ISA CISS/IDSS Bologna 2017: Call for Proposals

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The deadline for paper/panel submissions is Sunday, February 26th. [UPDATED]


The Comparative and Interdisciplinary Studies Section (CISS), in collaboration with the School of Political Science at the University of Bologna and its Department of Political and Social Sciences, is organizing a conference on Cooperation and Contestation in World Politics.

The conference will critically examine the interplay between conflict and cooperation in key issue areas of world affairs. More specifically, it will analyze and assess the factors that are relevant to our understanding of how state and non-state entities cooperate and compete in their efforts to address challenges and advance or undermine resolutions to problems of common concern. The organizers welcome the exploration of these issues from a variety of perspectives (security studies, international law, philosophy, economics, organization theory, human rights, critical theory, and religious studies) and invite interdisciplinary proposals employing various conceptual and methodological approaches. All types of submissions (individual papers, panel proposals, and roundtables) are welcome. Panel and roundtable proposals must include at least three papers, a chair and a discussant (the chair may also serve either as a paper presenter or as a discussant). Proposals may address a broad range of issues including, but not limited, to:

  • Contending approaches to understandings of cooperation and conflict;
  • Role of state and non-state actors; 
  • The manifestations and effects of legalization;
  • The legacy of colonialism and the post-colonial experience;
  • The strengths and limitations of democratic peace theory; 
  • Challenges in addressing traditional and non-traditional threats; 
  • Secular v. religious approaches to conflict resolution; 
  • Development assistance and its limitations; 
  • Rethinking cooperation and conflict in the world of ICTs; 
  • Pluralism and Monism in World Politics; 
  • The continuing relevance of Diplomacy; 
  • The Art(s) of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; 
  • Affect and Global Conflict; 
  • Justice v. Order in the world community.

Proposal Types


Papers are the foundation of the conference and can be submitted individually or within a larger panel proposal. Papers generally need a title, abstract, three tags and the author(s) to submit. Titles need to be less than 50 words and abstracts need to be less than 200 words.

Note that, if you have a paper that was submitted on a panel, you should not submit the paper independently a second time. 


Panels must have a title, abstract and tag words as well as 3-4 papers (complete with title, tags, abstract and authors) and at least 1 chair and discussant. Titles need to be less than 50 words and abstracts need to be less than 250 words.

Please note that papers submitted on panels should not be submitted a second time independently of the panel. If the panel is not accepted, the papers submitted on the panel go into the normal wait pool with all of our other papers.


Roundtables are similar to panels but participants do not present papers. At least 1 chair and 3 participants are needed to submit a panel, along with title, tags and abstract. Titles need to be less than 50 words and abstracts need to be less than 250 words.