GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCESPHD PROGRAM IN AREA STUDIES


Call for Papers - AREA STUDIES AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: INTERSECTING DIMENSIONS


The annual METU Conference on International Relations will be held between the 17th and 19th of June 2015, marking its 14th year. The theme of this year`s conference is “Area Studies and International Relations: Intersecting Dimensions.” 

 

Draft Program (Updated 27.05.2015)


In recent years there has been a growing understanding that area studies as an interdisciplinary field and traditional disciplines mutually contribute and enrich each other’s field of study. The link between international relations and area studies is particularly distinct in this respect. While the modes of scientific inquiry are different in area studies and international relations, the subject of their inquiry often overlaps: the interaction of peoples and institutions within and across regions. Armed with different but compatible conceptualizations and methodologies, these two fields produce not contradictory but complementary scientific knowledge. An increased collaboration between these two fields would contribute to our understanding of regions in our contemporary world.

 

Although international relations has a rich history of interacting with other disciplines such as sociology and political science, such an intersection with area studies expands the methodological horizons of the international relations, exposing it to methods and techniques ranging as wide as anthropology, history, literature and urban politics. At the same time it expands the horizons of area studies, underlining the interconnectedness of areas both historically as well as in contemporary world, carving out new spaces, international and transnational, for the study of traditionally regional issues. Overall, this provides and further promises theoretically innovative yet empirically in-depth studies that are grounded in their areas but that also contribute to the debates of international relations.

 

In the conference, there will be both panels and concurrent workshops on multiple areas (Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and Africa), as well as hosting keynote speeches.

 

Besides panels and workshops that reflect the most recent debates in their subject areas, there will also be a round table focusing on theoretically and methodologically informed discussions of area studies and international relations.

 

This conference will host only a limited number of selected panels and workshops to achieve an environment that enables in-depth discussions on each paper. We expect each panel and workshop to produce an edited volume therefore all applications will be evaluated according to their publication prospects. 

 

We invite individual paper proposals and/or panel proposals. Please send your proposal directly to the irconf@metu.edu.tr before March 30th, 2015.  

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION


An application should include:
1. The paper/panel title
2. A short abstract including methodology, main assumptions and conclusions of paper (2500 characters maximum)

3. Author/participant name(s) and institutional affiliations
4. A one paragraph biographical statement of each participant (not a detailed CV)

5. Author/participant e-mail addresses (essential), telephone and fax numbers
6. Any audio-visual equipment requests (if applicable)

 

CONFERENCE TIMETABLE


30 March 2015: Final date for submission of panel proposals and paper abstracts

10 April 2014: Authors will be informed of acceptance of their applications

15 April-31 May 2014: Early Registration Period

1 June 2014: Submission of full papers

1 -17 June 2014: Late Registration Period

17-19 June 2015: Conference

VENUE


The Conference will be held at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences B-Building, of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

 

REGISTRATION

Conference Registration Fees

Early Registration Fee: € 100
Student Fee: € 50
Late Registration Fee: € 150

Registration fee include reception, conference dinner, refreshments and conference materials. Those who do not wish to make use of these facilities may participate to the panels as listeners without any payment.

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

Accommodation costs will be covered by the participants. Details of the accommodation information will be provided to the participants after the acceptance of the paper proposals.

 

TRAVEL

 

Travel costs will be covered by the participants. Details of the travel information and how to reach to Ankara and the venue will be available here.

 

WEB SITE http://ir.metu.edu.tr/metu-conferences-international-relations

 

SECRETARIAT OF THE M.E.T.U. CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Department of International Relations
Middle East Technical University
06800 Ankara, Turkey

Tel: +90 312 210 70 56, +90 312 210 20 16 Fax: +90 312 210 79 83
E-mail: irconf@metu.edu.tr