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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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Call For Hosts (February 2018)


The aim of “WISC Exploratory Workshops” is to complement WISC’s activities beyond the major global conferences taking place every three years. For this purpose WISC has set aside funding in order to co-sponsor activities by WISC member associations or other initiatives in the field of International Studies, especially in the Global South. Past workshops have taken place in Cancún, Delhi, Taipei, Goa and Johannesburg.

This “Call” invites WISC member associations, IR departments or other institutions or initiatives in the field of International Studies to submit applications for hosting workshops. The format for the envisaged “Exploratory Workshops” is flexible as far as size and thematic focus is concerned. Ideally the workshops should take place in the Global South and provide an opportunity for participants, especially from the Global South, to meet in order to explore themes of common interest in international studies. Participants can, for instance, meet to explore one overarching theme or they can gather in smaller groups in parallel on separate projects ranging from exploring initial ideas for collaborative research projects based on memos or “thinking pieces” by participants to the presentation of full-fledged papers on more advanced collaborative projects. The envisaged time for these workshops to take place is the second half of 2018 or 2019.

In their application prospective hosts should

  • specify a venue in an accessible location in the Global South;
  • specify the dates, format and thematic focus/ foci of the workshop(s);
  • name an individual responsible for all aspects of local organization;
  • be ready to organize all aspects of the respective workshops locally (lodging, board, meeting rooms etc.);
  • indicate what financial and/or in-kind resources will be mobilized locally to subsidize the event in addition to what WISC will be able to provide;
  • provide a budget detailing all local costs (including rough estimates of travel expenses of possible participants) as well as sources and amounts of financial and/or in-kind resources to subsidize the “Exploratory Workshops”.

WISC will sign a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the successful host(s) detailing the respective commitments. This Memorandum will also spell out the overall financial support to be provided by WISC. Since the calculation of costs to WISC depends on the number of workshops and the home base of the participating scholars (and their individual budgets) the financial part of the Memorandum can only be finalized (as far as WISC’s contribution is concerned) when the actual workshop participants have been accepted. WISC expects that its subsidies are used economically and that participants demonstrate a genuine interest in participating in these workshops by covering a certain portion of the overall cost from their personal resources.

Queries about initial ideas for hosting workshops and/ or applications should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline has been extended until June 15, 2018.

Decisions will be communicated in July 2018.

Please feel free to circulate this “Call” widely.

Guidelines for WISC Workshops

The goal of WISC workshops should be to further develop a global community of International Studies with a particular focus on those countries, regions and IR associations/ institutions that have started or are willing to reach a more visible role in our discipline and to increase cooperation as related to teaching and research. In working towards that goal WISC aims at optimizing synergies with and among its members.

WISC has tried different forms of collaboration in workshops in Cancun, Delhi, Goa and Johannesburg. Based on the lessons learned, WISC will be guided by the following principles in its decision-making processes on workshops:

a) Location: WISC decides on locations for WISC-sponsored workshops based on a) proposals received from IR institutions or IR regional associations, and/or b) open calls. Workshops entail a shared responsibility between the local association/institution and WISC.

b) Participants in workshops: In order to reach out to larger and more plural audiences, “calls” should in principle be open to all interested scholars based on the subjects and the deadlines determined for each workshop.

c) Thematic areas: The main goal is to explore research projects in IR which provide innovative and pluralistic perspectives. WISC is open to all types of theories and methodologies and does not side with any particular perspective or approach.

d) Financial support: Local organizers and/or participants will provide most of the logistical and financial support.  WISC financial contribution will vary depending on particular cases.

e) Output: The expectation is that the workshop will produce some type of output (eg. publication, initiation of research networks, subsequent regional conference, etc.).

f) Globalizing local IR communities: WISC focuses on facilitating cooperation among and incentivizing of IR communities and welcomes the work and initiatives of local organizers of different types (institutions, WISC members, etc.).

