Saturday, March 18, 2017


This is a mirror of the Call for Papers website:
Call for Proposals

The University of Havana, Cuba
The Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association

International Workshop
6-8 July 2017 (Thursday to Saturday)
(Note: Acceptance letters give the dates as 6-10, for visa purposes)

At the University of Havana, Cuba

In cooperation with the Coordinadora  (Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES), Argentina
The Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
The Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos (INEST), at The Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF),
                                                          Niterói, Brazil.

Title: Exploring the Local in International Relations

The Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association (GSCIS) is dedicated to expanding the theoretical and practical horizons of the discipline of International Relations (IR), which has been largely shaped by Western and global northern experiences. It is now fairly well recognized that the study of IR has tended to devalue the ideas and experiences of global south countries and peoples. To change this, in the interest of developing a truly global IR, the GSCIS has been championing, as a first step, the exploration, discussion, debate, and formulation of local and regional narratives and practices of the south – Africa, Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean. This workshop follows up on larger conferences we have held in Menton (2012) and Singapore (2015) as well as panels we have sponsored at the International Studies Association’s annual convention since 2012, and a workshop co-sponsored with the Philippine International Studies Organization’s workshop in March 2017.
The Havana workshop, occurring in a country which has for decades promulgated alternative approaches both domestically and internationally, will both explore southern perspectives as well as assess the relationship between these and “mainstream” IR. Within these parameters, the workshop is open to all who wish to explore theoretical, methodological, empirical, and practical/policy-oriented research in IR.
Call for Proposals

Papers are solicited in the following areas (see also Panels below):
  1. Local contributions to theory and methodology in IR and foreign policy analysis (FPA) in Asia (including Developing Eurasia), Africa, the Middle East and Latin America/Caribbean, Proposals can draw on historical experiences, culture and values, traditions and ideas, ethnographic preferences, or any related area. Comparative studies are especially welcomed.
  2. Local contributions to the practice of IR in Asia (including Developing Eurasia), Africa, Middle East and Latin America/Caribbean. Contributions on the role and significance of policy research, governmental approaches, the role of development, diplomacy and diplomatic styles, nongovernmental and transborder/transnational practices, among others, are welcomed.
  3. Dialogues between Western and non-Western interpretations of IR and FPA. 
  4. IR/FPA pedagogy: comparisons and contrasts of curricula around the world; sharing of experiences in teaching in a variety of environments.
  5. Publishing and research experiences: cross-regional showcasing of local/regional funding opportunities, as well as outlets for research and publishing; gaps in publishing in the south; experiences with mainstream funders/publishers.

Structure of Submissions
Paper submissions should:
1) indicate under which of the categories listed in the “Call” above you would like your submission to be considered;
2) contain an abstract of no more than 100 words, clearly typed with a cover letter indicating institutional affiliation/contact information. Please provide as well five key words/concepts which can be used to highlight the contents of the proposed contribution.
Participants who submit papers may be asked to serve as panel chair, coordinating the presentation in terms of order and time and summarizing the highlights of the session for delivery to the conference committee.

Panels: Although the workshop will be organized by categories listed in the “Call” above, and the organizers will put papers together based on those, we anticipate that there may be room for a few complete pre-formed panels. If you would like to submit a complete panel, you should include an abstract and five key words/concepts which highlight the contents of the proposal. Proposals should include a brief description of any special arrangements needed (beyond the usual presentations followed by interaction with the audience). Proposals should also include information (names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses) of all participants. Note that acceptances will be sent to the chair for dissemination to panel members.
Submissions should be emailed to the following based on the geographical location of the proposer (NOT the geographical subject of the proposal):

USA, Canada, Europe:
J. Braveboy-Wagner (CUNY-New York),

Asia (including Developing Eurasia) 
and Middle East: 
Imad.Mansour (Qatar University), or Jason Strakes, OSCE Academy:

Dêlidji Eric Degila (ENA-Benin),

Latin America: Consuelo Davila (UNAM-Mexico), 
 Thiago Moreira De Souza Rodrigues (INEST, Brazil),

Deadline for proposals                     February 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance               March 15, 2017
Deadline for full paper upload  –        June 15, 2017

UPDATE: Notifications were sent the week of March 13th. If you have not received a notice, please write to us.

Registration (UPDATE)Pre-registration for the conference has opened
 on the ISA site.Let us know if you are experiencing any problems. 

