ISA Northeast Baltimore 2018: Call For Proposals

The deadline for paper/panel submissions is June 24, 2018.

The annual conference of the International Studies Association-Northeast (ISA-NE) will be held on November 2-3 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, poststructuralist, and post-humanist lenses.

We especially encourage paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on subjects related to this year’s conference theme: World Politics in The Digital Age. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • New capabilities and vulnerabilities affecting inter-state relations
  • Emerging challenges in global governance
  • The impact of populist impulses, social movements, and non-state actors
  • Pressures on traditional sources of truth, authority, and expertise
  • The power of algorithms, hashtags, and viral images
  • Efforts to theorize and historicize the networks, systems, technologies, and practices shaping world politics in the twenty-first century

We 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.

The conference program also includes a number of events of interest. Our provisional schedule features a luncheon keynote address by ISA President Patrick James, as well as an evening address 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 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, Jessica Auchter (, and should be submitted no later than 1 September 2018.

Panel, roundtable, and individual paper proposals can be submitted via the ISA website. 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, 24 June 2018. Questions about potential submissions and participation should be sent by e-mail to the Program Chair, Andrew Ross ( 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 the Program Chair directly.

Submit a Proposal

Proposals must be submitted through this site. Faculty members presenting papers may be asked to serve as chairs and discussants. Please indicate your areas of expertise when you submit your proposal. ISA membership is not required for either proposal submission or conference attendance, though you will need to create an account with if you have not already done so.

Submit a Proposal

One-Day Pedagogy Workshop

In addition to our general call for papers, ISA-NE will be sponsoring a Pedagogy Workshop during the annual conference. Deadline to apply is 1 July 2018.

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One-Day Methodology Graduate Workshop

In addition to our general call for papers, ISA-NE will be sponsoring a Graduate Workshop on methodology during the annual conference. Check back soon for more information. Deadline to apply is 23 July 2018.

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