ISA Northeast Annual Conference 2017, Providence

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November 3rd - 4th
Hilton Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Hosted by ISA-Northeast


More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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

call for proposals

The deadline for paper/panel submissions was June 26, 2017.

The annual conference of the International Studies Association-Northeast (ISA-NE) will be held on November 3rd and 4th at the Hilton in Providence, Rhode Island. The ISA-NE invites paper and panel proposals on any topic substantively connected to world politics. Topics might draw upon or discuss international relations theory, international law and organizations, foreign policy, human rights, conflict resolution, military and strategic studies, environmental studies, feminist and queer theory, international political economy, international history, science and technology studies, aesthetic theory, the philosophy of social science, colonial and postcolonial theories, international political sociology, complexity theory, critical race theory, and others. ISA-NE explicitly embraces and encourages research from a full range of approaches to international studies include those using critical, normative, poststructural and posthumanist lenses.

We strongly encourage paper, panel and roundtable proposals on subjects related to this year’s conference theme: Planetary Transformations: Contingency, Unpredictability, and Complexity in World Politics.

International Relations and scholars of Political Science have been increasingly exposed to sudden and often unforeseen changes in the structure of the international system, political discourse, and means of communication. Knowledge taken as granted in the field merely a decade ago now seems obsolete. The rise of big data, the emergence of climate change related disasters, the rise of automated warfare, new disruptions to the stability of nuclear deterrence, the proliferation of identity politics and perspective have placed traditional assumptions into doubt. At the same time, the question of how knowledge is produced has never been as hotly disputed. In that vein, we welcome discussions around questions such as these:

  • How do, or how might, students of world politics cope with the challenges and difficulties of studying a complex world? Do contemporary complexities differ from, or exceed, existing approaches to complexity theory?
  • Does international politics have the tools and flexibility to contend with geoengineering, genetic manipulation, or the flux of global markets?
  • Are there risks in positing a world that is too complex for simple models or approaches to politics? Alternatively, could such understandings open up possibilities for better relations within and between disparate intellectual and political communities?
  • What will the role of international organizations, human rights, international law, or security politics become in a world of change?
  • How do we study, cope with, and respond to events that challenge habitual approaches to the study of world politics?

We encourage proposals from varied disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives that engage these issues. We welcome innovative ideas about the structure, format and content of conference sessions and want to highlight the work of advanced graduate students as well as early career researchers and senior colleagues.

The conference program also includes a number of events of interest. Our provisional schedule features a luncheon keynote address, evening plenary, 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 scholars 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 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, Daniel Levine, and should be submitted no later than September 7, 2017.

Panel, roundtable, and individual paper proposals can be submitted via the ISA website beginning on May 15th. 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 June 26th. Questions about potential submissions and participation should be sent by e-mail to the Program Chairs, Stefanie Fishel and Benjamin Meiches. 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 one of the Program Chairs directly.

2017 Program Chairs

Stefanie R. Fishel
University of Alabama

Benjamin Meiches
University of Washington - Tacoma