Announcing the Conference Schedule!

Friday, April 8:

6-8pm: Keynote Panel
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, Author of Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages
Patrick Jackson, American University, Author of The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations
Robert Jervis, Columbia University, Author of Why Intelligence Fails: Lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War
Jonathan Bach, New School University, Author of Between Sovereignty and Integration: German Foreign Policy and National Identity after 1989

8pm: Reception


Saturday, April 9:

10am: Machiavellian Perspectives of Global Politics

11:30am: Postcolonial Theory for International Relations: Utopic, Delusory, or Productive

1pm: Break

2pm: Queer Migrations

3:30pm: Re-Imagining the Global

5pm: Reception and movie: “The Other Side of Immigration”


Free and open to all! The conference will be taking place at the Wolff Conference Room, 11th floor, 6 E 16th Street.


Call for Papers – Deadline extended to March 11, 2011

Department of Politics at the New School for Social Research Annual Graduate Student Conference presents:

April 8-9, 2011.

Keynote panel: Saskia Sassen (Columbia), Patrick Jackson (American University), Robert Jervis (Columbia), and Jonathan Bach (New School)

The Union for Political Science Students of the New School for Social Research cordially invites projects on the topic of Global Politics.

When bombs in Kabul are as common news events as roadblocks in Monterrey or house arrests in Beijing, the term “global politics” seems antiquated to describe local events with international resonance. Responses from academia have centered on transnational understandings to the creation of glocal occurrences, trying to account for events that while local have impacts in various different places, arenas, and communities. Still, the ways we interrogate these issues are within an established hierarchy of importance start at the local, to the national, to the international – clearly defined borders constituted to maintain order and difference.

The conference is aimed at questioning the boundaries, hierarchies, and sovereignties of the current system. The conference will be open to papers and projects that seek to maintain the status quo, as well as the relevance for maintaining stability or destabilizing accepted conventions. At the same time, proposals questioning the division of political science into subfields – international relations/global politics, comparative politics, political theory, American politics – will be welcomed. We encourage non-essay projects such as workshops, performances, art pieces, and contributions from outside of academia. Possible panels may include:

  1. Glocal Politics: From Media Markets to Meta-Narratives, redefining globalization as a popular movement.
  2. The New Sovereign: State and the Self.
  3. Border Patrol: A critical examination of Political and Academic Boundaries.
  4. What We Know Now: Post-Colonial studies in Latin America, Africa andEastern Europe.
  5. Enshrined but not Enacted: Constitutions, Rights, and Reality.
  6. One Rule for Them All? The globalization of liberal democratic thought, and glocal resistance.
  7. Queer Cosmopolitanism: International Feminism, Subaltern, or Multiculturalism.
  8. Autre-mondialisation: Posthumanism and hybrid agency.
  9. One system, Our system? Maintaining the United Nations, Academia, and the State.

Interested participants, at all levels of their academic career, should submit a one-page abstract by FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011.  Those selected to present will be asked to submit final copies of their papers no later than two weeks prior to the conference.  In your cover letter or email, please include: name, academic level, institutional affiliation, and contact information.

To submit or request additional information, please email:

Sponsored by the Dean’s Office of NSSR, the Union of Political Science Students, Graduate Program in International Affairs, Global Studies program, and the International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship at the New School.