The historical sociology of international relations has become firmly ensconced in the discipline – especially in the British context – but questions remain about its future. The core focus has been on specific macro-historical theories of societal development in relation to the international to the relative neglect of questions of method (e.g. should the focus only be on the macro? should issues around historical contingency and continuity be foregrounded? what are the implications of the ‘cultural turn’ in historical sociology?), modes of theorising (e.g. idiographic v. nomothetic approaches), and the production of evidence (e.g. historians versus social scientists). In addition to all of this, there has been little recent debate about variations in understanding the international in historical sociology – beyond the work of those deploying frameworks of ‘uneven and combined development’ and ‘social property relations’. Interestingly, the foundation of a new ISA group ‘Historical International Relations’ has focused on the ‘historical’ rather than the ‘sociological’: how important is the emphasis on the historical or sociological?
The section asks for papers and panels addressing these broad themes in theoretical and/or substantive terms.
Please send your panel proposals and paper abstracts to Bryan Mabee (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kamran Matin (email@example.com) by September 1, 2016. Panel proposals should be no more than 300 words long and include a title and abstracts for 4-5 papers. Paper abstracts should be max. 250 words.
Historical Sociology and International Relations Working Group
British International Studies Association