Thursday, May 8, 2014

All You Need to Know: Second Global South Caucus International Studies Conference, Singapore, January 2015

December 2:
In addition to this site, please check the following link for regular updates as we move closer to the conference:

As is normal, the program for Singapore has now been reworked somewhat to eliminate discrepancies, persons who have withdrawn etc. The revised program will be posted very shortly. Please keep checking the web.
Travel grants: We have more or less exhausted our grant monies at this time. However, we have NOT received acceptances from everyone. We have requested such acceptances and will be shortly reassigning funds from those who have not responded. When someone drops out --as has happened already--the money is reassigned to persons on our reserve list. Therefore, if you have received a grant but know that you will not be able to come to Singapore, please let us know ASAP. We will also email everyone in due course to request a formal acceptance or rejection.
Finally, please use the Chat Room for any valuable discussions you want to start.


Note that there will be an onsite registration staff presence throughout the conference. Onsite fees are $50 for faculty and $35 for students. Valid ID needed.

IMPORTANT: Letters of acceptance were mailed to all participants at the time the preliminary program was posted. These letters should be sufficient for you to receive permission from your universities to attend/receive funding from them. On the other hand, if you need a letter for visa purposes (as Singapore requires for participants from some countries), please write to ISA (not the GSCIS) directly - you can write to Elizabeth Fausett at If you need any other kind of letter, please write to Elizabeth as well, explaining what you want.  

Links to Information (use your back arrow to return to links):

Call for Submissions
About SMU
Travel Grants
Conference Program

For the convenience of caucus members, this site will contain regular updates regarding the GSCIS conference, originally scheduled for Bangkok but now relocated to Singapore. Just keep scrolling down for more, or use the links above..

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The Global South Caucus of the ISA has established this group to provide a space for dialogue in the run up to the Singapore 2015 meeting. Please feel free to join the conversation.

About this group:
A group to discuss the logistics of the ISA Global South Caucus International Conference, Singapore, January 8-10, 2015.

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Call for Submissions
Second Global South International Studies Conference
Voices from Outside: Re-shaping International Relations Theory and Practice in an Era of Global Transformation, January 8-10, 2015
Co-sponsored by Singapore Management University

The Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association (GSCIS) aims to promote new thinking about the global south and developing Eurasia, facilitate south-south intellectual exchanges, and increase the scope and depth of collaboration between scholars interested in studying the global south in general. In 2012 the caucus held its first Global South International Studies Conference which brought together scholars and practitioners working on the theme, Theorizing, Teaching, Research, and Publishing on IR in the Global South. Following up on ideas generated at that conference, the second GSCIS conference, to be held in Singapore (originally Bangkok), January 8-10, 2015, will have as its theme:  Voices from Outside: Re-shaping International Relations Theory and Practice in an Era of Global Transformation. We are particularly happy to note that this second GSCIS conference is being held with the active sponsorship of the current president of the International Studies Association, Professor Amitav Archaya.

The conference organizers are interested in thinking through four problématiques in IR, and we invite papers and presentations that innovatively and critically address them:
1)     theorizing IR and foreign policy analysis from a global south perspective (both in terms of the meta-theoretical debates as well as the newer critical and indigenous thinking);
2)     critically assessing-- in keeping of the on the geopolitical theme of ISA’s 2014 conference as well as the regionalist theme of ISA’s 2015 the state of intra-Global South relations--the role of the so-called emerging nations, as well as the general relations between the global south and the global north; 
3)     critically assessing the meaning of development in theory and practice; and
4)     sharing ideas about inclusive practices, teaching and research in IR.

It is also important to note that the conference is being held in Asia on the 60th anniversary year of the Bandung Conference which represented the first formal attempt to bring Asia and African nations together. As a result, we particularly welcome submissions dealing with the relations between these two regions as well as across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Some suggested sub-themes proposers may consider are:

The continuing assessment of the lacunae in the development of an IR theory that is relevant to the global south: What has been done to make the main IR paradigms realism, liberalism, institutionalism, constructivism, critical theory relevant to the Global South (including developing Eurasia)? Is there such a thing as indigenous theories of IR? Where is the discipline headed? What ideas or perspectives need to be integrated/overhauled?

