ISA West Pasadena 2015: Call for Proposals

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The deadline for paper/panel submissions is Friday, June 5, 2015.

The International Studies Association West Region is pleased to announce our 2015 annual conference, September 25th - 26th, in Pasadena, California, USA. ISA-West invites paper, panel and roundtable proposals on any subject related to international studies, broadly defined. Particularly welcome are submissions related to our 2015 conference theme, “Innovations and Challenges in Teaching and Learning in a Globalizing World Order.” Our conference continues its collaboration with ISA sections International Ethics and Active Learning in International Affairs. In addition, ISA-West will award the Ole Holsti Disinguished Scholar Award, given annually to a scholar who has significantly influenced the ISA West region through an outstanding record of research, teaching and mentorship, as well as service to the International Studies Association West region. This year's recipient is Dr. Jacek Kugler.

ISA West is also pleased to announce its call for nominations for the 2016 ISA West annual conference chair. The conference program chair will serve as the ISA West President beginning in December 2017. Nominations and self nominations are welcome. Please send nominations to Carolyn James, ISA West President.

Paper, panel and roundtable proposals are being accepted until the May 20th deadline. ISA-West continues to have paper awards and limited travel grants available to ISA members only. Any questions about the conference should be directed to the conference program chair, Lui Hebron.

This year ISA-West will continue its Emerging Scholars Forum (ESF, funding pending). Senior graduate students and junior faculty are encouraged to apply when submitting paper proposals for the program. Similar to ISA's Junior Scholar Symposium, this is a valuable opportunity to receive in-depth feedback from a senior scholar at a regional conference.

2015 ISA West Emerging Scholar Forum

This forum, to be held on the morning of the first day of the ISA-West conference, will place four small groups of four emerging scholars with a senior person in the field (total 16 students and four senior scholars). The junior scholars and their senior scholar mentors will be grouped together with similar papers into four panels, oriented around themes such international security, international political economy, international ethics, and international relations theory. The final composition of the panels will reflect the actual proposals received. The selection process is competitive and limited to sixteen senior graduates and junior faculty. Final topics will depend upon the papers selected.

Each member of the panels will have read the relevant four papers for their group prior to the panel. The junior scholars will make brief presentations of their work, which will be followed by comments from the senior discussant, a broader discussion of their work, its relationship to the relevant subfield, and lead the group in subsequent discussions. Non-participant observers are welcome to attend.

As an incentive to arrive early and participate, PD funds would be used to cover hotel expenses for participants. Senior scholars will receive a full night at the conference hotel, and junior scholars will receive a half a night (but may cover one or more full nights by sharing rooms). Once the emerging scholars are selected, ISA West will make a contact list available to facilitate finding roommates. To be eligible, all participants must be ISA members and registered for the 2015 ISA-West conference.

Advancement of PD Goals

This activity will provide an opportunity for junior people to network in a meaningful way with senior scholars in the field. At a minimum, they will receive feedback on their work from a senior scholar in their subfield. Ideally, they will be able to form an ongoing professional relationship with this senior person.

There are two reasons why ISA West is an ideal venue for this type of activity. First, we have a number of established scholars who regularly attend our conference and are excellent at mentoring junior scholars. They are generous with their time, expertise, and contacts. Second, ISA West is a much smaller meeting than the main ISA conference. By holding this event at the beginning of the conference, there likely will be continuing interactions among the participants as they attend the same panels and events throughout the conference.

Making the Emerging Scholar Forum Available to a Broader ISA audience

Participants will be encouraged to submit their papers presented at the Emerging Scholar Forum to appropriate ISA journals, ideally as special sections themed around each panel. Ultimately, the publication of those papers is beyond the control of the ISA West leadership, so this cannot be guaranteed.

Beyond this, ISA West will publish on its website insights from both junior and senior scholar participants about the insights that they have taken away from their participation in this activity. Participants will be asked to respond to a short survey so ISA West can get useful feedback on the structure and format of the initiative in order to future ESF activities. The survey must be submitted along with receipts for reimbursement.

Please contact ISA West President, Carolyn C. James, with questions.