Thursday, September 27, 2012

The First Global South International Studies Conference (November 29-30 & December 1, 2012)

Links to Information:
Paper Submissions
About Sciences Po
Travel Grants
Conference Program
 New Companion Site
Update (October 24): 
Message from Conference Chair Imad Mansour
I am very glad to deliver some excellent news: we are Streaming the Conference Live! Which means that the whole world would be able to watch you deliver the paper and send you questions; there is a dedicated team of Sciences Po – Menton students who will receive questions and transmit them to you. For now, please follow Conference developments on this website ( which is under construction. People can also follow us on Twitter.

Regarding the program, note that there are no simultaneous panels: all panels will be held in succession in a large, modern, and technology-equipped amphitheatre. This will maximize the benefits from your stay in that you will receive notes and feedback from everyone else present. This structure realizes our goal for the Conference to have an intimate setting conducive to sharing insights and ideas. As noted before, we will not provide printing options, so make sure to bring what you require with you. Also, prepare your presentation on a memory key.

Between panels are 15 minutes breaks where Sciences Po – Menton offers snacks in a spacious room with a large balcony overlooking the Mediterranean. Also, the lunch break is one hour; there are quite a few shops/eateries close by in town (ask us!). Please note that we cannot provide food refrigeration and heating.

If you want to benefit from the hotel deals we negotiated, contact the hotels directly (not through agents).

By next week, I will e-mail you with a final (edited) program, including more information about a dinner on Friday (I am finalizing a good deal), and other pertinent information.

Do not forget to send the papers – they will be available on the website later.

Notice: Attention! (September 27)

We now have a chat room where you can discuss logistics (for example, room sharing) and other matters pertaining to the GSCIS conference! The group is run by our Newsletter Editor Diana Cassells! Please go to the web address below for access.

Current web address:
Current email address:

Conference Program

International Studies
Global South Caucus

First Global South
International Studies Conference
Menton – France
(November 29-30, and December 1 2012)

All events will take
place on the premises of the Sciences Po – Menton campus

Wednesday November 28
  • Early
    registration – starts at 17:00
  • Reception
    starts at 18:00

Thursday November 29
  • Registration
  • Opening
    plenary 9:00 – 9:45
  • Panels
    start at 10:00 – until 6:00

Friday November 30
  • Panels
    start at 8:30 – until 18:00

Saturday December 1
  • Panels
    start at 8:30 – until 18:00


Panels (for details, click on this link)
Panel 1: Post-Soviet Regions: Eurasian / Central Asian Similarities to the Global South 
Panel 2: Adapting Mainstream IR to the Global South
Panel 3: A Roundtable on Teaching Development Through Simulations in an Online Environment
Panel 4: Perspectives on the Role of Social Forces: Art, Culture, and Race
Panel 5: Regional Approaches to Methodology and Theory-building: Examples from Africa and Asia
Panel 6: Curricula, Scholarship, and Knowledge Production Experiences from Brazil, Sudan, and Iran
Panel 7: Global South Criticisms of, and Alternatives to, Mainstream IR
Panel 8: Inclusionary Governance and Democracy in Global Perspective
Panel 9: Unpacking the Constitutive Ideas in International Development
Panel 10: Researching the Global South: Opportunities, Promise, Challenges and Pitfalls
Panel 11: Security and Global South IR
Panel 12: Turkish Models for IR
Panel 13: Concerns for Social Justice
Panel 14: Security, State, and Regional Conflict in Africa
Panel 15: Comparative Assessments of South-South Development Initiatives
Panel 16: IR Theory and Economic Transformation
Panel 17: Comparative Analysis of Ideas and Scholarship in Global South States
Read or download details here (Pdf): Panels


Update September 25: Deadline Extended

Due to demand, we have pushed forward the date for receipt of proposals to October 1st. For those who have sent in proposals with our agreement or still want to, after September 9, here are the absolutely final deadlines:
October 1: last day for submitting proposals
October 10: all acceptances received
October 15: last day for registering or withdrawing

To All Participants
Please note that no refunds will be available after October 1st (for those who received acceptances by September 15th and must register by October 1st) or October 15 (for those permitted to make proposals after the original deadline). This is in keeping with ISA practices. 

