ISA Northeast Providence 2017: Call For Proposals

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The deadline for paper/panel submissions was June 26, 2017.

The annual conference of the International Studies Association-Northeast (ISA-NE) will be held on November 3rd and 4th at the Hilton in Providence, Rhode Island. The ISA-NE invites paper and panel proposals on any topic substantively connected to world politics. Topics might draw upon or discuss international relations theory, international law and organizations, foreign policy, human rights, conflict resolution, military and strategic studies, environmental studies, feminist and queer theory, international political economy, international history, science and technology studies, aesthetic theory, the philosophy of social science, colonial and postcolonial theories, international political sociology, complexity theory, critical race theory, and others. ISA-NE explicitly embraces and encourages research from a full range of approaches to international studies include those using critical, normative, poststructural and posthumanist lenses.

We strongly encourage paper, panel and roundtable proposals on subjects related to this year’s conference theme: Planetary Transformations: Contingency, Unpredictability, and Complexity in World Politics.

International Relations and scholars of Political Science have been increasingly exposed to sudden and often unforeseen changes in the structure of the international system, political discourse, and means of communication. Knowledge taken as granted in the field merely a decade ago now seems obsolete. The rise of big data, the emergence of climate change related disasters, the rise of automated warfare, new disruptions to the stability of nuclear deterrence, the proliferation of identity politics and perspective have placed traditional assumptions into doubt. At the same time, the question of how knowledge is produced has never been as hotly disputed. In that vein, we welcome discussions around questions such as these:

  • How do, or how might, students of world politics cope with the challenges and difficulties of studying a complex world? Do contemporary complexities differ from, or exceed, existing approaches to complexity theory?
  • Does international politics have the tools and flexibility to contend with geoengineering, genetic manipulation, or the flux of global markets?
  • Are there risks in positing a world that is too complex for simple models or approaches to politics? Alternatively, could such understandings open up possibilities for better relations within and between disparate intellectual and political communities?
  • What will the role of international organizations, human rights, international law, or security politics become in a world of change?
  • How do we study, cope with, and respond to events that challenge habitual approaches to the study of world politics?

We encourage proposals from varied disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives that engage these issues. We welcome innovative ideas about the structure, format and content of conference sessions and want to highlight the work of advanced graduate students as well as early career researchers and senior colleagues.

The conference program also includes a number of events of interest. Our provisional schedule features a luncheon keynote address, evening plenary, 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 scholars 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, Daniel Levine, and should be submitted no later than September 7, 2017.

Panel, roundtable, and individual paper proposals can be submitted via the ISA website beginning on May 15th. 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 June 26th. Questions about potential submissions and participation should be sent by e-mail to the Program Chairs, Stefanie Fishel and Benjamin Meiches. 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 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 2017.

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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 24 July 2017.

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