• Abstract are to be submitted electronically via the online submission system by: 01 February, 2018.
    Abstracts received via fax, e-mail or received after the deadline will not be accepted and therefore will not be considered for the programme or publication.
  • Submitters may submit up to two paper abstracts and two panel or roundtable abstracts.
  • There are two separate submission platforms, one for individual paper submissions and the other for panel submissions, however the abstract formatting requirements are the same for both. Each submitter/ author needs to select the submission platform first when logged into his/her account and only then can proceed with the submission itself.
  • Abstracts can be amended in the online submission system until the deadline of 01 February, 2018.
  • All submitted panel, round-table and paper abstracts will be subject to a review process after the abstract submission deadline. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Section Chairs under the overall guidance of the Programme Chairs.
  • Accepted abstracts will form part of the final conference programme and as such will be presented onsite as well as published in the official Conference proceedings. Abstracts not suitable for display and/or publication will be rejected. Please have your abstract checked for correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and formal structure. The organiser reserves the right to edit abstracts prior to publication if necessary.
  • All presenting authors will receive an acceptance/rejection notification via e-mail by 05 April 2018.
  • All presenting authors are obliged to register by 14 May, 2018. Those presenting authors who are not registered for the Conference by the deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the final programme.
  • By submitting an abstract the author(s) are agreeing to publication of the abstract in the conference proceedings, the Conference and the EISA website. It is understood that they are not relinquishing copy right to the Conference or EISA.

Section 2: A Palace of Hope? The Prospects, Fragilities and Legitimacy of the United Nations
Section Chairs:
Jess Gifkins, University of Manchester
Niels Nagelhus Schia, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

The United Nations, and in particular, the UN Security Council, relies on perceptions of legitimacy and efficiency to implement its decisions. While the inclusive membership of the UN General Assembly is often seen as legitimate, the legitimacy of the small and bifurcated membership of the Security Council is often questioned. Alongside questions of legitimate membership and legitimate conduct, this section delves into broader questions on the legitimation of decisions via the UN and the ways in which legitimacy shapes processes and decision-making. In particular, this section focuses on the informal, social and everyday aspects of decision-making and negotiation across a range of different issue areas. This section aims to create dialogue between academics, UN practitioners and NGO staff to unpack questions of both a theoretical and practical nature. The section is interdisciplinary, drawing explicitly from International Relations and Anthropology (among other disciplines). We seek to understand the day-to-day practices that make up the United Nations both in multilateral forums and in departments of the Secretariat. The section is interested in the language and diplomatic culture that shapes daily encounters. We are also open to methodological debates on conducting UN research and disseminating research for impact.