Symposium and activities

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Sussex International Theory Symposium

The Sussex International Theory Symposium is an annual half-day event that encourages in-depth engagement with fundamental research in International Relations. Each Symposium is devoted to the discussion of a particular piece in International Theory. The Symposium is open to members of CAIT as well as Sussex faculty and PhD students with a special interest in the topic. Participants are expected to have familiarized themselves with the text in question and to actively contribute to the discussion. Recently, we selected Dr Brenna Bhandar (2018) Colonial Lives of Property: Law, Land and Racial Regimes of Ownership (Duke UP) for our event in February 2020.

CAIT workshop 

Keynote Addresses are organised periodically and offer to CAIT’s members and the wider Sussex communities world-renowned speakers on specific themes. Past Workshop Keynote Addresses were given by Fred R. Dallmayr, Peg Birmingham, Joanna Hodge, Laurence P. Hemming, Lisa Duggan, Jon Binnie, Vivienne Jabri, V. Spike Peterson, Rahul Rao and Dvora Yanow.

Termly abstract discussions

CAIT hosts a termly abstracts discussion to encourage the exchange of ideas and feedback of those in Department and University interested in international theory at the early stages of research and publications. In the last two iterations, members of from different research clusters have found the discussion of abstracts of work at the early stages of research or for draft articles and conference papers extremely useful.

There is no preparation involved for those putting forward an abstract: simply let us have the title and bring 10-15 hardcopies of the abstract that will be read and discussed in a friendly and constructive manner by those present. We often have several ex and current journal editors in the room, which also helps! Refreshments and biscuits will be provided.

Calls for abstracts are circulated each term, contact or join our mailing list if you wish to receive these notifications.

Workshops, conferences and reading groups

The Centre for Advanced International Theory hosts conferences, workshops, and reading groups on a wide range of topics and approaches in the field.

If you would like to make suggestions for activities on a particular theme or if you are looking for a hospitable environment for your conference or workshop, please contact