Foreign policy in theory and practice: how is the north framed in the foreign policies of southern states? And how is the south framed in foreign policy of northern states? Are there any discernible patterns of generalizations in terms of diplomacy and the practice of politics? Have we seen the rise of qualitatively new policies in north-south or south-north relations in the past decade? Can we talk about new strategies in global relations? In terms of scholarship, what is the status of theory and research in foreign policy analysis that seeks to include Global South perspectives? What new ideas are worth sharing? What new approaches have been developed?

Situating the global south within a transformed global community: In the midst of the ongoing discussions on systemic transformation, such as the rise of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) and the formation of the G20, where does the global south as a whole stand? What new patterns can be discerned in relations between the north and south?  What do the practices and experiences of the so-called emerging nations—certainly not all positive--portend for their sustainable rise as well as the collateral rise of other global south nations? What kind of security challenges have impacted systemic transformation? With respect to regionalism, what strategies are leading regional nations adopting to achieve influence? What conflicts have arisen? What patterns can we discern in regional transformations towards closer economic and security architectures? What lingering challenges are there to standardizing and bureaucratizing regional relations – i.e. to desecuritize and “normalize” these relations? What is the interface between regionalism and globalization? What has happened so far, and what is the prognosis for south-south collaboration, which was so touted in the 1960s and 1970s and was represented most vividly by the Non-Aligned Movement and the establishment of the G77? What, in particular, have been the patterns of relations between Asia and Africa, Asia and Latin America since Bandung?

Development: What conceptual problems continue to inhere in the notion of development? What changes in ideas and policy merit more attention than they have so far received? How is development practiced, researched, studied? What structural and human development challenges (poverty, inequality, etc) do global south and developing Eurasian nations face individually, in groups, collectively?  How is sustainability to be achieved in a constrained global economy? How is the global situation changing for middle-income countries (MICs)? How does the rise of new private sector and civil society development actors affect state- and multilateral-led efforts? How are small states, for example in the Pacific as well as the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Africa, coping with the demands of liberalization, globalization, climate change, and other environmental problems?

Other: In addition we are, as always, open to roundtable proposals intended to facilitate networking among global south scholars and institutions on teaching and research on/in the global south.
We look forward to a stimulating conference,
Organizing Team -Bangkok

Registration will be via the ISA system (relevant information to be sent shortly). Deadline will be  July 15th. Conference hotel will be the Pathumwan Princess Hotel.

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 UPDATE May 26, 2014
Dear Colleagues:
By now you will have received the Call for Proposals for Second Global South Caucus of International Studies Conference scheduled for Bangkok, January 2015. The ISA, the ISA President, and the GSCIS have for some time been monitoring the political situation in Thailand and, as a precaution, have been exploring alternative sites in case the conference needs to be moved. In view of the current military crackdown, which now includes the detention of politicians, scholars, and writers, we are urgently reviewing these alternative sites, and will be informing the membership of any venue changes in due course, certainly well before the registration deadlines.. Meanwhile, we wish to assure the ISA membership that the conference---focused as it is on the some of the most important issues and ideas about an inclusive IR —will be held as planned in January. The deadline for submission of proposals has not changed (July 15). Go to to submit. To keep up to date you may also wish to periodically check the GSCIS blog at and/or follow us on Facebook ( We thank you for your inquiries and enthusiastic responses to the Call for Proposals. We are convinced that this will be a seminal and very productive event for the GSCIS and the ISA, and we look forward to the traditional fruitful and free exchange of academic ideas at GSCIS 2015.

Jacqueline Braveboy-Wagner, Chair Global South Caucus
Amitav Acharya, President, ISA
Tom Volgy Executive Director,ISA

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Sections and caucuses are invited to sponsor two panels for the Global South International Studies Conference 2015 to be held in Asia January 8-10, 2015. .More information on the event can be found at the following ISA site:

The conference theme is Voices from Outside: Re-shaping International Relations Theory and Practice in an Era of Global Transformation.

