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Global Risk, Security and Ethnicity

Call for Papers

Theme: Global Risk, Security and Ethnicity
Type: Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: International Political Science Association (IPSA)
  School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki University
Location: Nagasaki (Japan)
Date: 10.–11.8.2019
Deadline: 20.12.2018

Today the world is faced with pervading tensions and violent changes
which challenge the way we define and respond to security, risks and
ethnicity. The conference provides an opportunity to critically
examine and share experiences on the causes and consequences of
conflict; security threats; dynamics of societal risks; and ethnic
conflict and provide some possible strategies for the future to
address these. The approach will be inter-disciplinary in nature and
will draw on the wide and comparative prism of the different regions
of the world (Americas, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and
Pacific) as well as the unique circumstances of different countries
and specific situations.

The papers can be based on theoretical discourse, empirical case
studies, comparative analysis between regions or countries, or
critical narrative and reflection of an ongoing situation. We welcome
interdisciplinary approaches that include areas of study including
cultural studies, history, anthropology, ethnography, geography,
security studies, international relations, law, philosophy,
indigenous studies, media studies, feminist and gender studies, queer
perspectives, sociolinguistics, development studies, psychology, and
economics, to mention a few.

Issue areas

- the changing role of the military in politics
- the democratic oversight of the military
- military as guardian of democracy
- militarization of the state
- authoritarianism, populism and the security state
- law, constitution and the state
- civil-military relations
- the role of security in peace-building
- human security, societal security and securitization
- militarism and democracy promotion
- peace-keeping and the military
- disaster relief, emergency powers and security
- police, military and internal control
- resistance and people power
- militarism as ideology
- democratic education, indoctrination and security
- security, propaganda and the media
- military coercion and democratic hegemony
- armament buildup and militarization of society
- armed conflict, refugees and migration
- military, democracy and marginalization
- healthcare, communicable diseases and biohazard
- security, societal and natural risks
- gender, LGBTQ and conflict
- indigenous rights and militarism
- ethnicity, identity and conflict
- religion, secularism and militarism
- state sovereignty, globalization and borders
- military justice, human rights and war crimes
- overseas military deployment
- cold war, deterrence and democratic peace
- world wars and historical memory
- security alliances and alliance politics
- military occupation of foreign areas
- language, intercultural communication and security
- democracy and nuclear weapons (control, proliferation, abolition)
- modern technology, change and social risk
- terrorism, extremism and insurgency
- armament, disarmament and conflict dynamics
- privatization of security
- corporate interest and military-industrial complex
- neo-colonialism and militarization
- post-colonial democracy and regime stability
- developmental states and security
- environmental and security risks


Paper abstracts and panel proposals of about 300 words should be
submitted through the forms on the conference website. Only if you are
unable to submit through the entry forms, you may send your abstracts
to the RC44 Vice-President, Radomir Compel at Nagasaki University
( Early responses will be accepted from
August 1, 2018, and paper abstracts and panel proposals can be
submitted from Oct 1, 2018. The deadline for abstracts and panel
proposals is Dec 20, 2018 and the deadline for the final papers is
July 10, 2019.

We hope to publish the papers related to risk and security in a book,
and contributions focusing on ethnicity will be published separately
in another volume.


The conference is organized by International Political Science
Association, Research Committee on Security, Conflict, and
Democratization (RC44), in cooperation with Transdisciplinary
Research Platform on "Risk Society" in Humanities and Social Sciences
(Nagasaki University), IPSA Research Committee on Politics and
Ethnicity (RC14) and Palgrave Handbook on Ethnicity Project (Palgrave
Macmillan Publishing) and will be hosted by School of Global
Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki University, Japan on 10 - 11
August 2019.


The conference will be held at the Ryojun Kaikan (Ryojun Hall) of the
Sakamoto (Medical School) Campus of Nagasaki University. Nagasaki
University has three campuses and Sakamoto (Medical School) Campus is
NOT the main campus (where the organizing committee is located), nor
is it at the same location with Nagasaki University Hospital.

Conference expenses

The conference fee is 150 USD (around 17000 JPY) and School of Global
Humanities and Social Sciences will be responsible for conference
logistics and snacks.

Conference website: