CFP – Ethical Worlds in International Relations Section – EISA 2016, Izmir

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We are pleased to announce that Joe and Elke are chairing a section at the 2016 EISA conference in Izmir from 7-10 September. The section is S10 – Ethical World in International Relations. Deadline is 8 January 2016.

The section chairs are:

Joseph Hoover, City University London

Elke Schwarz, University of Leicester

The section is happy to consider papers and panel/roundtable proposals that fit into the broad section outline or the proposed themes/panels we’ve suggested below. If you have questions about the section please contact the chairs. Each 105-minute panel/roundtable should comprise five papers/presenters plus a discussant who may also act as panel/roundtable chair. Proposals (with abstracts of 200 words maximum) must be submitted, starting 10 November 2015, via the online submission system: Please note that there will be a participation limit of three contributions per participant — whether as paper giver, roundtable speaker, or discussant/chair (any of these roles counts as one contribution). The closing date for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals is midnight (CET) on Friday 8 January 2016

Further details here:

Section Details:

Ethical Worlds in International Relations Ethics and International Relations have an uneasy and dynamic relationship. Politics is often argued to require compromise, violence and deception, such that ethics is invariably undermined. Ethics in turn are taken to demand consistency, authenticity and selflessness that directly challenge the everyday working of politics. We have long sought to bring the spheres of ethics and international politics together, as ethical concerns are ever present in political life and the study of politics is widely accepted as a normative inquiry as well as a scientific one. Yet, ethics in International Relations remains relatively limited field of inquiry, often presented as a variant of applied ethics in which established moral principles are brought to bear on a wide range of complex international issues such as migration, intervention, economic sanctions, terrorism, warfare and more. This approach is insufficient to the plurality of communities, identities and interests that make up international politics. This section will consider the distinctive ethical challenges presented by international politics, seeking to better understand the work an international/global ethics must do. It will also focus on how the unique work of international/global ethics requires new thinking, as established ethical thought it inadequate to the task at hand.

Proposed Themes (alternative suggestions are welcomed and will be fully considered)

1. Border ethics      

Possible panel/roundtable topics

  • Conditions of hospitality: The ethics of asylum
  • Dividing lines: border ethics in world society

2. Responsibility and the ethics of protection

Possible panel/roundtable topics

  • Whose responsibility? Ethics and R2P

3. The limits of an ethics of humanity

Possible panel/roundtable topics

  • De-centring the human: Ethics in a post-human world.
  • Ethics or aesthetics? Political technologies in world society