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Call for Papers: Humanities and International Relations Graduate Conference

In our rapidly evolving and interconnected world, the study of International Relations has expanded beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries. Leiden University’s MAIR program, with its emphasis on humanities-oriented and multidisciplinary perspectives, contends that understanding the complexities of world affairs requires the ability to think critically and draw insights from a wide variety of fields of inquiry, perspectives, sources, and analytic frames. We invite you to join us for the first ‘Humanities and International Relations Graduate Conference’ on June 14, 2024.

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We encourage submissions that align with or engage with the programs holistic approach to International Relations. We welcome paper presentation proposals that showcase the wide spectrum of cutting-edge research that imbibes multidisciplinary and humanities-oriented perspectives in International Relations. In particular, we encourage current MAIR students, staff members, and alumni but also welcome contributions from those interested in these approaches.

Leiden University's MAIR program, which is one of Europe's largest, offers high-quality research-based graduate education in international relations. Our academic staff covers a wide range of expertise in thematic, geographical, methodological, and theoretical aspects of international relations. Collaborating with the Institute for History and the Institute for Area Studies within Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities, the MAIR program brings together over 50 academic staff members from various fields of inquiry in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The student body comprises motivated individuals, which creates an intellectually rewarding and diverse learning community.

Conference Theme:

Reimagining International Relations: Humanities and Multidisciplinarity as Key Approaches

Submission and Participation Guidelines:

If interested in contributing to this conference, please submit the title and abstract of your proposed presentation and a short biographical note (max. 100 words). Participation in the event is free of charge; however, registration is compulsory. Conference registration will open by mid-May 2024 and after the release of the conference program. Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation needs during the conference.

  • Abstract Length: 250 words maximum
  • Presentation Format: Individual paper presentations (approximately 10 to 15 minutes)

How to Submit: Submit your conference presentation proposal by filling out this online form: https://leidenuniv.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3W5V4E4aXDPpuvk

Key Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: April 15, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: May 15, 2024
  • Conference Date: June 14, 2024

Conference Benefits:

  • Engage with an international and multidisciplinary community of scholars, students, and professionals.
  • Expand your academic and professional network.


The MAIR Program, Humanities Faculty, Leiden University

Co-sponsored by the Leiden University Center for International Relations (LUCIR) and the History and International Relations Section, Leiden Institute for History

Organizing Team:
Dr. Salvador Santino Regilme (MAIR Program Chair and Associate Professor)
Dr. Vineet Thakur (MAIR Global Order Track Leader and Assistant Professor)
Phebe Brunsveld (MAIR Student Assistant)
Antonio Grootheer (International Studies Student Association)

Participating Academic Institutes:
Institute for History & Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University

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