The English School section has 172 members and in 2018 sponsored or co-sponsored 20 panels at the International Studies Association conference in San Francisco. Section members have also convened panels at BISA and EISA and are keen to organise future events in the Global South.


Recent works of scholarship by section members include

  • Nicholas Wheeler’s landmark volume on Trusting Enemies: Interpersonal Relationships in International Conflict (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

  • Barry Buzan and Laust Schouenborg’s Global International Society: A New Framework for Analysis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

  • Sanna Kopra’s China and Great Power Responsibility for Climate Change (London: Routledge, 2019) and

  • Tonny Brems Knudsen and Cornelia Navari’s (eds.), International Relations in the Anarchical Society: The Institutional Structure of World Order (Basingstoke: Palgrave 2018).


This is just a flavour of the numerous outputs by section members. The ES bibliography on this website offers a fuller picture of the depth of research currently underway.

The section has six working groups, ‘Foreign Policy’, ‘Security and International Society’ ‘Institutions of International and World Society’, ‘Solidarism and Pluralism in International Society’, ‘Regional International Society’ and ‘History of International Society’. Please feel free to contact the convenors and get involved.

The working groups regularly convene panels and arrange workshops (two are happening in May 2019, one on ‘The Past, Present, and the Future of International Order’ at the University of Copenhagen on May 6, 2019; the other is on ‘Contemporary and Historical Logics of Violence, War and Armed Force in International Society’ at the University of Birmingham on 28 May 2019.