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Leiden Workshop 2019

The Many Births of International Relations

Date: 16-17 May 2019

Place: Leiden University, The Netherlands


Some years ago, David Long and Brian Schmidt called upon International Relations (IR) scholars to march to the archives and get their ‘hands dirty by reading texts, journals, memoirs, and other sources that have been standing dormant on library shelves’. Scholars who have taken up that challenge have copiously questioned IR’s self-narratives, not least the idea that IR took ‘birth’ in 1919.

However, these archives – like much of this revisionist work – are primarily located in the Global North. Our understanding of how the discipline emerged in America and Europe has been significantly advanced, but there is still very little known about how IR arrived in the (former) colonies. As a field of enquiry that worked to transform the empire into the international in Britain, how did, for instance, IR emerge in places like South Africa where the ‘policy work’ of imperial imagination was already being sketched out by Anthropology? How did IR as a field of study define itself as a self-contained body of knowledge that is distinct from other social sciences in other parts of the world? The ideas of the ‘international’ travelled to different parts of the world through both official – universities, think-tanks, journals, and so on – as well as unofficial – private member groups, networks of individuals – channels. How did people, ideas and institutions come together to form a distinct discipline?

Taken together, how do these different stories of, what we generally see as a monolith, ‘International Relations’ hang together? What do they tell us about how IR as a discipline is understood and negotiated in different parts of the world? This workshop will draw together stories of the discipline’s emergence from several parts of the Global South.


16 May 2019

Venue: 2.60 (Conference Room), Huizinga Building

8:30 – 9:00

Introductory Remarks: Karen Smith and Vineet Thakur, Leiden University

9:00 – 11:30 Chair: Carolien Stolte (Leiden University)

Morten Valbjorn (Aarhus University)
Title: (Arab) Middle East IR: a young discipline with a long tradition

Siddharth Mallavarapu (Shiv Nadar University)
Title: A Disciplinary History of International Relations: Notes from India
Discussant: Karen Smith (Leiden University)

Zeyneb Gulsah Capan (University of Erfurt) and Türkan Özge Onursal-Beşgül (Istanbul Bilgi University)
Title: Debating the ‘international’: Turkey and the Formation of the discipline of IR
Discussant: Alexander Davis (La Trobe University)

11:30-12:00 Tea/coffee break

12:00 – 13: 30 Chair: Maxine David (Leiden University)

Timothy Vasko (Barnard College)
Title: Nature and the Native
Discussant: Türkan Özge Onursal-Beşgül (Istanbul Bilgi University)

Alexander Davis (La Trobe University)
Title: Settler Colonialism and imagining the 'International' in early Australian International Relations
Discussant: Timothy Vasko (Barnard College)

13:30-14:30 LUNCH

14:30- 16:00 Chair: Santino Regilme (Leiden University)

Arlene Tickner
Title: Styles of Thought in Latin American IR
Discussant: Carlos Milani (State University of Rio de Janeiro)

Carlos Milani (State University of Rio de Janeiro)
Title: The foundation of International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis in Brazil
Discussant: Zeynep Gulsah Capan (University of Erfurt)

16:30 onwards: Boat tour, followed by dinner at Surakarta, Noordeinde 51-53

17 May 2019

Venue: 148 Lipsius

8:30 – 10:45 Chair: Lindsay Black (Leiden University)

Kosuke Shimizu (Ryukoku University)
Title: The transcendental whole or mere contingency: the tragedy of the second generation of the Kyoto School philosophers
Discussant: Jungmin Seo (Yonsei University)

Jungmin Seo (Yonsei University)
Title: Indigenization of International Relations Theories in Korea: Essencializing Historical Experiences
Discussant: Hwang Yih-Jye (Leiden University)

Hwang Yih-Jye (Leiden University)
Rethinking the "Chinese School" of International Relations: A Critical Appraisal
Discussant: Kosuke Shimizu (Ryukoku University)

10:45-11:15 Tea/coffee break

11:15-12:45 Chair: Alanna O’Malley

Vineet Thakur (University of Leiden) and Peter Vale (University of Pretoria)
Title: The Mission that very nearly failed! The Founding of the South African Institute of International Affairs
Discussant: Thomas Kwasi Tieku (Western University)

Thomas Kwasi Tieku (Western University)
Title: The Legon School of IR
Discussant: Peter Vale (University of Pretoria)

12:45 – 13:15: Next Steps

13:15-14:00 LUNCH

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The Workshop was co-funded by:

The World International Studies Committee (WISC)

Research Specialization in International Relations, Leiden University

Institute for History, Leiden University

Leiden University Fund, Leiden University



International Relations Workshop: New Research Topics And Proposals

The Faculty of Finance, Government, and International Relations of Universidad Externado de Colombia, in partnership with the Colombian Network of International Relations (RedIntercol), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and with the support of the World International Studies Committee (WISC), invites university professors and researchers linked to the International Relations field, whose research interest is in teaching and/or International Relations theory, to participate in this workshop, which will be carried out in the city of Barranquilla (Colombia) on October 1-2, 2019.


