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ISA-ICOMM 2016 - Call for Proposals

The International Studies Association ICOMM section is pleased to announce our 2016 conference, March 15th at the Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. ISA-ICOMM invites paper and panel proposals related to our conference theme, “Communication, Peace and Security in the 21st Century .” Communication, Peace and Security in the 21st Century is concerned with two developments that highlight the first decade and a half of the 21st Century: Information abundance and the ubiquity of mobile communication devices. While these trends are believed to have facilitated political uprisings and revolutions, there is much debate over whether they have increased the world’s peace and security. This special one-day conference examines this important question at the international, state and individual level. Proposal submissions open immediately - please submit your proposals through the ISA submission system. Paper and/or panel proposals are due by November 1st, 2015.



ISA Midwest 2015 - Registration and Hotel Reminder

Please remember to register (if you haven't already) by October 12 to stay on the ISA Midwest conference program. You can find the registration information here. Also, Please visit our conference page for information on the conference, including hotel reservations. I look forward to your participation in the 2015 ISA-Midwest conference, Nov. 20th-22nd in St. Louis.



ISSS-ISAC 2015: Paper Archive and Contacting Panelists

The process for uploading your paper can be found directly through the conference web site.  After logging in, you will find the option to upload your paper using the “See Your Schedule” tab. Please note that the site is only able to accept PDF files and all files must be smaller than 10mb. 

We encourage you to contact your fellow panelists and either email them a copy of the paper directly, or tell them when you have uploaded it to the archive. To contact your panel, go to the panel details in the online program, or click on the item in your schedule. There, you will see an "Email Participants" option that will create a comma-separated list of the email addresses of participants on your panel.

To access papers uploaded to the archive, simply browse the online program.  When you find a paper you're interested in, click the [+] icon and then "Full Details" to bring up its full profile. For presentations with a paper in the archive, you will see the option to "Download" the paper with a "PDF" icon. If a paper has not yet been uploaded, it will say "(No Paper Uploaded)".



Getting Ready for ISSS-ISAC Springfield

Fall is in the air here in Western Massachusetts and the leaves are just starting to turn.  Things should look spectacular in a few weeks.  We look forward to seeing you in Springfield, MA in two weeks!  It is now time to get your paper(s) to the discussant and chair so that they can prepare their comments for the panel sessions.  Please email your paper to your co-panelists (especially the discussant) at least one week before the panel (meaning by next Thursday, October 1.  We have also arranged a paper archive for this conference, and we ask that you upload your paper to that site as soon as possible. 

Panel chairs are in charge of setting the rules of engagement for the panels, and they should be in touch with panelists in the near future; the standard practice is for each paper presenter to speak for about 12 minutes followed by the discussants’ comments and Q&A, but panel chairs may deviate from that as seems appropriate based on the number of papers on the panel and other factors at their discretion.  

PLEASE NOTE:  The Springfield Sheraton will provide projectors in every panel room but not computers.  If you plan to bring a presentation, please coordinate with your co-panelists, discussants, and chairs to ensure that at least one member of the panel brings a laptop to the session.

On Thursday, October 8 from 5:30 to 7:00pm we will hold an opening reception and exhibit followed by a talk by award winning photojournalist, Pete Muller.  Pete is based in Nairobi, Kenya and we will be featuring an exhibit of his photographs from his current project titled "Masculinity and Conflict."  At 6:00pm he will give a short talk on his work followed by a Q&A.  Pete Muller's work is routinely featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Geographic.

On Friday, October 9, from 6:30 - 8:30pm we will hold a plenary dinner and keynote address.  Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Adviser to the Vice President will deliver a speech titled "Balancing and Rebalancing American Foreign Policy in a Complex World."

In addition, we are planning to provide a showing of The UN:  Last Station Before Hell -- a documentary film followed by a talk-back by Professor Lise Morje Howard of Georgetown University.  She has been advising on the project.  We will provide information on the time and location.

Finally, on Friday from 5:00pm to 6:30pm immediately following the conclusion of the panels on Friday, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Center for Terrorism and Security Studies will be hosting a reception at the Sheraton Hotel.

Please note, we've reshuffled the program somewhat to deal with withdrawals. Make sure you double check your schedule and let me know if there are any problems.



CEEISA-ISA Ljubljana 2016 - Call for Proposals

ISA is pleased to announce the CEEISA-ISA 2016 Joint International Conference, "Politics for International Relations", which will take place on June 23-25, 2016 in Ljubljana. Be sure to check the website for submission deadlines and other additional conference information.



ISA 2016 Preliminary Program Announcement

The International Studies Association is pleased to announce our preliminary program for the ISA 2016 Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia from March 16-19, 2016. Please note: program notifications will be going out over the course of the day- thank you for your patience!

Registration for the convention is also open. Don't forget to complete your registration by October 23, 2015 to confirm your participation in the program. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!


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