Paper and panel proposals are now being accepted with a July 15, 2014 for submission. Additional conference details can be found at:

Please share this call and opportunity with your section's membership. Ask that they submit their complete panel details via the submission system in place on the conference webpage. As section chair, we ask that you communicate the titles of the two panels to be included on the program for your section with the Conference Director, Jacqueline Braveboy-Wagner at

Of course, members of your section are welcome to submit additional panel and paper proposals for consideration beyond these two sponsored-section panels but at this time, we can only guarantee acceptance of two sponsored panels per section.
Update June 9, 2015
Dear Caucus members:

Many of you have been somewhat anxiously awaiting our decision as to a change of venue for the GSCIS conference scheduled to be held in Bangkok in January 2015. As everyone is aware, the military has taken control of Thailand and the space for free and open discussion, including academic interchange, has been narrowed considerably. We do wish the very best outcome for our global south academic friends as the situation evolves.
We are now able to announce that the venue has been changed to nearby Singapore. Our new host will but the Singapore Management University which has graciously not only stepped into the breach but also has contributed added funds to host this important conference. We are delighted to be able to transfer the site to Singapore. Singapore is a culturally vibrant country (three major cultural groups) and there is much potential for stimulating discussions on alternative pathways to growth and development (East Asian models),  regionalism and security in Asia and beyond, the practice of diplomacy, global governance, constructivist approaches and many more areas of IR. Indeed, many global south watchers (including my colleagues long ago in my edited Caribbean in the Pacific Century) have debated  the relevance of Singapore's experience to the rest of the south.

As many of you are also aware, the cost of living in Singapore is considerably higher than in Thailand. W were very concerned about that and that is why we are also delighted to announce that we have worked out very reasonable rates for hotel accommodation, comparable in fact to the hotels we had initially secured for the conference in Bangkok.   Information on the main hotel, along with the additional ones we had secured, will soon be posted on the website and here, and all hotels are within walking distance of the convention venue.  

We thank you for your patience as we have continued to carefully work out the mechanics of a change of venue. We always bear in mind the imperative of attracting scholars and practitioners from all areas of the world, not to mention all levels of the academic hierarchy.  We have been pleased so far with the response to our Call for Proposals. Please make plans to attend the Singapore conference and continue to submit your proposals either by clicking the old website link: or the new one A reminder: the deadline for submission is July 15th!

 A note about travel funds:
Some of you have been asking about receiving travel assistance.We expect to be able to offer some subsidies but will not know how many or how much until after you have submitted your proposals. Meanwhile you should write to the treasurer Seifudein Adem ( indicating why you will need travel assistance and how much you will be able to receive from your own resources or from your academy. 

A note on institutional workshops:

Institutional workshops are intended to showcase, present, and share the work of global south universities, think tanks, and other agencies as well as the work of the scholars and researchers employed by these institutions. (The registration fee will be per participant, not one fee for an institution.)

Institutional workshop proposals should be sent directly to the Chair. Send a note indicating the sponsoring institution, what the proposal is about, who will participate, what the expectations are as far as audience is concerned, and what type of arrangements/technology would be needed.

The difference between this and “regular” roundtable or panel proposals is that the workshop is specifically designed to appeal to NGOs, research and non-teaching institutions/think tanks, diplomatic academies, etc. which want to showcase their work and/or get feedback from a scholarly audience about what they have been doing. You can have up to three presenters representing either the one institution or a group, although we will use “common sense” to determine if in an exceptional case, more than three are warranted. If, on the other hand, you wish to present a normal panel proposal with people from different universities, please use the usual ISA paper-proposal channel.

For example, you may know that a lot of separate institutional arrangements happen on the sidelines of the ISA conventions – a presentation by the Council on Foreign relations, for example, or Chatham books etc. The workshop proposal is intended to incorporate these into the actual conference.

Decisions on workshops will be made by the organizers separately, based on the criteria of relevance and significance to global south practice and scholarship.