Please also note that by registering, you assume the responsibility to attend barring any extraordinary occurrences. In that regard, please note that ISA practices regarding non-attendance apply to this conference as well. Please check the ISA conference website for details.

We look forward to seeing you and sharing experiences!


Travel Grants
Update September 24

Depending on our budget, we may be able to subsidize selected costs for some who are registered and
participating actively in the conference. Interested parties must follow guidelines noted
on the
ISA travel grant website
with respect to keeping track of expenses (in other words, save your receipts for presentation at the conference; any reimbursement will be made then.) However, our procedures beyond that differ. Please send an email to, cc'd to our treasurer Seifudein Adem,, with the following information:
1. Paper Title as originally sent to the organizers;
2. Brief bio (no more than a few lines please);
3) A brief statement indicating what, if any, funding you expect to receive from your institution as well as any particular reasons why you feel that you need supplementary funding. 

Funding criteria will include relevance of topic and geographical diversity, as well as need.

Your email should be sent by October 15th. Decisions will be communicated by November1st.  Please note that
our budget is very limited
. ISA HQ does not subsidize local conferences so we need to find money in the caucus budget. Thus any assistance will be modest.
ISA’s travel grant website for details about "tracking expenses."


Update August 28

GSCIS Menton Conference: UPDATE: Hotels etc.

Dear All:
Thank you to all who have sent in proposals for the Menton conference.
We will be in touch regarding acceptances soon. And for those who are
still thinking about it, do hurry up and send your proposals in.
This promises to be an exciting conference -- the small size alone will
allow us to get to know one another in a way that we cannot do at ISA
or APSA!

Please note the following:
Hotels, transport, and eating impose important budgetary constraints on conference attendance. Below, we
provide a brief and tentative set of recommendations on these three factors.
For a general overview of hotels, visit the official tourism site:
For some examples of hotel rates less than 50 Euros:
The visitor can choose any price range and classification (from four stars to no classification). Keep in mind
that tourism is the main source of income for the town, so there are strong incentives to adhere to regulations. Bargains for better rates would come soon, after we have a more solid idea of numbers.

Attention! New!
The prices we negotiated for you are applicable when you book with the hotel directly NOT through special travel agents or other means. Offers are valid for bookings made ​​online, via phone or e-mail with the hotel - not via other merchant sites. The hotels are not responsible for managing and finalizing the transactions of other businesses.

Trains and buses are frequent and generally not expensive. Actually, a whole section of the Riviera
is connected with an impressive network of public transport.
In-town bus rides are mostly for one Euro, and the same goes for intra-regional buses. For example, you can get from Menton to Nice, or any of the stops in between including Monte Carlo, for one euro (on the bus number 100).
Good deals can also be found for trains across the Riviera, as well as routes connecting it to further distances, say from Paris to Nice.
There are at least three large supermarkets (chains) with several branches across Menton, and many smaller
convenience stores. These amenities can help keep the budget – and health concerns – in check.
Also, it goes without saying that restaurants and sandwich places are plentiful.


The First Global South International Studies Conference
(November 29-30 & December 1, 2012)

Co-sponsored by the International Studies
Association’s Global South Caucus and the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris
(Sciences Po) – Campus Moyen-Orient Méditerranée à Menton

Sharing Insights and Ideas:
Theorizing, Teaching, Research, and
Publishing on the Global South

The International Studies Association (headquartered at the University of Arizona, USA)
is the largest, most respected and widely known scholarly association promoting research and education in International Relations (IR). It represents more than eighty countries and has approximately 6,000 members worldwide.

The Global South Caucus (GSCIS) is a unit of ISA, initiated in 2011, and open to members of ISA who study the global south regionally (Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean)
or globally, as well as relevant south societies in the north and relations between the north and south. Among the aims of the caucus is to provide a channel for the sharing of research, information and ideas among scholars and practitioners of/in the various regions of the south; to encourage the dissemination of research on the global south in major journals; and to encourage graduate students to work on south issues and regions.

