Call for Papers: 2nd PHISO International Conference

2nd PHISO Conference

welcome you to the 2nd PHISO International Conference:

Re-thinking Regions in Global International Relations

23-24 March 2018 (Friday and Saturday)
Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City, Philippines
22 March 2018 (Thursday; Book Series’ Exploratory Workshop, click here)

Call for Papers: Acharya’s (2014, 2016) calls toward a Global International Relations (IR) research agenda stressed the importance of area studies as a source of new concepts and perspectives in IR. The essential objective of which is to accommodate marginalized identities into mainstream IR theoretical discourses. While the desire for economic development and peace were key justifications for the institutionalization of regions during the Cold War, the increasing emphasis on identities and civilizations in world politics suggests that regions are expected to move ‘beyond’ their primary material basis to ideational forms of interaction. This has manifested in the attempts to explore what would constitute, for example, an ASEAN identity. At the same time, these processes involve the reimagining of pre-colonial identities and the networks of sub- and non-state actors that shape identities outside of the confines of the Westphalian state and institutionalized political regions, necessitating critical engagement with the epistemological and ontological assumptions of International Relations. In this conference, we would like to explore such connections and welcome theoretical, empirical and case-study based papers on the following topics:

2017 CHED Endorsement
2017 CHED Endorsement

1) De-centering Southeast Asia – interrogating periphery-center relations
2) The construction of regional identities
3) Theoretical issues on continuities and discontinuities in postcolonial regions
4) The role of area studies in IR
5) Comparative Regional Studies
6) Critical engagement with dominant discourses on regionalization
7) Interrogating regions through interdisciplinary lenses
8) Curriculum and pedagogy on regions and regionalization
9) Transnational Networks and non-Westphalian regions
10) Regional organizations’ influence to domestic institutional affairs
11) Economic and developmental drivers of regionalization
12) Regional security and securitization
13) Compliance to regional agreements on environmental issues
14) Agents of diplomacy in regional building
15) Regional diaspora and migration

Please take note that we consider all papers on International Relations/Studies and interdisciplinary perspectives on regionalization.

Click here for the list of distinguished speakers.

Submission process: Attached a word file containing 250-word abstract with title and 3 keywords, name(s) of authors, and their 50-word bio note that specifies their current academic position, affiliation, and research interest. Send it to

Important Dates:
Submission of abstracts is due on January 12, 2018.
Notification of results is on January 19, 2018.
Submission of full papers is due on February 28, 2018 extended on March 15, 2018.

Click here for the call for chapter and book proposals for the 1-day (March 22, 2018, i.e. Thursday) exploratory workshop on “International Relations in Southeast Asia” book series.

Registration rates for the conference and exploratory workshop:

Reminder about PayPal and bank charges
Additional PH₱300 (or US$6) for PayPal payments, if selected. Incomplete payments sent through PayPal will have to be completed onsite in Philippine Peso.
 Additional bank charges, if any, must be paid by the participant.

Registration fees on or before February 01, 2018 (with automatic 1-year PHISO membership):
– PH₱3000 (or US$60) for graduate students & employed
– PH₱1500 (or US$30) for undergraduate students

Registration fees after February 01, 2018 (with automatic 1-year PHISO membership):
– PH₱3500 (or US$70) for graduate students & employed
– PH₱2000 (or US$40) for undergraduate students

For payment procedures, click here. After payment, please send us a confirmation email with your name and its receipt to

It is possible to attend the conference without presenting a paper as long as registration is fully paid. It will give you access to all presentations, coffee breaks and programme related activities.

Click here to get a copy of the CHED endorsement. For logistical information and accommodation near the university, click here. The final programme will be available in early March 2018.

Unfortunately, no conference, travel or accommodation grants are provided for both domestic and foreign participants.

Kindly be reminded that non-presenting participants who plan to register as walk-ins on the 23rd and 24th may avail of the rate of PH₱2000 which includes the conference kit, ID, access to panels and refreshments. Additional food stubs will unfortunately no longer be available for those with late registrations at the time of the conference due to logistical reasons. Non-presenting walk-in participants may avail of the various food establishments within and around the Ateneo de Davao University. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to see you at the conference!

For inquiries, email us at, call/text +63.926.733.3009 or mail us at #5 P. Zamora St., San Isidro Village 1, Concepcion 1, Marikina, Metro Manila 1807 Philippines.

PHISO is very thankful to ISA and IPSA for helping us disseminate the conference’s call for proposals. International Studies Association’s announcement is available here, while International Political Science Association’s announcement is accessible here.

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