Innovative Panels

Our Innovative Panel Program

Innovative panels offer an opportunity for a little creativity and experimentation - to push beyond the traditional panel format. In these panels, participants’ dialogue, network and learn in a unique format that differs from our traditional panel session.

Example Formats

A variety of different formats have been used in past innovative panels and ISA is always on the lookout for unique and different ideas and new uses of technology. Innovative panels may take any form, limited only by the imagination of the participants and organizer(s). Here are a few examples:

Town Hall Meeting
Informal public meeting around a topic or set of topics were the audience voices the majority of questions or opinions.

Mock Trial
Individuals participate in simulated court proceedings, perhaps reenacting a famous trial or participating in a hypothetical case.

Debate
A competitive structured conversation on a controversial current issue or theoretical framework.

Demonstration
Interactive demonstrations of technological innovations.

Simulation
Simulated engagement of diplomatic interactions, crisis situations or other scenarios.

Film Screening
Film showing and moderated Q&A, or a more formal showing and roundtable discussion.

Expert/Practitioner Q & A
Participants drawn from either within or outside of ISA (ex. local government, journal editors, satirists) share experiences and field questions.

Performance Art
A creative interplay of artist and/or audience using music, art, color, texture, and ideas.

Audience Participation
Constituted of short panel presentations and audience discussions about a particularly timely or controversial subject with a moderator to facilitate the dialogue.

Questions?

Contact Lembe Tiky, our Director of Academic Development, with questions about this program. 

The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 6 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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