ISA Northeast Annual Conference 2016, Baltimore, Maryland

(In)Human(e) World Politics

November 4th - 5th
Embassy Suites Baltimore, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Hosted by ISA-Northeast


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The ISA Northeast region hosted its annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland on November 4-5. Our theme was “(In)Human(e) World Politics,” ably organized by Jessica Auchter (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) and Matthew Weinert (University of Delaware). Neta Crawford (Boston University) delivered the conference keynote, and Lee Ann Fujii (Toronto) delivered our luncheon address. Our annual Scholars’ Circle Roundtable honored the forthcoming work of Michelle Jurkovich (UMass-Boston). Two hundred and thirty scholars presented work in some 42 panels and roundtables, making this one of the largest northeast regional conferences ever. Our twelfth annual Interpretive and Relational Research Methods Workshop (IRRMW) was held concurrently with the conference on November 5 under the leadership of Stefanie Fishel (University of Alabama) and Nick Kiersey (Ohio University); Nick Rowland (Penn State), Elizabeth Dauphinee (York University), Laura Sjoberg (University of Florida) and Daniel Levine (University of Alabama) were faculty mentors. This year we also inaugurated a new pedagogy workshop for junior faculty under the leadership of Jamie Frueh (Bridgewater College); Patrick Jackson (American), Renée Marlin-Bennett (Johns Hopkins), Rose Shinko (American) and Brent Steele (Utah) led the discussions. Our sincere thanks to ISA’s Professional Development Committee for their continued support of the IRRMW, and to the Active Learning in International Affairs Section for its support of the pedagogy workshop.  

Panels and roundtables covered such diverse issues as national and social boundaries, new approaches to constructivism, refugees, historical IR theory, post-humanism, the politics of recognition, conceptual reframings of genocide, network theory and emotion, the politics of gender in the profession, and ethics in warfare. We were especially grateful to a large contingent of scholars who arrived from NUPI in Oslo; we hope to see them again in years to come.

- Daniel Levine, ISA-NE Region President, 2016-2017

The deadline for paper/panel submissions was Sunday, 26 June 2016.

The annual conference of the International Studies Association-Northeast (ISA-NE) will be held on November 4-5 at the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. ISA-NE invites paper and panel proposals on any topic substantively related to world politics. Topics might include, or draw upon, international relations theory, international law and organizations, foreign policy, globalization, human rights, international development, conflict resolution, military/strategic studies, environmental studies, feminist and queer theory, gender studies, international political economy, international history, science and technology studies, aesthetic theory, the philosophy of science of social science, colonial and post-colonial theory, and international political sociology, among others. ISA-NE expressly welcomes research from the full range of approaches to and philosophies of international studies, including those using critical, normative, poststructural, and post-humanist lenses.

We especially encourage paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on subjects related to this year’s conference theme: (In)Human(e) World Politics.

International Relations is increasingly thinking of the human and humanity as its subject and agent, as evident through the evolution of the human security paradigm and human rights as a field of study unto itself. Beyond this, studies of war, and security policymakers, have broadened their focus to consider the human as well, placing priority on counting dead humans, saving live ones, and categorizing humans based on their ability to kill or be killed. Civilian, combatant, terrorist, criminal, and citizen, among other legal classifications, illustrate the extent to which the category of human has been parsed, and the degree to which discourses of (in)humanity and dignity have filtered into political and academic discourse and practice. Questions surrounding the inhumane treatment of others likewise extend beyond conventional forms of violence, and implicate migration, public health, development, culture, and the environment. Violence in these arenas is deemed uncivilized, with civilization defined as that which places value on humanity and its associated concepts: rights, dignity, community, culture. What makes one human? What attention should IR pay to human needs and to life and death? What is the relationship between the human and concepts such as security, power, and ethics? Should IR broaden beyond the human? We encourage proposals from varied disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. We seek to showcase the work of advanced graduate students and junior and well as senior scholars, and we welcome innovative ideas about the format, structure, and content of conference sessions.

The conference program also includes a number of events of interest. Our provisional schedule features a luncheon keynote address by Lee Ann Fujii, an evening address by Neta Crawford, and the annual meeting of the Northeast Scholar’s Circle. The conference this year will also include the Interpretive Methods Workshop for graduate students, and the inaugural Pedagogy Workshop for junior faculty and graduate students.

Papers delivered at ISA-NE are eligible for consideration for the Fred Hartmann Award (graduate students/ABDs) or the Lee Bennett Award (scholars who have completed their Ph.D. degrees). 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, Harry Gould (, and should be submitted no later than 1 September 2016.

Panel, roundtable, and individual paper proposals can be submitted via the ISA website beginning on 19 April 2016. Although an ISA account is needed to access the system, you do not need to be a member of the International Studies Association to submit proposals or attend the conference.

The deadline for paper/panel submissions is Sunday, 26 June 2016. Questions about potential submissions and participation should be sent by e-mail to the Program Chairs, Jessica Auchter and Matthew Weinert ( Scholars willing to serve as panel chairs/discussants should use the ISA registration form to signal their willingness and provide information on their areas of expertise, or contact one of the Program Chairs directly.

2016 Program Chairs

Jessica Auchter

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Matthew S. Weinert

University of Delaware

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