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New convenors and BISA 2022

Dear BISA SEE WG friends,

We have two important news items: the end of our first two-year convenorship term and the call for applications for the BISA online & virtual 2022 conference.

1) BISA SEE WG Convenorship

Our first two-year convenorship term is coming to an end. We are happy we got the chance to work with many of you over what has been, to say the least, a difficult and strange period. We hope the SEE WG provided a platform for discussion when many disappeared.

Çağlar Ezikoğlu is stepping down as a convenor after his two-year term — he has been a great part of the team and we are grateful for his contribution. Lydia C Cole and Katarina Kušić are standing for another term. With this in mind, we are currently looking for:

- At least one additional convenor. Our WG has been missing a ‘figurehead’ convenor for a while: a permanent academic member of staff based at a UK Higher Education Institute (HEI) with an established profile in studies of SEE.

- A postgraduate convenor that would take on the active role of bringing our PGR community together and working closer with BISA PGN.

As per BISA regulations, all convenors must have an up-to-date BISA membership and must be BISA members for the entire duration of their appointment. But you can nominate yourself prior to holding membership. More information about the structure and requirements of BISA working groups as well as eligibility criteria for convenorship can be found at the BISA website.

Please send your expression of interest/nomination by November 15th, 2021 to seewg.group@bisa.ac.uk, with ‘convenorship 2021’ in the subject line. If there are multiple nominations, we can hold a WG election.

2) BISA 2022: Newcastle-upon-Tyne•15-17 June 2022

Applications are now open for BISA 2022. This year’s conference theme is Can the world survive? BISA is looking for scholarly research papers and policy analysis on any topic related to International Studies in its broadest definition.

In BISA SEE WG, we hope to continue building on topics discussed in previous years, and address some of the new emerging themes and scholarship. Therefore, we are particularly interested in papers, panels, and roundtables around the following topics, but submissions related and relevant to South East Europe, broadly conceived, are equally welcome:

- Movement of people to, from, and through SEE
- Race and racism in SEE
- Knowledge production and strategies for countering Eurocentrism from SEE
- Environmentalism, political ecologies, and sustainability in SEE
- Creative and art methodologies

The call closes on November 8th. Please make sure to select the South East Europe WG as the preferred ‘track’ in the submission system.

If you would like to coordinate the submission of papers and panels through the WG (i.e. our assistance in forming panels and roundtables), please send us your proposals and ideas for panels (up to 200 words). We ask you to send these as early as possible, by Wednesday October 27th, to Katarina Kušić at kusic.katarina@gmail.com, with ‘BISA 2022 proposal’ in the subject line. We are happy to discuss preliminary ideas before submitting fully developed proposals.

Useful information (more on the BISA conference website):

There are three formats which you can submit. For all three — individual papers, panels, and roundtables — you will have to decide whether you want to submit it to the face-to-face or virtual stream (more information below)

• A panel is an opportunity for a group of experts working in a specific area to share papers or papers in progress. Panel submissions should include four papers, a discussant and a chair, or five papers and a chair.
• A roundtable is an opportunity for a group of experts to discuss a particular issue in depth without the constraints of having to speak to a paper. Roundtable submissions should include a minimum of five participants and a chair.

Across panels and roundtables, you must give due consideration to diversity of participants including (but not limited to) gender, ethnicity, career stage and geographical location. Each submission (whether a paper, panel, or roundtable) may only be made to one working group. On the proposal submission form this is called a 'track' — makes sure to note SEE WG here.

BISA 2022 conference will take place face-to-face in Newcastle, however, there will be a virtual stream taking place the day before the main conference begins, dependent on demand. The virtual stream will not replicate the experience of a face-to-face conference, but does give those unable to travel an opportunity to present their work. Face-to-face delegates will be able to stream the virtual panels. However virtual delegates will not have access to face-to-face panels and therefore the conference fee for virtual delegates will be significantly reduced to reflect this.

The decision as to whether to apply as a face-to-face or virtual participant needs to be made at the outset. You will need to submit your paper, panel or roundtable to your chosen stream – face-to-face or virtual. It will not be possible for delegates to change between streams once the call for papers has closed. Find out more on the BISA 2022 FAQ page.

As always, we look forward to hearing from you and working together.

Best wishes,
Çağlar, Katarina, and Lydia

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