The First Global South International Studies Conference will be devoted to developing theoretical ideas
appropriate to studying the international relations and foreign policy of the global south as well as to sharing teaching, learning and publishing experiences and methods--perceived shortcomings as well as strengths—related to the study of the south by scholars/students from the north and south.  Moreover, the workshop aims to help develop tangible goals on moving forward in global south studies; these would serve as
guidelines for coming conferences. We are interested in soliciting input and feedback from scholars about particular operational mechanisms that they have used successfully in each issue-area, or that they would like to access in their own work. The conference will serve as an arena for the sharing of ideas and experiences among senior and junior scholars and graduate students, thus achieving a balance of experience and apprenticeship.

Within this project, submissions are encouraged on the following themes, each of which will be developed in
three sessions:

Theme One: Theorizing
Questions to be addressed: What are some of the critiques of mainstream international relations theory in terms of its relevance to the global south? What alternatives are available? What research is being done or can be done in this regard?

Theme Two: Teaching
Questions: What kind of training, backgrounds, and experiences have fostered success for scholars of the global south? What are their experiences with respect to teaching loads, assigned courses, course content, and advancement in the profession? How do scholars of the global south deal with material selection; philosophical, theoretical and methodological issues as they affect teaching; nuances in phrasing, framing of
issues, or other particulars? What innovative technologies are helpful in dealing with global south IR?

Theme Three: Research
Questions: What are key research
questions pertaining to GS IR? What is the role of policy research? Is there a preference for certain epistemologies and methodologies when dealing with the global south? If so, why? What kinds of problems have scholars encountered in doing research on the south? What have been some of the experiences of global south scholars/students in studying their regions from the outside as well as from within? What should scholars from each region usefully share? Are there methods in research which they observe/perceive are used to represent their regions, and which they would argue could use revision, and why?

Some regions of the south (perhaps most visibly in Latin America) are noticeable for a significant density in scholarly networks, international associations, and avenues for research and publication. While dialogue and debate among schools within the south is dynamic, it would be of interest in this workshop (reflecting the general direction of the Global South Caucus) to investigate avenues for cross-regional research collaboration. This obviously would spill over into publishing and teaching, but would still have research at its core. In other words, not only are we interested in strengthening the north-south bridges, but also in building south-south bridges as well. Both individual and institutional bridges will be discussed.

Theme Four: Publishing
Questions: What is the role of publishing in academic advancement? What are the perceived gaps in publishing about south IR? What fields have not yet been fully developed? What problems are there in terms of the exposure and integration of GS scholarship into themainstream? For example, how can research done in local languages, and other international languages like French and Spanish, make its way to journals and
publishers that are traditional outlets for the general ISA readership? These are important dimensions to allow highly valuable ideas and insights from outside of the mainstream to receive their share of recognition.

What is an appropriate balance between policy work, with its outreach to inter-disciplinary audiences, and
scholarly work, with its focus on specialized audiences? What are some adequate mechanisms for transmitting scholarly knowledge to policy audiences?

Conference Organizing Committee

Chair: Imad Mansour (Sciences Po – Menton)
Co-Chair: Jacqueline Anne Braveboy-Wagner (City University of New York)
Member: Bernard El-Ghoul (Sciences Po – Menton)
Member: Nanette Svenson (Tulane University)
Member: Paulo Esteves (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)
Conference Host: Sciences Po Paris – Campus Moyen-Orient Méditerranée à Menton

Sciences Po is a highly selective independent and international research university with seven campuses and collaborative arrangements with more than 400 competitive universities all over the world. Sciences Po has forged a network of strategic alliances involving dual degrees with the London School of Economics (LSE), Columbia University, MGIMO (Moscow State University of International Relations) and Fudan University (Shanghai, China).

The Middle Eastern and Mediterranean campus of Menton focuses on political, economic and social issues in Mediterranean countries, the Middle East and the Gulf. Its multidisciplinary and fundamental teaching method consists of courses in social science and specialized courses on the zone of campus interest in three languages (French, Arabic, and English). The program brings together international students from Europe, the Maghreb, the Middle East and the Gulf, as well as from the United States and Asia. It offers a curriculum in French and a complete curriculum in English, underpinned by the expertise of Sciences Po professors and researchers specializing in the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean zones, prestigious lecturers, and guest

Timelines for Registration

All conference sessions will be held on the campus of Sciences Po in Menton on November 29-30 and December 1, 2012 (inclusive).

