ISA 2017 Panel Series on “Challenging Systemic Oppression” in International Studies Academic Cultures

Transforming International Studies’ Professional Culture(s): Challenging Systemic Oppression

ISA Headquarters posted on June 07, 2016 12:20

Following years of activism around issues of discrimination, harassment, and assault within the academy at large, and within the ISA as a leading professional organization, a series of ten panels at the 2017 ISA Annual Convention in Baltimore aims to confront systemic discrimination, violent practices, and a culture of indifference and complicity that has allowed these problems to persist. This is a broad-based initiative of a coalition of Caucuses, Sections, Committees and concerned ISA members, including victims/survivors, who recognize the need for drastic change.

The panels aim to map problems and to identify solutions in the process critically examining systems of power and privilege that enable various forms of discrimination – especially racism, disability, religion, regionalism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia – that have condoned violent practices, including sexual harassment and assault. Our intent is to focus on key issues and problems as we make inclusion and diversity a cornerstone of both the planning and the execution of the special sessions.

We invite proposals that address the themes below as well as other relevant topics that can inform policy, research, teaching, and advocacy. Formats may include roundtable discussions, research-based or performance-based presentations, interactive workshops and/or other creative expressions.

Proposed themes:

  • Analyzing institutional discrimination, inequities, violence, and betrayal with a critical intersectional lens
  • The academy as a hostile work environment: Survival Strategies
  • Confronting systems of power and privilege in higher education, ISA, and the classroom
  • Creating inclusive spaces: Classrooms, bathrooms and beyond
  • Cultivating mechanisms of accountability (for perpetrators of discrimination and violence) in the discipline and within ISA
  • Resisting violence and discrimination: Building networks of support solidarity
  • From marginalization and co-optation to “best practices” for transforming ISA, the profession, and the academy

To participate/ engage, please send your expression of interest with a 200-word description to by June 20, 2016.