Call for Section Chairs

The academic programme for the conference will be organised in the usual SGIR format of sections composed of panels. The conference can host up to 30 parallel sections. A section may consist of either five or ten 105-minute panel sessions during the programme. Each 105-minute panel should comprise four to five papers plus discussant and chair.

The tasks for a section chair include:

  • proposing a section around a theme; populating some panels at the proposal stage; maintaining a balance between established and new-coming scholars, and postgraduate students;
  • composing the rest of the section’s program, by selecting papers that were proposed in response to the call for papers;
  • identifying panel chairs and discussants;
  • taking overall responsibility for the actual execution of their section’s contribution to the conference programme. This final task includes the selection of best paper by a research student in their section.

Proposals for sections should include:

  1. Name, institutional affiliation and email address of the proposed section chair(s).
  2. Proposed section title and summary of its theme(s) and rationale(s) (no more than 250 words). Please state here if your proposed section is to contain 5 or 10 panels.
  3. Tentative indication of possible panels (panels do not need to be complete, and nor do we require a full list of panels, but a minimum of two papers per panel is desirable). This could, if you so wish, include roundtables (in which case please indicate at least two members of the roundtable line-up).

Proposals should be submitted to

As noted above, participants are especially invited to respond to the conference theme, but we welcome proposals on all aspects of scholarship interested in the study of international relations. For example (this list is not exhaustive):

Area Studies
Conflict Management
Ethnicity and Nationalism
Foreign Policy Analysis
Gender Studies
Global Governance
History & IR
Human Rights
Intelligence Studies
International Communications
International Law
International Organisations
International Political Economy
International Political Sociology
International Political Theory
International Relations Theory
Peace Research
Security Studies

The closing date for section proposals was midnight on 4 November 2012