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ISA E-Newsletter
Vol. 37, No. 1
January 2012


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What's New

Welcome to the ISA E-Newsletter, an e-mail newsletter from the International Studies Association. In this edition: 

  • In Annual Convention news, members are invited to attend a reception honoring former ISA President J. Ann Tickner.  
  • We note that the election for non-North American representatives to the ISA Governing Council has ended and we announce the winners. 
  • Members are invited to collaborate with Ron Laporte at University of Pittsburgh on global health issues.
  • Finally, we close with the the usual reminders about upcoming deadlines, calls for papers and Region, Section, and Caucus news for your review.

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Association News

2012 Annual Convention News

The 53rd ISA Annual Convention will be held in San Diego from April 1-4, 2012 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The convention theme is Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age. The full call for proposals has been posted to our website here. You may login to MyISA and check your participation in the My Program area. The convention website will be updated continuously as additional information becomes available. 

Reception to Honor J. Ann Tickner
During the San Diego convention, the USC School of International Relations will host the first annual reception for Friends of USC. It will begin at 8:30pm on Monday evening, April 2, in room 310 at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. During this reception this year, we are hosting a special informal celebration of the career of USC Professor and former ISA President J. Ann Tickner. All ISA members and friends are invited. 

Hotels: ISA’s headquarters hotels have sold out of the group rate. Overflow hotels are now available for group rate reservations on our convention hotels website. Please remember that group rates are ONLY available until each hotel’s group rate is sold out, or until the cutoff date of February 28, 2012, whichever happens first. There is another city-wide convention taking place in downtown San Diego the week of our convention, and rates at equivalent hotels in downtown will be higher than the ISA group rates. Reserve your hotel guestroom here.

Child Care Services: ISA is pleased to continue our partnership with Kiddie Corp at the 2012 Annual Convention in San Diego. Kiddie Corp is a nationally recognized provider of onsite child care programs. Program services are available only to ISA members on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-members who wish to participate in the child care program must first join ISA before submitting a registration request to Kiddie Corp. Enrollment for the program is now open and space is filling up fast, only a few spaces remain. You may register here.

Paper Archive: We are working on new paper archive to be hosted in the MyISA system. We plan to send an e-mail to all paper presenters in late January with instructions on how to upload your paper to the new archive.  Paper presenters are responsible for providing copies to their panel at least one week prior to the meeting and uploading their paper to the online paper archive by March 25th. Panel chairs, discussants, and participants in roundtable discussions are not expected to upload papers.

Election for Non-North American Representatives
Thank you to all who participated in the recent election for non-North American representatives to the Governing Council for the 2013-2014 term. The election was held December 1st - December 15th, 2011 and votes were cast by e-mail ballot and tabulated at ISA Headquarters. The three nominees with the highest number of votes, listed in alphabetical order below, will serve as ISA’s 2013-2014 Non-North American representatives to the Governing Council:

  • Karin M. Fierke, University of St. Andrews
  • Anna Leander, Copenhagen Business School
  • Henrik Urdal, Peace Research Institute Oslo

Opportunity for Potential Collaboration on Global Health
ISA HQ has received the following invitation that will be of interests to our members researching global health issues. Depending on the scope and extent of interest from members, ISA HQ can help to facilitate an in-person meeting with Dr. LaPorte and his colleagues at ISA’s 2012 annual conference in San Diego this April. If you are interested, please contact Dr. LaPorte by February 1st, 2012 at WHOcc@pitt.edu.

Global Health, so Near, so Far: Bridging ISA and Global Health

Ronald LaPorte, Ph.D. (ronaldlaporte@gmail.com)
WHO Collaborating Center Director 
Professor of Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (WHO).

Despite continued interest in both International Studies and Global Health worldwide, and the development of many new programs around the world, there is little cross fertilization of the two fields. 

Over the past decade, my colleagues and I have built the “Supercourse” which has generated an academic collaborative network of over 50,000 members. Our “Supercourse” now contains 5030 lectures, including lectures from 77 Noble Prize winners, about global health and prevention. These materials are stored in an open source library through the University of Pittsburgh. In the past 3 years, we have accomplished a 100 fold increase in training, and one lecture taught over 50 million people. 

We invite ISA members to view our project and utilize our slides. (Visit www.pitt.edu/~super1/). Please indicate if you would like to receive the “Supercourse” newsletter. Depending upon interest from ISA members, we could work together to incorporate ISA member knowledge into global health training and explore avenues for future collaboration. The goal of this call is to begin building bridges across our two fields. 

Please indicate your interest by me at WHOcc@pitt.edu 

Thank you,
Ronald LaPorte, Ph.D.

