Call for Papers: EWIS Workshop ‘European Sanctions in the Twenty-first Century’ – Deadline: 10/01/2018

European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS)
Groningen, June 06-09, 2018
The Return of Politics to International Relations
Programme Co-Chairs: Dr Benjamin Herborth, Groningen and Dr Benjamin Tallis, IIR (for EISA)

Call for Papers, Deadline: 10/01/2018

The European International Studies Association (EISA) invites papers to be submitted to the workshops that comprise EWIS 2018, which will take place at University of Groningen in the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 06-09 June 2018. These workshops allow scholars to engage in sustained, in-depth discussion with a diverse range of their peers from various institutions, countries, disciplines and career stages. EWIS has quickly proven to be a popular and productive format, ideal for preparing special issues, edited volumes or exploring new ideas, themes and directions.

The workshops that have been selected allow for exploration of the EWIS 2018 theme – ‘The Return of Politics to International Relations’ – and will zoom in on the manifold ways in which knowledge produced in the field of International Relations is increasingly politicized, considered as inherently political and confronted with ongoing efforts to reconceptualise politics and the political beyond the confines of IR.

Clara Portela (University of Valencia) and I have convened a workshop on European Sanctions in the Twenty-first Century, see the summary below and participate! Submit your abstract before January 10, you can apply via the EWIS website:  

For the full program and more guidelines on how to participate, please look at: 


WS H: European Sanctions in the Twenty-first Century

Convenors: Clara Portela (University of Valencia) & Francesco Giumelli (University of Groningen)

Albeit the EU has been imposing its own autonomous sanctions since the early 1980s, this realms of its foreign policy has remained largely ignored for decades, particularly in the US-dominated sanctions scholarship. Only recently, the EU has gained visibility as a sender of sanctions thanks to the high profile cases of Russia and Syria, as well as Iran and Libya (even though its measures co-existed with the UN’s in these cases). Yet, scholarship still has fully embrace, conceptually and assess the irruption of the EU on the sanctions scene as well as its consequences for international relations and for the role of the EU as an international actor. The proposed joint session intends to fulfil four aims: Firstly, it takes stock of the latest research reflecting both classical as well as cutting edge approaches to EU sanctions. Especially, while the effectiveness of sanctions should certainly enter the discussion, newer aspects such as the interaction between sanctions and other foreign policy tools, the legalization of sanctions as well as the humanitarian consequences could be discussed in the joint session that we envision. Secondly, this joint session should also serve the objective to provide a forum for more critical approaches to the study of sanctions. The debate has been dominated by rationalist and positivist views of sanctions and sanctions-related practices. Instead, the discussion of this joint session should be informed and enriched by a number of contributions challenging the core assumptions of how sanctions have been understood in the past decades in the political science as well as IR debates on sanctions. Third, we aim to bring other regional experiences/practices in the debate on sanctions in general and, specifically, EU sanctions. Indeed, we can learn a great deal on the EU as a sanctions sender by looking at the EU as well as by looking at other example, practices and understandings of sanctions imposed by other regional organizations. For instance, the African Union has played a central role in dealing with conflicts in Africa in the past two decades alongside with ECOWAS. Investigating how sanctions are used and conceptualized in non-western contexts provides an occasion to enhance the understanding of EU sanctions. Finally, in light of the theme of this EWIS edition, we also invite contributions on the ways in which knowledge produced in the field of sanctions is presented as a “technical” v. “political” dossier, as well as their implications for sanctions scholarship and the policy debate associated with it. The workshop will be led by two pioneering researchers on EU sanctions, in an effort to link up with, and support, the continuation of this research strand by young researchers.