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Call for proposals | Power Reconfigurations: Regional and Global Responses in an Age of Uncertainty

The deadline for paper/panel submissions is Friday, December 15, 2017.

The international system has transformed in the last decades; although the United States and Europe have both independently and collectively led it, their leadership has not gone uncontested. The rise of the BRICS has caused a profound transformation of global politics, which, vis-à-vis the recent globalization backlash in the U.S. and Europe, opens up new global and regional challenges. Additionally, these changes have resulted in a tectonic shift in foreign policy and international political economy as the long-time leaders and benefactors of global governance no longer perceive themselves as such and are rethinking their respective roles. On the one hand, the Brexit referendum and Trump’s election have signaled a voter’s revolt and, on the other hand, they illustrate a drive to reset the terms under which traditional global power dominance can continue. This new multi-hub structure increases pluralism within the international system. It also creates downward pressure on international processes to migrate governance from the global level toward a number of flexible, regional and issue-specific subsystems.

These inroads have gripped the attention of scholars and political leaders alike to the extent that existential angst about Western supremacy is currently acute, not least in part due to the challenge posed by power contenders, first captured in the BRICS grouping and now largely led by China. These sources of change are now locked in a struggle for influence over global governance. The struggle for power occurs over the capacity to write and enforce the rules, norms and laws that govern global and regional governance, including access to markets and resources.

The goal of this Quito-based conference is two-fold: 1) to provide a space for dialogue in which International Relations (IR) research and expertise can be shared by and among scholars from both the Global South and the Global North, and 2) to strengthen the internationalization of a truly mature IR discipline in Latin America. As such, we particularly encourage panel and roundtable submissions that include scholars from the Global South and the Global North, and also welcome debates that focus on Latin America or another Global South region. Proposals will be accepted in English and Spanish. 



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