ISA NE Providence 2015: Call for Proposals

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The deadline for paper/panel submissions is Friday, 26 June 2015.

The annual conference of the International Studies Association-Northeast (ISA-NE) will be held on 6-7 November 2015 at the Providence Biltmore in Providence, Rhode Island. 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 or 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: Untimely Meditations: History, Sociology, and Aesthetics in International Studies. We are keen to explore the turns to history and to historical sociology in light of the past two decades of international studies. What drives these turns? In what way do contemporary students of world politics need the past; how does that need differ from earlier appropriations of it; and what dangers attend this latest re-appropriation? Since history can also be conceived as a domain of aesthetic representations, we also wish to explore the turn to the aesthetic and imaginative in world politics: from auto-ethnography to new uses of speculative fiction, poetry, and visual culture. Do these reflect the desire to ‘recover the future’ in the face of new political and environmental challenges? What dangers do they pose, and what reflexive positions follow from those dangers? In what ways do these two turns complement or critique one another?

We also 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 from Anne Norton, an evening address from ISA President Paul Diehl, and the annual meeting of the Northeast Scholars’ Circle.

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 2015.

Panel, roundtable, and individual paper proposals can be submitted via the ISA website beginning on 1 May 2015. 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 Friday, 26 June 2015. Questions about potential submissions and participation should be sent by e-mail to the Program Chairs, Daniel J. Levine and Alexander D. Barder ( 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.

One-Day Graduate Workshop

In addition to our general call for papers, ISA-NE will be sponsoring a Graduate Workshop on methodology during the annual conference. Deadline to apply is 10 July 2015.