ISA Global South Caucus Singapore 2015: Call for Proposals

Voices from Outside: Re-shaping International Relations Theory and Practice in an Era of Global Transformation

The deadline for paper/panel submissions is Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

The Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association (GSCIS) aims to promote new thinking about the global south and developing Eurasia, facilitate south-south intellectual exchanges, and increase the scope and depth of collaboration between scholars interested in studying the global south in general. In 2012 the caucus held its first Global South International Studies Conference which brought together scholars and practitioners working on the theme, Theorizing, Teaching, Research, and Publishing on IR in the Global South. Following up on ideas generated at that conference, the second GSCIS conference, to be held in Singapore, January 8-10, 2015, will have as its theme: Voices from Outside: Re-shaping International Relations Theory and Practice in an Era of Global Transformation. We are particularly happy to note that this second GSCIS conference is being held with the active sponsorship of the current president of the International Studies Association, Professor Amitav Archaya.

The conference organizers are interested in thinking through four problématiques in IR, and we invite papers and presentations that innovatively and critically address them:
  1. theorizing IR and foreign policy analysis from a global south perspective (both in terms of the meta-theoretical debates as well as the newer critical and indigenous thinking);
  2. critically assessing-- in keeping of the on the geopolitical theme of ISA’s 2014 conference as well as the regionalist theme of ISA’s 2015 the state of intra-Global South relations--the role of the so-called emerging nations, as well as the general relations between the global south and the global north;
  3. critically assessing the meaning of development in theory and practice; and
  4. sharing ideas about inclusive practices, teaching and research in IR.

It is also important to note that the conference is being held in Asia on the 60th anniversary year of the Bandung Conference which represented the first formal attempt to bring Asia and African nations together. As a result, we particularly welcome submissions dealing with the relations between these two regions as well as across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Some suggested sub-themes proposers may consider are:
  • The continuing assessment of the lacunae in the development of an IR theory that is relevant to the global south: What has been done to make the main IR paradigms realism, liberalism, institutionalism, constructivism, critical theory relevant to the Global South (including developing Eurasia)? Is there such a thing as indigenous theories of IR? Where is the discipline headed? What ideas or perspectives need to be integrated/overhauled?
  • Foreign policy in theory and practice: how is the north framed in the foreign policies of southern states? And how is the south framed in foreign policy of northern states? Are there any discernible patterns of generalizations in terms of diplomacy and the practice of politics? Have we seen the rise of qualitatively new policies in north-south or south-north relations in the past decade? Can we talk about new strategies in global relations? In terms of scholarship, what is the status of theory and research in foreign policy analysis that seeks to include Global South perspectives? What new ideas are worth sharing? What new approaches have been developed?
  • Situating the global south within a transformed global community: In the midst of the ongoing discussions on systemic transformation, such as the rise of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) and the formation of the G20, where does the global south as a whole stand? What new patterns can be discerned in relations between the north and south? What do the practices and experiences of the so-called emerging nations—certainly not all positive--portend for their sustainable rise as well as the collateral rise of other global south nations? What kind of security challenges have impacted systemic transformation? With respect to regionalism, what strategies are leading regional nations adopting to achieve influence? What conflicts have arisen? What patterns can we discern in regional transformations towards closer economic and security architectures? What lingering challenges are there to standardizing and bureaucratizing regional relations – i.e. to desecuritize and “normalize” these relations? What is the interface between regionalism and globalization? What has happened so far, and what is the prognosis for south-south collaboration, which was so touted in the 1960s and 1970s and was represented most vividly by the Non-Aligned Movement and the establishment of the G77? What, in particular, have been the patterns of relations between Asia and Africa, Asia and Latin America since Bandung?
  • Development: What conceptual problems continue to inhere in the notion of development? What changes in ideas and policy merit more attention than they have so far received? How is development practiced, researched, studied? What structural and human development challenges (poverty, inequality, etc) do global south and developing Eurasian nations face individually, in groups, collectively? How is sustainability to be achieved in a constrained global economy? How is the global situation changing for middle-income countries (MICs)? How does the rise of new private sector and civil society development actors affect state- and multilateral-led efforts? How are small states, for example in the Pacific as well as the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Africa, coping with the demands of liberalization, globalization, climate change, and other environmental problems?
  • Other: In addition we are, as always, open to roundtable proposals intended to facilitate networking among global south scholars and institutions on teaching and research on/in the global south.

We look forward to a stimulating conference,
Organizing Team -Singapore

Beyond the Call

In addition to the traditional paper, panel and roundtable proposals, we are soliciting proposals for 2 additional programs. 

Graduate Student Workshops

The GSCIS Graduate Student Workshops are intended to offer graduate students the opportunity to benefit from feedback from local and international scholars and peers interested in their area of research. Workshops can also provide students with access to various research and publication opportunities.  Each workshop features a distinguished senior scholar to serve as the workshop discussant. The discussant’s task is to provide feedback on graduate student research and help facilitate group discussion.

All graduate students are expected to share their paper with the workshop discussant and fellow panelists two weeks before the conference, that is by December 31, 2014. This will allow the discussant and participants sufficient time to prepare. Workshop sessions are open to the public to attend.

If you're interested in having your paper considered for one of these sessions, be sure to mark the box "Consider for Graduate Student Workshop" at the time of submission.

Institutional Workshops

Institutional workshops are intended to help global south academic and policy institutions, as well as northern institutions which focus on global south issues, disseminate the research and scholarship of their faculty, scholars, and practitioners. Institutions may also wish to publicize opportunities available for faculty and student exchanges.  Institutional proposals should take the form of a roundtable with at least three participants. Two or more institutions may collaborate to offer a proposal. Please submit institutional workshop proposals to Jacqueline Braveboy-Wagner for consideration. Send a note indicating the sponsoring institution, what the proposal is about, who will participate, what the expectations are as far as audience is concerned, and what type of arrangements/technology would be needed.