25 October 2017
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Deadline for Abstracts: 28 February 2018
Deadline for Submissions: 30 June 2018
Publication of the Issue: November/December 2018
Information: This thematic issue addresses the options and promises of Global International Relations (Global IR) as a project that critically engages the field international relations (IR) theory from the premises of cultural diversity, pluralism and non-state-centric agency. To eschew reifying ‘Western’ global institutions and norms, the call for Global IR invites IR students to go ‘beyond critique’. Accordingly, the local-global co-constitution of norms, values and order turns into the central theme on the Global IR agenda. This thematic issue seeks to contribute to that project by exploring whose practices count? To that end, we invite papers that focus on the intersection between practice and normativity. Taking into account the widely-shared dictum that ‘a norm lie/in/the practice’ and therefore, ‘all practice is normative’, the thematic issue is interested in papers that address ‘access to’ and the ‘effect of’ practices. To take on the constitutive effect of norm-generative practice, contestation is understood as, either, mere objection to norms or breaches of norms (reactive), or, the opportunity to critical engage with them (proactive). Noting the global-local co-constitution of normative structures of meaning, papers that focus on global conflicts which are negotiated at distinct local sites, are particularly welcome. Of particular interest are papers that contribute to the question of whose practices count by zooming in on distinct sites, to reconstruct and map affected stakeholders, local contestations in reflection of and effect on global conflicts. The thematic issue especially encourages papers that offer a contribution to Global IR based on illustrative case scenarios where organising principles, shared ground rules, or pathways for common policy proposals are generated through practice. Such themes may include, but are not limited to the women, peace and security agenda, the common but differentiated responsibility principle on countering climate change, the politics of strategic litigation networks to counter the torture prohibition norm, or other practice-based engagements that shed light on the local-global co-constitution of global international relations.
Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's editorial policies here. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to the Guest Editor by 28 February 2018.
Open Access: The journal has an article processing charge to cover its costs, so authors are advised to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Further information about the journal’s open access charges and institutional memberships can be found here.