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ISSS-IS Denver 2019: Call for Proposals

We are excited to invite you to Denver on October 18-19 for this year’s joint annual meeting of ISA’s International Security Studies Section and the International Security Section of APSA. There are two reasons why it is particularly fitting to hold the 2019 meeting in Denver. 

First, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding—in Colorado—of the International Studies Association. In 1959, University of Denver Professor Josef Korbel, Air Force Academy Political Science Department Chair Wes Posvar, and Colorado College Political Science Department Chair Fred Sondermann, met in Denver to launch the International Studies Association, naming University of Denver Professor Vince Davis as ISA’s first executive director. We are honored to celebrate this anniversary year at the site of ISA’s founding.

Second, 2019 is the 20th anniversary of the first joint APSA-ISA security conference, which was hosted by the University of Denver. In 1999, Denver’s hosting of the first IS-ISSS meeting featured a debate between Kenneth Waltz and James Rosenau on the subject of globalization. Had Waltz’s realist perspective on international security been overtaken by the transformed environment of the post-cold war era, as deepening globalization cemented an ascendant liberal world order? 

Twenty years later, as “deglobalization” enters the lexicon of international studies, our Denver conference revisits the theme of transformation.  For this twentieth anniversary conference, we invite proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables on all topics related to the field of international security, but especially those that explore the 2019 theme “A Transformed Security Environment” (attached). The conference will be hosted by the Sié Chéou-Kang Center at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (Denver, CO, USA). The deadline for paper and panel submissions for the IS-ISSS conference is June 15.
All proposal submissions must be through the ISA submission software. ISA membership is not required for either proposal submission or conference attendance, though you will need to create an account with if you do not already have one. Faculty members attending the conference will be asked to serve as chairs and/or discussants. Please indicate your areas of expertise when you submit your proposal. 
For more information, please check the conference website. We look forward to seeing you in Denver!

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