Exploratory Workshop on International Relations in Southeast Asia

Call for Book and Chapter Proposals

The exploratory workshop on International Relations in Southeast Asia will be held a day before the 2nd PHISO conference, i.e. 22 March 2018, Thursday, at the Ateneo de Davao University. It aims to publish selected proposals, subject for rigorous reviews, as part of the PHISO-Routledge book series.

The series will publish works on theory, research and critical views on the state of theorizing, researching, studying and applying the concept of the ‘international’ in Southeast Asia by prominent, emerging and novice scholars. It highly welcomes works that forges a link between disciplinary IR’s theoretical richness and area study of Southeast Asia’s empirical application, e.g. field research. The series promotes an exploration of the emergence and hybridity of Southeast Asian theories, praxes, methods, and approaches to IR, including a survey of the richness of the very idea of the ‘international’ in terms of historical and recent flow of people, goods, and ideas contributing to the creation of regions and region-ness. In light of the development of alternate cosmologies and emergence of Asian IR, this series encourages interdisciplinarity and eclectic contributions from both scholars and practitioners to facilitate a holistic approach towards the study of IR in the region.

There are three categories or types of works that represent IR in the region and are offered by the series: (1) Theories and Methodologies, (2) Praxes and Applications, and (3) Thematic Issues and Trends. The first category includes works that explore, discover and innovate methods in attaining new theories or theoretical engagement with Western IR. The second type mostly concentrates on critical approaches to the academic structure of IR establishment in the region as well as studies on traditional and human security. The last, but not the least, is contemporary issues and trends affecting the whole region and its relatedness to other regional worlds. Book proposals may encompass a wide range of issues and themes, including but not limited to the following:

(1) Theories and Methodologies

  • Sociological IR
  • Philosophy and IR
  • Nationalism and IR
  • Methodological issues in IR
  • International Political Theory
  • Historicism and Behavioralism
  • Nationalist thinkers (Rizal et al)
  • End of IR theory (EJIR special)
  • Normative international thought
  • Rationality, reflexivity, or relationality
  • Contributions of the Humanities to IR
  • Relations between Area Studies and IR
  • Gap between Theory and Practice in IR
  • Regions, regionalization and regionalism
  • Indigenous theorizing; homegrown theorizing
  • Alternate ontologies and epistemologies of IR
  • Pre-modern, Modernity, or modern IR thoughts
  • Multiplexity; multiculturality; civilizational plurality
  • Historical, cultural, linguistic and visual turns in IR
  • Trust, morality, and ethics in International Relations
  • Positivist, non-positivist, or post-positivist approaches
  • Textuality, Spatiality, Temporality in theory and research
  • Colonial, neocolonial, postcolonial, or decolonial thinking
  • Western IR; post-Western IR; non-Western IR; Global IR
  • The religious-secular domains/binary of the ‘international’
  • Ontological power (real politik); ontology of societal multiplicity
  • Borders, Frontier, Borderland, Borderlessness and Border Thinking
  • Feminism, Queer theory, Gender and Sexuality in IR in Southeast Asia
  • Disciplinary boundaries between International Relations and Political Science

(2) Praxes and Applications

  • Scholarship in IR
  • Development Studies in IR
  • Culture and the praxis of IR
  • Education and Pedagogy in IR
  • International Political Economy
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Service
  • International financial implications
  • Consular practices in Southeast Asia
  • International Law and legal implications
  • Relevant policy-making implications of IR
  • Configuration of IR Academia in Southeast Asia
  • Structural issues and gatekeeping in the discipline

(3) Thematic Issues and Trends

  • Religion and IR
  • Maritime piracy
  • Democratization
  • Migration and IR
  • Aesthetics and IR
  • Human trafficking
  • Global health in IR
  • Geography and IR
  • Development and IR
  • Politics of memory in IR
  • Water and food security
  • Peace, War, and Conflict
  • Authoritarianism and populism
  • Minorities and Substate Actors
  • Geopolitics and maritime disputes
  • Security and non-traditional Security
  • Radicalism, extremism and terrorism
  • Domestic and transnational civil society
  • Climate change and environment in IR
  • Small arms manufacturing and smuggling
  • Human rights challenges in Southeast Asia
  • Pre-modern faiths, modern religions and rituals in IR
  • International Organizations, Multinational Corporations and transnational actors
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Please take note that you may present in both the conference and the exploratory workshop.
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Submission process: Attached a word file containing 250-word abstract with title and 3 keywords, name(s) of authors, and 50-word bio note that specifies your current academic position, affiliation, and research interest. Please indicate whether your proposal is only for the workshop or for both the conference and workshop. Send it to conference@phiso.org.
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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.
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Registration rates for both 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 conference@phiso.org.

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Unfortunately, no conference, travel or accommodation grants are provided for both domestic and foreign participants.
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Soon to be announced are CHED endorsement and logistical instructions. The final programme will be available in early March 2018.
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For inquiries, email us at conference@phiso.org, 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.
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