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Essentials

  • International Workshop, RUN 2018 — Rethinking Methods of Investigation
  • University of Geneva, 18–20 June 2018
  • We invite abstract proposals from interested scholars from all disciplines. Proposals should not exceed 500 words in length. Preferred format for all submissions is PDF. Please send your proposal as an attachment to [email protected] and insert “Submission: RUN 2018 Workshop” as the subject line of the message.
  • The deadline for abstracts is 15 October 2017.
  • Detailed and finalized program will be available on the website shortly unige.ch/run2018/
  • Download the Call for Papers

Summary
This workshop aims to foster discussion revolving around methods and approaches relevant to study
the United Nations and other IOs. Participants will discuss both the empirical and analytical benefits
of different methods and the practicality of their application. The purpose of the workshop is two-fold.
First, it intends to identify and question the specificities of the United Nations and other IOs: do IOs
require a radical change in the application of a classical method in social sciences? How should
researchers adapt their methods to the case of IOs? Secondly, it serves as a venue for researchers from
various disciplines to be reflexive on their methodology and their use of different methods to conduct
research on IOs.

While addressing these two dimensions, each presentation should consider the following
questions: why is this method relevant to study IOs? How do you concretely apply this method to the
case of IOs? What are the strengths and weaknesses of such an approach?

The workshop will welcome different types of interventions to answer these questions.
Interested scholars can present a paper in which they discuss the relevance and the concrete
implementation of a specific method or approach. Others can provide case studies to illustrate the
productive use of different methods. Finally, we will welcome methodological appendixes, which
provide very practical examples of methods applied to IOs (questionnaire, field notes, visual methods,
etc.). We will discuss possible outcomes in terms of publication during the workshop.

By tackling the issues of methodology, the workshop aims to lay the groundwork for
innovative, multi-disciplinary future research on the United Nations and other IOs. It intends to be
interactive and horizontal to facilitate discussions among participants from different academic
communities. It will allow for an interdisciplinary dialogue based on the commitment and the active
contribution of all participants.

The workshop will also comprise two public roundtables. Confirmed speakers and moderators include
Irène Bellier (EHESS-CNRS), Laëtitia Atlani-Duault (IRD, Columbia University), Michael Barnett
(Elliott School of International Affairs), Mathilde Bourrier (UNIGE), Sandra Lavenex (UNIGE),
Birgit Müller (EHESS-CNRS), Bob Reinalda (Radboud University) and Thomas Weiss (CUNY).
These conferences will be the opportunity to open the debate to a larger audience.