Workshop on Race and International Relations

Call for Abstracts: Workshop on Race and International Relations

University of Notre Dame
March 31, 2023

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for our inaugural workshop on race and international relations. The workshop will be organized by Zoltán I. Búzás under the umbrella of the newly established International Race and Rights Lab with the generous support of the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights. The deadline for proposal submissions (500 words) is December 20, 2022. The workshop will take place on March 31, 2023 at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs in South Bend, Indiana. In case of a significant worsening of the pandemic, there is the possibility of moving online. 

We invite paper proposals on any topic related to race, racism, and anti-racism in international relations broadly defined. The global wave of anti-racist protests in 2020 and the UN Human Rights Council’s criticism of George Floyd’s killing are just two recent reminders that racial matters are not domestically confined. Yet many studies reduce race to a domestic issue. We aim to bring together a variety of scholars to build on the existing international study of race and advance it. We especially encourage advanced graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and junior faculty to apply, but everyone is welcome. We are very interested in studies that have a human rights angle, but we welcome every type of race-related research with an international focus, regardless of substantive topic and methodological orientation. Presenters will receive in-depth feedback on their papers and will have the opportunity to meet scholars with shared academic interests.

The International Race and Rights Lab and the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights are based on a vision that integrates domestic and international approaches to race and human rights. We hope to support and be part of a community focused on advancing the international study of race, racism, and anti-racism.

Full papers will be due on March 15, 2023. Participants will arrive on March 30 and will leave at the end of the day on March 31 or on April 1. The organizers will provide lodging and board to participants. Some travel grants will also be available.

Substantive questions about submissions should be sent to Dr. Zoltán I. Búzás. Questions about logistics should be sent to Klau Institute program manager Erica Loding. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!


If you have a Google account, you may upload your abstract here.

If you prefer, you may email your abstract to Erica Loding,