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Calls for Papers





Call for Papers and Panels 

EISA Pan-European Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria 11-14 September 2019



Section 23: (In)Visible International Law


What do we see when we look at international law? Surely, there is a desire to be visible. International institutions’ commitments to ‘transparency’ and justice that is ‘seen to be done’ are invigorated by prominent architecture, YouTube channels, appearances in art exhibitions and films, which contribute to international law’s physical and virtual optic presence. At the same time, international law’s visibility is also a means to obscure. Institutions and professionals cultivate authoritative distance, secrecy and anonymity. Physical walls, classified information and controlled public appearances advance the communication of selective messages. This section explores the glitches in international law’s imagery; what do we see behind the façade, in between the aesthetic and the functional, the present and the evanescent, the visible and the invisible.


This section will host 5 panels concerned with theorizing and evaluating visualisations of international law. Proposed panel themes are:


-       (In)visible International Law in a Visual Age

-       (In)visible International Law as Spectacle

-       (In)visible International Law in Everyday Practices


-       (In)visible International Law : (In)audible International Law (see below)
        (convened by Elisabeth Schweiger, York University)

-       (In)visible International Law Artist Workshop : Visualising International Law
        (convened by Ben Stolk, visual artist)


-       Other: we also welcome full panel submissions. 


Section chairs: Sofia Stolk (T.M.C. Asser Institute) and Renske Vos (VU Amsterdam)


Deadline for submission: 28 February 2019. 


For further information see: www.eisapec19.org 




Call for Papers: (In)visibile International Law : (In)audible International Law

Panel at EISA Section 23: (In)Visible International Law (above) 


This panel explores the idea of writing/speaking/performing international politics and international law beyond academic style and disciplinary norms. We want to share our experiments in communicating our work in nonconventional academic forms, from pamphlets to blog posts, novels, comics and cartoons. The panel’s goal is to ask some fundamental questions about how knowledge is presented, in which forms, through which channels, and to what audience. It is also crucially about that which might not be heard otherwise. We are curious about the political, ethical and professional questions involved in writing in and beyond disciplinary norms and academic styles and want to explore the practical approaches we have taken and our experiments with different forms of communicating our research. We encourage submissions of work in any format, whether in an initial or completed stage.


For further information contact Elisabeth Schweiger: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Deadline for submission: 28 February 2019, www.eisapec19.org   



Section 30: Performing World Politics through Rituals 


This section explores the place of rituals in performing world politics. If rituals traditionally functioned to strengthen the bond between believers and their god(s), as Durkheim suggested, what role do they play in the enactment of contemporary World Political (dis-)orders? This section seeks to bring together recent scholarship that has developed around practices, materiality, institutions, performativity and aesthetics in IR (and beyond) to discuss this question. It invites both historically-oriented papers, and papers that discuss new ritualistic practices. It strives to engage and develop existing well-established theoretical perspectives on rituals, including but not limited to work by Jeffrey Alexander, Pierre Bourdieu, Catherine Bell, Judith Butler, Emile Durkheim, Clifford Geertz, Bruno Latour, Marcel Mauss, Michael Taussig or Victor Turner. Can a focus on rituals pave the way for better locating embodied, affective, sense-making in world politics? Can it reintroduce the place of the magical by moving theorizations of World Politics beyond “the rigid formal rationalization of human agency and social order” of classical modern cultural theory, on the one hand, and the “hyperintellectualization” of “high modern theories of culture” (as Reckwitz suggests)? And can a focus on rituals provide ways dealing with the unstable, messy patchwork that make up contemporary world politics (as Strathern, Mol, or Law migth phrase it)? Can a focus on rituals help us understand the ways in which we are indeed staying with the trouble (to use Haraway’s formulation)?


To address these questions we invite contributions reflecting on the performing of World Politics through rituals. The rituals may range from the mundane to the grandiose, from the religious to the theoretical and from the memorial to the racial. We envisage contributions focused on the widest possible variety of issues including diplomacy, international law, security, migration, digital communication, humanitarianism, peacekeeping, torture, or marketing. Full panel submissions are also welcome.


Section chairs:
Tanja Aalberts (VU Amsterdam) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Anna Leander (Graduate Institute, Geneva) anna.leander@graduateinstitute.ch


Deadline for submission: 28 February 2019www.eisapec19.org