Session 5 – 10.00-11.30

Scholars and Practitioners Perception

Raluca Soreanu (University College London) and Norbert Petrovici (Babes-Bolyai University) – Non-Hierarchical Encounters and Responsibility in the Discipline of International Relations: When Scholars Meet Practitioners

Peter Brett (SOAS) – International Lawyers: IR Theorists and Practitioners

Christian Bueger (University of Greenwich) and Felix Bethke (Greifswald University) – Boundary Concepts and the Interaction of Communities of Practice Struggling with the Security-Development-Nexus

Discussant: Katherine E. Brown (King’s College London)

IR Theories and Practice Through Empirical Lenses

Andrew Cooper (University of Waterloo) – The G20 as a State-centric Concert or Source of Diffuse Network Power?: Connects/ Disconnects Between Academic Conceptualizations and Practitioner Perspectives

Igor Abdalla Medina de Souza (European University Institute) – An Offer Developing Countries Could not Refuse: How Did Powerful States Create the World Trade Organization

Panayotis Tsakonas (University of the Aegean) – “Policy relevant” theory and “theory-informed” practice in Greek Foreign policy.

Giulia Sirigu (University of Manchester) – Strategic-relational Approach, Foreign Policy and How Change Occurs. A Mexican Foreign Policy Analysis.

Normative Theory in Practice

Annette Foerster (London School of Economics) – The Law of Peoples – Practical Relevance of a Realistic Utopia

Milla Emilia Vaha (European University Institute) – Against Practical Judgement: Theory of War and the Crisis of Foundational Ethics

John Kaag (University of Massachusetts Lowell) and Sarah Kreps (Cornell University) – Pragmatism and International Relations Theory: A Revision

David J. Karp (University of Glasgow) – Two Logics of Consequences and Appropriateness: Human Rights Responsibility and Non-State Agents

Discussant: Mervyn Frost (King’s College)

IR shaping practice in the non-Western periphery

Waleed Hazbun (American University of Beirut) – The Challenge of Postcolonial Agency in the Middle East

Vera Vesela (Institute of International Relations, Prague) – Up to the Ivory Tower: Islamism as a Gateway to Conceptual Turn in IR

Lisa Vasciannie (University of the West Indies) – One Size Fits Most:  Teaching Theories in the Periphery

Discussant: Jasmine Gani (London School of Economics)

Session 6 – 12.00-13.30

The Practices of Theory in IR         

Chairs: R. Beardsworth (American University of Paris)

Richard Beardsworth (American University of Paris)Political Vision in IR

Daniel Levine (Colgate University)Ethical Eclecticism; or, Fragmenting International Theory

Sean Molloy (Edinburgh University) E.H. Carr and Practical IR Theory: Toward a Realist Ethics

Discussant: Kimberly Hutchings (London School of Economics)

IR’s Construction of the Political World

Münevver Cebeci (Marmara University)  – European Foreign Policy Research Reconsidered: Constructing Europe Through Theory?

Preslava Stoeva (Richmond The American International University in London) and Vassilis Fouskas (Richmond The American International University in London)  The Constructivist Moment in US Grand Strategy: Dean Acheson, Paul Nitze and the Militarisation of Containment Stephan Engelkamp (University of Münster) and Katharina Glaab (University of Münster) – ‘Writing Norms’ – Norm Research as Scholarly Practice

Challenging Traditional Understandings of the Discipline

Daniel Lambach (University Duisburg Essen) – Why Do IR Scholars Study Fragile States and Not Comparativists?

Iver B. Neumann (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs)  and Morten S. Andersen (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs) – How to Practice Structure

Roberto Orsi (London School of Economics) – The Danger of Dangerous Ideas. Risk and Opportunity in Theorising IR: the Case of Carl Schmitt.

Magnus Ryner (Oxford Brookes University) – Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in the Production of Knowledge about the EU

Discussant: Thomas Moore (University of Westminster)

Session 7 – 14.30-16.00

Theorising IR as a Form of Practice           

Inanna Hamati-Ataya (University of Sheffield) – IR Theory as International Practice/Agency: A Clinical/Cynical Bourdieusian Perspective

Audra L. Mitchell (University of York) – Be(com)ing International

Tarja Väyrynen, Anitta Kynsilehto, Eeva Puumala, Samu Pehkonen and Tiina Vaittinen  (University of Tampere) – ‘Inducing Daria out of the Closet’: Biopolitics Meets Ethnography and Activism in the Study of Migration

Jaap Wilde (University of Groningen) – The Disciplinary Construction of International Relations Compared to International Law

Discussant: Richard Beardsworth (American University of Paris)

Weaving Theory and Practice in International Relations: Conceptual and Normative Aspects       

Chair: Piki Ish-Shalom

Anna Geis (University of Frankfurt)You Better Stay in the Ivory Tower?  On the ‘Democratic Peace’ Turning Into a Political Justificatory Narrative

Alexander Barder (John Hopkins University) and Daniel Levine (Colgate University)‘The World is Too Much With Us’: Reification and the Depoliticizing of Constructivist IR

Piki Ish-Shalom (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)Zooming In Zooming Out and the Study of Security

Discussant: Alex Prichard (London School of Economics)

Challenges in Teaching IR   

Katherine E. Brown (King’s College London) – Educating Rupert: IR Theory and Practice in Professional Military Education

Corneliu Bjola (University of Oxford) – Diplomacy as World Disclosure: A Teaching Method

Jonas Hagmann (ETH Zürich) – Decolonising IR Classroom Politics [not available online]


Reconsidering the Practice of IR Concepts

Xavier Mathieu (University of Sheffield)Empiricising Sovereignty, Revealing its Normativity: the Concept of Sovereignty as an Expression of Our Own Aspirations.

Zeynep N. Kaya (London School of Economics) – Evolution of the Principle of Self-determination into a Liberal-ethnicist Principle as Result of the Interaction Between its Meaning and Application

Karen Buckley (University of Limerick) – Achieving the Dialectical Balance between Theory and Practice in the Politics of Resistance.

Chris Naticchia (California State University) – The Theory and Practice of International Recognition: Is it Coherent and Defensible?

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