The OCIS 2020 Organising Committee invites paper and panel proposals in all areas of international studies.
We encourage gender-balanced full panel proposals with a mix of junior and senior scholars, but also welcome individual paper proposals.

Please review the Call for Proposal guidelines below (or in print friendly pdf) before submitting a proposal.

Key dates for submission of proposals

  • Submission Deadline
    11:59pm, Saturday 30 November 2019
    (Australian Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)
  • Acceptance Notification
    by Monday 17 February 2020
    (Australian Eastern Daylight Time, UTC+11:00)

Participation Guidelines

  • Each individual may submit a maximum of TWO (2) paper proposals (whether submitting an individual paper or a panel).
  • There is no limit to how many times an individual may appear as a non-presenting Chair or as a Discussant.

Proposal Guidelines

  • The word limit for paper and panel abstracts is 200 words.
  • We encourage proposals for full panels, but welcome both panel and individual paper proposals.
  • Panel proposals should include the names and institutional affiliations of 4-5 paper presenters, and a Chair. Panel Discussants are optional. (We request that graduate students are not nominated as Discussants). All proposed panellists must have agreed to be on the panel.
  • The deadline for proposals is 30 November 2019 (AEDT – Australian Eastern Daylight Time UTC+11:00).
  • Acceptance notifications will be emailed by 17 February 2020 (AEDT – Australian Eastern Daylight Time UTC+11:00).
  • Successful applicants will have to register to attend the conference by 30 March 2020 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time UTC+11:00) in order to be included on the program.
  • We will accept proposals presenting research on International Studies broadly defined.
  • Where possible, each submission must indicate ONE (1) or TWO (2) of the most relevant themes or categories from the following list:
    • Asia Pacific Studies
    • Gender and Feminism
    • Global Governance, International Law and International Society
    • International History, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
    • International Political Economy
    • International Relations Theory and Methods
    • International Security
    • Justice and Rights, Normative Theory and International Ethics
    • North-South Relations
    • Peace and Conflict
    • Post-colonialism and Indigenous Rights
    • Regions and Regionalism

Paper and Panel Guidelines

  • The preparation of a formal paper is optional for individual presenters and for panels that do not have a Discussant.
  • If the panel has a Discussant, formal papers must be circulated TEN (10) days before the conference.
  • Presenters are encouraged to circulate papers to other panel members prior to the conference to facilitate feedback and discussion.
  • We encourage organisers to ensure that panel proposals include a mix of junior and senior colleagues and have gender balanced participation.
  • We request that graduate students are not nominated as Discussants.
  • Panel proposals must include the names and institutional affiliations of 4-5 paper presenters, and a Chair, all of whom have agreed to be on the panel.
  • The Chair does not present a paper, they act as moderator for the Panellists and Discussant and audience questions.

Presentation Guidelines

  • Paper presentations should be 12-15 minutes long.
  • Panel sessions will run for 90 min. Where applicable, Discussants will be given 10 minutes for their comments. Panel Chairs are asked to budget a minimum of 30 minutes for questions.

Ready to submit?

Please read the above guidelines before submitting your proposal.

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