International Political Sociology

Cover image for Vol. 9 Issue 4

Edited By: Jef Huysmans, João Pontes Nogueira

Online ISSN: 1749-5687

Call for Papers 2014-2015


International Political Sociology is the fifth journal supported by the International Studies Association. It responds to the need for more productive collaboration among sociologists, international relations specialists and sociopolitical theorists. Being a venue for theoretical and empirical innovation in the field of international relations, IPS strongly encourages transdisciplinary analysis of contemporary world phenomena by offering a meeting space for scholars from all over the world. Issues of special concern are the challenges arising from contemporary transformations of social, political, and global orders given the statist forms of traditional sociologies and the marginalization of social processes in many approaches to international relations. IPS draws especially on traditions of historical, legal, economic, cultural and political sociology, as well as on the burgeoning literature on socio-political theory, anthropology and human geography. It is committed to theoretical innovation, to the decentering of dominant modes of production of knowledge, to new modes of empirical research and the geographical and cultural diversification of research beyond the usual circuits of European and North-American scholarship.


The journal invites research papers that take our understanding of international, transnational and global phenomena out of the comfort zone of familiar approaches. In addition the journal regularly defines a limited number of running themes that it sees as particularly important for developing International Political Sociology. These are in addition to our ongoing commitment to publish innovative and critical work at the interstices of the social, the political and the cultural in world politics. Currently we are particularly interested in receiving papers on three new running themes.

The transformation and diffusion of violence

IPS is interested in works that investigate the diffusion and intensification of violence in contemporary worlds. We invite contributions that analyze the social and political significance of different forms of violence in multiple social spaces produced by new transnational practices in fields such as security, development and humanitarianism. How does the articulation of these fields enable the use of violence through new forms of legitimation? What are the political implications of the criminalization of violence for practices of resistance? How do new security practices discipline what are acceptable forms of violence? What is the impact of transnational governance on urban violence? How are urban zones in peripheral spaces constituted as areas of risk? What are the links between resilience programs and violence? What are the effects of international governance of situated conflicts as wars for the proliferation of violence? Do narratives of violence rearticulate colonial practices in the margins of the international? How is violence deployed in the societal and cultural enactment of subjectivities and cultural fabrics?

New approaches to fracturing worlds

IPS invites theoretical and methodological contributions from various disciplinary perspectives to understanding the social and the political in terms of heterogeneous relations, multiplicity, and fractured temporalities. What are the theoretical and methodological tools for understanding processes of internationalization, globalization and (de)colonization without linking them back to structural or political wholes? How are we to understand transversal social and political relations in their situatedness rather than as part or expression of structural entities, hegemonies, and a scaled up version of society? How do we conceptualize and research the political and social significance of instances, moments, and events without connecting them to universal histories and deep structural continuities?

Connecting worlds: materials, logistics and infrastructures

IPS is interested in contributions that analyze sociologically and anthropologically how logistics and infrastructures connect places, times and people transversally and with what consequences. Under this theme we are also inviting contributions from new materialist and post-human approaches to connecting worlds. How are changing infrastructures—ranging from new roadworks over gas pipelines and electricity grids to digital networks—changing social and political relations? What are the political and social consequences of various methods of governing mobility and flows through infrastructural and logistical developments? Can the world still be international when taking logistics rather than territorial relations as our point of departure for understanding how social, economic and political relations are enacted and governed? In what sense does the global and international exist in and through files, pipes, wires, and forensics?

IPS allows for submission in languages other than English. As long as the editorial team can arrange for proper anonymous peer reviews in the language of submission, authors will only be asked to arrange for translation into English when the article has been accepted for publication. Please contact IPS editorial office——if you would like to know more about submitting in languages other than English.

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IPS Contact:
Renata Summa, Assistant Editor