All accepted participants must pre-register and pay registration fees by April 15, May 1,2017. Credit card payments are not permitted in Cuba and we cannot accept cash payments onsite. All payments must be made via the ISA website. All persons wishing to attend the workshop as observers must also register. The deadline for these persons is May 15. Please note that tourist travel to Cuba is still not permitted for U.S. citizens (for more, see travel information on the GSCIS blog).

The last day to withdraw is June 1, 2017.

The normal ISA policy regarding cancellations/withdrawals applies to this conference. While we recognize that some individuals will experience unexpected circumstances necessitating their withdrawal, we ask that you remain sensitive to the effect of withdrawals on other panelists. GSCIS policy also applies in this regard: that is, that the caucus program which will be available online and in print will include only those who actually participated.

Workshop Registration Fees (NOTE: UPDATED to reflect lower fee structure!)

  • For members of the Global South Caucus: $60 per person.
    (ISA non-Global South Caucus members are encouraged to PLEASE join the Global South Caucus and receive updates about its activities. Membership costs only $5 and will go toward activities such as this one! )
    • For members of the ISA-non-members of the caucus: $70
    • Non-ISA, non-Cuban members: $80. Non-ISA members are encouraged to contribute an extra $5 to the caucus.
  • • Cubans living in Cuba or temporarily outside Cuba: Waived
    • On site registration will be available for Cubans only. Foreign participants, whether presenting papers or attending without presenting, MUST pre-register since no credit cards are accepted in Cuba. 

Payments must be made upon (pre)registration. 
UPDATED April 2.


Once you have registered and taken care of your travel arrangements (more details on blog), don’t forget to (write and) upload your paper (we will set up an upload site soon at ISA) by June 15th. Please circulate your paper to chairs and discussants by that date. Email addresses will be available via the site.


For those who have asked about this, know that we have several publishers who are interested in publishing the results of this conference. We are not particularly interested in a “Conference Papers” publication (although we have received solicitations about that) but will be selecting papers for several other publication ventures.  

Travel grants

Depending on our budgetary projections, we may be able to subsidize selected costs for some who are registered and participating actively in the conference. Interested parties must follow guidelines noted on the ISA travel grant website with respect to keeping track of expenses. Reimbursements will be made AFTER the workshop. If you are interested in a travel grant, please send an email to Cassells, Diana, cc’d to our treasurer Matthew Bishop ( , with the following information:

.1. Paper Title as originally sent to the organizers or listed in the preliminary program;

2. Brief bio (no more than a few lines please);

3) A brief statement explaining why you need help.

Funding criteria will include relevance of topic and geographical diversity, as well as need.

Your email should be sent by April 15th.  Decisions will be communicated by May 1st.  Please note that our budget is very limited. ISA HQ does not subsidize local conferences so we need to find money in the caucus budget. Thus any assistance will be modest.
See ISA’s travel grant website for details about "tracking expenses."

Travel grants:
  • Once accepted, participants can fill out a financial aid form. Depending on our budget, we may be able to give a small subsidy to some participants, particularly attendees from certain areas of the south. Any assistance will be disseminated after, not before or during, the conference. Further information will be provided after March 15. 

Coming to Cuba UPDATE

Our representative in Havana, appointed by our co-sponsor University of Havana, is Damarys Valdes. If you do no have a travel agent or cannot make your own arramgents for some reason, you may wish to contact Damarys at: Damarys <>

If you  are in the United States and need help, you may wish to contact caucus member Jennifer Squires at She has travel agent credentials. For those coming from other Europe and Canada, travel agents there have a long history of dealing with Cuba. As for airlines, all have online inforamtion on Cuba flights at this time. 

Damarys has sent us the following information on prices for hotels. As you can see prices range from reasonable to very high. (For information on the CUC, see

Hotel Colina ***
Hab DBL = 41.00 CUC
Hab SGL = 46.00 CUC

Vedado – Saint Johns ***
Hab DBL = 49.00 CUC
Hab SGL = 69.00 CUC

Habana Libre *****
Hab DBL = 119.00 CUC
Hab SGL = 199.00 CUC

Nacional *****
Hab DBL = 166.00 CUC
Hab SGL = 281.00 CUC

Participants are responsible for their own air travel arrangements but helpful information will be sent out soon. Airport Transfers: Conferees arriving at Jose Marti International Airport may use transfer services of any of the local transportation companies - Cubatur, Transtur and Transgaviota. The fee schedule and package options will be provided soon.

