The British International Studies Association (BISA) Postgraduate Network 2014 Annual Conference was held in Dublin on the 17th June. The theme of the conference was ‘conflict’, in all of its manifestations across international political studies. As such, ‘conflict’ could related to environmental, gender, health, legal or development politics, amongst many other issues and theoretical interpretations of conflict. It was kindly be hosted by the Dublin Institute of Technology at DIT College of Business, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
The hashtag for the conference was #bisapgn2014.
We would like to offer proud gratitude to the following groups for their support in organising this conference:
BISA for kindly providing the funding for the conference;
The Dublin Institute of Technology for hosting our conference;
The BISA Colonial, Postcolonial and Decolonial Working Group for generously providing several scholarships for researchers and for officially supporting two panels at the Conference;
The BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group for officially supporting two panels at the Conference;
The BISA Gendering International Politics Working Group for officially supporting two panels at the Conference
The BISA Environment Working Group for officially supporting a panel at the Conference;
The BISA Russian and Eurasian Security Working Group for officially supporting a panel at the Conference.
To see our Storify summary of the conference created from photos and tweets during the conference, please see here.
Taking place at the Dublin Institute of Technology on the 17th June 2014, this year’s conference was the biggest yet for BISA PGN, with over 60 attendees, 12 panels and five BISA Working Groups officially supporting several of the panels. These were the Africa, Environment, Gendering IR, Russia & Eurasia and CPD WGs, with the last of these even supporting a couple of students financially to attend. We were also also to offer a talk from Palgrave on how to turn your thesis into a book, while a Meet the Editors event enabled 19 participants to submit papers in advance to Editors of internationally-ranked peer-reviewed journals for advice.
Students from across UK institutions and beyond attended the conference, and presented on a range of topics, related to the overall theme of ‘conflict’. These topics ranged from environmental security to the roles of women in postcolonial situations, and from the weapons of war to interpretivist methods of understanding conflict.
At the end of the day, BISA Chair and Head of War Studies Professor Theo Farrell gave the keynote address, in which he detailed his experiences of conducting fieldwork in Afghanistan. A photo of the address can be seen below.
Following the conference, around 35 participants attended a social at a local pub, providing a great way to network and relax after an intellectually-stimulating but long day!
Following the event, feedback included the following:
“Excellent initiative from BISA PGN to organise a Meet the Editors! It’s good to know how it all works”.
“The best conference I’ve been to so far.”
We’ll see you in London for BISA PGN 2015!