ISA South Annual Conference 2018, Ashland, Virginia

International Studies in an Increasingly Complex World

October 12th - 13th
Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, USA

Hosted by ISA-South


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Closing Remarks

With the support of the ISA HQ staff, we had a well-attended and well-reviewed conference at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. The conference took place on October 12th &13th, 2018.

Thomas J. Badey (Randolph-Macon College) was the 2018 VP/program co-chair, assisted by Jonathan Powell (University of Central Florida). Both put together a program that featured 25 panels and roundtables. A total of 95 participants from 9 countries were listed on the program. Registration and submission levels declined from last year’s conference in Orlando Florida, hosted by the University of Central Florida.

We awarded 9 travel grants, up to $200, to graduate students for a total of approximately $1800,00. These grants were paid out of the region’s membership dues. This year’s winner of the Jim Winkates Graduate Student Paper Award was Karthikeya Thiagarajan from the University of Central Florida for a paper entitled: Why Do Countries with Settled Borders Fight? Karthikeyan Thiagarajan received a $250 prize and a one-year membership in ISA.

The Keynote speaker at the well-attended annual ISA/South awards luncheon was ISA President Patrick James with a presentation entitled “What Is Realism?” Special events at the conference included The Women’s Caucus Mentoring Town Hall and the ISA/South Women’s Caucus Breakfast meeting on Saturday morning. The discussion was led by Mary K. Meyer McAleese (Eckerd College) Jamie E. Scalera (Georgia Southern University). Other notable events included the James F. Rinehart Memorial Panel on Political Violence, and the Joseph M. Scolnick Memorial Roundtable on the Challenges of U.S. Foreign Policy.

A special thanks to the administration, faculty and staff at Randolph-Macon College for their support of the 2018 ISA/South regional conference. We are also grateful for the efforts and for the continued support and professionalism of the ISA leadership and staff. As is tradition the ISA/South regional conference moves each year within the Southern Region. Last year’s conference was in Orlando, Florida. Next year’s conference will be in Memphis, Tennessee hosted by Nikolaos Zahariadis of Rhodes College.

- Jonathan Powell, ISA-South Region President, 2018-2019

Program Chair

Thomas Badey
Randolph-Macon College

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