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PIIRS Conferences and Workshops

PIIRS provides funding and administrative support for conferences and workshops in international studies that are organized by Princeton faculty and held on the Princeton campus. The PIIRS Conference Fund  will provide up to $18,000 toward the projected costs of PIIRS-sponsored conferences and workshops, as well as staff support for the conference organizers. The PIIRS director also provides smaller sums (in the range of $1,000-$5,000) to faculty as a conference cosponsor. There is no restriction on subject matter as long as the meeting engages international studies (specifically, the human dimensions of issues in global, comparative or regional perspective). PIIRS does not fund meetings simply because they involve participants from abroad.

The following are PIIRS-supported conferences scheduled for this year or supported by PIIRS in the recent past.

May 20-21, 2016

Patterns of Inclusion in Latin America:  A New Incorporation?

Sponsored by: PIIRS, Bobst, PLAS, and Democracy and Development
Contact: Pat Zimmer

This is a closed workshop and is not open to the general public

March 31- April 2, 2016


Gender, Violence and Anti-Violence

Gender Violence is a long-standing problems that has received increased attention in recent years. While women and girls are its primary victims, gendered violence has implications for many other groups as well. This conference will address vital topics, including radical violence against women; the slow violence of gendered inequalities; trafficking and health; performance and global violence; and the violence of the carceral state.

Interdisciplinary in focus, the conference will highlight gendered implications and manifestations of violence in the United States and internationally. 


October 15-17, 2015


The Global 1860s

The long 1860s witnessed an extraordinary sequence of global developments. Massive conflicts rocked the Americas, Europe, South Asia, and parts of the Caribbean and the Pacific world, while even regions relatively untouched by warfare—such as North Africa, Russia and Japan—experienced momentous political transformations. Simultaneously, the decade saw major shifts in science, communications, art, economics, and the politics of gender. This conference brings together scholars from many different areas of expertise to discuss how far there was a "global 1860s"—and what this might mean.

The organizers for the conference are Linda Colley, Princeton and Matthew Karp, Princeton.

If you would like to register to attend the conference, email Patricia Zimmer at pzimmer@princeton.edu

Sponsored by Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Oxford University Centre for Global History, and the Princeton Program in American Studies.

Conference Description

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November 12-14, 2015


Conflict Shorelines
Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture

Eduardo Cadava (English), Kelly Caylor (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Rachel Price (Spanish and Portuguese), Paulo Tavares (Visiting Fellow in the Program in Latin American Studies), and Eyal Weizman (Global Scholar in the School of Architecture) are hosting a three-day symposium entitled “Conflict Shorelines: History, Politics, and Climate Change” that will take place November 12-14, 2015 at Princeton University and that will seek to explore the relations among colonial history, contemporary conflicts, and climate change. The symposium takes its point of departure from the growing number of conflicts that today unfold in complex relation to climatic and environmental transformations. On a global scale, some of these conflicts take place along environmental threshold conditions (“conflict shorelines”) in which climate transformations aggravate existing political tensions. Conflicts over land resources now take place along the threshold of the tropical forests of Central and South America, and of Central Africa and East Asia. Other conflicts are located along the ebbing threshold of deserts, in relation to the drying out of the Sahel and other places across the Middle East. And others are situated across the shorelines of melting glaciers, rising seas, and coastal cities, urban and natural environments increasingly vulnerable to climate instabilities. These conflict shorelines are not simply determined by climatic factors, but are instead deeply complex historical and natural processes that bring together political developments, urban transformations, colonial histories, and patterns of city growth and migration in relation to changing climatic conditions.

The symposium will bring together international scholars, climate scientists and activists, architects, geographers, engineers, visual artists, and theorists from around the globe to think about the entanglement of political conflicts along environmental thresholds by examining the political, legal, epistemic, and aesthetic challenges this kind of conflict initiates. It aims to provide a “forum” in which multiple and apparently distant disciplinary fields and modes of cultural production can think together about some of the most urgent challenges of our time.

*Image courtesy of the NASA's Conceptual Image Laboratory at the Goddard Space Flight Center. (the image is a conceptual animation of dust traveling from the Sahara Desert to the Amazon)

Deadlines for Proposals

September 30
January 17
April 15