CfA: Second annual workshop 'Worlding from South East Europe, remaking International Relations'

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Inspired by thought-provoking conversations in last year’s workshop, the BISA SEE WG is pleased to announce the second annual Worlding from South East Europe, Remaking International Relations workshop.

The discipline of International Relations has often been negligent of standpoints outside the Global North and the West. Scholars of South East Europe (SEE) have responded to this problem in a myriad of ways: by highlighting the contributions and developments of the discipline in the region; challenging understandings of foundational concepts from the vantage point of SEE; highlighting the disciplining gaze of IR; and excavating the ways in which the region has been (mis)used in the discipline.

The BISA SEE WG remains committed to further strengthening the SEE critical scholarship by bringing researchers into conversation and creating space for insightful exchange. We are inspired by methodologically, conceptually, and topically innovative interventions and would like to invite contributions that seek to rethink International Relations in and from the SEE broadly understood.

Themes might include, but are not limited to:

  • Rethinking International Relations and its concepts from/with the SEE
  • Arts, creativity, (pop) culture, and visual politics in SEE
  • Political ecologies and environmental movements and politics in SEE
  • The politics of social movements
  • Constructing and understanding Europe, whiteness, and race in/of the region
  • (Re-)Imagining mobility and migration
  • Intersections and the (geo)politics of identity and citizenship
  • Feminisms and the politics of gender in SEE
  • (Re-)Conceptualising the region’s and SEE countries’ agency in foreign policy

The workshop will continue to build collaborative networks within and beyond the Working Group and the UK. The format will be based on presentations of extended abstracts, enabling discussion of research at different stages. After the workshop, we envision the discussions to continue at BISA 2024 (June 2024, Birmingham) and encourage authors to submit their paper abstracts for consideration at the annual conference. In the longer term, we plan an in-person workshop to support work toward publication.

Please submit short abstracts of 300 words by October 11, 2023, to

The workshop will take place virtually on October 30, 2023, in the afternoon (UK time).