Annual Convention Working Groups

Working Groups serve as a forum for dialogue and interaction around designated issue areas at the Annual Convention. Working Group participants discuss the most thought-provoking issues surrounding a given theme through an extended and focused dialogue with their Working Group colleagues. This form of engagement may stimulate new research questions and project ideas, challenge held convictions on a subject, and contribute to the development of new communities of scholars, among other benefits.


The format of any given Working Group is determined by the Working Group coordinator, but two key elements hold in any Working Group: 1. participants commit to attending a group of related panels during the Annual Convention and 2. participants agree to attend the Working Group’s three meetings.

With regard to the three Working Group meetings, the first meeting takes place on site prior to the start of the Convention. It provides an opportunity for participants to create a framework for engagement with each other and with the group’s proposed goal(s). The second meeting takes place somewhere in the middle of the Convention and serves to bring the group together to discuss items of interest from panel and roundtable sessions that they have already attended. The third and final meeting typically occurs at the end of the Convention and is a “wrap up” session where participants can discuss next steps, points of interest from the Annual Convention panels attended, etc. The Association sponsors lunch and coffee/tea breaks at the first Working Group meeting only.


Participation in ISA Working Groups is by application. Working Group participants do not have to be ISA members, but they must all be registered for the ISA Annual Convention. Each Working Group is limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Interested participants apply to take part in the Working Group in the Fall preceding the Annual Convention. ISA Headquarters manages the Working Group application process and waitlist. With oversight from ISA Headquarters, the Working Group coordinators select participants to ensure diversity and representation in each group at the Annual Convention.

Proposal Submissions

Working Group proposals should include the names of the Working Group coordinator(s) and a brief description of the purpose and goals of the proposed group, as well as a tentative agenda for the initial full-day meeting. It will be the job of the Working Group coordinator(s) to facilitate communication with ISA HQ, participants and relevant ISA Sections/Caucuses, and to facilitate assessment surveys following the Annual Convention.

Note that Working Groups are sponsored on a competitive basis and successful proposals will include diversity of Section/Caucus representation, thematic integration, and linkages to the Program theme. Click on the “Apply” button below to submit a Working Group Proposal.


Contact Kristy A. Belton, our Director of Professional Development, with questions about this program. 

Proposal Deadline: June 15th

ISA 2018 Working Groups

See the Working Groups we will have this year at the ISA 2018 Annual Convention in San Francisco!

2018 Working Groups

The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 6 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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