ISSS-ISAC Springfield 2015: Call for Proposals

The deadline for paper/panel submissions is Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

We are pleased to announce this year’s ISSS-ISAC conference hosted by the Five Colleges, Inc (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and UMass-Amherst) and to be held in Springfield, MA, from October 8 – 10, 2015.

We are soliciting paper, panel, and roundtable proposals now through July 8, 2015.

This year’s conference theme is Global Trends in War and Political Violence. Over the past century, we have witnessed episodes of extreme interstate and intrastate violence as well as periods of relative stability and decline in war and armed conflict. This conference encourages proposals from diverse theoretical, methodological, epistemological, and geographical approaches to examine the broad trends in interstate war, intrastate war, and political violence over the past century, the current state of these issues, and what future trends might look like. In particular, we seek proposals that address the following sets of questions: What are the long-term trends on war, conflict, and political violence? What explains these long-term trends and how are these patterns changing? How effective are the norms, institutions, and practices designed to control and mitigate war and political violence? What are the likely future trends, and in particular, how will violence manifest itself in an era that seems likely to be characterized by further globalization, urbanization, civil war, and the emergence of new and varied non-state actors? And, how are factors such as climate change, resource scarcity, demographic stress, ethnic and religious strife, social and economic inequality, and environmental degradation, affecting, and likely to affect, longer-term trends in war and political violence?

As always with ISSS-ISAC conferences, we also welcome additional proposals on a wider range of international security topics.

This year’s conference will be held at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel in Springfield, MA, beginning Thursday, October 8, and concluding mid-day on Saturday, October 10. These dates coincide with peak fall foliage in the Berkshires, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont so it is a great time to visit.

The deadline for paper/panel submissions is July 8, 2015. Please contact Program Chair Jon Western with questions about potential submissions and participation. Also, please indicate if you are willing to serve as a panel chair or discussant in your ISA proposal submission. Be sure to include your area of expertise.