10 things we learned from the 2016 ISA conference in Atlanta

Missed the International Studies Association annual conference last week? Or, were you too busy with panels to take it all in? We’ve got you covered. 

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March 21, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

With thousands of academics and hundreds of panels, the annual International Studies Association conference is a goldmine for ideas, connections and collaboration in the field of global affairs. 

And while there was a wealth of insights shared at this year’s edition, held last week in Atlanta, Georgia — from the continued relevance of nuclear weapons to the economic shocks caused by the withdrawal of UN missions — it would be near impossible to summarize all topics here. (Though a general search online will reveal the breadth of subject areas.)

Instead, we’ve brought together some of the more pointed — and some comical — comments on the conference and field itself. 

1. Even for tech and media experts, PowerPoint remains clunky.

https://twitter.com/dandrezner/status/710442707622227968

2. Is this why conferences can’t seem to go paperless?

https://twitter.com/Nathan_Andrews1/status/710574923270496256

3. If you thought political scientists were all Trump-ed out, think again.

https://twitter.com/pash84/status/709925765111009284
https://twitter.com/lightlight/status/710113373644591104
https://twitter.com/ProfREWjr/status/711319648868941824

4. Academics are just closeted performers (some not closeted at all).

https://twitter.com/YoniAbramson/status/711283276686749696
https://twitter.com/richmondbridge/status/711289518637391872

5. Too many still suffer from impostor syndrome.

https://twitter.com/ATRWibben/status/710520246600396801

6. Conference settings are a (sometimes missed) opportunity to link research to the real world.

https://twitter.com/DavidCh27992090/status/711619053559750656
https://twitter.com/eva_sita/status/711289813425647617
https://twitter.com/pilizalde/status/711634073610018816

7. They can reveal world leaders’ policy motives, but scholars can’t seem to ID their own Dread Pirate Roberts — @Worse_Reviewer.

https://twitter.com/EricVanRythoven/status/711577402074210306

8. Too. Many. All. Male. Panels.

https://twitter.com/huippumisukka/status/710605849262202880
https://twitter.com/raulpacheco/status/710670781437464576

9. ISA South really means USA South. How do we either bring an ISA to the Global South or more Global South researchers to it?

https://twitter.com/DrLeeJones/status/710867991873781761
https://twitter.com/Priaad/status/711543111953096704

10. Change is not impossible.

https://twitter.com/DrMalteBrosig/status/710114042548002816
https://twitter.com/ATRWibben/status/711465998646284288