Knowing the global-local: Imagining pasts, debating futures

June 18th – June 21st 2024
University of Rijeka; Rijeka, Croatia

The politics of knowledge production shapes how we make sense of world politics and our scholarly practices. Established analytical frameworks and the distinction between the local and the global are often taken for granted in International Studies. They reflect epistemic authorities hailing from social and material hierarchies. Such structures generate and discipline political imaginaries and policy designs. They underpin interpretations of current events even when impartial expertise is claimed. The main conference theme seeks to unpack the politics of knowledge and policy processes in the making of the global-local. We promote the adoption of heterogenous approaches that unsettle received categories in the study of the international. The ambivalent positionality in the global order of the diverse Eastern, Central, and South-Eastern Europes provides for a dynamic space from which and in which to debate such questions. We encourage proposals that make critical use of context-sensitive interdisciplinary knowledges to offer such grounded perspectives. We do not, however, limit the scope to any one region.

While we welcome proposals that broadly relate to the main theme, we will consider all submissions, including those outside the overall theme. Within the main theme, we emphasise the following (non-exhaustive) list of topics:

  • Decentring and recentring global knowledge production through regional epistemic frameworks and practices
  • War in (re-)making knowledge
  • Environmental, climate, nature, conservation, and land knowledges in the making of the global-local
  • Do the diversities (non-homogeneous) in the Global South act as constraints and/or as opportunities for the advancement of their agencies?
  • Relations between the Global Norths, Global Souths, and Global Easts, including varieties of racialisation, the role of political economy, migration governance, and the return of geopolitical thinking
  • Global-local knowledge in governance reform, including emulation, learning, and creativity
  • Institutional designs for democracy promotion and market capitalism, and the international political economy of authoritarianism
  • Universal disciplinary histories and theoretical modelling in producing expertise and forecasts
  • Varieties of dissent knowledges, the politics of memory, and the narration of histories
  • Ethnic divides and nationalist contestations of histories and policies
  • Non-formal and non-discursive shapes of knowledge, including affect and the everyday

We welcome proposals in the following formats:

Individual papers: Please submit a title and an abstract of up to 200 words. Programme chairs will compose panels out of the accepted paper proposals.

Standard panels: Please submit a proposal consisting of a panel title, abstract, and up to five papers. Your panel should include a designated chair, discussant, and title and abstract for each paper.

Experimental panels: These panels approach a topic in a more creative and not necessarily paper-based format. Examples include, but are not limited to: a methods café which involves simultaneous exchanges at separate tables in one room, an arts panel which can choose its own medium of exchange, photo essays, a professionalisation panel that provides advice on a particular aspect of the academic profession, etc.

Roundtables: This is a non-paper exchange on a topic. It can concern, for example, a larger question about International Studies or a theory or policy problem, a concentrated discussion on the scholarship of a particular author, or an ‘Author meets critics’ format. Proposals should consist of a title and a 200-word description of the roundtable, up to five participants, and designated chair and discussant

Pre or post– conference workshops: To be hosted either at the University of Rijeka or in the Moise Palace on the nearby Island of Cres, each workshop brings together up to twenty participants to support collective research. Proposals for the workshop should include:

  • a title and a 350-word description of the workshop as a collective project
  • a 50-word bio of each convener
  • he list of contributors and (if applicable) titles of their papers, with a sentence on how each paper adds to the overall purpose
  • preferred location (Rijeka or Cres)
  • preferred dates
  • preferred room setup
  • equipment needed

Please note that the workshops at the Moise Palace come at additional cost. Also, if you plan a workshop at the Moise Palace it is advisable to book accommodation on the Island of Cres for the duration of the workshop. For any queries, please contact and
Please submit your workshop applications by 15 December via email to

To submit your individual papers, panel proposals, experimental panels or roundtables, please use the ISA submission management system.

Deadline for applications: 15 December 2023
Notification of acceptance: 31 January 2024

For general enquiries regarding the programme, please contact programme chairs: Xymena Kurowska and Alena Drieschova at

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Rijeka!

CEEISA Young Scholars Initiative 2024

As a part of the conference, CEEISA Young Scholars Initiative (CYSI) will also be taking place, as a mentoring scheme designed for self-defined ‘early career’ scholars organized by CEEISA Doctoral network. CYSI will consist of two parts, a dedicated panel and a post-conference writing retreat that will take place at the Moise Palace on the nearby Island of Cres. Please find all relevant information on the initiatives and application process here.

Organising committee of the joint ISA/CEEISA Conference in Rijeka:

Sanja Bojanić, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe (CAS SEE), University of Rijeka
Filip Ejdus, Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, CEEISA President
Mark Boyer, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut, ISA Executive Director
Tina Perić Lukačević, Programme Associate, Centre for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe (CAS SEE), University of Rijeka
Tena Prelec, Assistant Professor, Centre for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe (CAS SEE), University of Rijeka
Jennifer Fontanella, ISA Director of Operations

UNIRI The Moise Palace: Cres Island

An education center of the University of Rijeka. A five-hundred-year-old patrician townhouse and the largest Renaissance palace on the Croatian islands. A venue and forum for various scientific and research activities, it welcomes visiting academics, students and scholars.