ISAC-ISSS Annual Conference 2016, Notre Dame, Indiana

May You Live in Interesting Times

November 4th - 6th
Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

Hosted by the International Security Studies Section of ISA and the International Security and Arms Control Section of APSA

 

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The International Security and Arms Control (division of the American Political Science Association) and International Security Studies Section (division of the International Studies Association) annual joint conference was held at Notre Dame, November 4th through 6th, 2016. Over 170 scholars from around the world attended, including from Europe, Asia, South Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The conference was supported in part by a generous grant from the Notre Dame International Security Center.

Panels and roundtables covered such diverse issues as national and social boundaries, new approaches to constructivism, refugees, historical IR theory, post-humanism, the politics of recognition, conceptual reframings of genocide, network theory and emotion, the politics of gender in the profession, and ethics in warfare. We were especially grateful to a large contingent of scholars who arrived from NUPI in Oslo; we hope to see them again in years to come.

A new innovation for this year was a debate on "Should the United States adopt a grand strategy of restraint?" instead of the usual Saturday keynote address. On the pro side was Eugene Gholz of University of Texas/Austin and the counter was Stephen Brooks from Dartmouth. The Friday keynote was Monica Toft from Oxford University speaking on the future of conflict. Another innovation was a well attended breakout session devoted to WIIS (Women in International Security). The conference ended with a modest surplus. Dan Lindley, ISAC chair, served as conference chair; Danielle Mueller was the program chair, and Jim Lebovic was ISSS chair.

- Dan Lindley, ISAC-ISSS Program Chair, 2016

The deadline for paper/panel submissions was Sunday, August 25, 2016.

We are pleased to announce this year’s ISAC-ISSS conference hosted by the University of Notre Dame and to be held at Notre Dame (South Bend, IN) November 4-6, 2016.

We are soliciting paper, panel, and roundtable proposals now through August 25, 2016.

This year’s conference theme is “May You Live in Interesting Times.” Toward the end of the Cold War, a scholar at Brookings remarked: ‘there has yet to be a good book written about the helicopter.’ Today, for better and worse, the domain of security studies is vast. A quick spin of the globe reveals widespread radical Islamic terrorism, fears of nuclear proliferation, new weapons emerging at an ever pace, renewed great power rivalry, resource competition, conflicting claims and rising tension in Asian waters, and conflicts across the Sahel through the Middle East and further East. Indeed, do we even have well established names for the conflicts in Syria or Iraq?

In line with the diverse set of topics facing scholars, we look forward to accepting papers that address security studies, broadly defined. The deadline for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals is August 25, 2016.

On Friday night, our lead keynote will be Monica Toft from Oxford University speaking on demographics and conflict. She will then guest host a WIIS (Women in International Security) reception. We will also have a simultaneous general reception. There will be WIIS breakout sessions and mentoring opportunities throughout the conference. On Saturday night, our keynote speakers will debate: "Should the United States adopt a grand strategy of restraint?" On the pro side will be Eugene Gholz of University of Texas/Austin and the counter will be Stephen Brooks from Dartmouth. The above are new wrinkles for our joint conference! And, don't forget, all meals are included in your registration fee, from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.

Please contact Program Chair Dan Lindley with questions about potential submissions and participation. Also, please indicate if you are willing to serve as a panel chair or discussant in your ISA proposal submission. Be sure to include your area of expertise.

This year’s conference will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame, from Friday November 4, late afternoon through Sunday November 6 at noon. Notre Dame/South Bend (SBN) is well served by airlines, is right off interstate 80/90, and is connected to downtown Chicago by commuter rail (NICTD). The main conference hotel is across the street from the conference facility.

2016 Program Team

Dan Lindley | Notre Dame University

ISAC and Conference Chair

James Lebovic | George Washington University

ISSS Section Chair

Danielle Mueller | Notre Dame University

Program Chair and WIIS Coordinator

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