Call for Papers CIPS/CIPSS Graduate Student Conference

Call for Papers
CIPS/CIPSS Graduate Student Conference
“Navigating Power in Global Governance and International Affairs”

March 23, 2018
University of Ottawa

The Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS; University of Ottawa) and the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CEPSI-CIPSS; Université de Montreal and McGill University) will hold their joint annual graduate student conference on March 23, 2018 at the University of Ottawa. The theme of this multidisciplinary and bilingual conference is “Navigating Power in Global Governance and International Affairs”.

The concept of power is important to the social sciences: what it is, who has it, how it is used. We invite current and recent graduate students in the fields of international relations, political science, history, law, sociology, geography, gender studies, international political economy, international development, security studies, peace and conflict studies, and other related disciplines to submit paper abstracts. Given the theme of this year’s conference, here are a few suggestions for investigating the nature, function, and transfers of power in global governance and international affairs:

● Alliances
● International Institutions and Organizations
● Biopolitics and Governance
● Security and Risk
● Globalization in the Global South
● Rising Powers
● Informational Access and its Relation to Power
● Global Inequality
● Foreign Policy
● Transnational Actors
● Use of Decision-Making Technologies (e.g. algorithms) in International Affairs
● Politics of Refugees and Migration
● Corporate Power and Non-State Actors

These suggested topics are provided as examples and are not meant to be exhaustive.

Students will present their research in thematic panels, each moderated by a professor or researcher affiliated with CIPS. This colloquium is an excellent opportunity for M.A. and Ph.D. students to receive feedback on their work and to network with fellow graduate students and other researchers. In addition, students whose proposals are selected will be invited to submit their final papers to Potentia: Journal of International and Public Affairs, the annual CIPS Graduate Student Journal.

Proposals and papers can be presented in English or French. To submit a proposal, please send an
abstract of no more than 250 words at by January 12, 2018. Please include your name, program of study, department, and university. Selected applicants will be required to submit their final paper by March 2, 2018.

Deadline for proposals: January 12, 2018

Additional information
▪ Notification of acceptance: January 26, 2018
▪ Paper Deadline: March 2, 2018
▪ Funding: Financial assistance to help cover travel expenses is available for a limited number of students from outside of Ottawa.

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We look forward to receiving your submissions!

The CIPS/CIPSS Graduate Student Conference Committee