Date: 2015-09-08
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Catégorie: Call for Papers
Sujet: Call for Papers - Resilience and World Politics

Call for Papers
3rd European Workshop in International Studies (EWIS)
Tubingen, Germany, 6-8 April 2016

Resilience and World Politics


Workshop convener:
Philippe Bourbeau
(University of Cambridge)


Resilience has gained substantial traction in international politics of late. This scholarship has sparked debates concerning the meaning of resilience and how scholars should go about studying it. 


IR scholars have employed resilience to describe the actions employed by individuals/groups in the face of economic liberalization and labor market reforms. Others have highlighted the utterly positive influence of resilience on individuals caught up in violent conflicts, while still others have underscored the role of resilience in counter-terrorism strategies and management infrastructure responses.


At the same time as these issues are being explored, new terms of dispute are drawing a dividing line. Scholars attuned to Michel Foucault’s governmentality thesis argue that resilience is a product of contemporary neoliberalism and constitutes a strategy permitting states to abdicate responsibility in times of crisis. For these scholars, beneath resilience lurks a dehumanizing political agenda and a strategy for creating unequal regimes of power. In contrast, other scholars have proposed a different socio-political story of the connections between resilience and international politics. They argue that although resilience may be in some instances a neoliberal device for governance, it has a wider range of meanings as well; reducing resilience to a neoliberal product limits more than it reveals in the context of international politics. 


The objective of the workshop is to bring together these two understandings of the link between resilience and world politics, bolster the dialogue between them, and evaluate the added value (or lack thereof) of a resilience approach to international studies. 


Deadline for proposal: 2 October 2015.
Proposal must be submitted via this link: 


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