With the invaluable support of the ISA HQ staff, we had a well-attended and well-reviewed conference in Providence, RI at the Hilton Providence. The conference took place on November 3-4, 2017.
Stefanie R. Fishel (University of Alabama) was our 2017 VP/program co-chair, ably assisted by co-chair Benjamin Meiches (University of Washington/Tacoma). Fishel and Meiches put together an excellent program that featured 35 panels and roundtables. A total of 188 people were listed on the program. Registration and submission levels declined slightly from previous years, with 230 registrants in total and 248 submissions.
We awarded 10 travel grants to graduate students and contingent faculty, in sums ranging from $200-$400, for a total of $2,600. These grants were paid out of the region’s membership dues.
Special events included a plenary roundtable chaired by Fishel and Meiches, which featured Siba Grovogui (Cornell), Peter Haas (UMass-Amherst), Annick Wibben (University of San Francisco), and Rafi Youatt (The New School). ISA President Brett Ashley Leeds (Rice University) delivered the presidential address over a buffet lunch. The ISA-Northeast Scholars Circle honored Jennifer K. Lobasz’s (University of Delaware) manuscript Strange Bedfellows: Evangelicals, Feminists and the Fight Against Human Trafficking. Rosemary Shinko (American), Brett Ashley Leeds (Rice), Laura Sjoberg (Florida), and Cara New Daggett (Virginia Tech) were the discussants.
Our annual Interpretive and Relational Research Methods Workshop took place on the Saturday of the conference, under the renewed leadership of Patrick Thaddeus Jackson (American University) and Laura Sjoberg (University of Florida). Patrick and Laura selected student participants, invited faculty mentors, and Laura ran the workshop itself. Faculty mentors this year were LHM Ling (New School), Brent Steele (University of Utah), and Matthew Hoffmann (University of Toronto-Scarborough). The Workshop was funded by an ISA Professional Development Grant with additional funding from ISA-Northeast’s conference funds.
This was the second year in which we offered our new Pedagogy Workshop, once again under the able leadership of Jamie Frueh (Stonehill College). In addition to Frueh, the mentors included Annick Wibben (San Francisco), Rose Shinko (American), and Samuel Barkin (UMass-Boston).
This was our first year at the Providence Hilton, and we are grateful for the efforts of the hotel’s staff and administration. We also wish to underscore our gratitude for the continued support and professionalism of the ISA leadership and staff.
- Daniel J. Levine, ISA-Northeast Region President, 2016-2017