Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
TG Polar- und Meeresforschung

Calls im Februar

Call for Panels and Papers: Section "Ocean and Polar Politics“ at EISA PEC, September 2021, virtual conference

Dear Ocean and Polar Politics Researcher,
it is a pleasure for us to renew the call for panels and papers from last year’s postponed Section 40: Politics of the Oceans and Polar Regions at the annual Pan-European International Studies Conference (PEC) of the European International Studies Association (EISA). The Conference takes place online from Tuesday 21 - Friday 24 September 2021. The overall conference theme is "The Power Politics of Nature".
To strongly represent ocean and polar politics within the conference theme we put the formerly separated sections on maritime security and ocean- and polar governance together. For our section, we are interested in proposals for panels and single papers.
We would be delighted if you would join us with a panel proposal or share your work with a paper submission! Please see the following section description and submission information:

Section: Politics of Ocean and Polar Regions
The Polar regions are affected most by global warming, but the oceans face radical changes as well. The resulting dynamics create political re-percussions both in the attempts to meet the challenges and in conflicts related to the consequences of dramatic environmental change and increased human activity. Due to the remoteness of the polar regions as well as the unfitness of the ocean for human habitation, the marine and polar realms have attracted little attention in political science. Yet, it is here we can explore how the forces of nature inform the international politics of diverse issue areas such as maritime sovereignty and security, marine environment and resources, blue economics, science and technology. The sea and polar areas have always been important theatres for cooperation and conflict. Empires have been built along sea routes and sought to conquer the poles, people migrate via the ocean, and most of the world’s trade is seaborne. The ocean is both separating and connecting political communities and even namesake to prominent international institutions like NATO. Increasingly the ocean and polar areas are recognized as spaces of global importance requiring also global management efforts. How are the politics in these areas beyond the nation-state taking up the challenges of the marine and polar anthropocene? How do national competitions play out in these realms? How can shared norms be established to provide security, to protect the marine environment, and how to resolve conflicts over competing uses of ocean and polar space? Are existing international institutions fit to govern this truly global realm?

To answer these and more questions, panels on maritime security, regional seas politics, national polar and ocean politics, ocean governance approaches, Arctic and Antarctic politics, politics of and in fluid and icy spaces, will be organized.

Abstracts are to be submitted electronically via the online submission system. Submission guidelines are rather specific, therefore please consult these well in advance of submission: They are available here and on the conference website

The paper submission closes 29 March 2021.

Please feel free to circulate this call among your colleagues and networks.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact either one of us. Should you plan to submit a full panel we recommend to contact us beforehand. We might then be able to coordinate in order to avoid overlap or competing submissions, and possibly to help filling incomplete panels.
We are looking forward to your submissions!

Aletta (; Christoph (


Offenes Panel "Ein Meer der Unsicherheit"
28. Wissenschaftlichen Kongress der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
“Wir haben die Wahl! Politik in Zeiten von Unsicherheit und Autokratisierung”

Vorschlag für ein Offenes Panel
"Ein Meer der Unsicherheit"
unterstützt von der Themengruppe Polar- und Meerespolitik
vorgeschlagen von: Dr. Anja Menzel und Prof. Dr. Aletta Mondré

Die Weltmeere sind ein politischer Raum voller Unsicherheit(en). Im Gegensatz zu territorialen Gebieten scheint die Herrschaft über maritime Räume weniger gefestigt und von großer Unsicherheit gekennzeichnet zu sein.

Empirisch zeigen sich die Unsicherheiten, mit der maritime Governance konfrontiert ist, an vielen Stellen: Noch längst sind nicht alle Seegrenzen festgelegt, sodass maritime Grenzkonflikte eine Quelle von Unsicherheit und Konflikten in der Weltpolitik sind. Nach wie vor bedroht Piraterie zentrale Schifffahrtsrouten – in Reaktion auf diese Bedrohungen kam es zur Versicherheitlichung der Handelsschifffahrt. Auch die grundlegende normative Ordnung der Meere ist unsicher. Zwar gilt das Seerechtsübereinkommen als die Verfassung der Meere, doch zentrale Ordnungsprinzipien werden von mächtigen Staaten wie der VR China in Frage gestellt. Insbesondere im Mittelmeer kollidiert die Verpflichtung zur Seenotrettung mit strikten Maßnahmen zur Überwachung der EU-Außengrenzen. Auch angesichts des ökologischen Zustands der Meere bestehen erhebliche Unsicherheiten über die angemessenen politischen Maßnahmen. So lenkt einerseits das SDG 14 die Aufmerksamkeit auf den Meeresschutz, doch die konkreten Vorgaben verstärken Zielkonflikte zwischen dem Schutz der Meeresumwelt und der Nutzung von marinen Ressourcen.

Vor dem Hintergrund diverser Unsicherheiten stellt sich die Frage: Vor welcher Wahl stehen staatliche und nicht-staatlicher Akteure der Meerespolitik in der Bewältigung des Meers von Unsicherheit?
Wir freuen uns über Vorschläge von Papieren zu empirischen Themen aus dem Bereich Meerespolitik aus allen theoretischen und methodischen Schulen.

Abstracts müssen bis zum 28. Februar 2021hier eingereicht werden.




Calls im Januar

Special Issue zu "Constructing Ocean and Polar Governance" in Politics & Governance

Themengruppenmitglieder Dorothea Wehrmann und Hubert Zimmermann planen ein Special Issue im peer-reviewten Open Access-Journal Politics & Governance und freuen sich über Paper Proposals. Für eine Proposaleinreichung oder Rückfragen bitte eine Email an oder senden. Bitte beachten: Da es sich um ein Open Access-Journal handelt, fällt eine Publikationsgebühr an.


The governance of ocean and polar regions is among the most relevant challenges in the combat against climate change and global inequalities. Ocean and polar regions are climate regulators (and most affected by climate change at the same time), and they are an important source of nutrition for life in and above the sea. At the same time, they are subject to an increasing number of geopolitical and geo-economic conflicts. Due to the lasting virulence of many security issues, economic conflicts, legal disputes, new technological developments and environmental crises in global marine areas as well as the intricate overlap of sovereign, semi-sovereign and global commons territories, the relevance of ocean and polar governance is bound to rise: as frontiers both in global competitive strategies as well as most fragile eco-systems whose collapse would have catastrophic consequences. This special issue sketches important trends in research on ocean and polar governance, and identifies potential avenues for future research. It also intends to contribute to research on governance in spaces with contested authority and areas beyond national jurisdiction.

How effective are regimes such as UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea), the Arctic Council or the International Seabed Authority in preserving the Common Heritage of Mankind and resolving conflicts? What impact does the increasing re-territorialisation of marine areas as evidenced, for example, in conflicts in the South China Sea, rivalry regarding the exploitation of gas resources in the Eastern Mediterranean or the proliferation of maritime security  strategies have on maritime governance? What is the role of  transnational actors and how do stable norms of ocean governance emerge?


Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 September 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 January 2022
Publication of the Issue: July/September 2022