Planning for the GSCIS-sponsored conference in Singapore 2015 is well underway. We thank you for the stimulating panels and papers you have already submitted. Please keep the submissions coming. This is a reminder that the  deadline is July 15th. Individual sections may have also sent out invitations for submissions with an earlier deadline. We are expecting this to be a seminal ISA conference, one of the very few held in the global south, and one located in a region of significant  policy as well as scholarly interest today. THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE NOT ONLY THE STATUS OF ASIA IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY BUT ALSO THE STATUS OF  GLOBAL SOUTH SCHOLARS AND SCHOLARSHIP WITHIN ISA. On the lighter side, apart from putting together a wide variety of  panels and plenaries, the Organizing Committee is hoping to  make your stay even more worthwhile and enjoyable, by negotiating with the Singapore Tourist Board some reasonably-priced tours for those of you wishing to see more of Singapore. We will be disseminating more information on this and other matters on the website as well as on the GSCIS blog. A reminder also that if you are an institution, or work for one, wishing to publicize your organization’s research or policy work, please contact the caucus chair directly, indicating what you plan to do, who will participate, what audience you expect, and what special technological or space needs you will have.

UPDATE , July 15, 2014

Dear Colleagues,
Given the overwhelming interest and response to the ISA-Global South Caucus 2015 meeting, we've decided to leave the submission system open through the weekend to ensure that everyone has had a chance to submit any last minute proposals. We've received a record-breaking number of proposals this year and I very much look forward to crafting an exciting program for Singapore. The system will still allow submissions through Monday, July 21st so be sure you get any final proposals in.

(You can submit your proposals at
Best regards,
GSCIS Singapore 2014 Conference Director

Update August 18, 2014
Thank you for your wonderful response to our call for proposals for Singapore! The conference team, working from Qatar, Singapore, Panama, and the US is busy now putting the program together (despite their regular commitments on campus - thank you, team!). Pre-registration will begin September 15th, by which time acceptances will have gone out. Bear with us in the meantime if we are responding a bit more slowly to your emails.
At this time, we have hotel information for you. This is a mirror of the ISA site:
Note: 1 Singapore dollar + 0.80 US dollars

We have arranged several possible hotel choices for GSCIS Conference attendees. All prices listed are in Singapore Dollars. Hotel reservations blocks are expected to open in September of 2014.
Village Hotel Bugis
390 Victoria Street | +65 6297 2828
This hotel will host guestrooms.
$168 (Singapore Dollars) Not Yet Open
Village Hotel Albert Court
180 Albert Street | +65 6339 3939
This hotel will host guestrooms.
$168 (Singapore Dollars) Not Yet Open
Swissotel The Stamford
2 Stamford Road | +65 6338 8585
This hotel will host guestrooms.
$260 (Singapore Dollars) Not Yet Open

Although we recommend the hotels above which will give you the conference rate, Alan Chong has also put together this useful information about hotels near SMU.
Rating/No. of Stars
Proximity to SMU, which is a "City campus" university
Hotel Details (Rates quoted are from September 2014, the low tourist season for a single room for one adult, per day, mostly without breakfast
5-63 blocks away
Raffles Singapore; single room from US$632.00. Book direct from hotel).
4Directly opposite SMUCarlton Hotel Singapore (Bras Basah); single room from US$166.00 . Look on
42 blocks awaySwissotel The Stamford, Singapore (Conference hotel)
4Directly opposite SMURendezvous Hotel, Singapore; single room from US$240.80. Find on
52 blocks awayFairmont Hotel, Singapore; single room from US$376.00 (EXPENSIVE)
52 blocks away, almost opposite SMUGrand Park City Hall, Singapore, Coleman Street; single room from  US$151.20; pleasant surroundings beautifully landscaped, opposite from Peninsula Excelsior.
3.54-5 blocks awayHotel Grand Pacific (Bugis Street); single room from US$134.40; located on a bustling road on a straight line from one of SMU’s lecture theatres/ Find on
3.53 blocks awayPeninsula Excelsior Hotel, Singapore; single room from US$185.60; note that there is a fair bit of construction going on near the hotel; rooms are quiet at night though.
Find on

