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ISA 2017: a city and conference guide

The 2017 International Studies Association meeting will be held this year from 22 February until 25 February in Baltimore, Maryland. The International Studies Association is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations devoted to studying international, transnational, and global affairs since 1959. The 58th Annual Convention is dedicated to understanding change in world politics and will bring together nearly 6,000 people for over 1,500 panels, special programming, and events.

ISA has plenty to offer that will keep the week full and busy. These are just some of the many events we’re excited about this year:

Wednesday, 22 February 8:15 – 10:00 AM, 

Mapping change and changing the map of International Studies, Roundtable

Wednesday, 22 February 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Academic Freedom, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism committee panel by the Academic Freedom Committee

Thursday, 23 February 8:15 -10:00 AM

The Problem of Peaceful Change: Theories, Possibilities, and Levels of Analysis, Presidential Roundtable

Thursday, 23 February 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Roundtable on Stephen G. Brooks and William C. Wohlforth’s America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century.

Thursday, 23 February 1:45 – 3:30 PM

International Relations Confronts a Diverse World and Stormy Past committee panel by the Committee on the Status of Representation & Diversity

Thursday, 23 February 6:15 – 7:00 PM

ISA Presidential Address & Reception

Friday, 24 February 8:15 – 10:00 AM

Embodying International Relations, Roundtable

Friday, 24 February 1:45 – 3:30 PM

Future of Liberal World Order, Sapphire Series

Saturday, 25 February 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

New Theories of Media and Mediation, Panel

Saturday, 25 February 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Exploring neoclassical realist ideas about how to understand and explain change in a post-unipolar world order, Panel

Saturday, 25 February 1:45 – 3:30 PM

Power and Peace: Systematic Constraints and Domestic Conditions for Peaceful Change, Presidential Roundtable

Aside from ISA, the city of Baltimore has plenty of landmarks, museums, and restaurants to check out while in town. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite things that Baltimore has to offer.

If you’re interested in getting acquainted with the views, scenic water taxis shuttle along the Inner Harbor seven days a week from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Visit the Baltimore Museum of Art to explore the largest and most significant collection of Henri Matisse’s works in the world. If the weather is in your favor, venture outside to the Sculpture Garden where workshops and gallery tours are offered free of charge every Sunday.

The neighborhood of Federal Hill is worth a visit for its picturesque brick houses and cobblestone sidewalks. Federal Hill offers a great deal of local shops as well as plenty eateries to satisfy any seafood cravings one might have while visiting the harbor.

Finally, one of Baltimore’s most popular attractions is the National Aquarium. Explore the nearly 20,000 animals that reside in the aquarium. From an authentic reef in a 335,000 gallon 13-foot-deep exhibit to Shark Alley, to a 225,000 gallon ring-shaped exhibit with sharks of dozens sizes and types, the aquarium is a must-see before leaving.

While at the convention, don’t forget to stop by the Oxford University Press booths; 5, 7, 9, and 303. Browse our new and featured titles at a special conference discount and follow @OUPPolitics on Twitter to stay up to date on ISA 2017. We hope to see you in Baltimore!

Featured image credit: Baltimore Harbor by bensonk42. CC-BY-2.0 via Flickr.

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