ISA 2022: Call for Proposals

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Call for Proposals: A Wider Discipline For A Smaller World

Deadline for proposals: Tuesday, June 1, 2021


ISA 63rd Annual Convention
March 30th - April 2nd, 2022

Meet the 2022 Program Chairs

 

While we are excited to be planning an in-person event for Nashville, ISA recognizes that many of our members continue to face hardships due to the ongoing pandemic and recovery from it.

ISA 2022 will have a virtual component and at a minimum follow US CDC and US federal guidelines regarding health and safety protocols onsite at the Annual Convention. As the situation develops in the next few months and more specific information is available, we will be notifying all participants with further details. Beyond vaccination and testing protocols, face coverings will be required in all public spaces.

 

The theme for the 2022 annual meeting is focused on the need for and value of a wider, more inclusive discipline to understand the challenges of a smaller and more interconnected world.

Our world has clearly become smaller, with increasing interconnectedness between actors over greater distances, and a larger number of transnational processes that affect local outcomes. But in a smaller world, many issues central to international studies become more complex. For example, the prospects for conflict and cooperation, managing health pandemics, and how we can adapt to environmental challenges will all depend on interactions between multiple actors, shaped by factors outside their control as well institutions at many different scales.

The complexity of many key issues in international studies highlight the need for a wider discipline to get better answers. We can benefit from further internationalization, with greater international participation in the discipline, and a more diverse set of perspectives and approaches. We also need interdisciplinarity and collaboration by scholars across traditional disciplinary boundaries. For example, understanding the social consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic illustrates how international studies must pay attention to research outside their traditional areas of emphasis such as epidemiology and medicine.

At the same time, social scientists have valuable insights about social behaviour and responses that can inform epidemiological models and public health. They also have expertise on what shapes policy responses to health emergencies and their economic and social outcomes. Likewise, research on tackling environmental challenges can benefit from cooperation between natural and social scientists. As a final example, research on trends in conflict and warfare must consider insights from statistical models of rare event distributions and their implications for risk and the likelihood of observing specific events over a given time interval. Research on the causes of conflict can in turn provide insights on where to look for possible change points in distributions and structural breaks.

We invite proposals for panels and roundtables on topics relevant to the theme, both in the sense of a smaller world and a wider discipline. This could include proposals that deal with aspects relating to “widening” the discipline such as the value of internationalization in research, the consequences of international research collaboration and exchange, as well as analyses of significant barriers to wider, more diverse participation in international studies. We also welcome proposals that deal with interdisciplinary approaches or how collaboration across disciplines can enhance research. Finally, we invite proposals that relate to the concept of a “smaller” world, such as the causes and consequences of greater interconnectedness across various issue areas.

Types of Proposals and Submissions

Most proposals are traditional types including papers, panels, and roundtables. ISA also has a series of specialty programs that are submitted through a separate form.

In addition to submitting a proposal, we have a number of other ways you can get involved with the program and placements on the program for which you can volunteer. Chairs and discussants are integral to the Convention experience, ensuring thoughtful discussion and valuable feedback for Convention participants. You will be asked to identify for which roles you are volunteering and your areas of expertise.

Chair: Chairs at ISA 2022 are charged with setting and maintaining the structure and flow of their individual sessions. Their primary responsibility in advance of the convention is to coordinate communications among panelists, no later than one month out of the event, and to set the presentation order and timing constraints of the session. Chairs are also asked to help facilitate changes to their panel with the Program Chairs, though all panelists are also responsible for communicating changes to their attendance directly with ISA. Onsite, a Chair's job is to set expectations for the session for the audience and to help craft and guide the discussion of their fellow panelists' work. They do this by 1) introducing the panel as a whole and the participants, as well as outlining the order of presentations, 2) managing time during the panel to ensure equal access for all presenters, and 3) moderating the discussion following the presentations to ensure the discussant(s), audience, and panelists have opportunities to engage in dialogue. Lastly, Chairs should be the ones to close the session, thanking the audience and panelists for their presence and/or participation and supplying any final concluding remarks.