Workshop on “Teaching IR Globally”


The “World International Studies Committee” (WISC) and the “Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study” (JIAS) will organize a Workshop on “Teaching IR Globally” from 22–25 January 2018. IR scholars from a variety of countries (see below for a complete list of countries) will discuss how “International Relations” (IR) as an academic discipline is and should be taught globally. Is or must IR teaching necessarily be biased towards a “national” perspective or is it possible (and if so how) to break free from a “methodological nationalism” in which so many academics in the social sciences and humanities seem to be trapped? If a “view from nowhere” is impossible, how should the discipline reflect on this (potentially) inevitable perspectivity?

WISC seeks to bring together academics globally to explore different aspect of international studies from a multitude of perspectives. This includes especially scholars from the Global South. With this goal in mind WISC has already funded a variety of so-called “Exploratory Workshops” in the Global South. Two international workshops for Early Career Researchers on the theme “World Order and Peace. International Politics in the 21st Century in a Global Perspective” will be co-sponsored in December 2017 and later in 2018. Collaboration with JIAS on the workshop “Teaching IR Globally” is part of this endeavor of reaching out beyond the Northern hemisphere.

Final List of Participants

  • Jacqueline De Matos Ala
  • Alexander Astrov
  • Navnita Behera
  • Siba Grovogui
  • Gunther Hellmann
  • Benjamin Herborth
  • Amy Niang
  • Meera Sabaratnam
  • Karen Smith
  • Arlene B. Tickner
  • Ole Weaver
  • Heloise Weber
  • Martin Weber
  • Peter Vale


Updated Version of the Program

(Sat, 20 Jan 2018)

Monday, 22 January 2018


Participants arrive

13:00 – 14:00

Light Lunch

14:15 – 15:30

Opening Session:

- Welcome (Peter Vale and Gunther Hellmann)

- Theme and Aim of the Workshop

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00

Workshop Session I: Delimiting the Subject Matter: ‘International Relations’

Speakers: Siba Grovogui, Meera Sabaratnam and Ole Wæver


Dinner at JIAS catered by "Lucky Bean"

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

7:30 – 8:45


09:00 – 10:30

Workshop Session II: ‘Introducing’ IR at BA Level – Theory and Subject Matter

Speakers: Jacqui Ala, Navnita Behera, Gunther Hellmann

10:30 – 11:00   

Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00

Workshop Session III: Teaching/ Introducing IR at MA level

Speakers: Alexander Astrov, Amy Niang, Karen Smith

13:00 – 14:30


14:30 – 18:00

Excursion to Apartheid Musuem


Dinner at “Dosa Hut”

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

7:30 – 08:45


09:00 – 10:30

Workshop Session IV: Special Themes at MA Level

Speakers: Arlene Tickner, Heloise Weber

10:30 – 11:00   

Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00

Workshop Session V: Research Design, Methods and Didactics

Speakers: Benjamin Herborth, Martin Weber

13:00 – 14:30


14:30 – 18:30

Excursion to Soweto


Dinner Johannesburg Country Club

Thursday, 25 January 2018

7:30 – 08:45


09:00 – 10:30

Workshop Session VI: IR, ‘Science’, Epistemology and all that

Speakers: Everybody – Key Question: (How) Should we relate in terms of teaching?

10:30 – 11:00   

Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00

Workshop Concluding Session

13:00 – 14:30



Free Time / Participants prepare for departure



WISC ECR Workshop, Goa 2017


Workshop for “Early Career Researchers” in International Relations (IR)

World Order and Peace. International Politics in the 21st Century in a Global Perspective

co-organized by

Goa University

Goa, India, 5-7 December 2017


DAY 1 (Tuesday, 5 December)

9:00-9:45 Introductions
Prof. Varun Sahni, Vice Chancellor, Goa University
Prof. Rahul Tripathi, University of Goa
Prof. Navnita Behera, University of Delhi
Prof. Gunther Hellmann, Goethe University Frankfurt / WISC

9:45-11:15 SESSION 1
Daniel F. Wajner, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
International legitimacy and conflict resolution: analyzing legitimation dynamics during peace negotiations in
intractable conflicts
Discussant: Raoul Bunskoek

Raoul Bunskoek, National Taiwan University
Strategic impasse: deconstructing US-China encounters in the South China Sea
Discussant: Daniel F. Wajner

