Towards the end of last year we told you about the new and exciting OAIS Awards being launched by Dan Nexon, editor of the eminently influential Duck of Minerva blog at this year’s ISA Conference. The awards seek to recognise the impact that the blogging community has on scholarly communication. The ways in which we debate and facilitate academic discussion in a digital era have markedly changed with the influential and growing impact of blogging and as Dan states, this “international-studies specific set of blogging awards strikes us as something worth doing”.
Open to English-language international-studies blogs and bloggers, participants entered in their numbers, and we are delighted to now be able to share with you the shortlist of the potential ‘duckies’ (as Dan has coined them):
Best Blog (Group)
Best Blog (Individual)
- Abu Aardvark’s Middle East Blog
- Chris Blattman
- Dart-Throwing Chimp, Daniel Drezner
- Phil Arena’s Blog
- Slouching Toward Columbia
- Steve Walt
Most Promising New Blog
Best Blog Post
- Phil Arena, “Measuring Military Capabilities” (Phil Arena’s Blog)
- Robert Farley, “American Airpower = Smart Power?” (The Diplomat)
- Amelia Hoover Green, Dara Kay Cohen, and Elisabeth Jean Wood, “Is Wartime Rape Declining On a Global Scale? We Don’t Know — And It Doesn’t Matter” (Political Violence @ a Glance)
- John M. Hobson, “Eurocentrism, Racism: What’s in a Word?” (The Disorder of Things)
- Xavier Marquez, “Ten Thousand Melodies Cannot Express Our Boundless Hot Love For You: The Cult of Personality in Mao’s China” (Abandoned Footnotes)
- Erik Voeten, “What Good is a UN Human Rights Treaty?” (The Monkey Cage)
The winners will be announced at the bloggers reception, sponsored by SAGE, at the 2013 International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference taking place in San Francisco between 3-6 April.
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!