ISA Northeast Baltimore 2014: Call for Proposals

The deadline for paper/panel submissions is Friday, 27 June 2014.

The annual conference of the International Studies Association-Northeast (ISA-NE) will be held November 7 – 8, 2014 at the Embassy Suites, Baltimore – Inner Harbor (formerly the Tremont Plaza), Baltimore, Maryland. ISA-NE invites paper and panel proposals on any subject related to international studies, broadly defined. Topics might include international relations theory, international law and organizations, foreign policy, globalization, human rights, international development, conflict resolution, military / strategic studies, the environment, feminist and queer theory, gender studies, international political economy, and international political sociology, among others. ISA-NE expressly welcomes research from the full range of approaches to and philosophies of IR, including those using critical, constructivist, poststructural and postmodern lenses.

We also encourage paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on subjects related to this year’s conference theme, Concept and Conceptualization in International Relations. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Processes of conceptual change in IR and forms of resistance
  • Contestation over the meaning(s) of political terms
  • The relationship(s) between political / normative language and practice
  • The commensurability / translatability of political concepts across cultures and epochs

We especially encourage proposals from varied disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. We seek to showcase the work of advanced graduate students and junior as well as senior scholars, and we welcome innovative ideas about the format, structure, and content of conference sessions.

Papers delivered at ISA-NE are eligible for consideration for the Fred Hartmann Award (graduate students / ABD) or the Lee Bennett Award (scholars who have completed their PhD). Graduate students whose papers are accepted for presentation and who do not receive support from their departments are eligible to apply for travel support from ISA-NE. Requests should be made to the ISA-NE President, J. Samuel Barkin (, and should be submitted no later than September 1, 2014.

Panel, roundtable, and individual paper proposals can be submitted via the ISA website beginning on May 9, 2014. Although you will need to create an ISA account if you do not already have one in order to access the system, you do not need to already be a member of the International Studies Association in order to do so.

The conference program also includes a number of events of interest, including a keynote address by the President of the International Studies Association, Amitav Acharya, and the annual meeting of the Northeast Circle.

The deadline for paper / panel submissions is Friday, 27 June 2014. Questions about potential submissions and participation should be sent by e-mail to the Program Chair, Harry D. Gould (

Scholars willing to serve as panel chairs/discussants should use the ISA registration form to signal their willingness and to provide information on their areas of expertise, or contact the Program Chair directly.