ISA-West 2020: Call For Proposals


Submission Deadline: July 27, 2020

ISA-West invites proposals for its annual meeting to be held online September 24-27, 2020. The conference theme—Chains of Transmission: Understanding the Past and Defining the Future of International Studies—invites papers, panels, and round tables that reflect on the sources of our current political, economic, social, ecological and health crises as well as the sources of our cognitive frameworks for understanding the world. The theme also invites submissions that address the need to anticipate and to generate changes in the international system that emanate from our experience with the COVID-19 pandemic and our societal reaction to racial injustice.

Continuing the emphasis that ISA-West has traditionally placed on both pedagogy and professional socialization within our discipline, we invite participants to consider Chains of Transmission as a metaphor for teaching as well. In this vein, we solicit proposals for panels, round tables, and individual papers that address the pedagogical challenges of teaching in unfamiliar environments and with a renewed emphasis on matters of justice. We also seek papers, panels, and round tables that, using our discipline’s tools and insights, consider possible futures for academia. The online setting of the conference offers an opportunity for participants to demonstrate online pedagogies in their natural habitat.

ISA-West, as always, welcomes all submissions that address topics related to international studies broadly defined. We invite proposals from undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and others with an interest in the issues addressed in the field of international studies.

While we acknowledge that much is lost in the absence of face-to-face meetings, ISA-West anticipates continuing its Pay-It-Forward West program, which is modeled after the same program offered at annual meetings of ISA.

Panels will be extended across four days rather than the usual two tightly packed days in our face-to-face meetings. Every effort will be made to accommodate time differences for those participating from more distant locations.

Registration is required for all participants. Questions about the conference may be sent via email to

Program CO-ChairS

Robert E. Williams

Pepperdine University

Submit a Proposal

Proposals must be submitted through this site. Faculty members presenting papers may be asked to serve as chairs and discussants. Please indicate your areas of expertise when you submit your proposal. ISA membership is not required for either proposal submission or conference attendance, though you will need to create an account with if you have not already done so.

Submit a Proposal

Registration Rates

Member: $40
Non-Member: $60
Student Member: $15
Student Non-Member: $35