ISA Midwest St. Louis 2019: Call for Proposals

The EXTENDED deadline for paper/panel submissions is July 31, 2019.

The International Studies Association-Midwest invites proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables on any subjects related to international studies, broadly defined, for its annual meeting. The conference will be held on November 22nd-23rd at the Hilton at the Ballpark, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The deadline for paper and panel submissions for the ISA-Midwest conference is Wednesday, July 31st.

All proposal submissions must be made through the ISA submission software. ISA membership is not required for either proposal submission or conference attendance, though you will need to create an account with if you do not already have one. Faculty members attending the conference may be asked to serve as chairs and/or discussants. Please make sure to indicate your areas of expertise when submitting your proposal.

This year’s conference will feature a talk by and a roundtable in honor of the 2019 Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar, Jeffrey Pickering. Dr. Pickering is Professor of Political Science at Kansas State University, and is also the editor-in-chief of the ISA’s International Interactions journal. We will also host Cameron Thies, the President of the ISA, who will give a talk in the evening of Friday, November 22nd.

ISA-Midwest is home to many editors or associate editors of the ISA journals, senior and junior faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to receiving helpful feedback on research panels, the conference allows many opportunities (editors’ roundtable, panels on professional issues and skills) to interact with colleagues across the region and beyond. For more information, please visit our conference website.

Emerging Scholars Forum

This year ISA-Midwest will continue its Emerging Scholars Forum (ESF, funding pending). Senior graduate students and junior faculty are encouraged to apply when submitting paper proposals for the program. Similar to ISA's Junior Scholar Symposium, this is a valuable opportunity to receive in-depth feedback from a senior scholar at a regional conference.

This forum, to be held on the first day of the ISA-Midwest conference, will place small groups of emerging scholars with a senior person in the field. The junior scholars and their senior scholar mentors will be grouped together with similar papers into four panels. The final composition of the panels will reflect the actual proposals received. The selection process is competitive and limited to sixteen senior graduate students and junior faculty. Final topics will depend upon the papers selected.

As an incentive to participate, junior and senior scholars will receive a small travel stipend of at least $100. To be eligible, all participants must be ISA members and registered for the 2019 ISA-Midwest conference.

ISA-Midwest Mini-Pay It Forward Workshop

Pay It Forward (PIF) is mentoring program designed for female identifying graduate students and junior faculty within the International Studies profession. The PIF special workshop at the ISA-Midwest annual meeting is sponsored by the ISA’s Committee on the Status of Women.

The mini-PIF workshop will include an invitation-only lunch and a mentoring cafe, where mentees will be matched with a mentor to discuss issues facing women in the profession. Topics addressed typically include navigating a gendered profession, work-life balance, applying and interviewing for jobs, and promotion and tenure. In addition to these meetings, ISA-Midwest is going to feature various other professional development panels, roundtables, and opportunities for the participants.

Participation is limited to 9-12 mentees. Preference is given to individuals who have not previously participated in a PIF event. Interested participants should send a CV and short statement (of no more than 300 words) outlining their reasons for applying to the program to Dr. Marijke Breuning ( by August 23, 2019. Each mentee will receive a paid lunch (valued up to $25 USD) and a stipend (up to $100 USD), which is to be paid towards her costs for travel.

This application is separate than your conference proposal. Please submit your proposals to the conference through the ISA webpage before the extended deadline (July 31st), and follow the above instructions for the PIF workshop. While participants need not be presenting at the ISA-Midwest, they will have to register for the conference.

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Check your Country

If you require a letter of invitation to support a visa application, please be sure to provide sufficient lead time for the processing of the letter. The organizers request that these participants register early. A letter of guarantee will be sent from the conference organizers upon providing a receipt of the paid conference registration fee and of a hotel accommodation in St. Louis.

Submissions Closed

Sorry, the submission period for ISA Midwest 2019 ended July 31st. 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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