11:15-11:30 Tea/coffee break

11:30-13:00 SESSION 2
Yvonne Chiu, University of Hong Kong
Post-modern and unconventional warfare and the ethics of a “fair fight”
Discussant: Ian Patel

Ian Patel, SOAS, University of London
Post-conflict transformation: justice versus national security
Discussant: Yvonne Chiu

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 SESSION 3

Liberty Chee, Ateneo de Manila University
Governing at the margins: heterogeneous practices of power in the migration industry of Southeast Asia
Discussant: Raslan Ibrahim

Raslan Ibrahim, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Sovereignty, intervention and regional order in the Arab state system
Discussant: Liberty Chee

15:30-16:00 Tea/coffee break

16:00-17:30 SESSION 4

Nicholas Idris Erameh, University of Ibadan
Cosmopolitanism, responsibility to protect and the Libya intervention: a reassessment
Discussant: Claudia Fuentes Erameh

Claudia Fuentes Julio, PUC-Rio de Janeiro
Human rights and foreign policy: do new democracies contribute to peace?
Discussant: Nicholas Idris Erameh

DAY 2 (Wednesday, 6 December)

9:00-10:30 SESSION 1

Adam Moe Fejerskov, Danish Institute for International Studies
Behaving like a state: the Gates Foundation and homogenization in international relations
Discussant: Amya Agarwal

Amya Agarwal, University of Delhi, Institute for Research on India and International Studies
An Indian perspective on the relationship between masculinity and International Relations
Discussant: Adam Moe Fejerskov

10:30-11:00 Tea/coffee break

11:00-12:30 SESSION 2

Ananya Sharma, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Vectors of peace: alternatives, alterities, anthropologies
Discussant: Mohamed Sesay

Mohamed Sesay, McGill University
Changing ICC/African relations: international norm strengthening or weakening?
Discussant: Ananya Sharma

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:45 SESSION 3

Obert Hodzi, University of Helsinki
Peace in a changing global order: rising powers and intervention in foreign armed conflicts
Discussant: Sasikumar S. Sundaram

Sasikumar S. Sundaram, Univates, Brasil
Reputation, rising powers, and global governance: a pragmatic analysis of commitments of Brazil and India on humanitarian crises abroad
Discussant: Thuy T. Do

Thuy T. Do, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam
Middle powers and the evolving Asia-Pacific multilateralism: the cases of Australia and Vietnam
Discussant: Obert Hodzi

15:45-16:00 Tea/coffee break

16:00-17:30 SESSION 4

Anagha Ingole, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Is a global theory explaining religious resurgence in international politics possible?
Discussant: Aliaksei Kazharski

Aliaksei Kazharski, Comenius University in Bratislava
Pax Russica, Mundus Russicus? the Russian world and doctrines of global civilization pluralism
Discussant: Anagha Ingole

DAY 3 (Thursday, 7 December)

9:00-10:30 SESSION 1

Zeynep Gulsah Capan, Istanbul Bilgi University
The rise of the ‘global’ and connected histories of the international
Discussant: Vineet Thakur

Vineet Thakur, Leiden University
Internationalism as emancipation: anti-colonial thought and the spectre of nationalism
Discussant: Zeynep Gulsah Capan

10:30-11:00 Tea/coffee break

11:00-12:30 SESSION 2

Renata Summa, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Bordering practices in the Global South: contemporary claims about order, violence and control
Discussant: Atsuko Watanabe

Atsuko Watanabe, University of Warwick
A conceptual history of 'territory': envisaging global politics beyond the Westphalian system of nation-states?
Discussant: Renata Summa

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 SESSION 3

Mine Nur Kucuk, Bilkent University
The conceptions of “the international” beyond the core: the case of Turkey
Discussant: Manish Kumar

Manish Kumar, University of Delhi
Reimagining ‘post-Western’ international politics through ancient Indian notions of dharma
Discussant: Mine Nur Kucuk

15:00-15:30 Tea/coffee break

15:30-16:00 Conclusion – Next Steps

Prof. Pinar Bilgin, Bilkent University, Ankara
Prof. Gunther Hellmann, Goethe University Frankfurt
Prof. Karen Smith, Leiden University