Annual AGS Graduate Student Conference

Every year, the American Graduate School in Paris hosts an international conference organized by graduate students enrolled in its International Relations and Diplomacy programs, with the supervision of a faculty advisor.

The Annual AGS Graduate Student Conference is open to graduate students and scholars from around the world, as well as researchers and professionals from think tanks, NGOs, Intergovernmental Organizations, governmental agencies, and research centers.

Through information, debate, and dialogue, this annual conference offers a platform for exchanges of ideas on a broad range of issues and challenges related to international relations. The Annual AGS Graduate Student Conference aims to contribute innovative approaches to the advancement of that field.

2017 Conference:
"Off the Beaten Track: Non-Western Perspectives in International Relations"

21 April 2017 in Paris

This year’s theme derives inspiration from the non-Western students at AGS from such countries as Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Philippines, Liberia, Vietnam, Thailand, who often ask questions about the Western biases in IR as well as from Amitav Acharya and Barry Buzan’s book entitled “Non-Western International Relations Theory: Perspectives on and Beyond Asia” (Routledge 2009).
"Given that the world has moved well beyond the period of Western colonialism, and clearly into a durable period in which non Western cultures have gained their political autonomy, it is long past time that non Western voices had a higher profile in debates about international relations, not just as disciples of Western schools of thought, but as inventors of their own approaches. Western IR theory has the advantage of being the first in the field, and has developed many valuable insights, but few would defend the position that it captures everything we need to know about world politics." (Acharya and Buzan 2009)

We invite paper submissions to present at our 2017 graduate student conference which will be divided into four panels: "International Theories", "International Law", "International Organizations" and “Proponents of Continuity: Why Change the Status Quo?”

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Past Conferences

In the previous years, conferences have covered the following themes:

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