BISA 2019 Ethics and World Politics – Call for Papers, panels and roundtables

The BISA Ethics and Word Politics Working Group would like to invite proposals for individual papers, panels, and roundtables that engage with the theme of ethics and international studies for the 44th BISA Annual Conference to be held in London on 12-14 June 2019, which will be focusing on “the challenges of the Anthropocene, climate change, inequality, migration, questions of identity, ubiquitous surveillance, and a revival of  imperial nostalgia as well as on the pedagogy of international studies”. Submissions may address the theme in particular or any topic related to ethics and world politics in general.

The online submission system for papers, panels, and roundtables will open in September, 2018.  When submitting your proposal, select the BISA Ethics and World Politics Working Group as your preferred section. We look forward to your proposals.

 

The BISA Ethics and World Politics WG
James, Joe, Elke and Myriam

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Ethics and World Politics Research Seminar – Monday 3 September 2018

We are pleased to announce our upcoming Ethics and World Politics Research Seminar, which is an ongoing forum for scholars to present, discuss and develop the latest work on the normative dimensions of world politics. It will take place on 3 September 2018 in the War Studies Seminar Room, 6th Floor, King’s Building, Strand Campus of King’s College London between 12.30 and 5.30pm.  The line-up is as follows:

Dr Jonathan Gilmore (University of Manchester), ‘Between the State and Humanity: Cosmopolitan-mindedness, foreign policy and practices of transition’

Dr Alix Dietzel (University of Bristol), ‘Global Justice and Climate Governance: Bridging Theory and Practice’

Dr Stephan Engelkamp (KCL), ‘Responsibility as political beauty? Derrida’s ethics of decision and the politics of responding to others’ 

A light lunch will be provided at 12.00, as well as refreshments during the session. The papers will be followed by drinks reception sponsored by Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

If you are interested in attending please register here. There are bursaries to assist with travel expenses available for BISA members who are PhD students or do not hold a permanent academic appointment. Please contact us with request for bursaries or with any other questions – ewpg.group@bisa.ac.uk.

Ethics and World Seminar Series – Seminar 5, 17 January 2018

We are pleased to announce our upcoming Ethics and World Politics seminar, which is an ongoing forum for scholars to present, discuss and develop the latest work on the normative dimensions of world politics. It will take place on 17 January 2018 at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, between 12.30 and 6.30pm. This event will be hosted and co-sponsored by the Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre and the Centre for Advanced International Theory.  The line-up is as follows:
 
Prof Katrin Flikschuh (LSE), ‘The State as a Failed Universal: Lessons from Africa’
 
Dr Alex Prichard (University of Exeter), ‘“The Virtues of Anarchy” Reconsidered: On Kenneth Waltz, the Kantian Moralist’
 
Prof Maja Zehfuss (University of Manchester), ‘Accounting for the Inexplicable: Military Refusers and the Invocation of Conscience’ 
 
Prof Jane Cowan (University of Sussex), ‘Reviewing Human Rights as Greece Collapses: Debt, Austerity Measures, Time, Administrative Subjectivity and the Bureaucratic Appeal against Dystopia’
 
 
A light lunch will be provided at 12.30, as well as refreshments during the session. The papers will be followed by the launch of the edited volume, Heidegger and the Global Age (eds. Antonio Cerella and Louiza Odysseos), and a drinks reception sponsored by Rowman and Littlefield International.
 
The event will take place at the following venue:
 
Fulton Building, Room 203
University of Sussex
Brighton
BN1 9QU
This is a free event but we would, however, ask that you contact us to register for the event, so we can plan accordingly. You can register through Eventbrite here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bisa-ethics-and-world-politics-seminar-tickets-41051333644
BISA members who are postgraduate students or not in full-time employment are eligible to apply for a bursary to help cover travel costs. Please contact ewpg.group@bisa.ac.uk for details.
We look forward to seeing you in January!  Please get in touch if you have any questions.

 

Call for Paper: Ethics and World Seminar Series – 17 January 2018

Call for Papers – Ethics and World Politics Working Group Research Seminar, deadline of 17 November

17 January 2018, 12.30 – 6.30pm
School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

Papers are invited for the forthcoming Ethics and World Politics Working Group Seminar. The E&WP Seminars offer an ongoing forum for scholars to present, discuss and develop the latest work on the normative dimensions of world politics. Papers may be on any topic relating to the themes of the Working Group.

The next seminar will be hosted and co-sponsored by the Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre and the Centre for Advanced International Theory at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.