34-5 blocks awayHotel Bencooolen (Bencoolen Street); single room from US$96.00; comfortable, no frills hotel but located off a busy road, almost a straight line distance from SMU.
Find on
34 blocks awayV Hotel Bencoolen (Bencoolen Street); single room from US$92.00

33-4 blocks awayStrand Hotel (Bencoolen Street); single room from US$76.00, comfortable, no frills hotel but located off a busy road, almost a straight line distance from SMU.
FInd on
3Directly opposite from SMUYMCA @ One Orchard; single room from US$102.00; quite ideal for accessing SMU, but located near a busy road intersection.
We are looking forward to this important event and we thank you for your consistent support for the caucus.

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UPDATE September 8, 2014.
Dear Readers:
We (the Conference Team) know that you are very anxious to have your acceptance letters for the GSCIS conference Singapore in order to be able to make your plans in a timely fashion. As you can see from the ISA website, the deadline for our drawing up the program has passed by a weekend (the deadline was September 5). In part, the delay is due to the wonderful response we received to our call for proposals (thank you all!) and in second part, to the fact that we extended the deadline for receipt of proposals by a week. 
Just to update you then: We have been working very hard and are almost ready to upload the preliminary program; at this time we are allocating slots to accepted panels. We expect that the process will be completed by Wednesday 10th, at which time ISA HQ will send out acceptances, with a link to the panels and other information (registration, travel and grants etc.).
We thank you very much for your patience and look forward to seeing you in Singapore.
The Conference Team
 UPDATE: October 31
 IMPORTANT: Letters of acceptance were mailed to all participants at the time the preliminary program was posted. These letters should be sufficient for you to receive permission from your universities to attend/receive funding from them. On the other hand, if you need a letter for visa purposes (as Singapore requires for participants from some countries), please write to ISA (not the GSCIS) directly - you can write to Elizabeth Fausett at If you need any other kind of letter, please write to Elizabeth as well, explaining what you want. 
UPDATE  September 11, 2014

Letters of acceptance have gone out. If you have not yet received yours, please be patient. HQ will send yours out soon!

Conference Program

Provisional Program: ISA-GSCIS Conference, Singapore 8-10 January 2015

Co-sponsor: Singapore Management University (SMU)

Thursday January 8
9.00a Registration at SMU; suggested tours of Singapore.

5:00p -7:00p: Welcome, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (NAKA) 
Speakers: Professor Arnoud De Meyer, President, SMU
Professor James Tang, SMU
Professor Amitav Archarya, President of ISA
Professor Jacqueline Braveboy-Wagner, Chair of the Global South Caucus. 
Featured speaker Professor Tommy Koh: " Will There be Peace in Asia?" 

Prof. Tommy Koh is Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Centre for International Law and Rector of Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore. He is the Co-Chairman of the China-Singapore Forum, the India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue and the Japan-Singapore Symposium.

Friday January 9:

(This is a morning of special presentations for which we would like to maximize participation) 
(All panels will be held offsite at The Village Hotel Bugis, rooms Sapphire and Quartz. )

GSCIS-Topical Focus Roundtable: Decolonizing the Teaching of International Relations. 
 GSCIS Book Launch and Roundtable: Diplomatic Strategies of Leading Nations in the Global South
GSCIS Topical Focus Panel: Reconceptualizing Regionalism in the Global South (Amitav Archaya, Chair) 
GSCIS Topical Focus Roundtable: South-South Networking: Sharing the Experiences of Female Professors from the Global South. ALL CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS ARE INVITED (not gender restricted). Please register to attend by December 15th by sending an email to:

12:00p-1:00p: Lunch break; Graduate Students Informal Get Together. ALL CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS ARE INVITED. Please register to attend by December 15th by sending an Sapphire Room, Hotel Bugis.

3.15p-5p: Panels and Roundtables (All sessions held at SMU: For rooms, see online program)
5.15-7p: Panels and Roundtables
Evening - Reception TBA; enjoy Singapore.

