Dear Visitor

Welcome to the First Global South International Studies Conference

Sharing Insights and Ideas:
Theorizing, Teaching, Research, and Publishing on the Global South

Co-sponsored by the International Studies Association’s Global South Caucus and the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) – Campus Moyen-Orient Méditerranée à Menton, the Conference will be held on campus premises in Menton (France) from November 29 to December 1, 2012.

This conference comes at a time when mainstream scholarship on the Global South would greatly benefit both from paying closer attention to and learning from the local dynamics of the regions and societies it studies. Likewise, scholarship in the Global South should have a more prominent role in defining how research agendas pertaining to it in mainstream academe are set, while it stands to gain from constructively re-evaluating its progress thus far in light of global scholarship. We hope that the dialogue begun at this conference will serve as an ideational bridge-builder.

The themes of this conference are long overdue for systematic analytical and critical approaches. We shall address them with our presenters coming from all over the world, and especially from the Global South. Our gathering includes young and established scholars with a wide range of ideas, methodologies, and intellectual traditions. This path-breaking intellectual exercise intends to realize an important goal of the Global South Caucus: to give space to new ideas and stimulate discussion on scholarship concerning the Global South.

The Conference will be streaming live, and is open to outside participation. A dedicated team of Sciences Po – Menton students will receive questions and transmit them to presenters. All the necessary information needed for you to participate (in person or virtually) could be easily accessed on this website.

In streaming the conference live, we aim to minimize obstacles to the free exchange of ideas, give a virtual interactive forum to the largest possible number of scholars, and help our attending audience reach out to them. Technology will allow us to communicate with scholars particularly in the Global South who are unable to attend.

The Conference is innovative in many other ways. There are no simultaneous panels: all panels will be held in succession in a large and technology-equipped amphitheatre. This will maximize benefits in that, in addition to external participation via the web, presenters will receive feedback from everyone else present. This structure realizes our goal for the Conference to have a setting conducive to Sharing Insights and Ideas. Moreover, panels will not have discussants (in the conventional sense), which allows more time for Q&A.

We strongly believe that our conference will provide a novel model for connecting scholars, and for ideational creativity. Join us and encourage other colleagues and your students to do the same.

On behalf of the Organizing Team,

Imad Mansour
Conference Chair