Visas etc: 
Please note that legal and visa requirements to enter Cuba vary. You should ensure that legal and other necessary documents are in order. Check with Cuban diplomatic or consular representatives/services in your country. The generally accepted and emerging protocol is that visitors to academic conferences/meetings use the “Tourist Visa Card” for travel to Habana, Cuba. These cards are usually available from the airlines or travel agencies when such entities are used. For visitors traveling from the USA, the airline will provide an affidavit for the attendee to complete. The suggested category for a meeting such as this is “Professional Research and Meetings.” The workshop organizers, ISA, and the University of Havana are NOT RESPONSIBLE for your travel, legal, and visa arrangements beyond supplying you with acceptance letters.
All visitors to Cuba are required to have non-U.S. medical insurance, which can normally be purchased at the airport upon arrival in Cuba.
U.S. Travelers: Before you do anything else, please consult the website 
Tourist travel to Cuba is still prohibited for US citizens!

Re: Location of the workshop.
The workshop will take place at the Enrique Varona Building on the main campus of the University of Havana. This building is in the heart of the Vedado district, a location with a number of cultural and research institutes and government ministries in close proximity. It is minutes from the Prado and Plaza de la Revolution as well and about 15 minutes from Old Havana. There are also several hospitals and medical complexes in the vicinity.

A cultural event is likely to be part of the workshop program.
Information on tours will be provided later.

Thank you.

Workshop Organizing Committee (Update)
Chairs: J. Braveboy-Wagner (City University of New York) and Antonio Romero (University of Havana).

Damarys Valdés,International Academic Service and Event Direction Havana University
 Elsada Cassells (CUNY), US Liaison Local Arrangements.

Ex-officio: Arlene Tickner, Chair, current GSCIS replacing Nanette Svenson.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Baltimore redux

Dear Members:

Well, ISA Baltimore is over, and indeed this was a very hectic conference for us all. As you know, we sponsored a record number of panels; the second ISA-Dialogue was held; and a new Chair, Prof. Arlene Tickner, was elected along with a new ( or mostly new) executive committee.  At our annual luncheon, Prof. Diana Tussie of Argentina was honored and our book, Diplomatic Strategies of Nations in the Global South, was launched (see photos). Finally, the ISA Task Force on the Global South held its first face-to-face meeting where the task force process was officially begun. Three sub-committees are working on publication, travel, and other specific and more immediate issues; regional distinctions; and long-term issues of scholarship, respectively. More details will follow later. Meanwhile, thank you for attending ISA. In particular, inasmuch as this is a time of major transition,  your blog writer and caucus founder, J. Braveboy-Wagner, wants to express her profound appreciation for your support over the past six years. Without you, we would not have grown from a handful of members to 338 this year!  We can feel proud that the Global South is now firmly on the agenda of ISA. (More photos to come later.)

Book contributors Adogamhe, Cassells, Kalil, B-W and Degila with Speaker Matt Bishop
 B-W and Contributor Cassells at Palgrave Booth's "Meet the Author"
 PHISO's Nassef Adiong and others at luncheon
 Dr. Tussie with Award presented earlier by Chair Nanette Svenson

Do ask your libraries to buy Diplomatic Strategies...

Friday, February 17, 2017

More on Baltimore: IPE's Activist Scholar; GSCIS Dialogue; Call for papers: Anthro journal

 IPE presents:

Medea Benjamin
Speaks on

How to Stop The Next War Now: Effective
Responses to Violence and Terrorism
ISA members are encouraged to join us in a session to honor Medea Benjamin,
recipient of the 2017 IPE Outstanding Activist Scholar award. Medea is being
honored for her scholarship, activism, and leadership with the women-led peace
group CODEPINK as well as the human rights group Global Exchange. She is
the author of eight books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control,
Greening of the Revolution: Cuba’s Experiment with Organic Agriculture, and
most recently Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection.

Friday February 24th 1:45-3:30pm
Hilton 2 (Hilton - Baltimore)

J. Ann Tickner
Andrej Grubačić
Robin Broad
Hasmet M. Uluorta
The authors are respectively:
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, American University
Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies
Professor, American University
Assistant Professor, Trent University
For further information please contact Hasmet at
The Second ISA - GSC Dialogue 2017: A Reminder
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.
The Dialogue proved to be a fruitful interchange that brought to light concerns about:
 Perceived ideological, epistemological and methodological biases in ISA research and publications that may run counter to research agendas and approaches pursued by scholars in the Global South;
 Travel, visa and other logistical matters relating to the location of ISA annual conference and meetings;
 The barriers to involvement that the exclusive use of the English language in the ISA causes;
 The risks to academic freedom that location in some areas of the Global South may pose and which may hinder involvement in the ISA;
 The limited visibility and knowledge about the ISA and its utility in academic circles outside of the Global North.
The participants in this forum also provided valuable suggestions to address the issues raised. These perspectives, concerns and suggestions have been passed on to the leadership of the ISA and some actions have been taken in response. This year’s follow-up session will provide participants with information about these actions taken in response to the 2016 Dialogue and will allow ISA members an opportunity to continue the discussion in our efforts to continually enhance the association. Please come out and join the Dialogue on Wednesday, February 22, from 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM. Location: Paca, Hilton-Baltimore.