Discussant: Discussants ensure a rich and fruitful discussion with both individual presenters and among the panel participants, helping elevate the session to an event that spans substance, collaboration and networking. The primary responsibility of a Discussant is to engage with the presenters’ work. This may include synthesizing broad themes among the presenters’ works, providing feedback on noteworthy points from each presenter’s work, asking questions about each presenters’ work, and/or raising potential new paths for research. Discussants will have access to presenters' work at least 5 days prior to the meeting and are tasked with reading them with an eye toward promoting a rich discussion during the session. Discussants may choose whether or not to share written feedback with the presenters in addition to the oral commentary provided during the event.

JSS Discussant: The JSS discussant role is two-fold. In addition to the traditional discussant role of providing constructive feedback with the goal of improving the research, JSS discussants are also requested to spend 15 to 20 minutes discussing professional development with the presenters. This can include topics such as publishing strategies, teaching tips, navigating the job market, and others. JSS discussants are chosen among ISA’s leading scholars. Senior-level scholars interested in mentoring junior colleagues are encouraged to volunteer.

Poster Discussant: Posters offer a unique format for presenting and sharing research and have become a standard component of the annual ISA convention. The discussant and presenter interaction in the Poster Gallery Program tends to be a bit more casual and personal, and allows for a more extensive dialogue between participants. The discussant role for posters follows the same guidelines and responsibilities as standard panel discussants, but on average a poster discussant will be assigned only one to two posters to review, rather than the 4-5 papers found on a standard panel. Thus, a poster discussant will generally have a lighter “workload” relative to a panel discussant, but will have more opportunity for deeper interaction with the presenter.

Papers are the foundation of the Annual Convention 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. 

Junior Scholar Symposium: JSS submissions are not a separate submission type but all individual papers can also be marked for consideration for JSS placement (you'll find a check box at the bottom of the general tab in the submission form). Those papers not placed onto JSS panels will be considered for standard panel placement along with the rest of the independent paper proposal submissions before the normal review process begins.

Flash Talks: Flash talk submissions are both a separate submission type OR individual papers can be marked for consideration for Flash Talk placement (you'll find a check box at the bottom of the general tab in the submission form). Unlike a full research talk given in traditional panels, a Flash Talk is an overview of a study. Presenters must draw out the most important aspects of their research in a compressed time-frame and then field a series of questions immediately thereafter. This is a great opportunity to present and discuss new ideas on working or completed papers and get valuable feedback from peers. A Flash Talk session will consist of several research projects discussed using brief PowerPoint presentations.

Poster Gallery: Poster Gallery submissions are not a separate submission type but all individual papers can also be marked for consideration for Poster Gallery placement (you'll find a check box at the bottom of the general tab in the submission form). These panels provide presenters with the opportunity to share their research in a visual format, with ISA leadership and  journal editors offering direct feedback.

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 5 participants are needed to submit a panel, along with title, tags and abstract.Titles need to be less than 50 words and abstracts need to be less than 200 words.

 

Career Courses

These courses are different from normal sessions at ISA in many ways. Most notably, they are designed to be in a "classroom" format with an instructor teaching on a given topic. Registrants will be able to sign up for the classes on a first-come-first-served basis when they open in the Fall. Instructors will receive a stipend for teaching the course.

If you are interested in teaching a course, you can submit your proposal through this site. The Professional Development Committee will evaluate proposed courses and select those that we will hold in Nashville.

More information

 

Innovative Panels

Innovative panels offer an opportunity for a little creativity and experimentation. An innovative panel proposal will need the standard title, tags and abstract, along with additional information about the "vision" behind the proposal and a designated chair. Titles need to be less than 50 words and abstracts need to be less than 200 words.

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Structuring Inclusion Panels

This series aims to challenge systemic exclusion through the articulation of new practices, approaches, cultures, and institutional parameters that liberate ISA in particular, and scholarship in general. Drawing from expertise across research, governance, teaching, and decision-making, we seek proposals for full panels and roundtables that highlight the work that is being done to increase the visibility and authority of scholars from diverse experiences and positions, disentangling scholarship from static modes of thought and behaviors that are closed and privileged.

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"In Other Words" Roundtables

These specialty roundtables are a series of non-English roundtables that seek to explore the role of the English language in governing academic practice, facilitating (or impending communication, and determining academic proficiency and legitimacy within the discipline of International Relations). Proposals should be submitted in both English and the chosen language, and should include: title, abstract, three tags, and all participants (which should include a chair and between 5 and 7 panelists).

