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Call for Papers – ‘Post’ Interventions: Poststructuralism, Postcoloniality and Questions of ‘After’ in World Politics

by Penny GriffinDecember 19, 2014

‘Post’ Interventions: Poststructuralism, Postcoloniality and Questions of ‘After’ in World Politics

Call for papers for the 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 23–26 September 2015, Giardini Naxos, Italy.

Commentators will often refer to a crisis, such as a financial crisis, as a singular, past event. This erases the lines of ancestry in crisis and disguises a crisis’s function as an (ongoing) reaction to the flawed political (and economic) choices of policy-makers and economists. Making sense of what has happened and what is, therefore, assumed to be in the past (including what that ‘what’ might be exactly), however, necessitates understanding how the imposition of temporal limits around an ‘event’ might be, in and of itself, a form of violence. This section will be particularly interested in knowing what official and popular sources achieve, in imagining an event such as a financial crisis or a military intervention as finished, what this then excludes from our understandings of world politics (including the people who continue to pay the social costs of a crisis, conflict, intervention, and so on) and how this might be understood as violent, gendered and/or racist. With this in mind, this section asks for panels, papers and roundtables related to the theme of ‘afterwards’, specifically those adopting a post-positivist method for understanding world politics ‘after’ certain significant events. These events might be ‘big’ world events, such as financial crises, conflicts or military interventions, or they might be more mundane, but no less significant, moments, such as regional or local incidents, personal experiences, cultural representations and media ‘events’. Although presenters will here be using post-positivist methodologies, it is anticipated that panels, papers and roundtables will be both empirical and conceptual in nature.

The above section description is also available HERE.

Please find the Call for Panel, Roundtable and Paper Proposals HERE.

Also see the Facebook page for the European International Studies Association.

Submissions are open from 8th December 2014 and the final deadline for panel, roundtable and paper submissions is midnight (CET) 15th January 2015. All submissions must be inputted directly through the Conference’s online submission site at:

If you are interested in proposing a panel, these are scheduled for 105 minutes and should comprise five papers/presenters plus a discussant, who will also act as panel/roundtable chair. Proposals should have abstracts of 200 words maximum when submitted. Please do also note that participants may only offer three contributions in this conference, including as paper giver, roundtable speaker or discussant/chair.

Information is available on the conference website but do please contact Dr. Penny Griffin directly if you have any questions (I am currently undertaking a period of maternity leave but will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I am able).

Penny Griffin
Penny Griffin is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at UNSW Sydney. In 2010 her book Gendering the World Bank won the British International Studies Association (BISA) International Political Economy Group book prize. Her 2015, Popular Culture, Political Economy and the Death of Feminism: Why Women are in Refrigerators and Other Stories is published with Routledge. Webpage: Twitter: @psgriffington

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