ISA South Atlanta 2021: Call for Proposals

Global Politics after COVID

The deadline for paper/panel submissions is July 25, 2021.

The International Studies Association Southern Region is happy to announce its 2021 annual conference, to be held October 8–9 in Atlanta, GA. The theme of this year’s meeting is "Global Politics after COVID". As this call goes out, we are still very much in the midst of a pandemic that has contributed to political, economic, and social turbulence globally. The pandemic has tested the limits of multilateralism, raised questions about the role of the great powers, and has exposed injustice and inequities in economic and societal systems at all levels. As the world emerges from COVID, what are the greatest challenges and how are we managing them? To what extent has the pandemic created new opportunities to address enduring challenges? Can we expect power dynamics to change and, if so, what are the implications? These are just some of the questions papers and panels might consider. We encourage paper, panel, and roundtable submissions related to the theme, though we welcome proposals on any topic related to international studies. ISA-South seeks to showcase the work of junior and senior scholars as well as students. Submissions from those in academia, government, non-governmental organizations, the armed forces, and other entities are all strongly encouraged.

Paper proposals must include an abstract of less than 200 words. Panel proposals must include 4-5 papers and at least one discussant. Roundtable proposals required between 3 and 10 participants, and a 200 word abstract illustrating the roundtable’s aims and expected outcomes.

Panel, roundtable, and individual paper proposals must 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.

This year we also invite proposals for innovative panels. We welcome panel proposals that push beyond the typical panel format and encourage participants to interact and learn in new, creative ways. The selection process will take into account the quality, feasibility, and cost of each proposal. For a description of ISA’s innovative panels please visit

Student Paper Awards

The region would like to extend a special invitation to student participants.

Graduate Student Paper Award

Graduate students are encouraged to submit paper proposals and, if accepted, to compete in the ISA-South Jim Winkates Graduate Student Paper Competition. To be eligible for an award, students must attend the Saturday luncheon and must be active ISA members. Three prizes will be awarded: Grand Prize: $300; First Runner-up: $250; Second Runner-up: $200.

Undergraduate Student Paper Award

We welcome undergraduate paper submissions, but require students to have a faculty sponsor who commits to attending the conference. To be eligible for an award, students interested in competing in the ISA-South Undergraduate Student Paper Competition must attend the Saturday luncheon. One prize will be awarded: $150.

The deadline for paper proposals is July 25, 2021. To be considered for one of the paper awards, submit full papers by e-mail to Kirsten Taylor at by September 6, 2021. Questions may be submitted to the same email address.

Travel Support

ISA-South provides travel support on a competitive basis for up to fifteen graduate and undergraduate students up to $250.00 and for two untenured faculty members up to $350.00 to attend the International Studies Association-South Conference on October 8-9, 2021. In order to receive travel support you must, be a member of the International Studies Association, attend the ISA-South 2021 conference, present a completed paper at the conference and send a request to no later than July 25, 2021. You will be notified by the program chair via e-mail if your request for travel support has been approved. Undergraduate students wishing to be considered must have a faculty sponsor who commits to attending the conference. Undergraduate status, and the contact details for a faculty sponsor, must be provided to the program co-chairs at

Reimbursement forms will be distributed after the luncheon on Saturday. Awardees must complete the reimbursement forms, provide all receipts for registration, lodging and travel to the program chair no later than October 21st in order to receive reimbursement. Please e-mail all receipts as attachments to

Program Chair

Kirsten Taylor
Berry College

Submissions Closed

Sorry, the submission period for ISA South 2021 ended July 25th. For more information, please contact the program chair. Even if you did not submit, anyone is welcome to register and attend the conference.

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