CfP “Contemporary Challenges in the field of Non-Proliferation/Arms Control Policy and EU Responses”

We are pleased to announce a Working Group 1 (New Realities)-workshop in Vienna on 26 and 27 February 2020.

This workshop aims to thorough discussions of the contemporary challenges in the field of non-proliferation and arms control diplomacy. The workshop will thus have sessions on the upcoming NPT review conference and its likely outcome as well as sessions on the state of contemporary arms control, focusing on what’s up and down after the fate of the ABM and INF treaties, the Iran deal in tatters, the North Korea no-deal and the MTCR seriously challenged. How do participants read the situation and how do they see likely developments?

The workshop will also have an EU perspective, not least in terms of analysing the EU’s performance in the field on international non-proliferation policy, a field in which the EU during the last few decades has engaged ever more and, at the same time, continuously experienced the constraints that characterize highly state-centric diplomatic practices.

Finally, the workshop will focus on characterizing the strategic environment in which non-proliferation diplomacy is situated. While such diplomacy emerged during the Cold War and developed further in long shadows of Cold War, perhaps we are now in a completely non-Cold War era, characterized by a difficult to read US, a more assertive Russia and an emerging superpower China.

The call for papers is now open.

Please refer to the link below.


CfP “Contestation and politicization of EU foreign policy: New realities or same old?”

We are pleased to announce a Working Group 3 (Contestation)-workshop in Vienna on 26 and 27 February 2020.

Contestation and politicization are ubiquitous in the fields of International Relations and European Studies. The distinct strands of literature that analyze how international norms and institutions, globalization, and European integration are contested have soared. Slower but steadily, interest has also grown on how this affects EU foreign policy, since it is situated at the intersection of many of these concerns. Interest in contestation and politicization has increased substantially among EU foreign policy scholars. From TTIP to the Global Compact for Migration, from the relationship with Russia to climate change, many issues appear now more open to contention than they used to be. Some of the mechanisms that facilitated agreement among EU Member States seem to be on the verge of collapse, some previously consensual issues have now become controversial, and in some specific cases the level of mass engagement and public debate is (nearly) unprecedented.

Nonetheless, reasonable doubts can be raised as regards the novelty and conceptual clarity of this line of research. The terms contestation and politicization sometimes are used interchangeably, which in itself should be a source of concern. They can also be used in ways that make them difficult to distinguish from intra-EU disagreement and politics more generally, which leads to the question of whether this most recent wave of interest in political conflict on EU foreign policy is really onto something new, or whether this is just old wine in new wineskins.

The workshop will address this need for conceptualization and at the same time look at the changing politics of EU foreign policy, with the aim of making a contribution that helps shape up existing literature. In order to foster a greater degree of consistency in our discussions, the co-convenors will circulate a concept paper well ahead of the workshop and will invite all participants to speak to (some of) its proposals and questions. We aim to make progress towards a publication project that will further be discussed during the workshop.

The call for papers is now open.

Please refer to the link below.

Call for papers WG3 Vienna

CfP Workshop and Winter Training School in Aarhus in November 2019!

We are pleased to announce a workshop and a winter training school in Aarhus in November 2019. The calls for papers are now open. Please refer to the links below.

Workshop: Theorizing New Realities – EU foreign policy facing new challenges

Winter Training School: Images of Europe at Times of Global Challenges: Perceptions of EU (foreign) policy making inside and outside Europe – Theoretical, Methodological and Empirical Reflections

We look forward to receiving your applications!