2015 Millennium Conference

Failure and Denial in World Politics.

Date:  17-18 October, 2015

Location:   The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK.


Programme:  DRAFT 2015 Millennium Conference Programme

Call for Papers:   2015 Millennium Conference: Failure and Denial in World Politics

Conference Theme:   International relations are enmeshed in political failure and denial: from the governing of global climate change, financial collapse, and nuclear proliferation, to liberal statebuilding, development, and the potential for pandemics. Failure and denial reside in the background of world politics. In spite of their ubiquity and global relevance, however, it is paradoxical that these concepts remain under-theorised and under-conceptualised in International Relations scholarship. The 2015 Millennium Conference thus aspires to open new and critical grounds for debate and discussion by examining this paradox. It is a call for IR to theorise what has remained in the background of its thought and theory until now: failure and denial in world politics.

What constitutes failure and denial in world politics? What does the fear and effect of failure do to subjects, states, and international organisations? How does a state of denial affect and govern thought, conduct, politics, and subjectivity? In so far as failure and denial are socio-political categories, who can define a political outcome as a failure; how is the distinction between success and failure governed; how are failure and denial utilised as strategic tools; and how does the exposure of them feed back into political processes? What relations of power produce failures and maintain atmospheres of denial concerning gender, the postcolonial, the environmental, and insecurities of the international? How does the political recognition or denial of failure relate to temporality, memory, critique, and political action?  

After a record number of abstract and paper submissions, the 2015 conference promises to offer stimulating theoretical explorations and discussions of this unexplored problematique within IR.  We hope you will join us at the LSE, 17-18 October, 2015!

The submission deadline for abstracts (03 July, 2015) has now passed. Thank you to everyone that submitted an abstract or panel proposal. (Please see the 'Abstract and Panel Submissions' tab for more details)

REGISTRATION:  To register and to secure your place, please see the 'Registration & Fees' tab below.

[Please see the Draft Programme for approximate times and locations of all panels, events, and speakers]

Keynote Lecture & Speakers:


Saturday, 17 October, 2015:

Opening Address:

  • Cynthia Enloe     (Clark University)
  • Stefano Guzzini  (DIIS, Uppsala University, IRI/PUC-Rio)


  • Bruno Latour (Sciences Po)
  • [Introduction by Iver B. Neumann, The LSE Montague Burton Professor of IR]

Sunday, 18 October, 2015:

Opening Roundtable:

  • Cynthia Weber  (University of Sussex)
  • David Chandler  (University of Westminster)
  • Andrew Barry  (UCL)
  • William Walters  (Carleton University)
  • Chair:   Claudia Aradau  (King's College)

Closing Roundtable:

  • Beate Jahn  (University of Sussex)
  • Tarak Barkawi  (LSE)
  • Anna M. Agathangelou  (York University)
  • Robbie Shilliam  (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Oliver Kessler  (University of Erfurt)
  • Chair:  George Lawson  (LSE)

Closing Comment: 

  • Editors, Millennium (Volume 44)

The Conference Schedule will be updated when panels for the morning and afternoon of 17-18 Oct. are allocated. (Please see the 'Abstract Submission' tab for more details)

Next tab: Abstract & Panel Submission

The deadline for abstract and panel proposals (03 July 2015) has now passed. Thank you to all that took the time to submit your proposals to us.

If you were unable to submit a proposal, or if you were unsuccessful in your attempt, we hope you will attend the 2015 Millennium Conference nonetheless. We received a record number of proposals this year, and they were of an extremely high quality and calibre. The Editors and Conference Team found them truly enjoyable to read. Regretfully, however, we could not accept many excellent proposals due to space constraints on panels, their fit or dialogue with other papers, and/or their fit with the overall conference theme itself. If your proposal was unsuccessful, please do not feel discouraged.

With such a high quality of papers received from around the world, the 2015 Millennium Conference promises to be an especially stimulating and exciting event. We hope you will join us on the 17-18 October at the LSE to theorise and to debate this timely problematique of 'Failure and Denial in World Politics!'

Next tab: Conference Papers

Submitting and Downloading Conference Papers:

If your paper has been accepted, please upload it here on or before 07 October 2015. Papers will then be collected, and posted here for viewing on 10 October. 

Uploading your paper will allow your panel's discussant, participants, and conference delegates, to access it as well. This should facilitate greater discussion during your panel, and yield incisive comments concerning your paper. 

