The Northeastern University International Security Working Group is currently accepting abstracts for the first annual Boston International Security Graduate Conference, a one-day conference to be held on February 23, 2018 in Boston, MA. This conference seeks research broadly related to themes of contemporary and emerging threats. It will serve as a forum for graduate students to present their ongoing research and receive faculty and peer feedback. We are eager to engage with a broad definition of security issues and actors, from a variety of geographic contexts and methodological approaches. More information may be found at the conference website: neuinternationalsecurity.weebly.com
We will accept submissions for two categories of work: early-stage and late-stage. Please clearly indicate to which category you are applying.
1. Early-stage work: Presenters should have a clearly-defined research question, a mostly or fully complete literature review, and be seeking guidance on data sources, theoretical framing, or modes of analysis. Please submit an extended abstract (250-500 words, not including works cited) outlining the goals of the project, progress so far, tentative data collection and analysis plans, expected outcomes, and what you are seeking input on. This is a great opportunity for students working on their dissertation prospectus, but non- dissertation projects are also welcome. If accepted, presenters will be need to submit a 3000+ word paper with a thorough literature review and detailed research plan.
2. Late-stage work: Presenters should be seeking feedback prior to journal submission or during R&R. Please submit an extended abstract (250-500 words) outlining the argument, theoretical framing, methods, results, broader implications. A full version of the paper should be sent to the session commentator by February 9, 2018.
Abstracts should be emailed to Katharine Petrich at firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 p.m. on December 18, 2017.
The International Security Studies Working Group is a CSSH Collaborative Research Cluster which aims to foster discussion among scholars at Boston-area institutions exploring interdisciplinary research relating to traditional state-centric security studies, as well as related topics in international cooperation and human security. The primary objective of this graduate student-led network is the facilitation of training, mentorship, and research by connecting doctoral students across institutions with one another as well as with more experienced scholars. In doing so, the group offers support for presentation, peer review, and publication of research as well as methodological and pedagogical training. Through fostering collaboration among students and faculty, this initiative seeks to explore, expand, and innovate on emerging topics in the field of security studies.