ISA Asia-Pacific Singapore 2019: Calls for Proposals

Asia-Pacific and World Order: Security, Economics, Identity and Beyond

The deadline for paper/panel submissions is February 8, 2019.

The rise of populism and authoritarianism worldwide has caused friction to established orders and tested institutional strengths. In the Asia-Pacific the increasingly potent competition between major powers poses significant challenges to the stability and security of states and societies. The region has also witnessed the realignment and restructuring of middle powers’ alliances and foreign policies. The rising politicization of diaspora has affected domestic politics across the region. Competition in the South China Sea has the potential to fracture the status quo regionalism in Southeast Asia and create new coalitions and clubs of states. Climate change and disasters can make or break governments in the Asia-Pacific. Cyber-security has highlighted a new theatre of international security discourse. New developments in long-standing issues on the Korean peninsula have rekindled hopes for peace. Internal conflicts remain unresolved with significant regional implications. State capacities and human development have grown more significantly in the Asia-Pacific than elsewhere. The regional security architecture is multiple and overlapping with contested leadership roles for states but now more pronounced as avenues to articulate traditional and non-traditional security concerns. These strengthened capacities have challenged dominant global narratives to rethink the ways and means of international relations. Often gone unheard are the voices of states and societies in the Asia-Pacific and their understandings and conceptualizations of world affairs and the prospects and challenges for peaceful sustainable development in the region. This ISA Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2019 seeks to explore and debate world affairs engaging scholars and practitioners active in the Asia-Pacific but encouraged to think about the broader implications of their research and scholarship.

In particular, we invite the submission of papers, panels and roundtables on the following topics:

  • regional and local articulations of traditional and non-traditional security challenges;
  • the rise of aggressive soft power and state competition;
  • the impact of climate change and disasters on communities and governance in the Asia-Pacific
  • the rise of populism and authoritarianism and its impact on contemporary international relations;
  • the impact of economic security on regional relations;
  • South-South Cooperation including China’s Belt and Road Initiative;
  • the fluctuation of democracy;
  • the Free and Open Indo-Pacific vision;
  • class, capitalism and social inequality in the region;
  • the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Asia-Pacific;
  • gender politics in the Asia-Pacific;
  • regional and local articulations of global norms, and global articulations of local and regional norms;
  • the movement of people within, through and out of the region;
  • local and regional understandings of international relations theory; and
  • interdisciplinary understandings of international relations and international studies.

Proposal Types


Panels must have a title, abstract and tag words as well as 5 papers (complete with title, tags, abstract and authors) and at least 1 chair and discussant. Titles need to be less than 50 words and abstracts need to be less than 200 words.

Please note that papers submitted on panels should not be submitted a second time independently of the panel. If the panel is not accepted, the papers submitted on the panel go into the normal wait pool with all of our other papers.


Roundtables are similar to panels but participants do not present papers. At least 1 chair and 3 participants are needed to submit a roundtable, along with title, tags and abstract.  Titles need to be less than 50 words and abstracts need to be less than 200 words.


Papers are the foundation of the conference and can be submitted individually or within a larger panel proposal. Papers generally need a title, abstract, three tags and the author(s) to submit. Titles need to be less than 50 words and abstracts need to be less than 200 words.

(Note that, if you have a paper that was submitted on a panel, you should not submit the paper independently a second time.) 

Submissions Closed

Sorry, the submission period for ISA Asia-Pacific Singapore 2019 has closed. For more information, please contact the program chair. Even if you did not submit, anyone is welcome to register and attend the conference.

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