AGENDA Time Activity Facilitator
10:30-10:35 Welcome and Introduction Kristina Hinds Aigul Kulnazarova Lembe Tiky 10:35-10:40 Brief on last year’s dialogue Lembe Tiky
10:40-11:05 Travel grants and ISA resources: a. presentations – Boyer/ Tiky, 5 mins each b. discussion (including proposals/suggestions) Mark Boyer Lembe Tiky
11:05-11:30 Research collaboration and publications: a. presentations – Thies/ Kulnazarova, 5 mins each b. discussion (including proposals/suggestions) Cameron Thies Aigul Kulnazarova
11:30-11:55 Representation in ISA governing bodies: a. presentations – Leeds/ Hinds, 5 mins each b. discussion (including proposals/suggestions) Brett Ashley Leeds Kristina Hinds
11:55-12:05 Conclusion and recommendations Lembe Tiky Kristina Hinds (recorder)
12:05-12:15 Miscellaneous (announcement of new books authored by GSC members, etc.) Aigul Kulnazarova
Aigul Kulnazarova, Member of EXCOM, Global South Caucus
Tama University, Japan
Kristina Hinds, Member of EXCOM, Global South Caucus
The University of the West Indies, Barbados
Lembe Tiky, Director of Academic Development, ISA
University of Connecticut, USA
Special Guests
Brett Ashley Leeds, Incoming President, ISA
Rice University, USA
Cameron Thies, Editor-In-Chief, Foreign Policy Analysis Journal
Arizona State University, USA
Mark Boyer, Executive Director, ISA
University of Connecticut, USA

Call for Papers for Journal

CFP Dialectical Anthropology Special Section Nationalisms and the Middle East 

As an idea, nationalism arrived late to the Middle East, gaining momentum only with the Ottoman Empire’s slow decline in the early twentieth century. Grafted onto the multiethnic and multireligious social fabrics of the Ottoman Empire, with the aim of consolidating the multitude of identities into a single unitary one, nationalism, in the countries of this region has been manifested in multiple forms. Zionism, which was initially external to the region, emerged in response to a long history of anti-Semitism in Europe. Arab nationalism (despite emerging in the early 20th century during the crumbling days of the Ottoman Empire) only solidified after the Second World War during decolonization. Arab nationalism evolved in response to contradictory experiences including territorial identities, pan-Arabism and colonial experience. In Turkey and Iran, nationalisms emerged as a response to their own imperial pasts, in the absence of the experience of colonialism. Notwithstanding these differences, however, in all of these cases, early nationalisms in the Middle East provided the ideological background for modernization. As the driving force of modernization, nationalism was operationalized by governing elites to silence and homogenize diverse experiences of class, gender, ethnic and religious differences in different parts of the Middle East. A nationalist surge, which started in the region at the dawn of the 20st century, is now in the early part of the 21st[] crisis throughout the Middle East. National identities, once imposed by regimes in Arabic speaking countries, have become fragmented along ethnic, religious, linguistic and also class lines. Turkish nationalism, which attempted to create a singular identity out of the heterogeneous populations of the Ottoman Empire, is now unable to project a unified image. It is largely incapable of mediating competing claims between Kurdish, urban secular and religious/conservative segments of the population. The delicate balance between religious and secular Jewish identities that was kept in place by modern Zionism is also under increasing stress, as the religious right has increasingly refused to accept traditional Zionism’s secular outlook. This special issue will reflect on the current state of nationalisms in the Middle East and invites papers that focus on but are not limited to the following topics for specific countries in the Middle East including Balkans: · _The rise of political Islam and declining national identities · _The impact of the neoliberal transformation of the region on national regimes · _Shifting ethnic, class and cultural identities in relation to national narratives · _Gender and national transformations · _The breakdown of national borders and new geopolitical realities The full manuscript should be approximately 7,000 words including notes and bibliography. Please indicate your interest by submitting an abstract with title by email to: 
Guest editor: Feyzi Baban International Development Studies Trent University Peterborough, Canada Important Dates: Abstract: March 6, 2017 Full Version: - June 1, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

On to Baltimore! Luncheon etc.

