Religion and International Studies: An Outdated Topic or a Topic in Fruition?

The co-convenors of the ‘Religion And International Studies’ [RAIS] working group ( at the British International Studies Association [BISA] invites paper proposals on a wide range of topics related to the interchange between Religion and International Studies, as part of the 2021 BISA Conference in June 2021. (Further details about the conference are available at

The call to papers will be temporarily placed at, before being relocated to the BISA website, in order to expedite the call, given the deadline for applications is shortly after the holidays.

Our approach means that we welcome submissions from disciplines such as politics, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, security studies, geopolitics, area studies, and related fields. Our area focus is international, and as such we welcome submissions on any country or region. Our working group seeks to bring together scholars working in this field to examine all aspects of the crossroad of religion and international studies.

Paper proposals are limited to one person per paper. Individual paper proposals must include the following, in one file (doc or pdf format) sent to both of the co-convenors mentioned below:

*Contact information: the name, email, postal address and academic affiliation of the applicant
*A 300- to 500-word abstract (abstracts outside of these parameters will not be considered)
*A 50-150-word biographical statement.

Please note: the co-convenors will consider only proposals that have not already been accepted elsewhere, and any paper that is finally delivered should not have been already delivered elsewhere.  

The deadline for applications has been exceptionally set for 22nd of January 2021, later than other BISA panel deadlines, as this is the inaugural panel of RAIS, which was recently formed. Applications received after this date may not be considered.

BISA conference 2021 is committed to ensuring the conference is a welcoming, supportive and intellectually stimulating place for all and intend to use the fully virtual setup of 2021 to ensure the conference is BISA's most diverse, inclusive and accessible to date. Please note that both members and non-members of BISA are warmly invited to submit proposals. 

Successful candidates will be notified by early February. Owing to the expected volume of submissions, we are unable to respond to unsuccessful candidates.

Please forward any enquiries to the co-convenors.

With kind regards,

RAIS Co-Convenors

Dr Hisham A. Hellyer, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace & Cambridge University (
Ms Rim-Sarah Alouane, University Toulouse Capitole (