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New Virtual Submission Opportunities for #ISA2022

 

While planning for an in-person 2022 Annual Conference, we recognize that many of our colleagues and members will not be able to join us in Nashville due to the ongoing coping with or recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. As we would like these valued ISA members to take part in the conference, we are leveraging some new technology options to offer the virtual participation opportunities below.

New submissions are welcome! If you have submitted a paper but would now like it to be considered for this new participation option, please resubmit your proposal (you will not be able to edit previously submitted items).

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 7th

 

Operating Under Uncertainty

Uncertainty is the bane of planners everywhere. In looking ahead toward our Nashville convention, we know that there are still many substantial points of uncertainty in each of our lives. Not only does this make each of our lives challenging in varying ways, but it also impacts the way ISA must plan for the Nashville convention in early 2022.

We must require some firm choices at this stage or all the uncertainty is borne by the co-Program Chairs (PCs) and ISA Headquarters (HQ), making it impossible for all of us to plan and develop the programs for the annual convention. We fully recognize that you too are making your own decisions under uncertainty and that no choices are likely to lead to perfectly desirable outcomes for any of us.

In seeking to mitigate the impact of some of this uncertainty, we are delighted to offer some new virtual options for supplemental submission - but must in turn ask for submitters to be intentional in their submission choices. Please be very thoughtful in your submissions for these new virtual opportunities and your commitment to participation in that manner. We will have limited capacity for virtual presentation opportunities generally and will not be able to accommodate swaps between in-person and virtual placements on the ISA 2022 program. Thank you for helping us balance uncertainty in this period of changeability. As always, if you have questions, please reach out to the PCs or HQ with your questions.

Quick Caveats on Virtual Proposals

ISA HQ and this year’s program team have been developing a wide array of options for the 2022 ISA convention, across in-person and virtual platforms. For ISA 2022, we have been able to arrange a limited capacity for virtual presentations in addition to the traditional onsite program offerings. We hope that you will find these virtual opportunities an exciting and engaging way to participate, especially during these very weird and uncertain times. A few quick points of note:

  1. All individual session participants will need to participate in the same meeting format - so while both in-person and virtual presentations are possible, individual sessions (panels) cannot mix formats.
  2. For those who previously submitted panels or roundtables, but need to make accommodations for at least one participant who will be unable to travel, we recommend you resubmit as a virtual proposal.
  3. Participation CANNOT be swapped between the in-person and virtual components of the program so those who are interested in virtual participation will need to make the choice to submit a virtual presentation before the July 16th deadline.
  4. Please note, onsite attendees WILL be able to participate in/attend virtual as well as in-person sessions.

Virtual Participation Limits

Participants can submit no more than two virtual authorships (on JSS panels or Research Sound Bytes), with a total of four maximum virtual participations, including acting as discussant and chair on a virtual item at the Annual Convention. Please note: If you submit both virtual and in-person proposals, you will still be held to the overall participation limit at program release.

Volunteering at ISA 2022

With the introduction of new virtual participation options, volunteers are needed to fill the roles of discussants on Virtual Poster sessions and Virtual Junior Scholar Symposium sessions. Please consider volunteering to serve in this capacity - your service is appreciated!

As a reminder, you can still volunteer for the roles of chair and discussant for in-person panels by visiting your volunteer profile on the ISA 2022 Submissions page.

Did you already submit a proposal for the June 1 deadlne?

I submitted a panel or roundtable proposal that I would like to be considered for the virtual format – what should I do? Reach out to systems@isanet.org for information on how to convert your proposal to a virtual format. Please note – in order to convert your proposal for virtual consideration, we will need consent from each participant on your proposal.

I submitted a proposal by June 1 but I know that I will not be able to participate in-person – what should I do? If you know that you will not be able to participate in-person in Nashville, please reach out to us at systems@isanet.org to let us know, so that we can be sure to withdraw your in-person proposals.

To submit a fully formed panel, you will need a title, an abstract, 4 to 5 presenters, a chair, and a discussant. To submit a roundtable, you will need a title, an abstract, a chair, and 5-10 participants.

