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Call for Nominations for Theory Section Executive Board

The ISA Theory Section seeks nominations for a executive board; at our Business meeting at ISA 2015 in New Orleans, a new Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary/Communications Officer will announced.  Email nominations for each of the positions can be made to Lauren Wilcox at Please specify which position the nomination is for, and provide institutional affiliation and contact information of the nominee. We welcome self-nominations.

We will ask those nominated by a third party to confirm that they are willing to stand for the position.  All nominees must provide a brief biography, a curriculum vitae, and description of their aims and interests – as appropriate to their position – in serving on the Executive Board. We will transmit this information to the membership. The deadline for nominations is 15 December 2014.

Voting will take place by email ballot, with all official Theory Section members eligible to vote.  More information about the Theory Section can be found on our website,

The duties of the officers are described in our charter:

1. The Chairperson shall call meetings and preside at them, coordinate section activities, act as liaison with the ISA and shall be the official spokesperson of the Theory Section unless the Executive Committee determines otherwise. The Chairperson shall be responsible for preparing and presenting the annual report at the AGM in collaboration with the other officers.

2. The Vice-chairperson shall be responsible for organizing the Theory Section-sponsored panels at the ISA annual convention in collaboration with the chairperson.

3. The Treasurer shall be responsible for raising funds and approving their expenditure in consultation with the chairperson, keeping accurate financial records, and for drawing up an annual balance sheet to be presented at the AGM. .

4. The Publicity Officer shall be responsible for outreach, such as through preparation and circulation of a Section Newsletter at least once a year, in collaboration with other officers.
Our goals and aims are also listed in the charter:

The aim of the Theory Section is to encourage and promote theoretical debates in the study of international politics. As such, it provides a platform for scholars to interrogate the meaning and purpose of theory in the field of International Relations (IR), to engage the task of theory building, to explore the relationship between theory and history, and the impact of theories on policymaking.

To accomplish these purposes, the Theory Section shall:

1. facilitate networking among IR scholars of different regional or topical expertise and across the theoretical spectrum;

2. encourage research and debates on theory, including by enhancing dialogue and collaboration between IR scholars and scholars of Political Theory;

3. disseminate information on theoretical research by sponsoring or organizing workshops, symposia, and professional and other appropriate meetings;

4. seek ways to further the teaching of theory in the field of International Relations.
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