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Call for Papers: Emerging Scholars on Emerging Technologies in International Security

Call for Papers

Emerging Scholars on Emerging Technologies in International Security

International Workshop hosted by the AutoNorms project

Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark

Date: Friday, 1 November 2024
Place: University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Apply by: Friday, 31 May 2024

Emerging technologies including, but not limited to, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cyber security, quantum, robotics, and 3D printing are transforming in a rapid pace various aspects of global politics, international security, and warfare. As armed conflicts around the world demonstrate, the uses of new technologies have wide-ranging ethical, legal, societal, and security implications. The impacts, opportunities, and challenges associated with emerging technologies in global security need to be examined with fresh pairs of eyes open to theoretical and methodological innovation. The international workshop Emerging Scholars on Emerging Technologies in International Security aims to contribute to this objective by giving the stage to early-career researchers working in this space as well as fostering dialogue and networking-building between them.

This full-day workshop will be hosted by the European Research Council funded project “AutoNorms: Weaponised Artificial Intelligence, Norms, and Order”. Launched in August 2020, AutoNorms is a five-year project that brings together a research team under Dr Ingvild Bode’s leadership. It features research exploring how the development of autonomous weapon systems transforms international norms on the use of force. The AutoNorms project is in turn hosted by the Center for War Studies (CWS) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), an interdisciplinary centre for the major debates on the past, present, and future of war, and its impact on societies.

Submissions and Output
We seek submissions that touch upon issues related to the broad topic of emerging technologies in international security examined from different theoretical and methodological standpoints.

Submissions from disciplines such as strategic studies, international relations, international law, cultural and media studies, science and technology studies, critical security studies, ethics, and gender studies, among others, are welcome.

We are looking for manuscript drafts of max. 3000 words (excluding references) to submit them to the 2025 issue of Global Policy: Next Generation as part of a special section. We have already secured the journal’s acceptance of this special section, which will be published in June 2025.

Authors are expected to send their drafts and read the other papers ahead of the workshop. They will then have the opportunity to implement the feedback received during the workshop. Please note that all submitted manuscripts will be subject to peer-review. Authors are expected to send their final manuscripts to Global Policy: Next Generation by mid-January 2025 to meet the review, editing, and publication timelines.


The workshop will take place at the SDU campus in Odense, Denmark. Participants will be grouped into pairs for the purpose of discussing each other’s drafts.

In addition, the workshop will feature a training and mentorship session led by Dr Ingvild Bode (SDU) and Dr Neil Renic (University of Copenhagen) on a topic relevant for early career researchers, such as navigating academic publishing or research funding applications.

The workshop is open to early career researchers who are currently completing their PhD or have defended it in the last three years (after 1 November 2021), with exceptions made for parental leave or family care leave.

Participants will be selected based on the originality and quality of their abstract, while ensuring diversity in terms of theoretical perspectives, methodologies, disciplines, gender, and geographical representation.

Travel to Odense, accommodation in Odense (2 nights), lunch, coffee breaks, and dinner will be covered by the organisers. This workshop is generously supported by a conference grant from the Carlsberg Foundation (grant CF24-0046).

To apply
Please fill out this form and include an abstract of max. 200 words by 31 May 2024.

For any queries, please contact Anna Nadibaidze (

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