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ISA Northeast Providence 2019: Call for Proposals

The annual conference of the International Studies Association-Northeast (ISA-NE) will be held on November 8-9 at the Hilton, Providence, Rhode Island. ISA-NE invites paper and panel proposals on any topic substantively related to world politics. Topics might include, or draw upon, international relations theory, international law and organizations, foreign policy, globalization, human rights, international development, conflict resolution, military/strategic studies, environmental studies, feminist and queer theory, gender studies, international political economy, international history, science and technology studies, aesthetic theory, the philosophy of science of social science, colonial and post-colonial theory, and international political sociology, among others. ISA-NE expressly welcomes research from the full range of approaches to and philosophies of international studies, including those using critical, normative, poststructuralist, postcolonial, decolonial and post-humanist lenses.

At this year’s conference, we especially encourage paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on subjects related to this year’s conference theme: Innovation, Technoscience and Planetary Times Much of the contemporary technoscience debate has focused on innovation in sociotechnical systems (i.e., AI, big data, digital and surveillance technologies, gamification of warfare) at the expense of other pivotal conversations around enslavements, ecological development and destruction, resource extraction and violence. What are the implications of focusing on innovation alone without its connections and disconnections with enslavement, dehumanizations, and resource extraction? Is it possible that certain sciences and technologies are structured by a colonial, enslaving, dehumanizing raciality and extractive logics and aesthetics? What might this mean for the ways we imagine the world and futures, as well as our research and writing paradigms? What might this mean for the ways we imagine and create openings for envisioning systemic transformations of the state, politics, economy, aesthetics, ecology, and our planetary relationships?

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The rise, shift and transformation of hegemonic and global orders
  • Time, Technoscience and Sociotechnical Imaginaries
  • Neoliberal and racial modes of control, regulation, and extraction
  • Technology and the computational turn and Planetary Times
  • Critical and radical approaches to thinking the future and the practicing of science, technology and institutions, values, and norms
  • Perspectives on technoscience, innovation, enslavement, and resource extraction from Africana, postcolonial, decolonial and indigenous radical thought/practices

We encourage proposals from varied disciplinary/interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary perspectives. We seek to showcase the work of advanced graduate students and junior as well as senior scholars, and we welcome innovative ideas about the format, structure, and content of conference sessions.

The conference program also includes a number of events of interest. Our provisional schedule features a keynote address by Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard University and the annual meeting of the Northeast Scholar’s Circle. The conference this year will also include the Interpretive Methods Workshop for graduate students, and the Pedagogy Workshop for junior faculty and graduate students.

Papers delivered at ISA-NE are eligible for consideration for the Fred Hartmann Award (graduate students/ABDs) or the Lee Bennett Award (scholars who have completed their Ph.D. degrees). Graduate students and junior faculty whose papers are accepted for presentation and who do not receive support from their departments are eligible to apply for travel support from ISA-NE. Requests should be made to the ISA-NE President, Stefanie Fishel (sfishel@usc.edu.au), and should be submitted no later than 1 September 2019. Panel, roundtable, and individual paper proposals can be submitted via the ISA website beginning May 23, 2019. Although an ISA account is needed to access the system, you do not need to be a member of the International Studies Association to submit proposals or attend the conference.

The deadline for paper/panel submissions is Monday, 24 June 2019. Questions about potential submissions and participation should be sent by e-mail to the Program Chair, Anna M. Agathangelou (isane2019@isanet.org). Scholars willing to serve as panel chairs/discussants should use the ISA registration form to signal their willingness and provide information on their areas of expertise, or contact the Program Chair directly.

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