Stockholm & Cornell Universities Conference on International Studies, 11-12 June 2018

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Call for Papers
April 23, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Political Science


4th Annual Conference on International Studies in the 21st Century

Joint Workshop, organized by Stockholm University Graduate School of International Studies and Cornell University’s Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

This annual conference draws together early-career researchers to present research and build relationships. Framed broadly around ‘International Studies’, this year’s conference addresses the policy implications of new forms of international studies research. It will include parallel workshop tracks focused on civil conflict, governance of security, and science and technology studies. These tracks are not meant to be exclusive – researchers of different stripes are welcome to participate. The goal is to encourage and refine research underway by PhD students, postdoc researchers, and new professors through receiving focused feedback from senior scholars, and to help network younger scholars with their international counterparts. The conference takes place on June 11-12, 2018 at Stockholm University. All travel and lodging will be covered. We encourage early career scholars to apply.  

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Elaine Scott at: by April 23, 2018. Please indicate in which of the following tracks you would like to present your paper: 

  • Civil Conflict:  Some scholars have suggested that armed civil conflict is on the decline, but that we are experiencing a return to heightened threats of inter-state war. Others have suggested that the nature of civil conflicts since the “war on terror” is different than the ones prior to that. This track welcomes papers which explore these new trends in the conflict literature.  It is open to different types of questions related to political violence, conflict trends, violence against civilians, including sexual violence, gender/ethnicity/nationalism/religion and conflict, and connections between inter-state war and intra-state war.  The goal will be to highlight how the conflict literature has evolved and continues to evolve as new trends emerge.   
  • Governance of Security: The way we attempt to steer, control, and regulate modern security challenges are myriad and diverse -- and they face difficulties based on the nature of our societies and the shape of modern threats. This track welcomes papers which explore key questions about security governance. It is open to different kinds of security questions and different aspects of governance, whether public or private, commercial or voluntary, or national or international. The goal will be to highlight central dilemmas and to find common research agendas to take our studies forward.
  • Science and Technology: Security can be influenced in unexpected ways by new scientific and technological developments, such as Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), the development of new weapons, and dual-use industries such as those that involve nuclear, chemical and biological materials. Conversely, the evolution of scientific and technological developments is powerfully influenced by national and international security politics, which affect funding, exports and imports, and international collaboration. This track welcomes papers which explore the complex interrelationships between and among science, technology, and security in all of its forms. Relevant topics include military affairs, policing, cyber security, counter-terrorism, security research and innovation, disaster risk management, peace operations, humanitarian action, and more.
Contact Info: 

Elaine Scott, Cornell University

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