ISA Virtual Programming

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Virtual Events from ISA HQ and our Sections


JANUARY 25th, 2023, 12:00 - 1:30 PM (US EASTERN TIME). In this installment of ISA’s Academic Career Series, three recent job seekers will share how they prepared for the academic interview process and the strategies they found most helpful. Lauren Sukin will address best practices for in-person, online, 1:1, and panel interviews, and will speak to her experience interviewing at various institutions, including U.S.-based R1s, SLACs, and military academies, as well as U.K. institutions. John Emery will focus on tips for the psychology of job talks and the Q&A portion as well as how best to do your homework on the faculty at their prospective institution. He will also discuss strategies for zoom vs. on campus interviews and how to prepare for each. Mary Anne Mendoza will round out the session by addressing how to approach the Teaching Demonstration portion of a campus visit. PANELISTS: Lauren Sukin, John R. Emery, and Mary Anne Mendoza. Click here for session details and registration.



FEBRUARY 1, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (US EASTERN TIME). As in other areas of International Relations, the study of interactions between academia and the practitioner world, related to state policymaking, NGOs, IGOs, civil society activism, the private sector, or the media, is based on experiences located primarily in the global North. This conversation between scholars located in and working on distinct sites in the global South seeks to examine the ways in which scholar-practitioner relations unfold in settings outside the North, the potential drivers and obstacles to meaningful exchange, and the existing standards of scholarly “relevance” or “impact” that exist in diverse parts of the world. This conversation is co-sponsored by New America’s Planetary Politics Initiative. Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about future research and events. Click here for session details and registration.

-Nizar Messari, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
-Candice Moore, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
-Karim Makdisi, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
-Claudia Fuentes, Chilean Ambassador to the United Nations, Geneva
-Rani Mullen, College of William and Mary, United States
-Arlene B. Tickner, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia


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FEBRUARY 16th, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (US EASTERN TIME). International academic rankings for publications and research institutions are overwhelmingly led by institutions in the global North. Researchers in the global South are underrepresented in many of these international funding institutions and journals. Increasing funding and publication expectations within their own institutions are an added hurdle for for these scholars' career development, given their positional difficulty to access these platforms. This panel gathers experts with experience in the global South who will touch upon four dimensions of career development: 1) participation in research workshops; 2) grant applications; 3) article writing; and 4) turning a PhD dissertation into a book. PANELISTS: Zaynab El Bernouss, Cyril Obi, Andrew Stinson, and Samer Abboud. Click here for session details and registration.


APRIL 2023

APRIL 5th, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (US EASTERN TIME). The intelligence studies academic community has experienced exponential growth in the past 20 years resulting in a robust body of knowledge on a broad spectrum of issues relating to the intelligence community and its policy making consumers. This literature can support the ability of the foreign policy academic community to foster informed discussions about the roles and capabilities of the U.S. intelligence community and the intelligence producer-consumer relationship. But the treatment of intelligence community issues in these venues is often uneven and should reference current intelligence studies knowledge. This event will present several intelligence studies topics appropriate for foreign policy courses and textbooks and provide research references that will support the balanced and contextual presentation of U.S. intelligence community issues that relate directly to foreign policy development.

Gary Gomez is adjunct faculty with Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, teaching intelligence studies. He is also a research fellow exploring the intelligence–policy nexus at the foreign policy think tank fp21. Gary has 20 years of experience in the U.S. intelligence community, both in government and industry, working with the DIA, NRO, NGA, CIA, DARPA, and the Office of Naval Intelligence. He has published on intelligence, airpower, and national security technology. Click here for session details and registration.


MAY 2023

MAY 11, 2023 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (US EASTERN TIME). Religion and International Relations Book Talk Series - Sikh Nationalism. The Religion and IR section book talk series on discussing scholarship at the intersection of religion and international politics. Each session will present a book or publication from the last two years that touches on the relationship between religion and politics from a comparative and international perspective. Its goal is to foster greater exchange between scholars of religion and politics and scholars of international relation theory.

Sikh Nationalism provides a clear, concise and comprehensive guide to the history of Sikh nationalism from the late nineteenth century to the present. Drawing on A. D. Smith's ethno-symbolic approach, Gurharpal Singh and Giorgio Shani use a new integrated methodology to understanding the historical and sociological development of modern Sikh nationalism. By emphasizing the importance of studying Sikh nationalism from the perspective of the nation-building projects of India and Pakistan, the recent literature on religious nationalism and the need to integrate the study of the diaspora with the Sikhs in South Asia, they provide a fresh approach to a complex subject. Singh and Shani evaluate the current condition of Sikh nationalism in a globalized world and consider the lessons the Sikh case offers for the comparative study of ethnicity, nations and nationalism.

Co-authors Giorgio Shani and Gurharpal Singh will discuss the book, in conversation with Jocelyne Cesari. Click here for session details and registration.


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