Please submit 200-word abstracts to both ewpg.group@bisa.ac.uk and rightsjustice@sussex.ac.uk by 17 November 2017.

It is anticipated that the seminar will kick off at 12.30 and with a light lunch provided, as well as refreshments during the session.

BISA members who are postgraduate students or not in full-time employment are eligible to apply for a bursary to help cover travel costs. Please get in touch with the Working Group convenors if you have any questions.

Ethics and World Politics Seminar Series – Seminar 4, 29 September 2017.

We are pleased to announce our latest Ethics and World Politics seminar, which is an ongoing forum for scholars to present, discuss and develop the latest work on the normative dimensions of world politics. It will take place on Friday, 29th September 2017, from 12.30 – 7.30pm, hosted by the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.

This session will feature:

A keynote lecture by

Prof Richard Beardsworth (Aberystwyth)

Papers from:

Dr Cian O’Driscoll (Glasgow)

“Winning Dirty? Victory in Medieval Just War Thought”

Dr Natasha Saunders (St Andrews)

“Beyond Asylum Claims: Refugee Protest, Political Responsibility, and Article 28 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”

Dr Elke Schwarz (Leicester)

“Technology and Moral Vacuums in Just War Theorising”

The seminar will kick off at 12.30 with a light lunch provided, as well as refreshments during the session. There will also be a drinks reception after the keynote lecture. The seminar will take place in the Arts Lecture Theatre and the keynote lecture will be held in Arts Seminar Room 1.

This is a free event but we would, however, ask that you contact us to register for the event, so we can plan accordingly. You can register through Eventbrite by following this link.

BISA members who are postgraduate students or not in full-time employment are eligible to apply for a bursary to help cover travel costs. Please contact ethicsbisa@gmail.com for details.

This even is supported by BISA and the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. We look forward to seeing you in September! Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Ethics and World Politics Working Group at the 2017 BISA Conference

Hello all,

In preparation for the upcoming BISA conference in Brighton we wanted to publicise the Ethics and World Politics working group activities during the week.

We would especially like to encourage members to attend our business meeting on Thursday and we are very happy to invite you all to join us for a drink on Wednesday night as well.

Ethics and World Politics Working Group events:

Wednesday 14 June

15.30-17.00 – Abstraction, Fiction and the Media in International Ethics Teaching (Roundtable) 

Location: Tennyson Room

Chair: Elke Schwarz (Leicester)

Participants:

  • Kirsten Ainley (LSE)
  • Joe Hoover (Queen Mary & Centre for Global Cooperation Research)
  • Kimberly Hutchings (Queen Mary)
  • Paul Kirby (Sussex & LSE)
  • Lauren Tooker (Warwick)

17.30-20.30 – Ethics and World Politics Working Group Drinks

Join us at the Seven Stars pub for a few drinks.

The Seven Stars
27 Ship Street
Brighton BN1 1AD

Thursday 15 June

09.00-10.30 – ‘Responsibility’ in Global Politics: Bridging Theory and Practice

Location: Coleridge Room

Chair and Discussant: Joe Hoover (Queen Mary & Centre for Global Cooperation Research)

Papers:

  • Antje Vetterlein (Copenhagen Business School): “Responsibility Is More Than Accountability: From Regulatory Towards Negotiated Governance”
  • David Karp (Sussex): “The Responsibility to “Respect” Human Rights: The Contestation and Constitution of a Global Norm”
  • Hannes Hansen-Magnusson (Cardiff): “Responsibility in and for the Arctic: Claims to Ownership”
  • Beverley Loke (Exeter): “Governing the Global Commons: Whose Responsibility?”

11.00-12.30 – Ethical Figures in Europe’s Migration ‘Crisis’

Location: Coleridge Room

Chair: James Souter (Leeds)

Paper:

  • Clara Sandelind (Sheffield): ‘“Queue Jumpers” and the Needy: Who Deserves Asylum?’
  • Myriam Fotou (Leicester): “The Figure of the Smuggler of People in the Intersection of the Ethical and the Political”
  • Alexandria Innes (UEA): “Desirable Vulnerabilities: Migrant Bodies, Necropolitics and the Deadly Mediterranean”
  • Mollie Gerver (Leeds): “The Morality of People Smuggling”

13.00-14.00 – Ethics and World Politics Business Meeting

Location: Bedroom Suite 312

Open to all working group members – and those interested in becoming members!

