From June 13 to 15, 2016, CISS-ISA hosted its annual conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. The theme was “Boundaries and Borders in an Evolving World Order: Challenges and Prospects.” The Organizing Committee consisted of: Stephen Rosow (SUNY-Oswego), Tina Mavrikos-Adamou (Hofstra) and George Andreopoulos (CUNY-chair). Dan Golebiewski (CUNY) served as the Organizing Committee’s Administrative Assistant. The venue was the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) which co-sponsored the conference.
Papers covered such diverse issues as national and social boundaries, migration, securitization of the refugee discourse, identity formation, religion, human security, domestic and international accountability mechanisms, and the role of the media and of civil society organizations.
The conference program covered two and a half days. The conference began on Monday, June 13, with an opening reception at the Municipality of Thessaloniki hosted by the Mayor’s Office. The sessions were held on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15. Each day was composed of four sessions with 3-4 concurrent panels per session. On the evening of June 14, a private tour of the Museum of Byzantine Culture was conducted for conference participants.
ACT provided all the meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment and wireless internet for conference participants. An “information help and check-in desk” was set up to inform and assist participants with any kind of inquiry that might arise during their stay; it was the place where participants signed-in, picked up their badges, and obtained a copy of the conference program.
The conference committee plans to produce a book and/or a special issue of a journal with selected papers from the conference.
- George Andreopoulos, ISA-CISS Chair