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SGRI 2019 Conference

Global Politics in the Era of Disruptive Technologies 

New Scenarios in an Old World?

Trento, 13-15 June, 2019

The annual Conference of the Italian Standing Group on International Relations is a two-day session that brings together scholars, researchers and PhD students from Italian academia to discuss issues related to global politics, European Studies, foreign policy, regional dynamics and international theory. The 2019 Conference will be held for the seventh time in Trento. The event is sponsored by the School of International Studies of the University of Trento and co-organized by IP Lab. 

This year's topic is about the impact of technology on international politics.

Global politics is undergoing a radical transformation. Technological advancements are gaining a prominent role in international affairs. Indeed, machine-learning algorithms, earth observations satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles and cyber-weapons play a crucial role in the enactment of security and warfare. At the same time, the resurfacing of old international rivalries, the cracks of traditional alignments and the rise of emerging powers are changing the international system of the XXI Century, if not the approach and theoretical tools IR scholars use to understand it. While power politics changes, non-traditional threats are also on the rise: seemingly never-ending conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, global migrations, environmental issues and the threat of transnational terrorism are unavoidable elements that every possible future scenario must take into consideration. The increasingly close relationship between social and technological knowledge should push scholars towards a deeper integration of different fields of study, including psychology, sociology, economics and engineering. If the pervasive use of technology requires a better understanding of global political dynamics, geopolitical transformations render the task of understanding the interactions between political and social change and technological progress ever more pressing for International Relations.  

The annual SGRI Conference is an opportunity for scholars throughout Italy to come together and discuss topics that are relevant to international relations.

Previous conferences:

  • XI - The brave new world of IR?  Technological changes, geopolitical shifts and the challenge to mainstream approaches (Bologna 2018)  Program
  • X - International Politics Facing Technological and Social Upheavals (Trento 2017) Program 
  • IX - Exploring Foreign and Security Policy in International Relations (Trento 2016) | Program 
  • VIII - Disentangling Subsystem Dynamics. The Search for Peace and Cooperation  (Trento 2015)| Program
  • VII - Security and Cooperation in a Changing International System (Trento 2014) | Program 
  • VI - Regional Orders in the XXI Century (Trento 2013) | Program 
  • V - International Relations’ Theory 20 years after bipolarity (Trento 2012) Program 
  • IV - Politics, Economics and Strategy: Continuity and Change in the International System (Milan 2009) Program
  • III - The Transformation of the International System after the End of the Cold War (Bertinoro 2008) Program
  • II - The Lack of a Culture of Defense in Italy (Bologna 2007) Program 
  • I - Common Foreign and Security Policy and the role of the European Parliament (Parma 2004)

SGRI - Standing Group di Relazioni Internazionali | SocietĂ  Italiana di Scienza Politica