It is widely recognised that the discipline of international relations has traditionally neglected voices and experiences from beyond the West, seeing them as irrelevant or marginal. Yet in recent years, along with the Rise of the Rest, non-Western contributions to international relations – both academic and actual – have become increasingly difficult to sideline. This workshop brings together scholars working on non-Western international relations covering a range of perspectives, from elite-based policy-making, through individual action to ideas and the imagination of the international including (1) the effects of migrants and migration, (2) the influence of new rising powers and (3) the effects of visual culture on international relations. By putting individual papers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East in conversation, the workshop aims to advance new ways to analyse international relations, exploring how and to what extent the world is becoming less West-centric.

The 1st AAME Workshop & Centre Launch Event on Non-Western International Relations invites papers that explore how countries and actors from beyond the West are shaping international relations, from the high politics of diplomacy, through the movement of people through migration, to the increasing influence ideas and images. Empirically-based papers are particularly welcome.

The different levels on which politics and norms are changing are explored in three panels:

  • Immigration and International Relations
  • New Rising Powers
  • Visual International Relations and Visual Culture

    The keynote speaker of the workshop will be confirmed soon. The editor of Third World Quarterly has expressed interest in turning a selection of the best papers presented at the workshop into a special issue in 2018 to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the journal.

Submission of your contribution

Please send your proposal of no more than 500 words with a brief bio (in a Word file format) by 3 April 2017 to Dr Jinghan Zeng at rhulaame(at) The organisers will confirm your participation after review of all proposals. Final submissions should not exceed 8,000 words (excl. bibliography).

The working language is English. The event is generously supported by Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. Some support is available for travel expenses.

Conference organised by: the Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East (AAME), Royal Holloway, University of London

Date: 19 June 2017, Time: 9:00am – 5.00pm

Location: Senate House Room 264, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Organiser: The Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East (AAME) is part of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. Its members carry out research and teach in their specialist areas of Africa, China, the Middle East and South Asia. We foster a lively research culture, running a regular seminar series and an annual conference. Find more information about AAME.

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