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Newsletter: May 2018

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Oxford Research Encyclopedia (ORE) of International Studies now available via subscription

The Oxford Research Encyclopedia (ORE) of International Studies is now available via subscription. Substantive, peer-reviewed, and regularly updated, the ORE of International Studies combines the speed and flexibility of digital with the rigorous standards of academic publishing. Led by Renée Marlin-Bennett and a board of expert scholars, this born-digital academic tool provides in-depth overviews of the major areas of research and will continue to grow with the field over time. Read more about the project, learn how to subscribe, or recommend it to your library, here.

Looking Forward to FLACSO-ISA Quito 2018!

The FLACSO-ISA Quito 2018 Conference will be held at FLACSO Ecuador, in Quito, Ecuador on July 25th-27th, 2018. The theme of the conference is Power Reconfigurations: Regional and Global Responses in an Age of Uncertainty / Reconfiguraciones de Poder: Respuestas Regionales y Globales en Tiempos de Incertidumbre. Please visit the Program and Events page for additional details. We look forward to seeing everyone in Quito!

Call for Officer Nominations

The ISA Nominating Committee invites nominations for offices of President, Vice President, At-Large Representative and Treasurer for 2020-2021. ISA seeks candidates with professional distinction and past involvement in (and knowledge of) ISA, and is strongly committed to diversity in its officers. The nomination deadline is June 15, 2018

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Convention Updates

Call for Submissions: ISA 2019 in Toronto

Submissions have opened for #ISA2019 in Toronto! The theme is Re-visioning International Studies: Innovation and Progress and will take place from March 27th - 30th, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. See the full call here!

Call for Memorabilia: 60th Anniversary of ISA!

Please send any electronic photos, memories, or historical documentation on the creation of Committees, Sections, Caucus', etc to If you are willing to send any hard copy items, please put your name/address on the back so they can be returned after the conclusion of Toronto 2019. Please mail to: ISA60 Committee, 362 Fairfield Way, Unit 4013, Storrs, CT 06269-4013. Deadline to receive any memorabilia is October 1, 2018. Feel free to reach out to the committee to discuss any documentation you may have.

Pay It Forward Is Now Accepting Applications

We welcome applications from early career scholars who want to take part in ISA’s sixth annual Pay It Forward (PIF) workshop. PIF is a unique mentorship program directed toward women graduate students and junior faculty that takes place the day before the Annual Convention. At the workshop, participants engage with senior women faculty who facilitate the workshop by providing guidance on a variety of topics, such as securing employment, publishing, tenure, promotion, and work-life balance, among others. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2018.

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Get Paid to Engage!

Are you interested in teaching at the Annual Convention? Do you have some interesting method, subject or pedagogical technique that you want to share with others? If so, consider applying to be an Instructor at the 2019 Annual Convention in Toronto! Applications are now open here! Use that link to find out more information about the Career Course program, past Career Course offerings, as well as the application link (scroll down to the "Submit Proposal" button). If your application is accepted, you will be paid to teach a half-day long course on a subject that interests you! So what are you waiting for? Apply today!

Call for Proposals: "In Other Words" Roundtables!

In keeping with one of the main conclusions of the ISA-Global South Caucus Dialogue, the “In Other Words” Roundtables were launched at the 2018 San Francisco convention. Given the success of this pilot project, whose main goal is to achieve greater linguistic inclusiveness in reflection of the diversity of the ISA, we are happy to announce the call for submissions for Toronto 2019. The deadline for "In Other Words" submissions is June 1, 2018.

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ISA Special Project Grants!

Each year, the ISA HQ receives a variety of proposals, outside the current ISA funding mechanisms, that ask for project support and make a financial request. During its 2017 meeting in Baltimore, the Governing Council renewed the special project grants program; proposals for funding are accepted from members and sections/regions/caucuses. To be considered, projects must benefit a group of ISA members (i.e., they can’t only go to one institution or a single member or to non-ISA members), and are not eligible for funding by an existing funding mechanism within ISA. The first deadline is July 15, 2018. The second proposal deadline will be November 2018, if there are budgeted funds remaining after the first round.

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Reminders from our Groups...

Innovative Pedagogy Conference 2018

The first annual International Studies Association Innovative Pedagogy Conference (ISA-IPC) will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018, in St. Louis, MO, in conjunction with the ISA Midwest meeting. This new ISA initiative marks the beginning of a series of programs to be held in conjunction with regional conferences around the United States, and beyond.

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Announcing ISA-Northeast 2018

The International Studies Association Northeast region is pleased to announce our 2018 annual conference, November 2nd - 3rd, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. ISA-NE invites paper and panel proposals on any topic substantively related to world politics. The deadline for paper/panel submissions is June 24, 2018.

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Announcing ISA-South 2018

The International Studies Association South region is pleased to announce our 2018 annual conference, “International Studies in an Increasingly Complex World", taking place October 12th - 13th, in Ashland, Virginia, USA. ISA-South encourages submissions related to the theme, though paper, pane and roundtable proposals on any topic relating to international studies are welcome. The deadline for submissions is July 6, 2018.

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WCIS: Best Graduate Student Paper Award

The Women's Caucus is seeking nominations for the WCIS Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the 2018 ISA Annual Convention. Nominations may be made by anyone. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline is 1 June 2018, and the submission is via email to the WCIS Awards Committee Chair, Saira Bano at Nominations should be submitted in PDF format.

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ESS Graduate Student Paper Award

Graduate students are invited to participate in the ESS Graduate Student Paper Award Competition sponsored by the Environmental Studies Section of ISA. The award was established in 2011 to recognize the best paper with an environment-related theme presented at the ISA Annual Convention. Paper/roundtable submissions are done through the ISA conference website ( Please consider renewing your membership by that time as well as the ESS allocation will, in part, be based on the number of members we have by the June 1 deadline.

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IPE Distinguished Scholar Award

The International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association welcomes your nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award. The award was created to recognize outstanding senior scholars whose influence and path-breaking intellectual work will continue to impact the field for years to come. The recipient must be a current member of ISA. The deadline for nominations is June 1.

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ISSS Best Book Award

The International Security Studies Section calls for nominations to recognize a book by an ISA member on any aspect of security studies that excels in originality, significance, and rigor, published in the prior calendar year. The nomination deadline is July 15, 2018.

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IO Lawrence S. Finkelstein Prize

The section invites nominations for the Lawrence S. Finkelstein Prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the ISA San Francisco 2018 conference. Deadline to submit is July 30. The full submission guidelines can be found here

IO Chadwick Alger Award

The section invites nominations for the Chadwick Alger Award which recognizes the best single-authored book published in the 2018 calendar year on the subject of international organization and multilateralism. The prize is awarded annually by the International Organization Section of the International Studies Association. The Award Committee is particularly interested in works dealing with the United Nations and/or with how international organizations interact with nongovernmental organizations and other local civil society actors, as reflected in the writings of Chadwick F. Alger. The full submission guidelines can be found here

Deborah Gerner Innovative Teaching Award

The Deborah Gerner Innovative Teaching Award Committee is soliciting nominations for the DG Innovative Teaching Award. This award honors the legacy of Misty Gerner as not only a fine scholar, but also as a passionate and dedicated teacher and mentor. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2017.

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