BS: The caucus was established in 2015, through the initiative of Steve Saideman. Its purpose is to serve as an institutional home within the ISA for international studies scholars who use online media--as a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas, a vehicle for promoting use of online media and digital technologies, and as a way to normalize the use of online media in scholarly activities. We're all aware of the hiring, tenure, and other pressures that push academics to publish in traditional journals and books, but many scholars are active and contribute to their discipline, the profession, and the broader community in non-traditional ways, through online media. Blogging, especially, is very useful for scholars, as a way to test new ideas in pedagogy and research, which leads to feedback and a strengthening of the original idea. The OMC is one way to recognize those activities as part of the scholarly process.
I'm serving as Chair for the 2018-2019 year. We also have a Vice-Chair (W.K. Winecoff) and three officers-at-large (R. William Ayres, Marcelo Valenca, and Diana Wueger). SAGE Publications is a regular and generous sponsor for our annual reception. In addition to the regular duties as head of an organization, the OMC Chair guides the process of nominations for our Duckies awards and serves as program chair.