Please be sure to upload your paper in the following format:

  1. So that your paper can be easily identified and sorted on this website, please upload the file as: "SURNAME(S) - "PAPER TITLE" - 2015 Millennium Conference".  For example:

    Foucault, M. - "The Subject and Power" - 2015 Millennium Conference

  2. Do not forget to indicate at the outset of your paper: "Draft Manuscript for the 2015 Millennium Conference - Do not cite without author's permission or consent" . Once on the website, the paper will be 'online', so it is important to indicate that it is your rough-draft, and not a completed or published manuscript.
  • Upload your conference paper here:
    All paper uploads are due by 07 October, 2015. They will appear here, on this tab of the conference website, as of 10 October, 2015, where panel discussants and conference participants may then access them.

"Why submit your paper for comments, constructive criticism, and improvement throughout the conference?"  

Millennium will publish a selection of peer-reviewed manuscript submissions in its 2015 'Conference Special Issue' on Failure and Denial in World Politics, issue 44.3! Submissions will be due by 20 November, 2015. You can upload your manuscript for consideration and peer-review by logging in to Millennium's SAGEtrack manuscript system, with the tagline "Conference" under your manuscript submission. 

With this in mind, we do hope that our conference offers you great feedback to improve and strengthen your paper, and that you have a great time whilst doing so!

Next tab: Registration & Fees

Registration & Fees:

All 2015 Conference Participants should register online here and pay their conference fee. Registration and fees include: a name badge, a conference delegates pack, all opening addresses, panels, roundtables, the keynote lecture, the conference wine reception, and on-site coffee, lunches, and snacks throughout 17-18 October.

Conference Fee:   £60 regular  (£25 for students, pending valid student ID)

Registration & Payment:  Step 1 of 3

Registration and payment takes three steps:

  1. Complete the fields below and submit your information, which registers you for the conference. 
  2. After submitting your registration, a new screen will open to pay your conference fee.  Simply select your conference fee from the drop-down menu, and enter your name below it. Then, you will be taken to a Paypal screen, where you may pay your fee by clicking on the "Pay with a debit or credit card" option. (No Paypal account is required).  
  3. Please check to ensure you have received two confirmation emails, concerning (1) Your registration details from Millennium, and (2) Confirmation of your payment from Paypal.
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  • If there is availability on a panel, would you also be willing to act as a:

 ** Registration may occur prior to, and throughout the conference. However, in the case of late registration, the supplies of conference delegate packs and other goods cannot be guaranteed. Participants registering on the 16-18 October may not have a printed name tag. Importantly, since registration is first-come-first-served, access to all events (e.g. Keynote lecture, conference wine reception, etc.) cannot be guaranteed in the case of latecomers, if maximum capacity for venues is reached and exceeded. Thus, it is advisable to register as soon as possible. **

Millennium will do its utmost to accommodate any disabilities or handicaps of its conference participants. However, due to the construction and nature of many LSE buildings and accommodations, and the 'new building construction' that will be occurring on the LSE campus, we regretfully cannot guarantee that every request or concern can be dealt with or accommodated. Please consult the conference team and the LSE Disability and Well-Being service if you are concerned about any potential issues arising from a disability, or from the ongoing demolition and construction work on the LSE campus.  

Travel and Accommodation:

LOCATION:  The 2015 conference will take place on the LSE campus, located in historic central London, UK, beside the famous 'Royal Courts of Justice' on the Strand.


Specific information regarding buildings, room allocation for panels, etc., will be forthcoming in the Summer.

TRAVEL:   There are many ways to get around and see London! 


ACCOMMODATION: There are a variety hotel websites that offer discount prices close to LSE. 'Bed and Breakfasts' may also offer suitable accommodation in the area.


Don't forget, it's easy to speed around London on The Tube!  It can be confusing, so click here for a Tube map.      


FOOD: Treat yourself to world-acclaimed restaurants and cuisine whilst staying in London and attending the conference!


Downtown London also boasts a multitude of shows, shops, and historic sights for you to explore! Covent Garden, the Borough Market, Piccadilly Circus, and Oxford Street, are all short walks away! Just check out this fashion from Dan:



LSE MAPS AND DIRECTIONS:  complete map of the campus and directions on how to get  to LSE are available on the Maps and directions web pages of the LSE website.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your travel and accommodation arrangements in London, please contact the conference team at millennium.conference@lse.ac.uk

When is the 2015 Conference?  Where is it going to take place?

The 2015 Millennium Conference on 'Failure and Denial in World Politics' takes place over two days:


- Saturday, 17 October, 2015

- Sunday, 18 October, 2015


It is a Millennium tradition to host the conference on a weekend in October, so as to allow for students and scholars alike to meet and mingle in order to discuss the most pressing theoretical and practical issues of IR. 


The conference will take place at the LSE. Specific building locations will be forthcoming in July, 2015.

Can I submit an abstract for consideration?  If not, can I still attend?

Millennium is an inclusive journal, and we welcome the submission of abstracts from students and scholars from a variety of social science disciplines. 

