Global South International Studies Conference 2015

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The Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association held its second Global South International Studies Conference January 8-10, 2015 in Singapore. The conference had as its theme “Voices from Outside: Reshaping International Relations Theory and Practice in an Era of Global Transformation” and brought together academics and practitioners working in and on global south issues for promoting new thinking about international development, global policy and south-south intellectual exchange. This was the second ISA Global South conference; the first was held at the end of 2012 in France and several of us from Payson attended and presented.

As Program Chair of the ISA Global South Caucus, I was fortunate to be involved in the planning and execution of the Singapore event as well, participated in various roundtables and panels, and presented a paper on “United Nations Social Learning Initiatives.” The Singapore Management University’s School of Social Sciences served as the conference venue and attendees came from institutions all over the world—predominantly Asia, but also Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. It was a packed several days with a lot of dynamic banter, excellent Chinese, Malay and Indian food, and considerable cultural and academic immersion. 

The International Studies Assoication will be holding its Annual Convention in New Orleans from February 18 to the 21st, where I, and other Paysonites will be participating.

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