ISA South Memphis 2019: Call for Proposals

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Think Locally, Act Globally

Extended Submission Deadline: July 1, 2019

After a 30-year hiatus, the International Studies Association-South returns to Memphis, TN for its 2019 annual meeting to be held at Rhodes College on October 4-5, 2019. ISA-South invites paper, panel and roundtable proposals on any subject related to international studies, broadly defined, and strongly encourages submissions on subjects related to the conference theme: “Think Locally, Act Globally.” It aims to highlight connections between local developments and global affairs, to promote activism that links the two dimensions especially in (but not limited to) areas such as migration, human rights, and the environment, and to uncover the political, economic, social, educational and technological mechanisms for doing so. Hugging the mighty Mississippi, the city of Memphis boasts the National Civil Rights Museum which attendees will visit as part of their conference participation, the Blues Hall of Fame, the Rock ‘n Soul Museum, a lively entertainment district on Beale Street, the legendary Sun Studio, Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion, the tenth tallest pyramid in the world, and so much more.

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.

The conference will take place on the campus of Rhodes College, voted as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country according to the Princeton Review. Rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn, Downtown Memphis. A shuttle service will be provided to transport attendees between the hotel and the conference site.

Conference Theme

We especially encourage paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on subjects related to this year’s conference theme: “Think Locally, Act Globally.” Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Migration and human rights
  • Democracies in danger
  • Environmental problems and their global consequences
  • New economic capabilities and vulnerabilities affecting inter-state relations
  • Emerging challenges in global governance
  • The impact of populist impulses, social movements, and non-state actors
  • War, terrorism and regional security
  • Social problems and regional governance approaches

Proposals may reflect a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. We seek to showcase the work of junior and senior scholars as well as students. 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 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 Monday, July 1, 2019. Questions about potential submissions and participation should be sent by e-mail to the Program Co-Chairs, Nikolaos Zahariadis, Rhodes College or Adam Van Liere, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse at 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.

Graduate Student Paper Award

The region would also like to extend a special invitation to student participants. 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 considered for an award, students must attend the Saturday luncheon and must be active ISA members. Three prizes will be awarded: Grand Prize: $250; First Runner-up: $200; Second Runner-up: $150.

The deadline for paper proposals is July 1, 2019. Full papers and questions should be sent by e-mail to Tom Badey at by September 6, 2019.

Student Travel Support

ISA-South provides travel support on a competitive basis for up to fifteen graduate and undergraduate students up to $200.00 and for two adjunct faculty members up to $300.00 to attend the International Studies Association-South Conference on October 4-5, 2019. In order to receive travel support you must, be a member of the International Studies Association, attend the ISA-South 2019 conference, present a completed paper at the conference and send a request to no later than July 1, 2019. You will be notified by the program chairs 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 10th in order to receive reimbursement. Please e-mail all receipts as attachments to

Submissions Closed

Sorry, the submission period for ISA South 2019 ended July 1st. 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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If you require a letter of invitation to support a visa application, please be sure to provide sufficient lead time for the processing of the letter. The organizers request that these participants register early. A letter of guarantee will be sent from the conference organizers upon providing a receipt of the paid conference registration fee and of a hotel accommodation in Memphis.