  • Explore the alternatives and research proposals from different parts of the world that are expanding the field of study and analysis of International Relations, including: economic issues, climate change, international migration, international cooperation for development, the influence of ICT’s, cybersecurity, among others, that is to say, those study phenomena that are increasingly diversifying the theoretical-practical analysis.
  • To debate if theoretical pluralism is a valid proposal through which it is possible to give an answer to the classical and new problematics of the discipline.

Thematic tables

The workshop is structured around two thematic tables that will work simultaneously for one day. Each table will have between 12 and 15 participants.

Thematic table 1. New themes and actors / agents in the study of International Relations

  1. Is there a transformation in IR studies?
  2. Is there a thematic frontier of research in International Relations?

Objective: To identify how new topics have been incorporated into research in International Relations and the impact on their studies.

Invited professor and table coordinator: Mónica Herz, PhD in International relations. Associate Professor of the Institute of International Relations (IRI) at PUC-Rio.

Thematic table 2: Theoretical and methodological proposals in the advancement of the discipline.

  1. How are theories and methodologies in International Relations adapted to political, economic, or socio-cultural changes?
  2. What is the relationship between academic research and political practice?

Objective: To debate the theoretical and methodological currents most used in the research in International Relations with a view to identify if scientific production in the field of study responds to some of the academic curricula of the universities of the participants.

Invited professor and table coordinator: José Antonio Sanahuja, PhD in Political Sciences (International Relations). Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Sociology and Political Sciences, Complutense University of Madrid and Director of the Carolina Foundation.


  • Those interested in participating in thematic table 1 must submit an abstract of no more than 300 words answering one of the following questions:
  1. Is there a transformation in IR studies?
  2. Is there a thematic frontier of research in international relations?
  • Those interested in participating in thematic table 2 must submit an abstract of no more than 300 words answering one of the following questions:
  1. How are theories and methodologies in International Relations adapted to political, economic, or socio-cultural changes?
  2. What is the relationship between academic research and political practice?
  • With the abstract, each participant must include a personal presentation of no more than 200 words (with contact information).
  • The required documentation must be sent in a single pdf file, no later than Friday, March 1, 2019, to the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “Call workshop. Table (#)”.
  • All abstracts received will be evaluated by the academic committee, composed of the following members:
Martha Ardila, PhD. Coordinator of the Observatory in International Systems Analysis (OASIS), Universidad Externado de Colombia - Bogotá

Arlene Tickner, PhD. Research Director, Faculty of Political Science, Government, and International Relations, Universidad del Rosario – Bogotá

Luis Fernando Vargas-Alzate, PhD. President of the Colombian Network of International Relations (RedIntercol).
  • The call is made to those with a future interest to participate in a joint publication led by Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Scholarships and financing

The organizers of the workshop will offer 6 scholarships for those who are selected to participate and present an original and innovative proposal:

  1. Three for Colombian researchers (transport and accommodation).
  2. Three scholarships for researchers outside of Colombia (transport and accommodation).

Project coordinator

Paula Ruiz


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Dushanbe Workshop 2019

Neighborhoods and Regionalisms: Shifting Borderlines of Inclusion and Exclusion in Central Asia

Date: 3-4 April 2019

Deadline for proposals: February 15, 2019

Place: Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Workshop announcement

This workshop will be co-organized by the World International Studies Committee (WISC) in cooperation with the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at University of Tartu. It intends to give an analytical perspective on the dynamics of different types, forms and modalities of regionalism unfolding in Central Asia where local agency intersects with policies of major power holders. These cooperative and conflictual encounters can be conceptualized as a series of neighborhoods that differently link and relate major actors – China, Russia, Turkey, and Iran - to each other and thus shape these interconnections as areas of inclusion and exclusion, bordering and debordering, securitization and desecuritization.

The workshop plot draws upon a rich legacy of studies in region-(un)making that became one of the buzz words after the end of the Cold War, with the EU being widely considered as a pioneer and a locomotive of regional integration in those spaces where EU-centered normative order could be projected. However, in recent years a new set of questions is being raised: how feasible might be alternative regional projects beyond the West? How important regional dimensions could be for a “post-liberal” and apparently “multi-order” world? Can illiberal political regimes develop their own visions and conceptualizations of regionalism and policies of neighborhood?