Dear Members:
The Baltimore annual conference is almost here and a few special messages are in order:

First, we are pleased to be sponsoring or co-sponsoring 19 panels and for that, we thank Program Chair Imad Mansour working with Andrew Grant Conference Program Chair, President T.V. Paul who sponsored many theme panels, and all the section and caucus chairs who have worked with us. We are so happy that our presence and network are expanding with each year and each conference. Please note that, as per usual, a Newsletter will be sent out soon by Editor Kevin Funk containing an insert to help you identify our particular panels in what is as usual a very large program. Please note also that there will be a second Global South Dialogue on Wednesday, 10.30AM -12.15PM, followed by our Business Meeting.

Second, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Diana Tussie of FLACSO will be our Distinguished Scholar Honoree this year. Voting ended on January 20. Dr. Tussie received 11 of your votes while our runners-up--selected from a field of 8--Drs J. Braveboy-Wagner and Eudine Barriteau received 8 and 7 votes respectively. ((Please note that for obvious reasons, Dr. Braveboy-Wagner recused herself from anything to do with the DS Honoree process.) All three bios were sent out with our original ballot (; yes, the spelling of scholar was inadvertently mixed up).  We will honor Dr. Tussie, and incidentally express our appreciation to the runners-up, at our luncheon to he held on Friday.  The luncheon is off site so here are the details.:

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Place: Pratt Street Ale House, 3rd Floor, 206 W. Pratt, Baltimore, MD

 There will be both vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees.
The luncheon is open to (only) bona fide members of the caucus on a first come, first served basis. The usual subsidy of $10 is requested.
The luncheon will also feature a brief book launch: the book Diplomatic Strategies of Nations in the Global South, edited by JBW, is a caucus project that came to fruition in 2016 and we would like to thank the contributors, the majority of whom are members of the caucus. Please indicate if you will attend the luncheon by writing to Imad Mansour <>
Once you have received your registration for the luncheon, Treasurer Matthew Bishop will contact you.
See you in Baltimore.

Other Matters:

Cuba Workshop! We are looking forward to holding this collaborative event with our friends in Havana. Please hurry up and send in your proposal. The deadline is February 15. Keep checking for details.

 Voting, voting! Bona fide members should note that ballots for positions ranging from Chair and Vice Chair to Communications Director will shortly be sent to you by the Nominating Committee. Please vote.

jbw on behalf of Chair and the entire EXCOM and Advisory Committees

Next blog:

GSCIS Supports ISA Statement on President Trump's "Travel Ban"

ISA Statement Regarding Executive Order on Travel Ban

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order which bans entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, and which suspends entry for refugees, immigrants, dual nationals, and US permanent residents from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, or longer.

As a scholarly organization, ISA has a professional obligation to promote and protect the values of academic freedom. As such, the ISA strongly condemns any action by any government which prevents the free movement of scholars engaged in research on international affairs, or any other scholarly discipline. Indeed, the charter of the Academic Freedom Committee of the ISA includes the following language: "The Committee will document such violations as: government revocation of academic degrees; demotion or dismissal; denial of a petition to emigrate, travel abroad or return to one's country of origin; and arrest, arbitrary detention, disappearance, and extrajudicial killing."
This order, which has already been challenged in Federal Courts, is an infringement upon the academic freedom of scholars from those countries who wish to travel to the United States to conduct research, collaborate with colleagues, and engage in conferences and conventions. It will cause serious disruption in the lives of scholars and students who, prior to the issuing of the order, had already undergone the complex and time-consuming process for obtaining the necessary papers for travel. It may also violate the constitutional rights of scholars and students who are in lawful permanent resident status. Finally, it constitutes a serious disruption of the business of our upcoming 2017 Annual Convention, in Baltimore.
For ISA members attending the ISA Convention in Baltimore, and for concerned members of the general public, we encourage you to attend the two roundtables (room assignment pending) dedicated to the topic of academic freedom:
1.        WB39: Academic Freedom, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (Wednesday, 10:30AM)
2.        SC39: Academic Freedom and Professional Associations (Saturday, 1:45PM)
Scholars negatively affected by this executive order are strongly encouraged to contact the committee through its dedicated email address (academic-

T.V. Paul, ISA President 
Ashley Leeds, ISA President-Elect 
Paul Diehl, ISA Past-President 
Mark A. Boyer, ISA Executive Director 
Anthony Lang, Chair, ISA Academic Freedom Committee