ISA-West 2021: Call For Proposals



Submission Deadline: May 14, 2021

The International Studies Association West region is pleased to announce the call for proposals for our 2021 annual conference to take place on September 23-25. ISA-West invites papers, panels, and roundtable proposals on any subject related to international studies, broadly defined.

We strongly encourage paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on subjects related to this year’s conference theme: Crises and Routine: Opportunities and Challenges in International Affairs.

Emerging local, regional, and global crises, as well as memories from the old ones, are among key challenges to international peace and stability. Popular unrest in democratic and nondemocratic countries highlights both the divide and interdependence of domestic and international politics. Looking for justice and liberties, citizens witness firsthand the limits of the international community but also become inspired by the prospects of change in their homeland and the world. Regional rivals use security challenges to break the conflict routine and collaborate against common foes. Global crises, such as the ongoing health crisis, illuminate the indispensable need for global cooperation but also the challenges that such cooperation might entail. As conflicts and crises endure, they become a new routine. Yet, with every crisis, there is an opportunity for a change. As people, nations, organizations, and a variety of actors in international affairs face unexpected or severe situations, they gain an enhanced awareness of world politics and get incentives for facilitating the change. As international relations scholars, our task is to identify and enhance understanding of the challenges and opportunities in international relations, both during crises and periods of respite.

Thus, our ISA West 2021 conference theme is Crises and Routine: Opportunities and Challenges in International Affairs. We are interested in projects that explore the role of crisis and routine in international politics, in the academy, and our pedagogies. Scholarly, educational, policy, and professional development projects that address crises, routine, challenges, and opportunities in all aspects of international affairs are welcome.

This year ISA West takes place once again amid the developing global health crisis. While we anticipate a return to our regular conference meeting place in Pasadena CA, we also prepare for the possibility of having the conference online, or for a potential combination of both in-person and online conference modalities. When submitting your proposal, we ask you to identify your preferences for the online, in-person, or hybrid presentation and attendance. We will be offering limited travel grants for attending the conference in Pasadena, CA. International relations scholars outside the ISA-West region or outside the USA, and who are unable to travel to Pasadena in September, are welcome to apply and identify online option as conference preference.

Questions about submissions should be sent to the program chair, Dr. Luba Levin-Banchik. California State University, San Bernardino at The deadline for submission of the proposals is May 14, 2021.

2021 ISA West Emerging Scholar Forum

ISA-West will continue its Emerging Scholars Forum (ESF). Graduate students and junior faculty are encouraged to identify their preference to be considered for the ESF when submitting paper proposals for the program. The selection process is competitive. 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.

2021 ISA West Travel Grant Proposals

ISA West will continue offering limited grants for attending ISA West conference in Pasadena. To apply for a Travel Grant, please submit a short outline of your current funding sources, your university affiliation, the location you will be traveling from along with your proposed abstract and paper title to Nola Haynes, Travel Grants Chair at Preference will be given to members of the ISA-West region. Travel Award Application Deadline: July 2, 2021.

ISA West Best Paper Award

ISA West continues to accept nominations for the Best Paper Award (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Faculty) for the papers presented during ISA West 2020 conference. Presenters may nominate themselves, and panel chairs and discussants may also nominate candidates. Award recipients must be ISA members. To apply, submit the paper and nomination letter to Douglas Becker, Paper Awards Chair, at In your application, indicate if the paper is submitted for an Undergraduate, Graduate, or Faculty Award.

Program Chair

Luba Levin-Banchik

California State University, San Bernardino

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