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Announcing the ISA 2022 Annual Convention - Nashville, Tennessee


63rd Annual Convention

Call for Proposals

March 30th - April 2nd, 2022, Nashville, Tennessee
Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, ISA President
Ursula Daxecker and Cullen Hendrix, Program Chairs
Submission Deadline: June 1st, 2021
(Proposal Guidelines Below)

A Wider Discipline For A Smaller World

The theme for the 2022 annual meeting is focused on the need for and value of a wider, more inclusive discipline to understand the challenges of a smaller and more interconnected world.
Our world has clearly become smaller, with increasing interconnectedness between actors over greater distances, and a larger number of transnational processes that affect local outcomes. But in a smaller world, many issues central to international studies become more complex. For example, the prospects for conflict and cooperation, managing health pandemics, and how we can adapt to environmental challenges will all depend on interactions between multiple actors, shaped by factors outside their control as well institutions at many different scales.
The complexity of many key issues in international studies highlight the need for a wider discipline to get better answers. We can benefit from further internationalization, with greater international participation in the discipline, and a more diverse set of perspectives and approaches. We also need interdisciplinarity and collaboration by scholars across traditional disciplinary boundaries. For example, understanding the social consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic illustrates how international studies must pay attention to research outside their traditional areas of emphasis such as epidemiology and medicine.
At the same time, social scientists have valuable insights about social behaviour and responses that can inform epidemiological models and public health. They also have expertise on what shapes policy responses to health emergencies and their economic and social outcomes. Likewise, research on tackling environmental challenges can benefit from cooperation between natural and social scientists. As a final example, research on trends in conflict and warfare must consider insights from statistical models of rare event distributions and their implications for risk and the likelihood of observing specific events over a given time interval. Research on the causes of conflict can in turn provide insights on where to look for possible change points in distributions and structural breaks.
We invite proposals for panels and roundtables on topics relevant to the theme, both in the sense of a smaller world and a wider discipline. This could include proposals that deal with aspects relating to “widening” the discipline such as the value of internationalization in research, the consequences of international research collaboration and exchange, as well as analyses of significant barriers to wider, more diverse participation in international studies. We also welcome proposals that deal with interdisciplinary approaches or how collaboration across disciplines can enhance research. Finally, we invite proposals that relate to the concept of a “smaller” world, such as the causes and consequences of greater interconnectedness across various issue areas.
Submit a Proposal
While we are excited to be planning an in-person event, ISA recognizes that many of our members continue to face hardships due to the ongoing pandemic. We are planning various presentation contingencies and we encourage you to submit a proposal even if you are uncertain about your eventual travel plans.

Types of Submissions

ISA's Governing Council and Program Chairs have defined the types of proposals we accept. In addition to the traditional types defined below, ISA accepts a number of specialty sessions including innovative panels and proposals to hold an instructor-led course on site. You can find out more about our submission types on our website.
  • Papers: Accepted papers will be formed into panels by our Program Chairs. They require a title (limited to 50 words), an abstract (limited to 200 words), three tags, and at least one author.
  • Panels: Panels are submitted in full with five papers for review by our Program Chairs. They require a title (limited to 50 words), an abstract (limited to 200 words), three tags, a chair, a discussant, and exactly five papers. Please note that we do not accept four or six paper panels.
  • Roundtables: Roundtables are submitted in full for review by our Program Chairs. They do not have papers and are designed for expert discussion on a topic. They require a title (limited to 50 words), an abstract (limited to 200 words), three tags, and at least five participants in addition to one chair.
  • Junior Scholar Symposium: JSS submissions are not a separate submission type, but all individual papers can also be marked for consideration for this program (you'll find a check box at the bottom of the general tab in the submission form).
  • Flash Talks: Flash Talks are not a separate submission type, but all individual papers can also be marked for consideration for including in a Flash Talk Session (you'll find a check box at the bottom of the general tab in the submission form) 
Learn More about Submission Types
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