In order to take a break from ‘business as usual’, AAGS invites scholars working within international relations and global studies, in addition to interested scholars from outside these fields, to submit abstracts addressing contemporary issues or theory through the use of non-orthodox concepts. This year we are proud to hold our annual conference at Chiang Mai University in Northern Thailand.
Established in 2006, the AAGS conference is a forum for the open exchange of ideas and spirited debate. The purpose of the selection process is not to maximize income by admitting as many presenters as possible, but to ensure a high quality, small-scale gathering of sincere discussants.
With this in mind, applicants are asked not simply to repackage their usual line of research in order to make it through the submission process, but to take an exploratory stroll outside (or at least pushing) the bounds of their formal field of expertise.
The following table gives, for the purpose of illustration, examples of how novel concepts might be used to address established theory or contemporary issues. AAGS also welcomes a reconsideration of ‘oldies but goodies’, from Sun Tzu to Thucydides to Hobbes to Machiavelli.
➢ ‘The medium is the message’ (media studies) ➢ Political discourse and the new media
➢ Great man theory (history) ➢ The power of personality in American presidential politics
➢ Black Swans/antifragile/asymmetry (economics) ➢ The Tragedy of Great Power Politics revisited: Superpowers and fragility
Chiang Mai University Thailand