Awards, Fellowships, & Grants

The following are links and summaries of funding opportunities in international studies offered by various institutions and organizations as well as ISA regions and sections. Application deadlines are highlighted. For more information click on the title link.

Gerner Professional Development Grant Winner Announced
The Women’s Caucus for International Studies (WCIS) of the International Studies Association is pleased to announce that Linda Darkwa, University of Ghana, has received the Deborah "Misty" Gerner Professional Development Grant. The grant is expect to fund her field work in Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, and Sierra Leone to complete her project on "International Legal Protection of Children in Armed Conflict Situations.” The award is sponsored by Lynne Rienner Publishers in memory of Dr. Deborah “Misty” Gerner, a professor of international relations at the University of Kansas (1988-2006) who spent more than 25 years studying, visiting, and living in the Middle East, and was an expert on the Arab-Israeli conflict and Palestinian nationalism; Professor Gerner received awards for outstanding teaching as well as service in the profession and was a supportive advocate for women scholars in international studies. The award will be formally presented at the ISA Annual Convention to be held in San Diego, California, 1-4 April 2012. The amount of the award is $2,000 USD. 

More award news...

 

Conferences & Calls for Papers (non-ISA)

Commission on the Status of Women
The fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from Monday, 27 February to Friday, 9 March 2012. In accordance with its multi-year programme of work (ECOSOC resolution 2009/15), the 2012 priority theme of the Commission on the Status of Women is "The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges". The Commission will also evaluate progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from its fifty-second session on "Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women". 

ISA members wishing to participate should contact Kimberly Marten at km2225@columbia.edu before January 10, 2012, and include their CV (or a similar biographical statement) and a brief statement of how their participation in the conference will contribute to the ISA's accredited NGO purpose of sharing best practices in development and/or disseminating information about the UN and its activities (e.g., how they will use the information they gain from conference participation in their teaching, publication, or conference papers).

CFP: Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies (EXCEPS)
The Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies (EXCEPS) invites papers for its 2012 Conference on the theme: The Construction(s) of Conflict and Peace. The conference will take place 9-10 July at the University of Exeter, UK. Abstracts should be submitted no later than 15 January 2012. Further details can be found on the conference website.

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, "Rio +20", will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20 to 22 June 2012. The conference will be preceded by the third Preparatory Committee meeting of the Conference from 13 to 15 June 2012. In accordance with General Assembly resolution A/C.2/66/L.53, the pre-registration for participation in the preparatory meeting and in the Conference by relevant NGOs and other major groups is now open. 

ISA members who wish to participate should contact Kimberly Marten at km2225@columbia.edu by March 1, 2012, and include their CV (or a similar biographical statement) and a brief statement of how their participation in the conference will contribute to the ISA's accredited NGO purpose of sharing best practices in development and/or disseminating information about the UN and its activities (e.g., how they will use the information they gain from conference participation in their teaching, publication, or conference papers). Members are reminded that they are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs, including the sometimes lengthy process of obtaining a visa. Due to the large number of participants, reservations should be made well in advance. Likewise, members should ensure that they have adequate medical insurance prior to their arrival in Brazil.

BISA-ISA 2012 Program Announced
The program chairs of the 2012 International BISA-ISA conference announce that the provisional conference program is now available online. The conference takes place 20-22 June 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Papers and panels on the theme Diversity in the Discipline: Tension or Opportunity in Responding to Global Challenges will be presented. The British International Studies Association (BISA) was established in 1975, making it one of the longest established subject associations in the discipline of International Studies; ISA is the largest such association in the world. For only the second time in our history we will be hosting a joint conference. This will bring together scholars from across the world, at all career stages, in probably the largest International Studies conference ever held in Europe. Please see the BISA-ISA conference website for more information.

More calls for papers and participation...


Region News

ISA-Midwest
The ISA-Midwest 2011 annual report has been posted to the region document archive.

ISA-South
The ISA-South region of ISA is currently conducting an online election for officers for the 2012 term. Ballots were e-mailed on December 8th to be returned by December 20th. 

More Region news...

 

Section & Caucus News

Intelligence Studies Section (ISS)
The System for Prediction, Aggregation, Display, and Elicitation (SP♠DE) team would like to invite you to participate in an interactive, online research study aimed at exploring the field of forecasting. This is a federally funded research effort sponsored by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to learn how judgments made by a widely dispersed and diverse group of individuals may be used to increase forecast accuracies. Your participation will include providing forecasts to questions relating to economic, political, cultural, and global security domains via an interactive website. Your predictions to these questions may be based on your individual knowledge or based on available information provided to you by other research participants. If you would like to learn more information about this effort, please visit the study's website or review the official news release here.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allies Caucus (LGBTQA)
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allies (LGBTQA) Caucus Invites New Members!

