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Breaking News: ISA Enters 21st Century With New Powerpoint Policy

January 18, 2010

Amazing but true. Social scientists presenting at the International Studies Association’s “Theory v. Policy” Conference this winter will be able to use Powerpoint projectors without shelling out for and packing their own. And not only will you be able to use a projector free of charge (unheard of as late as last year) but ISA will provide projectors and laptops in every room to actually make this easy! (In an exciting twist on this story, overhead projectors are no longer being encouraged; now you have to ask for one of those.)

Welcome to the new century, my esteemed colleagues. I look forward to your many-varied, dynamic and visually exciting presentations.

Better yet, this unprecedented move would seem to mark a decisive shift at the ISA toward more technological savvy in general. Who knows? Maybe this means they’ll manage to get wireless access throughout the conference as well.

Now if our “theories” will just follow ISA “policy” in catching up to the technological changes in the world around us…

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Charli Carpenter is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the author of 'Innocent Women and Children': Gender, Norms and the Protection of Civilians (Ashgate, 2006), Forgetting Children Born of War: Setting the Human Rights
Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond (Columbia, 2010), and ‘Lost’ Causes: Agenda-Setting in Global Issue Networks and the Shaping of Human Security (Cornell, 2014). Her main research interests include national security ethics, the protection of civilians, the laws of war, global agenda-setting, gender and political violence, humanitarian affairs, the role of information technology in human security, and the gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of human security.