It was wonderful to see so many of you at the 2018 ISA Annual Convention in San Francisco. We had excellent intellectual exchange centered around our theme, “Power of Rules and Rule of Power”, and around the interests of our many sections, caucuses, and affiliate groups. We provided lots of opportunities for professional development through our Pay-it-Forward program, career courses, workshops, professional development panels, and our Junior Scholar Symposia, and we continued to examine our own discipline with our “Challenging Oppression” series. We introduced new programming, like our “In Other Words” panels conducted in non-English languages and flash talks. 110 exhibitor booths showcased resources and publishing opportunities, and we gave out a large number of awards for excellent work by our members in research, teaching, service, and outreach.
Our annual meeting of the ISA Governing Council was also quite productive and resulted in a number of important decisions.
- The GC approved a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Connecticut to extend our agreement to locate ISA at UConn through 2025.
- The GC approved increased funds for teams editing our seven ISA journals.
- The GC appointed new teams to begin editing International Studies Quarterly and International Interactions beginning January 1, 2019. Both are large and diverse teams. The ISQ team is led by Brandon Prins and Krista Wiegand at the University of Tennessee, and the II team is led by Jeffrey Pickering at Kansas State University.
- The GC approved a number of items proposed by the Global South Task Force, including an Emerging Global South Scholar Workshop and a new standing Committee on the Status of Engagement with the Global South.
- The GC passed revisions to the ISA Code of Conduct. The new Code of Conduct can be found here.
- The GC approved a proposal for a new Non-English Book Award.
We want to thank the Program Chairs, Faten Ghosn and Ismene Gizelis, one more time for their hard work, as well as the ISA HQ staff. Now we look forward to a number of exciting opportunities in the next year including our joint meeting with FLACSO in Quito, Ecuador this July, our first ISA Innovative Pedagogy Conference in November, and our 60th anniversary Annual Convention in Toronto next March.
Brett Ashley Leeds, Outgoing ISA President (2017-2018)
Mark A. Boyer, ISA Executive Director