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IDPP's Significant Participation at 2015 ISA Annual Convention

International Studies Association logoLed by Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, the IDPP will have a delegation of experts and researchers presenting and participating in the International Studies Association (ISA) 2015 Annual Convention held from 18-21 February in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The team, composed of IDPP faculty, staff, researchers, and institutional partners, will engage in a number of activities throughout the conference, most notably, the Presidential Theme Panel, “The Global ‘Grand Challenge’ of Disability and Development: Comparative Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in ASEAN” on Friday, 20 February from 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM US Central Time.

The highlight of the IDPP’s multifaceted participation, this Presidential Theme Panel will be chaired by Dr. Cogburn and feature two expert discussants from the fields of disability rights and human rights: Dr. Robert Dinerstein, professor of law, associate dean for experiential education, and director of the Disability Rights Law Clinic at AU's Washington College of Law; and Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter, associate professor at Christopher Newport University and Director of the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. In-person and virtual presenters will include: Dr. Cogburn; Dr. Ruzita Mohd Amin of International Islamic University-Malaysia; Dr. Wong Ee Meng of Nanyang Technological University-Singapore; Ms. Paula Appelhans of Association of Women for Action & Research-SingaporeMs. May Low, active volunteer of the Singapore Association of the Deaf; Mr. John Paul “Pong” Cruz, IDPP alumnus and Fulbright fellow; IDPP Regional Research Coordinator Mr. Khy Huy; and Ms. Giang Phang, IDPP research assistant. The delegation will build on its successful panel at the International Studies Association (ISA) Global South Caucus in Singapore during last month’s mission across ASEAN.

In addition to the panel, Dr. Cogburn will participate in a number of other events during the conference. He and fellow IDPP and AU SIS faculty member Dr. Nanette Levinson will both participate in the “Technology and Cross-Regional Collaborations: Projects, Problems, and Prospects” roundtable on Wednesday, 18 February from 8:15 AM - 10:00 AM CT; and the “Why Govern? Rethinking Demand, Purpose and Progress in Global Governance” Presidential Theme Panel from 1:45 AM - 3:30 PM CT on Wednesday, 18 February. Dr. Cogburn will also serve as discussant of the Junior Scholar Symposia “IR in the Digital Age” from 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM CT on Wednesday, 18 February. He will then chair the “The Global and Regional Politics of Internet Governance in a Post-Snowden World” Presidential Theme Panel on Thursday, 19 February from 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM CT. Dr. Cogburn will also participate in the International Communication Section (ICOMM) Distinguished Scholar Panel, Business Meeting, Poster Sessions, and Reception that same evening. Lastly, he will lead a career course entitled, "Introduction to Big Data Analytics and Text Mining in International Affairs Research" on Saturday, 21 February from 1:45 PM - 5:45 PM CT.

The conference also serves as a valuable opportunity to further promote the Palgrave Macmillan book series edited by Dr. Cogburn entitled “Information Technology and Global Governance”, as well as conduct meetings with a number of research colleagues. Dr. Cogburn has been an active participant in ISA for approximately two decades, and chaired the International Communication (ICOMM) Section a few years ago. Dr. Nanette Levinson also previously chaired the ICOMM section, and IDPP faculty member Dr. Amitav Acharya is current President of ISA.

ISA has over 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association dedicated to international studies. ISA cooperates with 57 international studies organizations in over 30 countries, is a member of the International Social Science Council, and enjoys nongovernmental consultative status with the United Nations.

Read the 2015 ISA Annual Convention's full program to learn more about the IDPP's participation.

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