Structuring Inclusion Panels

Deadline: June 1, 2020

This panel series asks us to reimagine the academy and ISA as an inclusive terrain. How can we and how should we develop institutions and structured relationships that target racism, misogyny, ableism, geographic bias, homo- and transphobia? Who does the work of decolonizing our knowledge development and production? What forms should decision-making and academic culture take to eliminate barriers and increase the diversity of voices with authority?

The series aims to challenge systemic exclusion through the articulation of new practices, approaches, cultures, and institutional parameters that liberate ISA in particular, and scholarship in general. Drawing from expertise across research, governance, teaching, and decision-making, we seek proposals for full panels and roundtables that highlight the work that is being done to increase the visibility and authority of scholars from diverse experiences and positions, disentangling scholarship from static modes of thought and behaviors that are closed and privileged. 

We encourage both panels that offer practical reforms and institutional mechanisms to advance inclusivity in ISA or at our home institutions, and those that provide support, encouragement, and strategies for coping with differential treatment in professional and academic settings.

Some themes might include:

  • - Inclusive search, hiring, and employment practices
  • - Research methods that center race, gender, sexuality, and indigeneity in IR
  • - Campus cultures that empower the diversity of voices and experiences
  • - Addressing North-South inequalities
  • - Letting go of power - and empowering - as processes of inclusion
  • - Recognizing microaggressions as structural impediments to inclusion
  • - Interrogating the professional power of the North
  • - Professional practices that are inclusive and empowering
  • - Allyship and networks of support in confronting racial, gendered, and ableist exclusions
  • - Inclusive pedagogies and professional standards
  • - Empowerment, decision-making, and global access in journals and publishing
  • - Decolonizing academic cultures and scholarship