Poster paper presentations will take the form of an asynchronous visual presentation by the author(s) throughout the Convention and will also have a prearranged time slot for a separate live interaction between presenters and other participants. Additionally, every poster will be assigned a discussant. Presenters will utilize our virtual poster session technology to craft and share their posters and will be able to embed text, images, audio, video, and narration into their posters.

Poster paper submissions will 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. We also ask submitters to suggest 3-5 names of individuals whom they feel would be well placed to discuss their research. Please note, poster paper proposals are exempt from submission/participation limits.

This submission type combines virtual discussion panels and short, pre-recorded videos in order to provide presenters with a new way of sharing their research and engaging their fellow conference participants. Accepted presenters will record their research in a 5-7 minute video which will be available throughout the conference for all registered attendees to access and watch. Presenters will be organized into larger thematic panels which will come together in the latter half of the Convention and discuss each other's work, each participant having already watched each other's videos.

Research Sound Byte submissions require a title, abstract, at least three tag words and the author(s) in order to submit. Titles need to be less than 50 words and abstracts need to be less than 200 words. Accepted submissions will be expected to provide their 5-7 minute videos in February of 2021.

Unlike a full research talk given in traditional panels, a Flash Talk is an overview of a study. Presenters must draw out the most important aspects of their research in a compressed timeframe and then field a series of questions immediately thereafter. This is a great opportunity to present and discuss new ideas on working or completed papers and get valuable feedback from peers. A Flash Talk session will consist of several research projects discussed using brief PowerPoint presentations. Note that a Flash Talk presenter is also expected to discuss the research of a fellow Flash Talk participant, creating an engaged and interactive group who act as discussants, audience members and presenters at the same time. Flash Talks thereby provide the additional opportunity to hold various roles within the Convention setting.

Flash Talk submissions require a title, abstract, at least three tag words and the author(s) in order to submit. Titles need to be less than 50 words and abstracts need to be less than 200 words.

These are a series of non-English roundtables; one of their goals is to explore the role of the English language in governing academic practice, facilitating (or impending) communication, and determining academic proficiency and legitimacy within the discipline of international relations. Their other goal is to provide a space for colleagues who would like to present their research in a language other than English to do so.

Proposals should be submitted in both English and the chosen language, and should include a title, an abstract, and three tags. The chair should be a person who is proficient in both English and the target language, and who is comfortable in translating questions and comments from the audience to the presenters.

The Junior Scholar Symposium is a special opportunity for graduate students and junior scholars (PhDs that are no more than two years old). Each JSS panel will consist of five research projects from a diverse group of researchers and a senior discussant from among ISA’s leading scholars. JSS virtual participants can choose to use posters or PowerPoint slides to present and discuss their work in a small group setting.

This format provides a fantastic opportunity for junior scholars to meet and connect with senior scholars in their field. It also affords participants an opportunity to start developing their own networks by introducing them to peers from other institutions working on similar or related projects. Another great advantage of this format is professional development; JSS discussants will be advised to save the last 15 minutes of the session to discuss questions such as teaching and publication strategies, jobs in the discipline, etc. Submissions require a title, abstract, at least three tag words and the author(s) in order to submit. Titles need to be less than 50 words and abstracts need to be less than 200 words.

ISA is committed to ensuring welcoming and hospitable spaces for every member of our diverse community. We ask that submitters, like our reviewers, take the time to reflect on unconscious biases as you build your proposals - and join us in working to create an inclusive community of scholars. (Check here for more information about unconscious biases and our Committee on the Status of Representation and Diversity).

 

*To help ensure that the maximum number of people have a chance to participate in our increasingly competitive Annual Convention, the Governing Council directed ISA headquarters to enforce limits for proposals to the conference. These participation limits are enforced at submission. If you are personally reaching this limit, you can remove yourself from any unwanted drafts, or delete them entirely, by editing the proposal. You can also remove yourself from any draft or submitted proposals created by a colleague by clicking the "Details" link to the right of any proposals listed above. If you are reaching this limit due to trying to add someone else, please contact them about reaching the limit. For more information on participation limits, please click here.

Sorry, the submission period for ISA 2022 has closed. For more information, please contact the Program Chairs. Even if you did not submit, anyone is welcome to register and attend the conference.

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