International Theory Edited Volume, Special Issue, or Symposium Award

The ISA Theory Section Edited Volume, Special Issue, or Symposium Award recognizes the best edited volume, special issue, or symposium published in the two calendar years prior to the meeting at which the award will be given that contributes to the theorization of world politics. The award is open to all forms and styles of theorization. Criteria include such considerations as innovativeness, quality of argumentation, and significance for the broad discipline of international studies.

The winner(s) will receive a plaque at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association. The “recipient” or “recipients” include the editor(s) of the chosen edited volume, special issue, or symposium. If not present, the plaque will be mailed to the recipient.

Nominations should be emailed to the committee chair accompanied by a brief letter explaining why a work deserves consideration for the award. Authors may nominate themselves. A copy of each edited volume, special issue, or symposium must be sent to each member of the committee, with the line “Theory Section Edited Volume, Special Issue, or Symposium Award, c/o” at the top of each address.

Nominations  are due by July 1st, 2017  and the edited volumes, special issues, or symposia must be received by July 15, 2017. Date of publication is normally determined by copyright date for the first edition of a work. Works with a copyright date of 2016 and 2017 are eligible for the 2017 ISA Theory Edited Volume, Special Issue, or Symposium Award to be given out at the 2018 annual meeting. Current officers of the Theory section and members of the committee are ineligible for the award.

The 2017 Committee:

Mark Salter | Chair
February 2017-April 2018
University of Ottawa
Political Studies
FSS 7077
Pavillon des Sciences sociales
pièce 7005
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

Cara Daggett

Ramon Blanco
International Relations Department
Peace Studies Research Group – Coordinator
Chair in Peace Studies – Coordinator
Federal University of Latin-American Integration
Av. Silvio Américo Sasdelli,
1842 – Vila A, Foz do Iguaçu – PR,
85866-000, Brazil

Marta Bashovski
Department of Political Science
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

2016 Award
1. Making Things International 1, Edited by Mark J. Salter, University of Minnesota Press, 2015

Making Things International offers a sweeping demonstration of the value of the materialist turn and Actor-Network Theory for making sense of the everyday objects which comprise the ‘International’.  The wide range of objects included not only demonstrates the empirical purchase of these approaches, it also underscores their versatility in moving between what would normally be seen as a very disparate set of contexts.  Perhaps more than anything, the volume exhorts us to theorize the ‘International’ in a way that works with, rather than against, the ‘messiness’ of the world.  For these reasons it represents a major contribution to IR Theory.

The book introduces new objects/subject of international relations worthy of scholarly attention.  By looking at ‘objects’ otherwise presumed to be so obvious as to to need no explanation, the authors reveal the hitherto hidden dimensions of international understanding, exchange, and competition through the act of giving meaning to objects both at hand and in circulation.

Making Things International is timely and original contribution to rethinking “things and stuff” in IR.  The book poses a considerable challenge to several standard schemas in IR, such as agency being solely human-centered, the levels-of-analysis “problem”, and the separation of “materials” and “ideas.”  By analyzing the global circulations and mobilities of everyday objects, the contributors to MTI vividly demonstrate how these objects constitute assembled configurations of forces that are necessary for more fully understanding the international.