The ISA Northeast region hosted its annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland on November 4-5. Our theme was “(In)Human(e) World Politics,” ably organized by Jessica Auchter (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) and Matthew Weinert (University of Delaware). Neta Crawford (Boston University) delivered the conference keynote, and Lee Ann Fujii (Toronto) delivered our luncheon address. Our annual Scholars’ Circle Roundtable honored the forthcoming work of Michelle Jurkovich (UMass-Boston). Two hundred and thirty scholars presented work in some 42 panels and roundtables, making this one of the largest northeast regional conferences ever.
Our twelfth annual Interpretive and Relational Research Methods Workshop (IRRMW) was held concurrently with the conference on November 5 under the leadership of Stefanie Fishel (University of Alabama) and Nick Kiersey (Ohio University); Nick Rowland (Penn State), Elizabeth Dauphinee (York University), Laura Sjoberg (University of Florida) and Daniel Levine (University of Alabama) were faculty mentors. This year we also inaugurated a new pedagogy workshop for junior faculty under the leadership of Jamie Frueh (Bridgewater College); Patrick Jackson (American), Renée Marlin-Bennett (Johns Hopkins), Rose Shinko (American) and Brent Steele (Utah) led the discussions. Our sincere thanks to ISA’s Professional Development Committee for their continued support of the IRRMW, and to the Active Learning in International Affairs Section for its support of the pedagogy workshop.
Panels and roundtables covered such diverse issues as national and social boundaries, new approaches to constructivism, refugees, historical IR theory, post-humanism, the politics of recognition, conceptual reframings of genocide, network theory and emotion, the politics of gender in the profession, and ethics in warfare. We were especially grateful to a large contingent of scholars who arrived from NUPI in Oslo; we hope to see them again in years to come.