Against the backdrop of these main questions, the organizing team wishes to focus on the following landmarks:

  • to discuss the variety of regionalisms and neighborhoods in the light of the most recent trends in – and factors of - major actors’ international policies (authoritarian devolution in Turkey and Russia, new economic projects launched by China, different conceptualizations of Eurasianism, etc.);
  • to unpack the logic behind the ‘old’ and ‘new’ (emerging) models /forms of regionalism developing at the intersections / meeting points of major actors’ zones of interest and influence;
  • to look at these regionalisms and neighborhoods as phenomena of their own, capable of fostering political changes beyond the West, and in particular in the “global South”.

Thus, the structure of the workshop will reflect the basic points we seek to elucidate and understand:

  • What Central Asia can tell us about the post-liberal international order and its prospects?
  • What are the major factors of change in the region in course of the post-Cold
  • War decades, how predictable / unpredictable they were?
  • How Central Asia might fit in a new type of international order viewed through post-liberal lens?
  • Are regional actors to adapt to the dominant structures of power, or to generate / amplify the post-liberal momentum?
  • How the concepts of regionalism and regionalization can be applied toward China’s economic policies and projects in this region?
  • Can Central Asia be considered as a meeting point for regionalist strategies developed by external powers?
  • And, in a wider sense, how can we look at some other regions (in particular, the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Middle East and the Black Sea area) from a post-liberal perspective, and how the securitization momentum can be related to post-liberalism?

Since these questions are explicitly multi-disciplinary in their conceptual underpinnings, we are eager to bring together a team of contributors coming from various academic backgrounds – comparative politics, foreign policy analysis, international political economy, and cultural studies and sociology. This combination of variegated approaches might be instrumental in uncovering different sides and angles of regionalism and spatiality in Central Asia and beyond, and thus giving more multidimensional vistas to all participants. The workshop will serve as a key point in the process of publishing a special issue in a well reputed peer-reviewed international journal, or an edited volume with one of the leading global publishers.

Prof. Andrey Makarychev, Tartu Ülikool
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Workshop program

Venue: Hall Nilufar, Dushanbe Serena Hotel, 14 Rudaki Avenue, Dushanbe, Tajikistan 734013

Day 1 (April 3)

10:00 – Registration, morning coffee and opening of the workshop

10:30 – Session 1: “Theories, Concepts and Vocabularies of Central Asian Regionalism”

  • Dr. Filippo Costa Buranelli (University of St Andrews, UK): “International Society and Central Asia – The Brotherly Republics?”
  • Dr. Diana T. Kudaibergenova (University of Cambridge, UK): “Routes, Connections and Hubs in the Inter-Asian Context”
  • Thomas Linsenmaier (University of Tartu, Estonia): "Russia's Revolt against the West: the Central Asian Dimension"
  • Prof Andrey Makarychev (University of Tartu, Estonia): “Central Asia: between the post-Soviet and the post-colonial”

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – Session 2: «Integration and Institutions”

  • Prof Tran Viet Dung (Ho Chi Minh City University, Vietnam): “Development of ASEAN Economic Community: Experiences for the Central Asia’s regional cooperation”
  • Dr. Shiva Alizadeh (University of Tehran, Iran): «Developmental Motivations and Central Asian Integration”
  • Dr. Gulnara Dadabayeva (KIMEP University, Kazakhstan): “Eurasian Union: Is It an Attempt to Restore a Soviet Union?”
  • Dr. Karolina Kluczewska (University of Paris 13, France): “Development aid in Tajikistan 1991-2018 and local perceptions of regional organizations”
  • Dr. Volkan Ipek (Yeditepe University, Turkey): “Kazakhstan’s foreign policy towards Sub-Saharan African states”

17:00 Tea time and socializing

Day 2 (April 4) for invited speakers

10:00 – 11:30 Round table: “International Relations and the Home-Grown Knowledge in the Global South: Towards a Comparative Framework for Analysis”

12.00 – 13:00 Publication plans and closing discussion

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Quito Workshop 2018

International Relations as a field of study seeks to understand how the peoples of the world interact so as to prevent or decrease conflict, yet this discipline arises out of a particular socio-cultural context imbued in the Judeo-Christian tradition. As such, this panel explores how these roots affect our ability to understand “Others” and our relations to them and offers lessons from alternate worldviews.

This will be a free event.
Please, register here https://tinyurl.com/irdifferentlyUSFQ/

Doing IR Differently

(Doing IR from Diverse Ways of Knowing)

Writing Workshop

Universidad San Francisco de Quito

GAIAS campus, San Cristóbal, Galápagos, Ecuador

20-24 July 2018

Sessions Summary







Fri. July 20




Personal exchange





Welcome toast on the beach, enjoy the boardwalk to dinner

Sat. July 21




Panels x 30 min each (below)





Panels x 30 min each (below)





Panels x 30 min each (below)





Pre-dinner walk to see sunset from edge of island

Sun. July 22




Interpretation/Analysis – What does it mean to do IR differently from all of our particular angles?





