CIC Journal Sponsors Essay Prize for Women in International Security

Jan 10, 2018 | Opportunity

The CIC is proud to announce that International Journal, its flagship academic journal published in conjunction with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History will be sponsoring an essay prize for the Women in International Security’s 11th Annual Workshop of the Canada chapter. The winning paper will be awarded a $500 cash prize, and the top three papers will be reviewed for publication in International Journal. Proposals for workshop papers are due by Friday February 1, 2018.

Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada is an organisation that aims to advance women’s leadership and scholarship at all stages of their career in international defence and security. It engages members of academia, government, military, private, and non-profit sectors in that endeavour.

The 11th Annual Workshop will be held at the University of Alberta from May 2 – 4, 2018. and is entitled “Gender & Security, from the Bottom-up”. In global politics, security is a strategic concern involving power politics between macro-players, such as nation-states and militaries. Yet, (in)security is experienced by individuals, and groups, in local spaces, and intersects with various identity markers such as gender, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, sexuality, and class. Thus, the theme asks participants to think about the ways (in)security is, and can be, shaped in the every-day with a particular focus on gender and intersecting identities.

In that light, WIIS-Canada invites paper proposals from graduate students on international security, broadly defined. Specific paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous engagements and scholarship in International Relations (IR), including implications of the field’s key concepts, such as sovereignty, for theorising security
  • Identity politics and international movement (borders, travel, migration)
  • Security and sovereignty of the body in International Relations
  • Intersectional approaches to the Women, Peace & Security Agenda
  • Local and individual engagements with international, and human security
  • Feminist methodologies for IR, approached from the “bottom-up”

Application Procedure

Full application details are available on the WIIS-Canada website.

Please send your abstract of a maximum of 300 words, together with a short bio of 150 words, to by Friday February 1, 2018. Up to 30 graduate students will be selected to present their research and take part in skill-building, networking, and mentorship exercises with included professionals from academia, government, and the non-profit sector.

Finished papers submitted by March 29, 2018, will automatically be considered for the International Journal essay prize.