Annual Workshop 2018


WIIS Canada’s 11th Annual Workshop:

“Gender & Security, from the Bottom-Up”

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, May 2 – 4, 2018

Paper proposals due: February 1, 2018

Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada is proud to announce its 11th Annual Workshop, to be held at the University of Alberta from May 2 – 4, 2018. WIIS-Canada is an organisation that aims to advance women’s leadership and scholarship at all stages of their career in international defence and security. It engages members of academia, government, military, private, and non-profit sectors in that endeavour.

The 11th Annual Workshop is entitled Gender & Security, from the Bottom-up. In global politics, security is a strategic concern involving power politics between macro-players, such as nation-states and militaries. Yet, (in)security is experienced by individuals, and groups, in local spaces, and intersects with various identity markers such as gender, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, sexuality, and class. Thus, the theme asks participants to think about the ways (in)security is, and can be, shaped in the every-day with a particular focus on gender and intersecting identities.

In that light, we invite paper proposals from graduate students on international security, broadly defined. Specific paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous engagements and scholarship in International Relations (IR), including implications of the field’s key concepts, such as sovereignty, for theorising security
  • Identity politics and international movement (borders, travel, migration)
  • Security and sovereignty of the body in International Relations
  • Intersectional approaches to the Women, Peace & Security Agenda
  • Local and individual engagements with international, and human security
  • Feminist methodologies for IR, approached from the “bottom-up”

Please send your abstract of a maximum of 300 words, together with a short bio of 150 words, to by Friday February 1, 2018. Up to 30 graduate students will be selected to present their research and take part in skill-building, networking, and mentorship exercises with included professionals from academia, government, and the non-profit sector.

Finished papers submitted by March 29, 2018, will automatically be considered for the IJ essay prize, sponsored by International Journal and SAGE publishing ( The winning essay will be awarded a $500 cash prize, and the winner and two runners-up will be reviewed for publication in the journal. (Please note that previously-published essays are not eligible.)