#PHISO2019 International Conference and Exploratory Workshop


Diplomacy, Dialogue, and Discourse: The Praxes turn in IR

WISC-PHISO Exploratory Workshop
in partnership with the World International Studies Committee
08 November 2019 (Friday), Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines


PHISO 3rd International Conference
co-sponsored by the UP Office of International Linkages, the Decolonial Studies Program of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, and UP Cebu Political Science Program
09-10 November 2019 (Saturday & Sunday), Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

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The study of the “International” in general, and of International Relations (IR) in particular, is no stranger to the dichotomy of theory and of practice, often taking for granted the existence of religion, history, gender, relationality, decoloniality, among others. Meanwhile, the emergence of mid-range theorizing has uprooted ‘practice’ from its traditional role in hypothesis-testing into the realm of theory generation. In this milieu, a theory-practice contemplation becomes even more cogent with the practice turn in IR (Bourdieu 1977, Adler & Pouliot 2011, Cornut 2015, McCourt 2016, Joseph & Kurki 2017, Walter 2018, Holmes 2018). Hence, this year’s theme that critically engages with the dichotomy between the scholar and practitioner that has characterized IR’s history, from E.H. Carr’s distinction between the Intellectual and Bureaucrat in The Twenty Years’ Crisis (1939) to the more recent Scholar-Specification Ontology and Participant-Specification Ontology in Bettiza’s civilizational analysis (2014), among others.

#PHISO2019 is thus an attempt to bring together practitioners’ experiences working on different dimensions of International Relations – diplomatic corps, INGOs, commerce, sports, pedagogy, and cultural institutions, to name a few – and the empirical and theoretical knowledge of scholars involved in the study of realm of the international. It also provides a venue for academics and practitioners to discuss various opportunities and challenges that come with forging cooperation between scholarship and practice to forward the interests of the Philippines in the world.

Continuing with PHISO‘s tradition of a pre-conference workshop (partnering with ISA Global South Caucus in 2017 and with Routledge in 2018), we are privileged to co-organize the 2019 Exploratory Workshop with the World International Studies Committee (WISC).

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We invite students, early career and senior scholars interested in publishing research on Global South IR perspectives, in particular the Southeast Asian IR, that encompass, but are not strictly limited to, theories and methodologies, practices, and thematic issues that have relevance for the concept of praxis, or theory-oriented practice, and/or practice-oriented theory in IR. While the workshop is open to all scholars who have done relevant work in this area, applications from the Global South, particularly Southeast Asia, are highly encouraged. The workshop is intended to produce innovative research on the nexus between knowledge production, theory, and practice in the region that can serve as a contribution to emerging scholarship on local settings in International Relations.

Proponents of accepted proposals for the workshop from outside the Philippines will receive limited travel and accommodation subsidy. Grantees shall be reimbursed upon submission of receipts. Moreover, workshop participants shall be privileged to present their research during PHISO’s Third International Conference on 09-10 November 2019. Furthermore, submitted papers that are of consistently high quality and coherently centered around the theme shall be considered for PHISO’s flagship publications, to wit:

Decolonial Global Studies Journal (DeGloS-J, in progress)
International Relations in Southeast Asia series (Routledge)

Given the stance that the scholarly need not be estranged from practice and vice versa, we anticipate proposals that are hinged on the following questions (list not exhaustive):

  • What, if any, are the points of departure in the practice turn in IR scholarship from Western to non-Western?
  • Which indices of the practice turn pierce the North-South Divide in IR scholarship?
  • What is the Global South IR understanding of the practice turn?
  • What marginalized practices or local practices that may have relevance for IR deserve scholarly attention?
  • What academic merits do indigenous IR practices hold in the practice turn scholarship?
  • What enduring practices in diplomacy figure prominently in the practice turn in IR?
  • What emergent diplomatic practices can enrich practice theory in IR?
  • How do we theorize change in the practice turn?
  • What forms of cooperation exist or should exist between academics and practitioners who deal with international matters?
  • What roles of civil society and other non-state actors figure or should figure in the practice turn in IR? For instance, how does foreign aid influence the conduct of diplomacy?
  • How can linkages be promoted between various actors involved in transnational and international relations?
  • What kind of multi- and interdisciplinary linkages can emerge from studying practices and/or non-state actors in IR?
  • What pedagogical practices characterize the study of the international, or the role of teachers in synthesizing theory and practice in IR?
  • What enduring or emergent pedagogical approaches can balance the learning of theory and practice in IR?