Intervention by ISP editorial team / Discuss implications for publications



Playa Chino


Outing that includes lunch in a beautiful outdoor restaurant, visit to the turtle conservation unit and a nice beach

Mon. July 23




Work with editors / Work alone – coffee break at 10





Explorations in diverse ways of knowing: Concept development, Methodology, Pedagogy, Curricular development, career development for students





Pedagogical experimentation

Tues. July 24




Collective encounter



Session 2 – July 21, 8:00-10:00


Siba N. Grovogui

Lest We Bark Up The Wrong Tree: On Reconstructing the ‘Science’ of International Relations


Amaya Querejazu & Arlene Tickner

Encounters of difference: The creation of the global when different worlds interact


Amy Niang

The Thinking and Doing of IR and the Crisis of Community


Giorgio Shani

From Ontological to Cosmological Security? Sikhi(sm) and Post-Western IR

Session 3 – July 21, 10:30-12:30


Jarrad Reddekop

Reckoning with Ontological Disagreement: Lessons from Quichua Relationality


Kosuke Shimizu

Different concepts of time, same type of sovereignty: the lessons from the Kyoto School experience


María Giulianna Zambrano Morillo

Doing IR for a Broader Audience: Academic research in non-academic formats and platforms


Tamara Trownsell

Ontological Competence: A key ingredient for doing IR differently

Session 4 – July 21, 2:00-4:30


Navnita Behera

Retooling the Frames of IR Pedagogy


David Blaney

Teaching IR Differently


Isaac Kamola

Defetishizing IR: The First Step in Decolonizing an American Social Science


Zeynep Gulsah Capan

Constitutive Difference, Constituting Difference

Prague Workshop 2018

The second workshop of the Early Career Researchers (ECR) Workshops 2017-18 took place from 10-12 September 2018 at the University of Economics in Prague.

We are grateful to the University's Faculty of International Relations for hosting this workshop.


University of Economics, Main Conference Room
New Building, number NB244, second floor

Monday 10 September 2018

10:00 Introduction:

Pinar Bilgin, Stefano Guzzini, Gunther Hellmann, Karen Smith
Brief introductions/ updates of participants

10:15 Session 1:

Zeynep Gulsah Capan, Istanbul Bilgi University
"Connected Histories of the International"
Discussant: Atsuko Watanbe

Atsuko Watanabe, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
"For a Method of Global Intellectual History: A Pragmatist Approach"
Discussant: Zeynep Gulsah Capan

12:00 Lunch

13:30 Session 2:

Liberty Chee, University of Amsterdam
" ‘Supermaids‘: Hyper-Resilient Subjects in Private Space of Insecurity"
Discussant: Aliaksei Kazharski

Aliaksei Kazharski, Charles University in Prague/Comenius University in Bratislava
"Civilizations as Ontological Security. Stories of the Russian Trauma"
Discussant: Liberty Chee

15:15 Break -- Coffee/ Tea

15:45 Session 3:

Renata Summa, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
"Re-Imagining Spaces Thought Contemporary Bordering Spaces"
Discussant(s): Vineet Thakur

Vineet Thakur, University of Leiden, and Sasikumar Sundaram, University of Sao Paulo (USP)
"Exceptions and Conceptual Content in Practice Theorizing: Understanding Practitioners Negotiation of ‚Race‘ in International Politics"
Discussants: Renata Summa and Amya Agarwal

17:30 End First Day

Tuesday 11 September 2018

10:00 Session 1:

Amya Agarwal, University of Delhi, Jesus and Mary College
"An Indian Perspective on the Masculine State in Conflict"
Discussant: Sasikumar Sundaram

Yvonne Chiu, Institute for Advanced Study
"Bridging Social Justice and Global Justice in Chinese Just War Theory"
Discussant: Mohamed Sesay

Mohamed Sesay, McGill University
"International Justice Contestation: Africa is not Just a Justice Norm Taker"
Discussant: Yvonne Chiu

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Session 2:

Ian S. Patel, London School of Economics
"Historicising Liberalism: Secularism and Rule of Law in Context"
Discussant: Mine Nur Kucuk

Mine Nur Kucuk, Bilkent University
"The Conceptions of 'The International' in Turkey"
Discussant: Ian S. Patel

15:45 Coffee/ Tea Break

16:15 Next Steps – Publication Strategy

17:30 End Workshop


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