Saturday, January 10. (All sessions held at SMU: For rooms, see online program)

8.15a-10.00a: Panels and Roundtables
10.15a-12.00p: Panels and Roundtables
12.00p-1.00p: Lunch
1.00p-2.45p: Panels and Roundtables
3.00p-4.45p: Panels and Roundtables
5.00p-6.00p:  GSCIS Award presentation. Closing.

The provisional program with the panels and roundtables for the Singapore conference is now available on the ISA website. As you know, we have had a wonderful response to our call for proposals and we thank you for your patience as we worked through the change from Bangkok to Singapore. The program reflects a wide variety of your interests – from foreign policy and diplomacy to security and approaches to peace to economic and human development, alternative IR theorizing, alternative pedagogies and much more. Apart from the stimulating discussions and debates which we expect, we are looking forward to the networking opportunities this conference will present, given the fact that we are pleased to have participants from Russia and Eurasia as well as Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, various parts of Europe and North America. We would like to particularly welcome graduate students from around the world. We are facilitating an informal networking “buy your own” lunch for you. Professors as well may attend the lunch to network with students.

At this time, we would like to remind you to please register for the conference.The deadline is October 1st . (see updates)
All persons who are participating on the program must pre-register. Registration is via the ISA website. (Here's a tip: If you begin the registration process but do not complete the payment, we will hold your registration for a while! Write to us if you need a small extension!) For those of you who are awaiting travel grant information, we are afraid that we cannot award these grants until after the pre-registration period. This is the normal policy for ISA. However, we will let you know ASAP after that. Although we hope that very few of you will wish to withdraw from such an exciting conference, please contact us immediately if you need to withdraw.
We will soon be opening up a Chat Room for you to exchange information about the conference. Please refer to the blogsite for details. We have also posted some information there about Singapore itself and will continue to update that with pertinent information on tours, alternative hotels and so on. We also have some information there about out c-sponsor, the Singapore Management University.
We look forward to seeing you in Singapore.

 Program is posted on the ISA website ( You can always access the link to the ISA site through this GSCIS “all you need to know” blog at

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Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association
Second Conference
Singapore, 8-10 January 2015
Co-sponsored by Singapore Management University
UPDATE: November 12.

Our policy regarding non-presenters is the following:
Faculty can register to attend the conference at a rate of 50 Singapore dollars and students from Singapore (with a valid student ID) can register to attend the conference for 35 Singapore dollars.
UPDATE, October 8th.

Pre-registration for the ISA-GSCIS Singapore conference has technically closed. However, a number of persons have requested a grace period because of various issues (late additions/substitutions on the program, specific time slot requests, time zone delays etc.). In order to be sure that we are accommodating everyone, we have asked ISA to leave preregistration open for a final week, until Monday 13 at 5 p.m. (Arizona time; 8 p.m. New York time). After that time, participants will be DEFINITELY removed from the program regardless of special issues, but of course, they can still late register and attend the conference. Travel grant applicants will be notified by that time as to whether they are likely to receive a grant or not, although the specific amounts may not be finalized until later.
Please complete your registration at

As always we ask that you keep up with conference events through (this blog) as well as the Isanet site. Note that we have opened a Google Chat room (see Chat link when you return to Top)) where you can discuss any special issues you are having and communicate with others about conference matters.
We look forward to seeing you in Singapore,
Conference Team

UPDATE October 1:
We've had an overwhelming response to the release of the Singapore program and in the effort to be able to accommodate everyone, we will extend pre-registration through the weekend. Participants can still confirm their acceptance on the program by completing their conference registration before 5pm, Oct 5th. 
Pre-registration for the conference has opened: All participants need to pre-register by the deadline, October 1, 2014. Limited onsite registration will be available for local participants and non-presenters only. Additional information on this option will be available as we draw nearer to the conference. The normal ISA policy regarding cancellations/withdrawals apply to this conference. While we recognize that some individuals will experience unexpected circumstances necessitating their withdrawal, we ask that you remain sensitive to the effect of withdrawals on other panelists. GSCIS policy (as opposed to ISA’s) also applies in this regard: that is, that the caucus will issue a post-conference program which will be available online and will include only those who actually participated.
Here's a tip: If you begin the registration process but do not complete the payment, we will hold your registration for a while! Write to us if you need a small extension!) 

