Organizers

Programme Committee

Programme Committee


Andrei Melville, Programme Chair (National Research University, Moscow)                                           

Marina Lebedeva (MGIMO-University, Moscow)

A. Cooper Drury (Missouri University, USA)

Navnita Chadha Behera (University of Delhi, India)          

                                                                      


Paper and panel proposals will only be accepted online (submit here). Other queries concerning the programme should be addressed to:

Andrei Melville
Programme Chair WISC 2014
Faculty of Politics
National Research University Higher School of Economics
20 Myasnitskaya ul.
Moscow, 101000 Russia
E-mail: andreymelville@gmail.com

Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee


 
   

About WISC network

About WISC network


WISC stands for World International Studies Committee which has been in existence in one form or another since the turn of the century. The committee has representatives from well over 20 national (e.g. BISA) or regional (e.g. Nordic ISA) international studies associations. There is a good spread throughout Europe, the Americas (ISA, ABRI, AMEI), East & Southeast Asia (JAIR, KAIS among others) yet presumably more associations will join. The Committee was launched by Barry Buzan as the International Studies Co-ordinating Committee (ISCC) towards the end of the last century. Its style is to be informal, non-bureaucratic and its purpose is simply to be available if there is a felt need. It meets once a year or thereabouts usually at the ISA or SGIR conferences and its main business was and remains to exchange information and experiences.

Barry Buzan handed over the chair to John Groom soon after the ISCC was set up. The name was changed to WISC to avoid confusion with the ISSC (International Social Science Council), a 2002 Charter was adopted which loosely defined its purposes but WISC remained an institution in waiting. The ‘waiting for what’ turned out to be a suggestion from Andrei Melville of the Russian ISA that it was time to go beyond bilateral conferences such as BISA-ISA, NISA-RISA, ISA-JAIR and try to arrange a global conference. Ilter Turan, President of the Turkish PSA from Istanbul Bilgi University accepted the challenge to be the first host and in 2005 created a conference that was a success in every way. Besides the local organisers the Secretariats of ISA and ECPR played a major role. The aspiration to be global – the raison d’être of the conference – was partially fulfilled by bringing East Asians, Latin Americans, North Americans and Europeans together with a presence of scholars from Central Asia and the Middle East. We had a success on our hands so a second conference was organised for July, 2008 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The conference in Ljubljana of 2008 has been the place where the confidence about the future of the WISC has been strengthened, and mandate was given to it by large consensus to continue, and show for good that a global professional network is a much needed medium to make international studies truly universal. The conference in Porto 2011 only strengthened this conviction and the next conference is scheduled for 2014 in Frankfurt.

WISC’s mission can be described in five points:

1. To spread and share the knowledge and expertise to all parts of the world, in particular to developing countries.

2. Facilitate the creation of global and regional contacts among scholars and reach out to scholars from the countries in the developing world. This will give scholars a unique chance to gain the first-hand experience from local experts and explore possibilities for further cooperation and research in the areas of mutual interest.

3. Provide a direct access for younger scholars and those on an early part of their careers to be exposed to publishers and seniour colleagues from all parts of the world to explore opportunities to promote the results of their research.

4. Create a setting for initiation of local and regional networks of international scholars in the developing countries, which are expected to take place both at formal level (creation of new professional association within the WISC) and informal level (personal initiatives).

5. Sustain these networks and other forms of cooperation with the help of the WISC.

 

 

Contact

Contact


Paper and panel proposals will only be accepted online (submit here). Other queries concerning the programme should be addressed to:

Andrei Melville, Programme Chair
Faculty of Politics
National Research University Higher School of Economics
20 Myasnitskaya ul.
Moscow, 101000 Russia
E-mail: andreymelville@gmail.com


All other queries should be addressed to: wisc2014@soz.uni-frankfurt.de.