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FISA2022 registration now open

Registration for the FISA2022 conference is open until the end of February 2022. All the participants have been sent a registration link.

The Seventh FISA Conference, 6–7 May 2022, Hotel Scandic Rosendahl, Tampere

The theme of the conference is Multilateralism and its Ruptures.

The final programme will be published in early 2022.

The first keynote speaker is Professor Anu Bradford who is Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization at Columbia University. Bradford coined the term the Brussels Effect to describe the European Union’s major influence on global markets. She is the author of The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World  (Oxford University Press 2020). Before joining Columbia University, Bradford was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

The second keynote speaker is Professor Ole Wæver who is Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. Wæver is one of the main figures in the ’Copenhagen School’ in security studies. Internationally he is mostly known for coining the concept of ’securitization’ within security theory. His most recent research in relation to securitization theory has applied the theory to religion and to climate change. 

Here is the updated conference programme:

Panel 1. Connectivity and superregional politics in the Indo-Pacific
Chair: Bart Gaens, Leading Researcher, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Bart Gaens, Ville Sinkkonen and Henri Vogt 
Katja Creutz
Kristiina Silvan and Marcin Kaczmarski 
Tyyne Karjalainen
Mikael Mattlin and Mikko Rajavuori

Panel 2. Africa in the contest over global normative order
Chair: Eva Nilsson, Doctoral Researcher, Hanken Svenska Handelshögskolan

Obert Hodzi
Natalie Ruvimbo Mavhiki 
Hinni Aarninsalo
Ilona Steiler

Panel 3. Diplomatia, ulkopolitiikka ja multilateralismin muutos ennen ja jälkeen kylmän sodan päättymisen
Chair: Tuomas Forsberg, Professor, Director, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

Juhana Aunesluoma 
Johanna Rainio-Niemi  
Juha-Matti Ritvanen

Panel 4. Behind the veil of multilateralism?
Chair: Jyrki Ruohomäki, Head of Research, CMC Finland

Jyrki Ruohomäki 
Anna Kronlund 
Ville Savoranta 
Tyyne Karjalainen

Panel 5. Sensing IR
Chair: Rune Saugmann, Academy Research Fellow, Tampere University

Kyle Grayson
Juha Vuori
Yelyzaveta Glybchenko

Panel 6. Half a century of Finnish peace studies: Junior researchers’ perspectives on bridging theory and practice
Chair: Robert Imre, Senior Researcher, Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI)

Ihntaek Hwang
Bram De Smet 
Zahra Edalati 
Cæcilie Svop Jensen 
Rasmus Bellmer

Panel 7. Ennakointi kansainvälisissä suhteissa – miksi ja miten?
Chair: Terhi Ylitalo, erityisasiantuntija, puolustusministeriö

Jaana Tapanainen
Ossi Piiroinen
Olli Hietanen (TBC)

Panel 8. Teknologiakehitys, valta ja turvallisuus
Chair: Pekka Appelqvist, professori, pääsihteeri, MATINE, puolustusministeriö


Panel 9. The role of expertise and knowledge in international politics
Chair: Sanna Salo, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Helsinki

Pami Aalto and Anna Claydon 
Laura Nordström
Johanna Ketola and Katri Mäkinen-Rostedt

Panel 10. The politics of the Arctic
Chair: Sanna Kopra, Researcher, University of Lapland

Monica Tennberg
Liisa Kauppila
Sanna Kopra
Yue Wang and Liling Xu
Minna Hanhijärvi

Panel 11. The European Union as a global actor
Chair: Hanna Ojanen, Research Director, Tampere University

Tero Poutala, Elina Sinkkonen and Mikael Mattlin
Heljä Ossa
Teemu Rantanen

Panel 12. The Nordics and the future of multilateralism
Chair: Johan Strang, Associate Professor, Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki

Hanna Ojanen
Hanna Tuominen
Mariette Hägglund
Saila Heinikoski

Panel 13. Perspectives on security in Northern Europe
Chair: Tommi Koivula, apulaisprofessori, Maanpuolustuskorkeakoulu

Matti Pesu
Antti Seppo

Panel 14. Global security
Chair: Minna Jokela, tutkija, Rajavartiolaitos

Teemu Häkkinen
Matti Puranen and Juha Kukkola

Plenary: Investigating blind spots in international studies
Chair: Mikko Poutanen, Postdoctoral Researcher, Tampere University: Editor-in-chief, Politiikasta

This plenary investigates what could be considered relative blind spots in the field of international studies. Many may flash in and out of academic and political discussion, and this periodic exposure makes it difficult to grasp the modalities and intricacies of various contexts. The “blindness” can also affect imbalances of power between communities and localities: tensions of colonizer–colonized persist in public imaginaries and sometimes even in the field of IR. New approaches, such as feminist perspectives to IR, can also encounter fierce ’gatekeeping’ within the discipline. These dimensions may not attract the most intensive gaze of IR researchers, forming malleable and moving blind spots, which this plenary tries to look at more intensely. The plenary discusses global health and social policy, security studies, international organizations, and global climate policy. As a solution the plenary discusses a deeper understanding of ’the human element’, multilateralism, and interdisciplinarity.

Tiina Vaittinen
Mikko Räkköläinen
Anna Kronlund
Leena Vastapuu