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The travel grant application process will open soon. Guidelines will be issued on the website. Travel grants are only for persons with pressing needs and no institutional support. Such grants carry an obligation to be present and active at the conference. Please make note of the separate funding available for those attending the WISC workshop (
As we move forward, we will also provide you with information concerning the plenary session, tours (Friday morning when no panels are being held), the luncheon (a small fee will be required for attendance) and other matters.

We are grateful for the overwhelming interest displayed in the conference by scholars from around the world. Please be assured that the team is working hard to ensure that you have a productive as well as a culturally interesting time in Singapore.
Jacqueline Anne Braveboy-Wagner
On behalf of the Conference Team

UPDATE: October 31
We have now only a very short list of secondary applicants for grants and will advise persons on that list of their status soon. Meanwhile please note that you can find out how grants are handled by clicking the following:


UPDATE: October 16.

We have been sending out travel grant offers to registered participants. If you have not yet received an offer, it may be because we are updating the list of registrants. We will send out all offers by month end.

UPDATE October 15th
Our processing of the more than 46 applications for travel grants has been somewhat delayed by the need to match granteees against the list of registrants (non-registrants cannot receive grants). In addition, our treasurer, Prof. Adem, has had to travel to Mombasa for the funeral of Prof. Ali Mazrui. We are trying our best to accommodate as many applicants as possible, especially graduate students, persons coming to Singapore from relatively far away, and persons who have not received other assistance from their universities. This attempt to accommodate as many as possible will necessarily reduce the size of any single grant. We do not expect to be able to give anyone more than $600.  Please bear with us as we sort out the registration list. We will send notices to the final grantees by Friday. 

Conference Team
UPDATE September 21: 
Travel Grants
On the ISA website the original deadline for sending in your application for a travel grant is listed as September 15. Again, because we extended the original deadline for proposal submissions by a week and as a result sent out acceptances a week late, we are extending the travel application deadline to September 24th. Please be aware that we cannot at this point tell anyone how much your grant may be, assuming it is approved. As you can imagine, that will depend on funds available.

Thank you for your patience.

A note about travel funds:
Some of you have been asking about receiving travel assistance.We expect to be able to offer some subsidies but will not know how many or how much until after you have submitted your proposals. Meanwhile you should write to the treasurer Seifudein Adem ( indicating why you will need travel assistance and how much you will be able to receive from your own resources or from your academy. 
Travel grants are only for persons with pressing needs and no institutional support. Such grants carry an obligation to be present and active at the conference. Please make note of the separate funding available for those attending the WISC workshop (

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Singapore: Host Country. What to Do, What to See (Courtesy: Alan Chong)

Singapore is an island state with limited resources and physical territory. Yet it has made great developmental strides within the span of one generation. It has done so in part due to its efficiency in managing and promoting hub functions in a highly connected global economy. Moreover, the island state’s diplomacy has abetted its economic role by serving as an intermediary across a wide swath of Asia. Additionally, Singapore is permanently scouring the world for high value industries where it can pragmatically carve a niche through skill-intensive inputs producing a disproportionate market impact. 
Singapore is also a test bed for the social and political impact of a world with permeable borders and large scale human mobilities. Labour equity issues, the peaceful coexistence of citizens and expatriates of various nationalities, and the challenge of providing balanced welfare for transient and permanent populations are issues pertinent to the continued sustainability of the governance of Singapore. Interestingly, Singapore’s foreign and security policies also challenge conventional ideas of national success being correlated to the size of one’s physical national territory. The idea of governing an island state that draws benign power from complex multilateral arrangements with great powers, the US, the EU, Asian states and the Global South partners from Africa and Latin America, ensconces the island state in a network of relative security that potentially offers lessons in peacebuilding efforts in the rest of the world. Finally, in spite of its limited physical territory, Singapore is constantly reinventing itself as a tourist destination that showcases art and culture from Asia and the Middle East, while also pandering to the gastronomic muses of a global orientation, as well as sports fans of the Formula One races, rugby, water sports and city marathons.      