Friday 16 June

13.30-15.00 – Global Constitutionalism: Counter-hegemonic Perspectives

Location: Tennyson Room

Chair and Discussant: Joe Hoover (Queen Mary & Centre for Global Cooperation Research)

Papers:

  • David Hayes (Sheffield): “Law as Mythology: Good Societies and ‘Irrationales’ Within and Beyond the State”
  • Ruth Kinna (Loughborough), Alex Prichard (Exeter), and Thomas Swann (Loughborough): “Constitutionalising Anarchy”
  • Lara Montesinos Coleman (Sussex) and Owen D. Thomas (Exeter): “Prosecuting Capitalism: Pathologies and Responses to Neoliberal Law”
  • Teivo Teivainen (Helsinki): “Non-State Constitutionalism in World Politics”

Ethics and World Politics Seminar Series – Seminar 3, April 28th 2017

We are pleased to announce our third Ethics and World Politics seminar, which will be an ongoing forum for scholars to present, discuss and develop the latest work on the normative dimensions of world politics. It will take place on Friday, 28th April 2017, from 12.30 – 5pm, at the University of Leeds.

This session will feature:

Prof John Williams (Durham) on “Weaponized Refugees: Just War Theory and Obligations in Complex Conflicts”

Dr Lauren Tooker (Warwick) on “How to Do Things with Transparency: Reading Resistance to Debt in Austerity Britain with J. L. Austin and Stanley Cavell”

Dr Vassilios Paipais (St Andrew’s) on ‘Political Ontology and International Political Thought: Voiding a Pluralist World’

The seminar will kick off at 12.30, with lunch provided from midday, as well as refreshments during the session. There will also be a drinks reception afterwards.

We would, however, ask that you contact us to register for the event, so we can plan for lunch and the drinks reception accordingly. You can register through Eventbrite by following this link

BISA members who are postgraduate students or not in full-time employment are eligible to apply for a bursary to help cover travel costs. Please contact ethicsbisa@gmail.com for details.

We look forward to seeing you in Leeds. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Ethics and World Politics Seminar Series – Seminar 2, 16 January 2017

We are pleased to announce our second Ethics and World Politics seminar, which will be an ongoing forum for scholars to present, discuss and develop the latest work on the normative dimensions of world politics. It will take place on 16 January 2017, from 1.30 to 6pm at the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London, Ground Floor, France House, Westfield Way E1 4NP

This session will feature:

Prof Kimberly Hutchings (QMUL) on “Decolonising Just War Theory”

Dr David Karp (University of Sussex) on “What is the Responsibility to Respect Human Rights? A New Way Forward for the Respect-Protect-Fulfil Framework’”

Ms Ida Danewid (LSE) on “A Drowned Memory Space: the Politics of Mourning the Migrant Dead in Europe”

The seminar will kick off at 1.30PM and finish at 6.00PM, with a lunch provided at 1.00pm and refreshments during the session. There will also be a drinks reception after.

The event is organised in conjunction with the Theory Lab at QMUL and it is free thanks to the generous support of BISA, Millennium: Journal of International Studies and the School of Politics and International Relations at QMUL.

We would, however, ask that you contact us to register for the event, so we can plan for lunch and the drinks reception accordingly. You can register through Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ethics-and-world-politics-seminar-series-tickets-30256012548

BISA members who are postgraduate students or not in full-time employment are eligible to apply for a bursary to help cover travel costs. Please contact the organisers for details.

We look forward to seeing you in London. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Seminar Series – 21 September 2016

Our inaugural seminar for the academic year 2016/7 took place at the School of History, Politics and International Relations of the University of Leicester. In three, lively debated sessions we discussed papers on the Perpetual Peace puzzle, the European refugee crisis and the myth of security exceptionalism. You can find details on the papers below.

 

Session 1: The Perpetual Peace Puzzle: Kant on Persons and States  (click for electronic copy of paper)

Benjamin Holland (University of Nottingham)

Abstract: Kant described the state as a ‘moral person’, and did so when dealing with international relations. For all the interest in his contribution to the theory of global politics, the locution according to which Kant characterized the state has received very little attention. When notice has been taken of it, the moral personality of the state has moved arguments in opposing directions. On one recent reading, when Kant called the state a moral person he intended to indicate that it possessed certain duties to itself and to others, for the sake of which it could be coerced to leave the international state of nature. On another, the juridical compulsion of states to join a state of nations or world republic is categorically ruled out because this would impair their moral personality. Both cannot be right. In this paper, I analyze Kant’s notion of moral personhood, contextualizing it within his wider philosophical concerns. On the basis of this groundwork I put forward an argument about Kant’s theory of the moral person of the state which allows me to show how he in fact was able coherently to incorporate two seemingly contradictory arguments about the state as an international actor in a single argument, and present this as my solution to what I call the Perpetual Peace Puzzle.

