Earlier this year we announced, along with the Duck of Minerva blog, the second annual OAIS Awards, or “Duckies” as they have more affectionately become known. Launched by Dan Nexon, editor of the eminently influential Duck of Minerva blog, this year’s awards are being spearheaded by Jon Western and will once again be announced at the ISA Conference in March.
The awards seek to recognize the impact that the blogging community has on scholarly communication. As a field that has markedly, and continues to change, blogs have been placed as key resources in which to debate and facilitate academic discussion. The caliber of this year’s shortlist only goes to highlight further the quality of blogs as an academic forum and the high level of academic discussion that is taking place across these platforms.
With participants entering in their numbers, we are delighted to now be able to share with you the shortlist for this year’s awards (listed in alphabetical order):
Best Group Blog Finalists:
Best Individual Blog Finalists:
Most Promising Blog Finalists:
Best Blog Post Finalists:
- The 4 Things We Know About How Civil Wars End (And What This Tells Us About Syria)” by Barbara Walter at Political Violence at a Glance
- “‘Credibility’ is not everything, but it’s not nothing either,” by James Fearon at the Monkey Cage
- “Going Feral! or “So long, and thanks for all the fish.” by Philip Schrodt at asecondmouse
- “Researching While Black: Why Conflict Research Needs More African Americans (Maybe),” by Christian Davenport at Political Violence at a Glance
- “Some Thoughts on the Causes of Mass Protest,” by Jay Ulfelder at Dart-Throwing Chimp
The winners will be announced at the bloggers reception, sponsored by SAGE, at the 2014 International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference taking place in Toronto between 26th March and 29th March.
The OAIS Blogging Awards and Reception is taking place at Sheraton C ballroom, at the Sheraton Centre hotel, Thursday March 27, 7:15 to 8:30 EST.
Supporting and enabling debates around social policy and the social sciences is a core part of our remit at SAGE. As the way in which we communicate and facilitate discussion adapts in this digital era, we are proud to be a part of helping to facilitate these digital debates.
Read more about the awards and the conference here. We hope to see many of you there and we can’t wait to announce the winners in a few months time!