European International Studies Association 11th Pan-European Conference

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September 13, 2017 to September 16, 2017
Subject Fields: 
World History / Studies, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Social History / Studies

Main teme of EISA 11th Conference in Barcelona: "The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises"

As the chairs of Section 6 "Crisis and Change Nexus in Global Politics" Dr Erica Resende and I are accepting paper, panel and roundtable proposals under the theme of Crisis and Change Nexus in Global Politics. Please find below the rationale for our section:

Recently, Dirk Nabers argued that crisis represents a situation in which our everyday beliefs of how the world works are thoroughly disrupted by an event that is out of our control. In a way, the crises are comparable to trauma due to the difficulty of assimilating, domesticating, representing, and communicating them. The likely result of such disruptive processes is a social change in the form of community (re)building and the construction and/or transformation of a (new) collective identity. Therefore, inherent crises of social structures as well as the disruption of all familiar subjectivities are at the roots of social, cultural, or institutional changes. Social transformations should then be understood as being engendered by crisis, hence the duality of the crisis/change nexus. This argument suggests a departure from traditional IR crisis literature, which is mostly materialist and objectivist and, as such, privileges agency, decision-making, and crisis management at the expense of structural accounts.

This section raises the following questions: What is the relationship between crisis and change? Is there an ontology of crisis? How are crises culturally and socially constructed? How do issues of agency and structure materialise in times of prolonged crisis? Which subjectivities are brought into existence in times of crisis? How are crises represented in global politics? What are the consequences of this recent shift in crisis literature for foreign policy and security analysis? Is it possible to talk about a theory of crisis in IR?

Please check the details at:

Friday 10 February 2017: Deadline for paper, panel and roundtable submissions via ConfTool.

Friday 14 April 2017: Acceptance letters and registration announcement will be sent to selected participants.

Monday 15 May 2017: Registration deadline,

Contact Info: 

Dr Didem Buhari Gulmez (Section co-chair)

Assist. Prof. Dr. Didem Buhari Gülmez
Istanbul Kemerburgaz University
Department of International Relations
Mahmutbey Peyami Safa Cad. No:26, 
34217 Bağcılar - İSTANBUL
Phone: +90 212 6040100 (4048)
Didem Buhari Gülmez, Europeanization in a Global Context: Integrating Turkey into the World Polity. Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-1-349-95059-1