The term “international society” is widely used in academic and political parlance. Yet it remains relatively unexamined as a historical concept in its own right. ConIH aims to promote the conceptual analysis of “international society” as well as studies of its intellectual, political, legal, economic, religious, social, and cultural history.
Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, international athletic competitions, international lawyers, the cultural and social life of international governmental, non-governmental, and inter-governmental institutions, international health initiatives, or human rights. We also hope to treat the threats to international society: agents of international social disorder, organized crime, terrorism, protectionism, and other barriers to the creation and maintenance of international cooperation and exchange. Papers on the history of international relations that address classic subjects such as war, peace, and diplomacy that cast light on the idea of international society are also welcome. We especially encourage papers treating these questions in periods prior to the twentieth century.
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