This group is an invitation to push the boundaries of the discipline and to de-centre ourselves from the way we routinely do, think and speak IR. We aim to create a space open to approaches from other disciplines and to question IR's scientific status and what it means to study international issues from a social scientific perspective in the 21st century. From this perspective, we also aim to highlight IR’s epistemological assumptions as well as its social, economic or political underpinnings.
In addition to sponsoring panels at the BISA annual conference, we welcome proposals for workshops or collaborations that further debates around disciplinary questions, particularly those that address IR’s assumptions, methods and contexts. Past proposals supported by the group include:
2017 – The world at the door and the local/international
2018 – Performing utopia
2018 – Feminism and the social sciences
2019 – Global Challenges in theory
2020 – Discourse in International Relations