Call for Proposals

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Exploring the Local in International Relations

The deadline for paper/panel submissions is Wednesday, February 15th.

The University of Havana, Cuba and the Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association (GSCIS) is hosting an international workshop at the University of Havana, Cuba in cooperation with the Coordinadora (Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES), Argentina, The Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and The Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos (INEST), at The Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niterói, Brazil.

The Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association (GSCIS) is dedicated to expanding the theoretical and practical horizons of the discipline of International Relations (IR), which has been largely shaped by Western and global northern experiences. It is now fairly well recognized that the study of IR has tended to devalue the ideas and experiences of global south countries and peoples. To change this, in the interest of developing a truly global IR, the GSCIS has been championing, as a first step, the exploration, discussion, debate, and formulation of local and regional narratives and practices of the south – Africa, Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean. This workshop follows up on larger conferences we have held in Menton (2012) and Singapore (2015) as well as panels we have sponsored at the International Studies Association’s annual convention since 2012, and a workshop co-sponsored with the Philippine International Studies Organization’s workshop in March 2017.

The Havana workshop, occurring in a country which has for decades promulgated alternative approaches both domestically and internationally, will both explore southern perspectives as well as assess the relationship between these and “mainstream” IR. Within these parameters, the workshop is open to all who wish to explore theoretical, methodological, empirical, and practical/policy-oriented research in IR.

Proposals are solicited in the following areas:

  1. Local contributions to theory and methodology in IR and foreign policy analysis (FPA) in Asia (including Developing Eurasia), Africa, the Middle East and Latin America/Caribbean, Proposals can draw on historical experiences, culture and values, traditions and ideas, ethnographic preferences, or any related area. Comparative studies are especially welcomed.
  2. Local contributions to the practice of IR in Asia (including Developing Eurasia), Africa, Middle East and Latin America/Caribbean. Contributions on the role and significance of policy research, governmental approaches, the role of development, diplomacy and diplomatic styles, nongovernmental and transborder/transnational practices, among others, are welcomed.
  3. Dialogues between Western and non-Western interpretations of IR.
  4. IR/FPA pedagogy: comparisons and contrasts of curricula around the world; sharing of experiences in teaching in a variety of environments.
  5. Publishing and research experiences: cross-regional showcasing of local/regional funding opportunities, as well as outlets for research and publishing; gaps in publishing in the south; experiences with mainstream funders/publishers.


Submissions should be emailed to the following based on the geographical location of the proposer (NOT the geographical subject of the proposal).

Papers: Individual paper proposals will be grouped into panels. 

Paper proposals need:

  1. A cover letter indicating institutional affiliation and contact information of proposer
  2. A title
  3. An abstract, no more than 100 words
  4. 5 keywords/concepts, which can be used to highlight the contents of the proposed contribution
  5. All author(s) information: names, affiliations, email addresss and roles (including 1 chair)
  6. Which of the 5 categories (listed in the call) under which the proposal should be considered

Panels: Although the workshop will be organized by categories listed in the Call, and the organizers will put papers together based on those, we anticipate that there may be room for a few complete pre-formed panels. 

Panel proposals must include:

  1. A cover letter indicating institutional affiliation/contact information of proposer
  2. A title
  3. An abstract, no more than 100 words
  4. 5 keywords/concepts, which can be used to highlight the contents of the proposed contribution
  5. The author/participant information: name(s), affiliation(s) and email address(s)
  6. A brief description of any special arrangements needed beyond the usual (individual presentations followed by interaction with the audience). 

Please note, the chair of a panel proposal will be responsible for disseminating all communications to fellow panel members.