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Call for Contributors - Global South Bibliography

Mainstream scholarship in International Relations (IR) and related disciplines has recently come under increasing fire for its unwillingness and/or inability to see the world from the perspective of the Global South. This has led to calls to “decolonize” these fields and rethink them from a Southern perspective, as well as to bring the intellectual contributions of Global South IR scholars to the attention of their Global North counterparts.

Indeed, ISA’s 2015 annual convention is being organized around the theme of creating a “Global IR,” which entails “the acknowledgement of regional diversity and local agency” and a “new, pluralistic universalism” that seeks to incorporate the Global South into a field that has long been considered an “American social science.”

To contribute to these worthy efforts, the GSCIS has decided to compile a bibliography of key books, articles, and projects dealing with Global South (or Third World) international relations, broadly defined. This list is intended as a resource primarily for professors and graduate students, who often ask us for suggested readings, and who may be seeking ways to incorporate the Global South into their own research and course syllabi.

In general terms, the aim is to both foster greater understanding of the role of Global South actors in international politics and economics, as well as to create possibilities for dialogue between Northern and Southern scholarship.  

GSCIS member Kevin Funk ( is coordinating the compilation of this bibliography. Please be in touch with him if you would like to help! The more people who get involved, the better this resource will be.


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