Vote for the Vice-Chair and Section Program Chair position

The STAIR section bylaws provide that anyone with signatures from 10 section members may be late nominated for elections at the Annual General Meeting. This year’s AGM, which took place on April 16th, saw one such nomination.

We now have one late election to hold, with two candidates for the position of “Vice-Chair and Section Program Chair”: Kevin Funk, and Maurizio Tinnirello. 

We’re calling on our section members to cast their votes at, where they will find the statements for the two candidates.

The deadline to vote is Friday, May 14, 2021 at 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada). 

It’s Time for ELECTIONS!


The term of the current STAIR executive committee ends in April 2021, so we’d like to invite you to submit your nominations for positions on the committee’s upcoming new term. Self nominations are welcome. The new team will take over at the STAIR AGM, taking place taking place on Friday, April 16, 2021, and will serve for a period of two years. The Executive Committee of STAIR consists of: a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Programme Chair, Treasurer, Communications Officer, and Members at Large.

Graduate students are especially encouraged to become involved with the STAIR team, and can nominate themselves or colleagues to become Members at Large. You can find more details about the roles in the STAIR charter, here. 

At this stage, we are asking for one paragraph statements, focusing on the candidate’s background and interest in STAIR. Please email with your questions, and your nominations or self-nominations, no later than April 2, 2021.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Call for Images!

In The Long Run wants to feature your images!

Do you have an image that captures a pressing political issue or event?

Do you have photographs from fieldwork related to your political research that you want to share?

Are you an artist who creates political works or works about politics?

In The Long Run ( is the blog of the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge.

We publish timely and accessible political insight from Cambridge and around the world. This includes images. We also provide a platform for short commentary, interviews, book reviews, and videos, using today’s news to stimulate new thinking about the past, present, and future.

Guidelines for contributors

To appear clearly on screen, the resolution of your images should be at least 72ppi, with a minimum width of 1500 pixels. Each image should be accompanied by a caption of up to 70 words, which briefly summarises or provokes insight into the political issue or event. Images will appear on In The Long Run as well as its associated social media platforms.

Like all our submissions, images will go through a review process and we will not be able to confirm acceptance until we have seen the final version.

Images will be published with an author/creator byline and necessary copyright permissions. While you retain the copyright of your image, your submission will be based on the agreement that In The Long Run has permission to re-use it in the future and across our digital platforms.

Get in touch

If you would like to submit an image, please email

Call for Papers | Doing Visual IR

Doing Visual IR

European Workshops in International Studies 

Deadline: 10/01/2018


Jonathan Luke Austin (The Violence Prevention Initiative, Geneva. & The Graduate Institute, Geneva)

Stephanie Perazzone (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)


How do we see the world and its politics? How do we make sense of international events? What do television screens, computer monitors, advertising billboards, and other everyday images do to our sensual appreciation for the global political order? And how might we study all of this? How can the discipline of IR come to terms with the explosion in visual imagery of wars, protests, rallies, street fights, and beyond? This workshop asks questions like these. It is concerned with the still quite nascent shift within IR away from the textual as the principal object of its study and primary mode of its own articulation. However, its main focus will be quite specifically on the methods and methodologies of doing visual IR and the questions of power and politics these methods implicate.

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Call for Papers | Aesthetic Cities



An EWIS workshop proposal for the European International Studies Association

Groningen, 06-09 June 2018


Deadline for paper proposals: 10 January 2018



Dr Matt Davies, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, Newcastle University and Visiting Professor, International Relations Institute, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro


Dr Delacey Tedesco, Lecturer in Critical International Relations, University of Exeter

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Call for Papers: International Politics and the Grotesque

International Politics and the Grotesque 

 In his 1974-75 lectures on The Abnormal, Michel Foucault describes a ‘category of historical-political analysis’ that he calls ‘the grotesque’ – a category that he defines by a particular disjuncture between appearance on the one hand and capacity for action on the other: ‘by virtue of their status, a discourse or an individual can have effects of power that their intrinsic qualities should disqualify them from having…’ (2003: 11-12). While Foucault locates the grotesque at the heart of sovereignty and bureaucracy, however, the grotesque – with its ambivalence and ‘clash of incompatibles’ (Thomson 1972) – has also been associated with popular practices of resistance, most obviously perhaps in the work of Mikhail Bakhtin (1984). This panel proposes to bring together these diverse approaches to the grotesque in order to ask how the grotesque might contribute to the study of international politics. What can the grotesque tell us about contemporary political mechanisms and dynamics? How might a diagnosis of the grotesque help us understand political power today? This panel invites contributions that engage a conceptualisation of the grotesque in relation to theoretical problems and/or empirical sites.

Please email abstracts to Claudia Aradau ( and Alister Wedderburn ( by 25 May 2017.

Call for paper proposals: Bio/Informatics – The Intersection of Life and Code in Global Health Security

Call for paper proposals: Bio/Informatics – The Intersection of Life and Code in Global Health Security (Co-organizers: Rebecca Hester, Eva Hilberg and Christopher Long)

This panel seeks to explore the relationships between bio/informatics, charting the increasing interconnection between the biological and the informational within diverse areas of global health, especially in the evolving field of global health security. This interconnection not only opens up new areas of health management and new fields of security, but is also a site of tensions emerging in the process of the informationalization of biological life. Possible themes to be explored include how the idea of “life as code” impacts the practices, infrastructures, and imperatives of global health and vice versa. What forms of informationalized life are perceived as threatening to global health and how are these emergent bio/informationalized life forms being dealt with? In what ways are security imperatives being re-shaped in relation to bio/informationalized life and how, in turn, are bodies and biological systems being transformed by the understanding of life is code? And, more broadly, what are the wider ramifications of the informationalization of biological life for the priorities of global health, specifically through the promotion of the quantification of life and an increasing digitalisation of health interventions?

We are hoping to receive papers from diverse and creative perspectives including mental health, non-human studies, cyborg studies, molecular politics, warfighter health, and others. For more information or to submit a paper proposal, please contact Rebecca Hester with a short abstract by the 29th of May (