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Newsletter: February 2017

Association News

ISA Partners with Oxford University Press!

The International Studies Association (ISA) and Oxford University Press (OUP) have announced they will partner on a joint publishing project to revitalize The International Studies Encyclopedia as a part of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia (ORE) program.Oxford University Press and the ISA will work together to review existing articles in the Encyclopedia and to commission new articles, forming the basis of a leading-edge, continuously updated, digital Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

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Looking Forward to #ISA2017

We're working with a student team to document participants' experience at ISA 2017 in Baltimore, as well as craft additional resources for the ISA website and the Professional Resource Center. Stop by and say hello, see what we're up to, and maybe even take a turn in front of the camera. Make your own plans to join the UConn DMD student team as they document the #ISA2017 experience!

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Statements regarding Travel Ban Executive Order

Three separate statements were released regarding the Association and the current travel ban. Those three statements were sent out to the membership and Convention registrants as well as posted on social media. All three can also be found on the ISA website - see Find Out More link below.

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Pre-ISA2017 Annual Convention Workshop

In preparation for the Annual Convention in Baltimore this month, the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance at the University of Massachusetts-Boston provided a platform for its Graduate Students and Junior Faculty to rehearse their presentations. A first of its kind, this “Pre-ISA” workshop was a very efficient way to prepare UMB graduate students for the big event in Baltimore, encourage them to take advantage of the networking opportunities and the special annual Convention programs.

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Convention News

Check out the Exhibit Hall!

The Exhibit Hall at our Convention is a popular destination for our estimated 5,900 attendees. In Baltimore, we'll have 100 booths occupied by publishers, organizations, software developers and other groups providing products and services of professional interest to our members. Located in the Key Ballroom at the Hilton Baltimore, the hall is a popular destination, with its sponsored coffee breaks and WiFi, and is open to registered participants from Wednesday at 1pm through Saturday at noon.

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Global South Caucus Dialogue

During the 2016 annual Convention in Atlanta, the Global South Caucus, in conjunction with ISA Headquarters, hosted the inaugural Global South Dialogue. The dialogue was a forum that provided space for ISA members located in or with origins from the Global South to discuss their views of the ISA; their roles in the ISA; and the factors that have influenced the ability and willingness of Global South scholars to participate in the ISA.

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Transforming International Studies’ Professional Culture(s): Challenging Systemic Oppression

This series of thematic panels is a result of ongoing efforts by ISA members to address the systemic roots of marginalization, discrimination, and violence within ISA, the profession and the world. In addition to addressing their core themes, sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss the current global political context and its impact on our work as scholars and activists.

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Solidarity and Resistance at ISA 2017

This cluster of panels emerged as part of a collective response to the repressive and turbulent political climate in the US in an effort to create space for critical conversations and strategizing in Baltimore 2017. Participants in sessions not currently listed here could add them to this google document.

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Don't Forget to Upload Your ISA 2017 Paper!

We handle paper uploads directly through our website. You will find the option to upload your paper on your personal schedule page. Please note that we only accept PDF files and that they can be no more than 10mb in size. ISA policy requires a PDF copy of each paper presented at the Convention to be uploaded to the archive. This year, to give discussants, chairs, and fellow panelists time to read, we ask that participants upload papers by February 13th, 2017.

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Touch base with Your ISA 2017 Panel!

You can look up the email address of participants on your panels when viewing a panel's details in our online program or from your schedule. To contact your panel, go to the panel details in the online program (or click on the item in your schedule). There, you will see an "Email Participants" option that will create a comma-separated list of the email addresses of participants on your panel. You can then copy this list and paste it into your email provider.

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Need Transportation?

SuperShuttle of Baltimore welcomes ISA 2017 Annual Conference attendees! SuperShuttle can provide transportation to and from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) Airport. A 10% Discount is available online only at between February 16 through March 1!

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Early Career Scholars and Professionals

We have an exciting array of panels and events for Early Career Scholars and Professionals to choose from our 2017 program. In addition to the Early Career Scholar Town Hall, which takes places on February 22nd (Marriot Inner Harbor, Stadium 1 at 4:00pm), we would like to draw your attention to the Reception that ISA is hosting just for you! The Early Career Scholar and Professionals Reception will be held on February 23rd from 8:15pm-10:00pm in the Hilton Baltimore, Holiday 3. For an overview of other Early Career Scholar and Professionals’ activities please click on the “Find Out More” link below.

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ISA Cabaret in Baltimore!

The ISA Cabaret -- an open mic of musical or other performances -- returns for the Baltimore Convention. The Cabaret will take place on Friday from 8-11 pm in Holiday 3 in the Hilton. Come hear the hidden talents of your colleagues (and maybe your ISA Executive Director) or volunteer for a brief performance slot; there will even be a guitar on hand for you to borrow. If you'd like to sign up in advance to perform, or would like more information, contact Beth DeSombre.

From our Groups

Call For Proposals: ISA-CISS 2017

The Comparative and Interdisciplinary Studies Section (CISS), in collaboration with the School of Political Science at the University of Bologna and its Department of Political and Social Sciences, is organizing a conference on Cooperation and Contestation in World Politics from June 28-30, 2017. The deadline for proposals is February 26, 2017.

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ISAC-ISSS 2016: Closing Remarks

The International Security and Arms Control (division of the American Political Science Association) and International Security Studies Section (division of the International Studies Association) annual joint conference was held at Notre Dame, November 4th through 6th, 2016. Over 170 scholars from around the world attended, including from Europe, Asia, South Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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ISA-West Conference 2016 Closing Remarks

The 2016 ISA West Annual Conference was held at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, CA September 23-24 and was coordinated by region Program Chair Amy Below and President Lui Hebron. Over 150 attendees, representing seven Western states, ten U.S. states outside the region and twelve countries, participated in the two-day conference. Conference organizers were pleased with the increased amount of conference proposals and hope to see equally high numbers for our 2017 conference.

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News from HQ

We are pleased to announce the latest work of our own Director of Academic Development, Lembe Tiky: Les Six Plaies du Cameroun et leur Impact sur le Développement du Pays. Paris: Dianoi, France.


IPE Outstanding Activist Scholar Award Session

This panel honors Medea Benjamin with the IPE Section’s 2017 Outstanding Activist Scholar Award, which honors truly exemplary individuals who bridge academia and activism. The session is Friday February 24 from 1:45-3:00pm in Holiday 2 of the Hilton Baltimore.

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Awards Announcement!

Please see the latest news article for a complete listing of awards and recipients for the 2016-2017 cycle. Headquarters would like to extend our congratulations to all recipients on their well earned awards as well as an extended thanks to those who volunteered to serve on the various awards committees.

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Professional Items of Note

Keeping in Touch

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International Political Economy Section (IPE)

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