CALL FOR PAPERS - SPECIAL ISSUE GLOBAL SOUTH AND ITS PERSPECTIVES: EXPANDING THE FRONTIERS OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

 

Call for Papers 

Special Issue “Global South and its perspectives: expanding the frontiers of International Relations”

Monções, Journal of International Relations of the Federal University of Grande Dourados (UFGD) (ISSN 23168323) invites submissions to the special issue "Global South and its perspectives: expanding the frontiers of International Relations”. The deadline for submissions is December 17th, 2021. 

 

Presentation and goals

The discipline of International Relations has seen a growing number of scholars putting in check the dominance of the Global North in the definition of its concepts, theories, and paradigms (ACHARYA; BUZAN, 2007; HURRELL, 2016; BUZAN, 2016; ALEJANDRO, 2019). Though this is not a new debate, dating back at least to the 1970s (HOFFMAN, 1977), many of the issues raised in these past forty years remain relevant. Much of the “disciplinary canon” lacks diversity, producing and reproducing an IR that does not reflect the multiple realities of the globe and that ignores Global South voices, interests, and perspectives.   

Many authors have argued for more reflexivity and pluralism to expand the discipline’s frontiers through this critique and create a genuinely global IR. Hence, Global IR, understood here as an intra- and interdisciplinary movement, aims to promote dialogue between existing traditions, incorporate the knowledge that has been often marginalized, and investigate how concepts and theories are applied, translated and modified in the Global South. The objective is to reform and expand the discipline, bringing it closer to other representations of different international spaces. That includes not only the politics of peripheral countries but also the many individuals and agencies that tend to be excluded from traditional concepts and paradigms. 

Despite a rich and fruitful discussion by critical IR, which include essential issues regarding the limitations of traditional theories to understand our reality (CERVO, 2008), the silences perpetuated by academia (FERNANDEZ, 2019), and the possibilities for local theorizing  (BARASUOL; SILVA, 2016, URT; SELIS; LAGE, 2019), the Global IR debate has not gained ground in Brazilian academia. In fact, and somewhat paradoxically, this debate has occurred primarily in spaces and publications from the Global North. 

Therefore, this special issue’s goal is to gather papers that (i) offer tools to understand an ever-changing global order through Global South lenses; (ii) question different power diffusion patterns and their consequences for grasping International Relations in different parts of the world; or (iii) critically debate the discipline’s state-of-the-art, its limitations and constant exclusion of issues related to race and gender, among others. 

Additionally, this special issue promotes interdisciplinary and inter-paradigmatic dialogues to build a bridge between scholars of different areas, genders, academic ranks, and origins. Finally, we welcome researchers interested in advancing our knowledge of International Relations through inclusion and reimagination, embracing the possibilities of power diffusion within the discipline, and exploring how concepts travel, translate and readapt. 

We offer below some suggestions of questions about which we expect to receive original contributions: 

  1. In what ways are voices and knowledge from the Global South excluded from IR’s traditional canon? 
  2. How has the unequal distribution of power of knowledge production affected the discipline’s development and institutionalization? 
  3. How can we map the production of Global IR in the Global South?  Are there specific methodologies or approaches that might assist in this exercise?  Do they maintain an interdisciplinary and plural focus? 
  4. How can we acknowledge perspectives, voices, and points of view from the Global South? How can they alter or redirect traditional IR concepts which are conceived initially from Global North experiences and for the solution of Global North problems? 
  5. How can we make the authenticity of national thought compatible with its tendency towards intellectual hybridity, something inherent to the Global South’s colonial past? 
  6. What methods can be used to identify national schools of thought? 
  7. What are the consequences of formalizing the Global IR agenda in a discipline which already has a wide range of paradigmatic debates?   
  8. How can issues of race complement or revolutionize the discipline’s imaginary? How can the debate on racism and colonialism be crucial in de-westernizing a field born from imperialist and orientalist enterprises? 
  9. What is the sociological and philosophical importance of issues of gender for the development of a Global IR research agenda that intends to widen the IR debate both philosophically and geographically? 
  10. Is it possible to define an endogenous Brazilian IR?  What are other Latin-American countries investing in local or specific intellectual production in IR or international politics? 
  11. Considering Global IR as a movement that promotes a knowledge exchange that blurs the limits between national and international, inside and outside, how is it possible to transform the global into local and the local into global? 
  12. Is there a south and a north within the Global South? How do inequalities (socio-economic, ethnic, regional, gender) within Global South countries reflect in the production of knowledge in IR? 
  13. Particularly, how can Latin America offer new spaces for studying IR and the development of dissident knowledge from the mainstream?

Editors

Fernanda Barasuol (Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados)

Luiza Cerioli (Universidade de Marburg)

Mariana Kalil (Escola Superior de Guerra)


References

ACHARYA, Amitav; BUZAN, Berry. Why is The No Non-Western International Relations Theory? An Introduction.International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, vol. 7, n. 4, 2007.

ALEJANDRO, Audrey. Western dominance in international relations? The internationalisation of IR in Brazil and India. London, New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019. 

BARASUOL, Fernanda; DA SILVA, André Reis. International Relations Theory in Brazil: trends and challenges in teaching and research. Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, vol. 59, n. 2, 2016. 

BUZAN, Berry. Could IR Be Different? International Studies Review, vol. 18, n. 1, 2016. 

FERNANDEZ, Marta. As Relações Internacionais e seus Epistemicídios. Monções: Revista de Relações Internacionais da UFGD, vol. 8, n. 15, 2019. 

HURRELL, Andrew. Towards the Global Study of International Relations. Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, vol. 59, n. 2, 2016. 

URT, João Nackle; SELIS, Lara Martins Rodrigues; LAGE, Victor Coutinho. A Teorização em Relações Internacionais no Brasil Importa? Monções: Revista de Relações Internacionais da UFGD, vol. 8, n. 15, 2019.