 

Session 2: The European Refugee Crisis: Holding Responsible as Contingent Cosmopolitanism

Kelly Staples (University of Leicester)

 Abstract: Although understandings of its nature differ, it is quite clear that Europe is in the midst of a refugee crisis. The humanitarian crisis, at least, is tangible; in recent memory, and well known to many Europeans, people made acutely vulnerable by political violence at the continent’s borders have been freezing, starving and drowning, and subject to fences, batons and tear gas. Understanding the extent to which the EU and its member states have responsibilities to refugees is not straightforward. This article provides one account of European responsibility in the midst of this crisis. It limits its focus to refugees already in Europe, and attempts to attribute some responsibilities to those European institutions able to act authoritatively in response to the demands of refugees for sanctuary. By way of an account of institutional responsibility, and of a consideration of the potential of ‘contingent’ cosmopolitans, the article makes a case for the importance of holding the EU and its member states responsible for their disregard for refugees. It also suggests, that the prospects for contingent cosmopolitanism might be enhanced by real world attempts to hold these institutions responsible for their failure to respond to the refugee crisis.

 

Session 3: The Myth of Security Exceptionalism: Critical Architectures for Global Ethics

Thomas Moore (University of Westminster )

Abstract: Despite the sizeable literature documenting Carl Schmitt’s contribution to political thought there is still significant debate as to how to decode his contribution to contemporary security studies. This article considers the theological contours of Westphalian security politics and how this needs to be understood not only through ontological security but also through existential discourses of insecurity in global politics. Carl Schmitt’s rendering of the international generates a critical architecture to understand the myth of security exceptionalism within international relations. The weight of positivist orthodoxy within security studies has simultaneously rationalised and secularised the grammar of risk that has defined conceptions of the modern state. As a result the turn towards the politics of resilience, in both traditional and critical security studies, has emphasised the capacity of the modern subject to positively resolve moments of crisis and risk within security discourse. This article examines the theological dimensions of contemporary security politics, calling for a closer reading of discourses of authorisation and statist conceptions of identity formation at work within the field of international security. The tendency to treat sovereignty as the ‘territorial trap’ for making sense of the modern state has foreclosed the possibility of making sense of security politics beyond the domain of sovereignty. Tracing the plural dimensions of sovereignty—juristic, popular and theological— allows us to see how ‘security exceptionalism’ operates through a number of distinct political registers that are deeply inscribed with both existential and theological discourses of insecurity. When sovereignty is flattened into these three ‘hygienic’ domains, establishing different ontological claims about the sources of political legitimacy, the theological and existential grammars of international security are overlooked.

 

Ethics and World Politics Seminar Series 21 September 2016

Ethics and World Politics Seminar Series

21st September 2016

10.30AM-5.00PM

Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester

SR 409 Garendon, Fourth Floor, Charles Wilson Building
University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH

We are pleased to announce our first Ethics and World Politics seminar, which will be an ongoing forum for scholars to present, discuss and develop the latest work on normative dimensions of world politics.

This session will feature:

Dr Thomas Moore (Westminster)

“The Myth of Security Exceptionalism: Critical Architectures for Global Ethics”

Dr Kelly Staples (Leicester)

“The European Refugee Crisis: Holding Responsible as Contingent Cosmopolitanism”

Dr Benjamin Holland (Nottingham)

“The Perpetual Peace Puzzle: Kant on Persons and States”

The seminar will kick off at 10.30AM and finish at 5.00PM, with refreshments and lunch provided. There will also be drinks after.

The event is free thanks to the generous support of BISA and Millennium: Journal of International Studies. We would, however, ask that you contact us to register for the event, so we can plan for lunch and the drinks receptoion accordingly.

BISA members who are postgraduate students or not in full-time employment are eligible to apply for a bursary to help cover travel costs. Please contact the organisers for details on how to request a bursary.

We look forward to welcoming you all in Leicester. If you have any questions please get in touch.

Email: ethicsbisa@gmail.com

Twitter: @ethicsBISA

Website: https://ethicsbisa.wordpress.com