Attractions in Singapore are in no short supply. This ever-expanding city is bursting full of fun things to do and see across its many diverse districts and vibrant neighborhoods. From postcard favorites such as the Merlion statue, Singapore’s iconic symbol, to more out-of-the-way spots like forgotten temples and hidden parks, there is never a dull moment on this little island. For those interested in cultural highlights, there are pop music concerts at the Marina Bay Sands complex and Resorts World Sentosa, classical and traditional Asian music spectaculars at the world renowned Esplanade concert halls and the Asian Civilizations Museum at Empress Place. For an insight into Singaporean artifacts, head across the street from SMU to the National Museum where Singapore’s bygone days are captured in exhibits on food, film history, popular culture, toys and ‘ancient Southeast Asia’. The more adventurous among you might join the Night Safari and the River Safari – both award winning attractions by themselves – at the Singapore Zoo in the northern part of the island.

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About visas for travel to Singapore:

Visas are required for some visitors to Singapore.As with any ISA conference, you are responsible for obtaining a visa, if you need one to attend the conference. We note that in some instances, a letter may be required from our partner SMU. Please let us know if you fall into that category.
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About Singapore Management University:
We are grateful to our co-sponsors, Singapore Management University, for filling in the gap after we moved from Bangkok. 
 A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. It is known for its interactive and technologically enabled pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes.
Home to over 8,300 undergraduate and postgraduate students, SMU comprises six schools: School of Accountancy, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Economics, School of Information Systems, School of Law and School of Social Sciences, offering a wide range of bachelors', masters' and PhD degree programmes in various disciplines.
With an emphasis on generating rigorous, high-impact, multi-disciplinary research that addresses Asian issues of global relevance, SMU faculty members collaborate with leading international researchers and universities from USA, Europe, China and India as well as with partners in the business community and public sector through its research institutes and centres. SMU’s city campus is a state-of-the art facility located in the heart of downtown Singapore, fostering strategic linkages with the business and wider community.

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Students at first GSCIS, France


Graduate students attending the Singapore conference are invited to network at an informal lunch on Friday 8 January 2015. Details will be publicized later as soon as our Chat Room is up and running.
1)Institutional Workshop “World Regional Studies: A New Framework for Explaining De-Westernizing Global Development or a Non-Western IR Theory?”
2) Dear colleagues!
We cordially invite you to take part in the workshop “World Regional Studies: A New Framework for Explaining De-Westernizing Global Development or a Non-Western IR Theory?” at the GSCIS Singapore Conference in January 2015 (for the exact time and place see the conference programme).
The workshop will focus on the following issues (with special emphasis on the emerging world regions of East and Southeast Asia): What principles do determine the functioning of non-Western/ Global South societies in particularly and the regions of Global South in general? What is the role of emerging world regions, practically and intellectually, in the reassessment of the meaning of development? What theories and theoretical frameworks do better grasp the ongoing global/regional changes? Shall Western IR be taken as a suitable tool to do that or researchers need to develop regional-based theories or even non-Western IR theories? How do Global South societies react to the transformations of the global order? How do they adopt/reject the political model of extra-liberal democracy? Is a Non-Western democracy possible? Can this concept fit within existing West-centred approaches? What should be the appropriate methodological approaches to address the issues raised above?
In order to organize our discussion in the most effective way we kindly ask those interested to join send a brief email to Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova ( indicating your name, institution, areas of expertise and the issues of particular interest among those posed above.


The GSCIS has organized a special roundtable at the Singapore conference, entitled “South-South Networking: Sharing the Experiences of Female Professors from the Global South.” The roundtable will be held on Friday 8 January 2015 between 10.15 am and 12 pm. ALL ARE INVITED  to share experiences and help initiate a global south network of academic friends helping friends.

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