ISA 2021: Call for Proposals

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Call for Proposals: Globalization, Regionalism and Nationalism: Contending Forces in World Politics

ISA 62nd Annual Convention
April 7th – 10th, 2021, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Meet the 2021 Program Chairs

 

ISA understands that these are uncertain and complicated times, and that there are on-going concerns about the global health climate and how it will affect our upcoming conferences. ISA continues to monitor the situation around COVID-19 actively and regularly. We are optimistic and planning to hold our 2021 Annual Convention in Las Vegas, but will spend this year preparing for many possible scenarios. If you have any concerns or questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at isa@isanet.org - we welcome your queries and input.

For those who submitted to ISA2020 and/or were slated to present, you are welcome to resubmit your proposals for consideration for the 2021 program. Please note that previous acceptance to ISA2020 does not guarantee acceptance.

We wish you and yours well during this time, and we will do our best to keep you informed and involved along the way.

 

Over the last two decades, the volume and intensity of attacks on globalization have been steadily rising. The backlash has not been confined to rich countries; developing countries such as India, Philippines, Brazil, Malaysia, and others are also witnessing popular challenges to the liberal international order. Since the mid-1940s, the architects of the Bretton Wood system set the stage for a liberal international order that has governed political and economic relations between capitalist and democratic nations.  Although this is not the first time the liberal international order has been challenged, it is now being resisted through democratic elections and expressed through populist, nationalist, protectionist and anti-globalization movements.  International organizations that were given the mandate to institutionalize rules of the liberal order are increasingly under threat and viewed to be interfering the domestic authority of states.  In various ways and in many countries throughout the world, individuals, political parties, and grassroots movements are challenging different aspects of ‘liberal’, ‘international’, and ‘order’.

Our 2021 conference theme seeks to understand the actors, anxieties, and political forces in international and domestic politics that are shaping- and shaped by- the changing world.  Scholars in the international studies profession- who analyze the interactions between power, voice, and rules at the local and international level- are well poised to provide insights into these trends.  At the same time, these current challenges require a fresh approach to our study of international politics, focused on engagement and communication across ideological, disciplinary, regional and methodological lines to more fully understand recent unanticipated (and anticipated) global events.  We invite proposals that tackle these issues from a variety of perspectives and at a variety of levels of analysis. We are particularly interested in work that helps us 1) understand changes at the global level influence regional, national, and local politics, or 2) the reverse: how local, national or regional political interactions might be changing the global order. 

Some representative questions the theme might address include:

  • - What are the forces challenging the liberal international order (LIO)? Are these similar across regions? Countries? international institutions?
  • - What interests are and are not represented in anti-globalization movements?
  • - How have the current structures of power and rules in the LIO influenced the rise of countervailing forces today?
  • - How can we explain the role of emerging powers and/or the Global South in the politics influencing support and resistance to the current liberal international order?
  • - How and under what conditions does local dissatisfaction with LIO impact power structures change?
  • - What is the perspective of the Global South and how are they reacting to these trends?
  • - What is the future of US political and economic relations with other rising powers, and China in particular?
  • - What are the challenges brought by accelerating trade, supply chains, capital and technology flows? How and under what conditions do they impact international relations, domestic politics and society?
  • - How is the current LIO impacting nationalist fever and ethnic conflict?
  • - How do we envision the legitimacy and functioning of international organizations in the changing global economy?
  • - How do we understand the role of national and local democratic institutions in the face of changing global order? Under what conditions is current angst about globalization placing democratic institutions under threat?
  • - What is the role of public opinion in shaping governance issues related to globalization?
  • - What are the most successful strategies for economic and political development in this new era?
  • - How are local, national, and international level governments dealing with global crises such as climate change, and immigration?

Types of Proposals

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.

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.

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.

Note that, if you have a paper that was marked as a flash talk submission, you should not submit the flash talk independently a second time. 

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.

 

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.

More information

 

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 Las Vegas.

More information

Sorry, the submission period for ISA Las Vegas 2021 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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