Participant Information for ISA 2020

We're delighted to share a short video about why ISA members and participants are excited about the ISA Annual Convention, and what they're looking forward to in March. The Program Chair and Section Program Chairs have been working hard to craft a stimulating program and we're looking forward to seeing you!


Here are the most important things to make sure you have done:

Submit Your Proposal(s)

The proposal process for the 2020 ISA Convention opens mid April and proposals can be submitted through June 1st. Please be aware of the rules governing our submission types as well as our participation limits before you submit.

Hear from the Experts

We talked to some of our conference experts and asked them what makes for a great abstract, what are some common mistakes they see, and what would be some advice for first-timers. We've now compiled their answers together so that you can read their advice on putting together a great proposal!

Meet ISA

Our Sections design about 80% of the program. The remainder is designed by our Program Chairs (selecting theme papers), our Caucuses, Partner Organizations, and through our Special Programs. So, we recommend you get to know our various groups before you submit your proposal to find the best fit for your work.

Review Your Proposal(s)

The proposal process for the 2020 ISA Convention has closed and the Program Chairs and Section Program Chairs are busy crafting the program. Make sure you review your submissions so you know what of yours they are reviewing. Any items listed under the "In Progress" heading aren't submitted and won't be considered. If you see any discrepancies, or need to make changes to existing proposals, please contact the Program Chairs.

Here are the key dates to know for ISA 2020

Check below for information on some of our policies and procedures related to the Convention

Submissions and Review

Registration and Withdraws

Registration Refunds

All refunds are subject to a 15% processing fee. Please note that registrations are only refundable up to our December 1st, 2019 deadline. After that, ISA will have committed your money and is unable to issue a refund. Please note, ISA Career Courses are non-refundable.

The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 7 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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