Abstracts and panel submissions are due by 03 July, 2015

The greatest consideration for abstract acceptance will be towards those papers embracing or exploring this year's conference theme. However, the submission of abstracts on other topics and concerns of IR and the social sciences is still welcome, although their probability of being accepted is reduced.


Participants are NOT required to submit an abstract, present, or to sit on a panel, in order to attend the conference. However, all attendees and participants must pay the Conference Fee (see the 'Registration' tab). Millennium is a student-run journal, and does require a conference fee in order to pay for staff, services, food, coffee, security, etc.


What is the format of the conference?  Where and when are panels placed?

The conference occurs over a two-day period, 17-18 October, 2015.


The morning of Saturday, 17 October, will feature two Opening Addresses to start the conference by Prof. Enloe and Prof. Guzzini. It will be followed by a series of panels, and then a light lunch. Afterwards, another series of panels will take place after lunch in the afternoon. 


The Keynote Lecture by Prof. Bruno Latour will occur in the early-evening of Saturday, 17 Oct., followed by the conference wine reception. Details of venues and specific times are forthcoming in late-summer.


The morning of Sunday, 18 October, will feature our first roundtable discussion.  

It will be followed by a series of panels, and then a light lunch. Afterwards, another series of panels will take place in the afternoon. The afternoon roundtable discussion will then conclude the conference, after a very brief statement is made by the Millennium Editors of Volume 44.

How many abstracts and panels can I submit?

Due to limited space, there is a limit of ONE abstract submission and paper presentation per conference participant. 


This includes both panel submission and abstract submission forms. If a participant submits more than one abstract, they will be gently reminded to select their abstract of choice for consideration by the conference team and Editors.


**However, a participant may still act as a chair or discussant of one panel, and present one paper on another separate panel. Roundtable Discussants are encouraged to submit an abstract for a panel, should they desire to.


When are the submission deadlines?!?

All abstract and panel submissions are due by 03 July, 2015. 

Successful applicants will be informed in the weeks following this deadline. This allows for more than two months for their paper and presentation to be crafted.  

 Papers must be submitted and uploaded by 09 October, 2015 .  

Am I supposed to submit my paper before the conference?

Yes. Participants whose abstracts are successful will be expected to upload their papers here, on this website, by 9 October, 2015, at the latest. This will allow for the discussant of each panel to read each paper, and comment thoroughly on each presentation.

How do I register and pay for the conference?  Why isn't this event free?? 

Registration for the 2015 conference is now open!! Simply click on the 'Registration and Fees' tab on this website, and follow the instructions to register and pay.


Every conference participant and attendee is required to complete a registration form online, and then to pay their appropriate conference fee. The fees are £60 (regular) and £25 for students. Payment grants participants a name badge, access to all panels, opening addresses, roundtables, the keynote lecture, the conference wine reception, lunches and nibbles, coffee, and of course, a conference delegates pack.

Unfortunately, although we wish the conference could be free to all, it is quite expensive to operate (especially for a student-run journal!!). Fees cover everything from room bookings, security, a/v, catering, food, security, stewards, etc., to important components such as conference packs, paper and printings for schedules, and of course, coffee. However, being run by PhD students, Millennium understands how tight money and budgets can get in academia -- so we promise to make this event as inclusive and awesome as every pound can stretch!

Will there be powerpoint or audio-visual equipment available for my presentation?

No, unfortunately. This cannot be guaranteed for panels. 


Although many rooms at LSE possess some equipment for powerpoint, video, or audio-presentations, many rooms do not. Hence, we advise that presenters prepare a presentation suited for a discussion amongst colleagues, as we cannot guarantee that powerpoint or A/V facilities will be in use, unless the panel as a whole directly addresses or pertains to the audio-visual, and this has been discussed with the conference team well in advance of the conference.


I am a PhD Student. May I still submit a paper, and/or attend?

Of course! Millennium started in 1971 as an outlet to promote the critical and boundary-challenging scholarship fostered by PhDs and postdocs. 


What if I only want to see the Keynote Lecture?

There is limited space and seating for the Keynote Lecture by Prof. Latour. Priority will be given to conference participants that have paid their registration fee for the conference.


If, closer to the conference date there remains some availability, spaces for the keynote lecture will be made available. However, these extra spaces cannot be guaranteed.

How do I get into the Saturday evening reception?

Millennium is an inclusive journal, so we invite all registered conference participants to join us, Saturday evening after Prof. Latour's lecture, for some nibbles, music, drinks, and discussion.


Details of the specific time and location of the reception will be forthcoming in late summer.


What's the deal with "Millennium", anyway? 

 Ah, the 'deal'? The deal is that we're all about promoting critical, challenging, philosophically- and historically-inclined scholarship in the discipline of IR! 

Please see this epic article on Millennium's history and mandate by LSE's IR legend, Mark Hoffman!