Materialism and World Politics, featuring William Connolly

The 2012 Millennium conference on ‘Materialism and World Politics’ is quickly coming together, and we’re pleased to announce that Professor William Connolly (Johns Hopkins, author of Neuropolitics and A World of Becoming) will be the keynote speaker this year.

In addition, other speakers will include John Protevi (Louisiana State University, author of Political Affect), Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths University, author of Fanaticism), and Erika Cudworth and Stephen Hobden (University of East London, authors of Posthuman International Relations). More speakers will be confirmed in the coming weeks!

The call for papers is posted below the fold…

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Sussex International Theory Prize

Prize Call
Sussex International Theory Prize

In 2011, the Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT) was established by the Department of International Relations within the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.  The core mission of the Centre is to support and disseminate innovative fundamental research in international theory.

To this end, the Sussex International Theory Prize will be awarded annually for the best piece of innovative theoretical research in International Relations.

In the autumn of 2012, a prize will be awarded for the best piece of research published in book or article form in 2011.

Prize Details


  • The award is made annually on the basis of nominations by individuals.
  • Nominations should take the form of a statement of less than 200 words on why the work could be considered the best piece of innovative theoretical research in International Relations from the previous year.  Nominators are limited to one submission.
  • If the nomination is for an article, the published version should be attached as a PDF document to the email nomination.
  • If the nomination is for a book, it is the nominator’s responsibility to contact the publisher and request that five copies of the title be sent by the nomination deadline to Centre of Advanced International Theory, Department of International Relations, University of Sussex, Falmer, East Sussex, BN1 9RH, UK.
  • Nominations can be made by email submission through March 31, 2012 to the CAIT Administrator, Joanna Wood Nominated books must also arrive by this date.
  • Recipients are notified in June, 2012.


  • The recipient will be invited to present their research in a Public Lecture at the University of Sussex.
  • The winner receives £150 worth of books from Cambridge University Press and a two-year print and online subscription to International Theory.

CFP: Materialism and World Politics

Materialism and World Politics

20-21 October, 2012

Abstract proposals due: 23 April, 2012

The annual conference for volume 41 of Millennium: Journal of International Studies will take place on 20-21 October, 2012 at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The theme of this year’s conference will be on the topic of materialism in world politics. In contrast to the dominant discourses of neorealism, neoliberalism and constructivism, the materialist position asks critical questions about rational actors, agency in a physical world, the role of affect in decision-making, the biopolitical shaping of bodies, the perils and promises of material technology, the resurgence of historical materialism, and the looming environmental catastrophe. A large number of critical writers in International Relations have been discussing these topics for some time, yet the common materialist basis to them has gone unacknowledged. The purpose of this conference will be to solidify this important shift and to push its critical edges further. Against the disembodied understanding of International Relations put forth by mainstream theories, this conference will recognize the significance of material factors for world politics.

Proposed panel topics include:

    • Affect
    • Biopolitics
    • Complexity Theory / Self-Organising Matter
    • Discourse and Materiality
    • Environmental Crisis
    • Historical Materialism / Marxism
    • Neuroscience and Politics
    • Philosophical Materialism
    • Political Geography
    • Scientific Realism
    • Technology
    • The Body / Gender

Individuals interested in presenting a paper are requested to submit a 300 word abstract to: by 23 April, 2012. Submissions for panels are also welcome.

Keynote speakers will be announced in the coming months.

A selection of the conference papers will be published in Millennium: Journal of International Studies, volume 41, no. 3.

Photo credit: Robert Rauschenberg, ½ Gals. / AAPCO (Cardboard), 1971.

Northedge Essay Competition 2012

The 27th Northedge Essay Competition is now open. Established in 1986 to commemorate the invaluable contribution of the late Professor F.S. Northedge to the creation of Millennium, the annual Northedge Essay Competition furthers a Millennium tradition of publishing well-argued student work in a journal open to new issues and innovative approaches to International Relations. The winning essay is generally published in the first issue of each volume.

The deadline for submissions is 30 January 2012. Submissions and other enquiries should be sent via email to

The Northedge Essay Competition is open to any student who is currently pursuing or has recently completed a degree in International Relations or a related field. The essay may be part of a doctoral research project, an essay or dissertation submitted as part of an undergraduate or Masters’ degree course, a seminar paper or similar work.

The essay may be on any topic within International Relations or related areas of study. The essay must be typed, doubled-spaced and of approximately 7,000 to 10,000 words in length. References should be typed as footnotes and should give the name of the author, the name of the source, the place, the publisher, date of publication, and relevant page numbers. In a reference, the title of an article should appear in single inverted commas, followed by the name of the journal in which it appears, with volume and issue number, date of publication, and relevant page numbers. Essays must not have been previously published, or simultaneously submitted for consideration elsewhere. For undergraduate or Masters’ degree candidates whose essays form part of the requirements for a degree awarded by examination, essays must be submitted to the competition after the examination process has been concluded. Selected essays will be peer-reviewed and judged by the Editors on the basis of the essay’s contribution to the advancement of the field, originality of the argument, and scholarly presentation.

Millennium Annual Conference 2011: A Call for Papers

Out Of The Ivory Tower: Weaving the Theories and Practice of International Relations

22-23 October 2011

London School of Economics & Political Science


Kathryn Sikkink (University of Minnesota)

Opening Roundtable:

Andrew Hurrell (Oxford University); Stephen Gill (York University); and Carol Cohn (University of Massachusetts)

Closing Roundtable:

Christian Reus-Smit (EUI); Stephen Chan (SOAS); and Christine Sylvester (Lancaster University)

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