PHISO is looking forward to receiving your proposals. Please take note of the following reminders and instructions below.

Submission types

  • Paper: It includes a title, 250-word abstract, 3-5 keywords, and author’s details. To submit your paper proposal, click here or proceed to the pertinent form embedded below.
  • Panel: It includes a title, 250-word description, convenor’s details, and minimum of 3 to no more than 5 paper abstracts with their corresponding titles, 250-word abstract each, and authors’ details. The convenor may also be one of the paper presenters. PHISO invokes the prerogative to include individual paper proposals in panel proposals whenever thematically and pragmatically necessary. To submit your panel proposal, click here or proceed to the pertinent form embedded below.
  • Roundtable: It includes a title, 250-word description, convenor’s details, as well as those of a minimum of 4 to no more than 8 participants. The convenor may also be one of the participants. To submit your roundtable proposal, click here or proceed to the pertinent form embedded below.

A one paper presentation per person principle shall guide PHISO‘s assessment of submissions. Thus, in case of 2 or more abstract submissions from the same person, the more recent timely submission shall be considered for assessment. Meanwhile, where one person submits at least one abstract for paper proposal and another as component of a panel proposal, the proposal that forms part of a panel submission shall be the one considered for assessment.

Important dates:

– Deadline for proposal submission: EXTENDED to 19 June 2019
– Notification of acceptance: 24-30 June 2019 
– Deadline for letter of intent (non-presenters only): 15 July 2019
– Deadline for conference fee payment & registration: 31 July 2019

– Deadline for full paper submission: EXTENDED to 20 September 2019

Submission-related queries will be entertained not earlier than 01 July 2019 unless PHISO needs to extend the period of deliberation subject to due notice at this Conference website.

Important points on registration: 

1.  Conference fees include automatic 1-year PHISO membership:

– PH₱3500 (or US$70) for graduate students & employed; active members pay ₱3000
– PH₱1500 (or US$30) for undergraduate students; active members pay ₱1000

2.  For methods of payment, click here. Please note that transaction charges shall be borne by the participant.

3.  Proof of payment should bear the participant’s full name.

4.  PHISO is no longer accepting walk-in payment/registration for the event. Please make sure to pay your conference fee on or before 31 July 2019.

5.  After payment, scan or take a screenshot of your proof of payment for validation with filename format: <surname>-receipt. Undergraduate students also need a scanned copy of their valid school ID with filename format: <surname>-ID

6.  Accomplish the online registration/login by clicking here

7.  For prospective registrants who will not present a paper but wish to attend the conference as observers/listeners with a letter of invitation from PHISO, please send us your Letter of Intent that:

  • indicates your complete name, occupational designation (e.g. student, teacher, scholar, other job position), and institutional affiliation;
  • expressly states your commitment to pay the registration fee on or before 31 July 2019;
  • preferably bears the official letterhead of your institutional affiliation;
  • is signed and sent by you and not by a third party; and
  • is sent as an email attachment with subject heading “Letter of Intent” to contact@phiso.org  not later than July 15th.

8. Registration fee shall be non-refundable except if PHISO is constrained to cancel the 2019 PHISO International Conference and Exploratory Workshop due to fortuitous event/Act of God, e.g. war, fire, labor strike, extreme weather/geologic condition, or any other emergency that would render the conduct of the event impracticable, illegal or impossible. To be eligible for event cancellation refund, the claimant must accomplish the form (accessible here only when the situation arises) not later than 30 calendar days from the official notice of cancellation. The refund shall be limited either to the amount paid upon registration or the date of the cancellation notice whichever is lower based on the exchange rate of Metrobank, PHISO‘s depository bank, less applicable transaction charges.

For other queries regarding this event, please contact contact@phiso.org

Thank you, ISA (International Studies Association), IPSA (International Political Science Association), and WISC (World International Studies Committee) for posting our Call.


For our participants who are not from the Philippines, you will likely need a power plug adapter. Click on this information courtesy of World Power Plugs.

For individual abstract submission for the conference and/or workshop

For panel submission (this should be submitted by the convenor/chair)

For roundtable submission (this should be submitted by the convenor/moderator)

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