6-7 October, 2023
Istanbul University Faculty of Political Sciences
Istanbul, Türkiye

International Conference:


Boundaries, Current Cases, Practical Issues

Abstract Submission Deadline (Extended): May 30, 2023

Announcement of the Accepted Papers: June 15, 2023

Full Paper Submission Deadline: August 30, 2023

Call for Papers

Although we can find many definitions of the modern state in the literature of the related disciplines, the constant emphasis in each definition is that this political structure has internal and external sovereignty. However, states can lose their internal and external sovereignty for many reasons, from losing their monopoly of using legitimate violence over their lands in Weber's classical definition to being unable to provide public services, from the bankruptcy of political decision making processes to losing the ability to interact with other actors in the international system. Today many states are considered within the scope of "failed state" for various reasons or are seen as having the risk of falling into this scope. On the other hand, the concept has been criticized from various points of view, especially for the ambiguity of its boundaries and, in some cases, its instrumentality that provides justification for external interventions. The main purpose of this conference is to gain a deeper insight to understand and explain the content, boundaries, and the problems of this concept by analyzing and discussing it on both theoretical basis and empirical ground through current cases. To this end, the conference will attempt to bring together perspectives from different academic disciplines on this concept, primarily political science, international relations, and sociology.

Papers with analyzes and discussions focusing on different aspects of the concept in question, including but not limited to the following topics, are expected:

  • Current theoretical discussions on the concept of the failed state

  • Qualitative and quantitative frameworks of measurement on the concept

  • Status of failed states in the international system

  • Foundations and reasoning of interventions within the context of international law

  • Linkages between failed states and internal/external migrations

  • Relationship between nation building processes and state failure

  • Interrelations between terrorism and failed states

Please send an abstract of your proposed paper (maximum 300 words) and a short academic CV to Dr. Aylin Ece Çiçek (aylin.cicek@istanbul.edu.tr) or Dr. Giray Gerim (giraygerim@istanbul.edu.tr) by May 30, 2023.

After all the submissions are evaluated by the scientific committee, invitations will be sent to the accepted participants by June 15, 2023. The deadline for the full paper admissions is August 30, 2023. An abstract book containing the abstracts (and optionally full texts) of the papers presented will be published as conference proceedings with ISBN. It is planned to send the selected full texts to a reputable international academic publisher at the beginning of 2024 to be published as an edited book after the necessary review processes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to contribute to the conference in a language other than English?

Unfortunately not. The only language of the program is English.

Will the full papers presented at the conference be published?

An abstract book containing the abstracts of all papers presented in the conference will be published on the conference website with ISBN. Besides, the selected full papers will be submitted to a reputable international publisher to be considered as an edited book after the necessary review processes and improvements.

Is it possible to attend the conference online?

Sadly, no. The conference will be held face to face.

In what format should abstracts be sent?

Please send your abstracts in Word format.

How should I structure my abstract? What should it contain?

Please clearly state your research question or the issue you would like to address/problematize in your paper. In addition, please explain the theoretical framework or conceptual basis of your proposed paper and clarify the methodology preferred in the study. It would also be helpful if you specify how the study will contribute to the relevant literature.

In what format and according to which citation method do I have to prepare my full paper?

After the announcement of the accepted abstracts, the participants will be informed about the format features of the full papers.

Will accommodation be provided for participants? Is there a grant to cover the travel expenses of the participants?

Unfortunately, we do not have such a budget. However, participants from abroad will be assisted in finding suitable accommodation in Istanbul.

Do participants have to pay a fee?

Participants whose paper proposals are accepted are expected to pay a symbolic amount of 30 EUR as the registration fee. This amount will be used for expenses such as lunches, coffee-snack treats and proceedings editing.

For further questions, please use the contact form on the page.

Scientific Board

Adviye Damla Ünlü (Asst. Prof.), Istanbul University

Avni Önder Hanedar (Assoc. Prof.), Sakarya University

Aylin Ece Çiçek (Assoc. Prof.), Istanbul University

Can Uyar, (Asst. Prof.), Dogus University

Damla Cihangir Tetik (Asst. Prof.) Istanbul University

Derya Aydın Okur (Assoc. Prof.), Istanbul University

Giray Gerim (Lect. Dr.), Istanbul University

Hasan Duran (Assoc. Prof.), Istanbul University

Mehmet Arısan (Assoc. Prof.), Istanbul University

Mustafa Çağatay Aslan (Asst. Prof.), Istanbul University

Öner Buçukçu (Assoc. Prof.), Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University

Seçkin Barış Gülmez (Assoc. Prof.), Izmir Katip Çelebi University