Call for Papers

CIPSS/CIPS Graduate Student Conference

“Mobility of Ideas, Conflicts and People in Global Affairs”

Date of the conference: April 1, 2016

Location: University of Ottawa

The Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) will hold its 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference in collaboration with the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS; Université de Montréal and McGill University) on April 1, 2016, at the University of Ottawa. The theme of this multidisciplinary and bilingual conference is “Mobility of Ideas, Conflicts and People in Global Affairs”.

We invite doctoral and masters students in various social sciences disciplines to present their research on issues related to international security or global governance. Given the theme of this year’s conference, we encourage students to submit proposals exploring issues of global significance where ideas, conflicts and/or people play an important role as a moving force.

Here are a few suggestions for topics of interest:

  • Ideologies and identities in world politics
  • Diplomacy and foreign policies
  • Transnational security issues
  • Human mobility and border issues
  • Intrastate conflicts and peace operations
  • International organizations and global governance
  • Democratization and authoritarianism

Students will present their research in thematic panels, each moderated by a professor or researcher affiliated with CIPS or CIPSS. This colloquium is an excellent opportunity for masters and PhD students to receive feedback on their work and to network with fellow graduate students and other researchers. In addition, the best paper presented at the conference will be automatically eligible for publication in Potentia: Journal of Internationaland Public Affairs, the annual CIPS Graduate Student Journal.

Proposals and papers can be presented in English or French. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract in WORD format of no more than 250 words at by January 25, 2016. Please include your name, program of study, department, and university. Selected applicants will be required to submit their final paper by March 18, 2016.

Deadline for proposals: January 25, 2016

Additional information

Notification of acceptance: During the week of February 7, 2016

Paper Deadline: March 18, 2016

Accommodation: Ottawa graduate students could host visiting conference participants. Applicants from outside Ottawa can indicate to us, with their proposal, if they would be interested in that option.

Funding: Financial assistance to help cover transportation costs may be available for a limited number of students from outside Ottawa.

For any questions, please contact us at For information about the CIPS and the CIPSS, please visit our respective websites: ;

We look forward to receiving your submissions and to having you join us!

The CIPS/CIPSS Graduate Student Conference Committee

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