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CfP: Anticipatory Global Governance – EWIS workshop,?==?utf-8?q? Kraków, 26–29 June 2019

Dear colleagues,

please see this upcoming opportunity for intensive discussion of the making of future(s) in international organisations below. We are very interested in receiving abstracts by participants with an STS background!

Best wishes,
John & Matt

Anticipatory Global Governance: International Organisations and Political Futures
Call for Papers for the 6th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), Kraków, 26–29 June 2019

Convenors: John A. Berten (Bielefeld University/ BIGSSS, University of Bremen; & Dr Matthias Kranke (University of Warwick;

See a short workshop description below, or access the long version of ‘WS N’ at .
Abstracts of no more than 200 words can be submitted by 13 January 2019. For general information, including the link to the online abstract submission system, see .
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.


The workshop addresses the lack of forward-looking research in studies of international organisations (IOs, understood as inter-governmental organisations) by developing and empirically exploring the concept of ‘anticipatory global governance’.
As a starting point, we draw on constructivist and performative perspectives that see political futures as created and continuously enacted through the activities of IO staff and their governance technologies. IOs directly partake in negotiations over political futures by crafting a range of instruments to make the future knowable and amenable to purposive interventions.

To clarify how anticipatory global governance works and what roles IOs assume in it, we wish to engage three broader sets of questions:
1) What are the institutional functions of anticipatory global governance by IOs?
◦ Why do IOs develop certain anticipatory practices and utilise certain instruments (agenda-setting, problematisation, justification, legitimation, etc.)?
◦ To what extent are these practices and instruments responses to internal imperatives or external pressures?
2) What are the organisational dynamics of anticipatory global governance by IOs?
◦ How do IOs make the future (or futures) knowable and governable? Which futures are deemed unknowable and ungovernable, and why?
◦ How do specific practices and instruments create empirical evidence about or imaginations of potential futures?
3) What are the political effects of anticipatory global governance by IOs?
◦ How does anticipatory global governance shift political discourses, as well as affect domestic and transnational policymaking?
◦ To what extent does anticipatory governance entail shifts in power relations and authority?

Papers should address one or several of these questions, and can examine various IOs, diverse transnational issue areas and various types of instruments, including estimates, simulations, scenarios (‘war games’), big data and algorithms. We are especially interested in contributions that investigate lesser-known IOs.
The workshop is intended to yield a special issue in a suitable peer-reviewed journal.

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