International Order at Risk: Old Dominion University's 17th Annual Graduate Research Conference

deadline for submissions: 
March 8, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) Graduate Society in International Studies
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17th Annual Graduate Research Conference

"International Order at Risk"

Friday, March 22, 2019

Call for Papers:

The Graduate Society for International Studies (GSIS), in collaboration with the Graduate Program in International Studies (GPIS), is pleased to announce the 17th Annual Graduate Research Conference held at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

The cornerstone of graduate education is intellectual and professional development and growth. GPIS strives to provide exciting and rewarding opportunities in and beyond the classroom setting. The Graduate Research Conference ties together a myriad of graduate experiences, allowing emerging scholars to present research papers in a professional setting while receiving constructive criticism from faculty and peers. This multidisciplinary conference is intended to be a forum for discussion and platform to exchange ideas among students interested in examining complex puzzles in our society. There will also be a round table discussion in the afternoon about perceived and actual threats to the international order.

The theme of the 16th annual conference is "International Order at Risk" and is designed to explore recent political phenomena in hope of shedding light on issues such as:

The impact of a return to “Great Power Competition” (as articulated in the 2018 U.S. National Defense Strategy), international trade wars, changing global energy dynamics, civil wars in the Middle East, the immigration crisis, African political developments, nuclear proliferation, the rise of nationalism, and much more.

Approved undergraduate research is welcome. As an interdisciplinary event, we welcome abstracts from all programs including but not limited to: political science, international studies, economics, communications, humanities, history, public administration, business studies, criminology, women's studies, modeling and simulation, foreign languages, and intercultural studies.

Keynote Speaker

Ambassador (Ret.) Bismarck Myrick, Ambassador-in-Residence and Lecturer of Political Science and History at Old Dominion University. 

Ambassador Myrick completed a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. in 2002, following 22 years of service. The President twice nominated him to serve as Ambassador (Lesotho 1995; Liberia 1999).  He also headed the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Durban, South Africa  -- arriving there in 1990, the year Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years of imprisonment.  He later headed the Diplomatic Mission in Cape Town, South Africa.   His diplomatic assignments included periods when he served as Dean of the Diplomatic Corps. 


March 1st, 2019: Application and Abstraction Submission

March 8th, 2019:Attendance confirmation and final submission of paper (with rolling notification of acceptance)

March 22nd, 2019: Conference day! ODU Darden College of Education & Professional Studies, First Floor Multipurpose Conference Room

Requirements and Details:

Top papers will receive an award!

Submit a 250-300 word abstract (double-spaced and clearly titled) to William Bunn, Conference Coordinator. Presentations will be organized into small panels with 10 minutes per paper. Presenter will receive feedback directly after each presentation. While there is no upward limit for length, thorough yet concise discussion of the topic is encouraged. Work may be cited in any recognized format (APA, Chicago, etc.) as long as it adequately credits sources.

Send questions and correspondence to William Bunn,