Submit papers and/or panels to Imad Mansour, Conference Chair, by September 1st, 2012
(at the latest) at (

Paper submissions: should contain an abstract of no more than 100 words, clearly typed with a cover letter indicating institutional affiliation/contact information. Please provide as well five key words/concepts which can be used to highlight the contents of the proposed contribution. Participants who submit papers may be asked to serve as panel chair, coordinating the presentation in terms of order and time and summarizing
the highlights of the session for delivery to the conference committee.

Panels: should be organized by their members/chair. Panel proposals should include an abstract and five key words/concepts which highlight the contents of the proposal. Proposals should include a brief description of any special arrangements needed beyond the usual presentations followed by interaction with the audience. Proposals should also include information (names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses) of all participants. Decisions on the panel will be sent to the chair for dissemination to panel members.

Acceptance e-mails will be sent out by September 15, 2012.

Registration: All accepted participants must register by October 1, 2012. The last day to withdraw is October 1, 2012.

Conference Registration Fees

  • For ISA members: 50 per person. ISA non-Global South Caucus members are
    encouraged to join the Global South Caucus and receive updates about its
  • Non-ISA members: 70 per individual.

Payments must be made upon registration (deadline October 1st), through myISA. Further information on how to register will be provided in acceptance e-mails.

  • Depending on our budget, we may be able to subsidize selected costs for some participants. Once accepted, participants may wish to fill out a financial aid form. Any assistance will be disseminated
    after the conference. Further information will be provided after September 15. 
(Update: Non-ISA members do not have to join the organization although they are encouraged to join the caucus (see individual and institutional fee structure on the GSCIS website). To register, however, non-members MUST sign in for a FREE MyISA account on the ISA website

Coming to France

Legal and visa requirements to enter France vary. You should ensure that legal and other necessary documents are in order. Check with French diplomatic or consular representatives/services in your territory. You should also arrange for your own travel.

Conference organizers, ISA, and Sciences Po are NOT REPONSIBLE for your travel, legal, and visa arrangements.

Menton: Directions and Other

Menton is in the heart of the Côte d'Azur, and the last town bordering Italy on the French Riviera. The campus is located at 11 Place Saint Julien (for map directions or taxi purposes, make sure to note the NEW campus – which opened in October 2011). Menton is easy to navigate, and amenities are in walking distance. It is connected by bus, train, and taxi services.

Information provided below is only suggestive:

From the Nice Airport, you can take shuttle bus number 110 directly to the Menton bus station (around 30 for the round trip). Confirm bus trajectory with the driver.

Or, if on a tight budget, a longer ride is possible through regular public buses (costs around 1 per trip): take bus number 400 from outside the Nice Airport going towards the main bus station in Nice, then take bus number 100 to Menton. Confirm bus trajectory with the driver.

If you come to Menton via train from Italy, Paris, or other destinations (such as from Nice), it is advised that you carefully choose the route ahead of time. Remember to pay attention to any labor strikes before you leave, as buses, trains, or air traffic can be impacted. Or you can come to Menton from wherever you like by

In Menton, the train station is almost adjacent to the bus station, and a taxi ride from either to campus would take some 10 minutes. There is usually an extra fee for baggage in the trunk (and other charges might apply). Check details with the driver before the ride.

If you want to walk from either train or bus station, it would take around a thirty minute trip to the Sciences Po campus: when you reach the town center on foot, come up the Rue Longue which will lead you directly to the campus.

Menton is a friendly and relaxed town; a smile with your question helps you figure the way around! Aside from French, Italian is very widely spoken; and, to a lesser degree, English.

Hotel Accommodations

It is advised that you reserve and pay for the room(s) ahead of time. We will provide more information on hotels after October 1st 2012. Meanwhile, prospective participants can see the official tourism office link:

Other: the electric current in France is 230 Volts with special sockets, so make sure to adapt/equip your electrical and electronic equipment.