Chartered in 2010, the LGBTQA Caucus serves to give a formal voice to the LGBTQI community within the ISA and promotes the fair treatment of the LGBTQI community. Through advocacy and awareness- raising the Caucus encourages scholars and students of International Studies to combat discrimination against LGBTQI people, provides support for LGBTQI members of ISA and supports research on LGBTQI issues by scholars of any sexual orientation and gender. We hope you will support our efforts by becoming a member. 

Joining the Caucus not only demonstrates your support for LGBTQI scholarship in International Studies but helps to create an environment in the ISA that values inclusion, equity and representation. 

Adding the Caucus to your membership can be done in just minutes by following these easy steps:

  • Login to your “myISA” account
  • Click on the “membership” tab
  • Click on “membership history”
  • Click on your current membership
  •  Click on the LGBTQA caucus
  • Submit your $5 payment

Please also consider subscribing to our Google Group by emailing the Caucus Secretary Catia Confortini at cconfort@wellesley.edu. Membership in the Group is open to ISA members of any orientation or gender and, like Caucus membership, is strictly confidential. 

Please also join us for LGBTQA Caucus events in San Diego (membership is not required to attend):

  1. Roundtable: Claiming Space: LGBTQI Scholarship and Teaching in the IR Classroom – Monday, April 2, 4 pm
  2. Panel: Researching Sexuality in Difficult Contexts: Theoretical and Practical Implications – Tuesday, April 3, 1:45 pm
  3. Reception with FTGS and Women’s Caucus, including the inaugural award of the LGBTQA Caucus “Courage Award” – Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm, (Waterfront Park, Hilton Bayfront - Waterfront Park is located on the grassy area, bay side of the Hilton, across from the Fox Sports Grill (in the event of inclement weather, the reception will take place in Indigo E Ballroom). 
  4. Open business meeting - Wednesday, A pril 4, 12:30 to 1:30pm, room 410, Hilton Bayfront

For more information on the Caucus email Sandy McEvoy, Chair (sandra.McEvoy@umb.edu) or Catia Confortini, Secretary (cconfort@wellesley.edu) or visit our webpage http://www.isanet.org/lgbtqa_caucus/

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

Political Demography & Geography Section (PDG)
The Section is soliciting submissions for our second newsletter. Section members may send news and announcements to Ismene Gizelis at tig@essex.ac.uk.

Theory Section
We are pleased to announce that Theory Section members are now entitled to a discount on a personal subscription to International Theory (IT), a journal of International Politics, Law and Philosophy from Cambridge Journals (http://journals.cambridge.org/it). Members will pay only £20 / $30 for a year's subscription in 2012. The offer includes both print and online copies of the journal. To subscribe, simply email Cambridge University Press customer service at journals@cambridge.org and state that you are a member of the ISA Theory Section to receive the discount.

Women's Caucus (WCIS)
The Women's Caucus for International Studies (WCIS) has selected Jindy Rosa (Jan) Pettman as the 2012 recipient of the Susan Northcutt Award. She was nominated for this award by Professor Cynthia Enloe, who writes in part:

Jindy has been an active member of the ISA’s Feminist Theory & Gender Studies section from its start...and was chosen to be one of the inaugural trio of editors of the then-brand-new International Feminist Journal of Politics. It was a tribute to the trust that all of us had in Jindy – in her fairness, in her commitment, in her hard work, in her breadth of understanding of feminist IR scholarship, and in her truly collaborative style of work....We now take IFjP for granted – but it was Jindy Pettmen who did so much to get the journal off to a good feminist-informed start. In Jindy, teaching, mentoring, doing research, and building a genuinely transnational feminist scholarly community all converged.

The Women’s Caucus for International Studies (WCIS) of the International Studies Association has selected Linda Akua Opongmaa Darkwa to receive this year’s Deborah “Misty” Gerner Grant for Professional Development. The grant will support Professor Darkwa’s research proposal for field work in Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, and Sierra Leone to complete her project on "International Legal Protection of Children in Armed Conflict Situations.”

The award is sponsored by Lynne Rienner Publishers in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Deborah “Misty” Gerner, a professor of international relations at the University of Kansas (1988-2006) who spent more than 25 years studying, visiting, and living in the Middle East, and was an expert on the Arab-Israeli conflict and Palestinian nationalism; Professor Gerner received awards for outstanding teaching as well as service in the profession and was a supportive advocate for women scholars in international studies (more information here). 

More Section news...


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