Category: Call for Papers
Subject: Call for Papers: Beyond the Boundaries of International Relations: Power, Indigeneity, and the Settler State
Call for Papers: “Beyond the Boundaries of International Relations: Power, Indigeneity, and the Settler State” – Early Career Workshop hosted by the University of Victoria and the Canada Research Chair in the Study of the Canadian North
University of Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia), October 25, 2019
This workshop will bring together early-career scholars researching the intersections between Indigenous global politics and International Relations. It provides a forum to examine Indigenous peoples and politics as inter-national relations and as part of the field of IR, with a view to contesting the boundaries often employed between the international and domestic realms. The relationships between Indigenous peoples and settler states are largely omitted from the core focus of IR, despite increased attention following developments such as the promulgation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. While social scientists increasingly recognize the political agency of Indigenous governments and nations as actors within multilevel governance, and the institutionalization of Indigenous peoples within international law and organizations, these literatures primarily situate Indigenous agency within contexts that reinforce the colonial position of Indigenous peoples within the settler state. Such perspectives elide questions arising from IR’s focus on power, authority, sovereignty, security, and survival, and persist despite the assertion of many scholars that relations between Indigenous nations and settler states are essentially foreign relations.
The workshop seeks to encourage innovative studies within IR, political science, Indigenous studies, and related disciplines that examine inter-national Indigenous agency in both theory and practice. Building on previous panels and roundtables at the International Studies Association (ISA) and Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) annual conferences, we aim to foster an emerging network of early career scholars focused on issues of indigeneity and the international, and to provide mentorship from senior scholars working in this area. The goals of the workshop are thus to help develop deeper knowledge of global Indigenous and settler-colonial politics by: 1) fostering interpersonal and scholarly connections between emerging scholars of global Indigenous politics; and 2) helping facilitate further learning and better understanding on issues of Indigenous sovereignty, authority, decolonization, security, survival, and power within an increasingly diverse and pluralistic field of International Relations.
Early career scholars – including graduate students, recent PhDs (within seven years of completion), and junior faculty – are invited to submit an abstract for presentation (maximum 300 words plus your name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address). Indigenous scholars and students are strongly encouraged to apply. Abstracts are requested by September 22, 2019 by email to Dr. Will Greaves (email@example.com).
All relevant research is welcome, but the workshop is an excellent opportunity to discuss graduate research projects, new research, or other ‘works in progress’ in a collegial academic environment, as well as to build networks for further collaborations. Following the workshop, participants will be invited to submit full papers as part of a special issue of a peer-reviewed academic journal, to be submitted in spring 2020. Travel and accommodation stipends funded by the University of Victoria and the Canada Research Chair in the Study of the Canadian North are available to partially support workshop participants, with priority going to Indigenous participants and graduate students. If you require funding, please include a detailed request along with your abstract.
We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.