[Msa-discuss] The MSA International Report post-conference Report

sarker at macalester.edu sarker at macalester.edu
Sat Nov 10 13:48:23 EST 2007


Hello MSA colleagues,

Thanks to you, I had a very enjoyable and illuminating MSA!  The attendance and participation at the International Relations Open Forum and all its connected events was superb.  While many wouldn?t call the International Relations Business Meeting an ?event,? the small number of dedicated people that participated made it remarkable.  For those who expressed interest in deciding the course of IR at MSA, please do not leave it only to the few (thank you for the trust, though).  With this report, I ask for your continued input. 

FOR ACTION AS IMMEDIATELY AS NEXT YEAR 

TOPICS
The new ones are at the head of the list but any of them can be combined!  For some of them, there are colleagues who have already expressed interest in organizing.  Please ask me for further details, or volunteers wishing to organize can just write back to this list.

Pacific Rim Modernisms
Latin American Modernisms
          (There are reasons for the above and I?d be happy to explain.  I?m aware of the          
          Area Studies-connotation and the difference of the two from the list below)
International Socialism
Global Violence
Asymmetries of ethnicities and nation-states
Asymmetries of cultures and nation-states
Comparative genders and sexualities
Itinerants, housekeepers, servants, waiters, and other workers, fieldhands and other laborers 
North-South-East-West
Anarchism
Multilingualism

STRATEGIES
Again, for some of the ones below, there are colleagues who have already expressed interest in organizing.  Please ask me for further details, or volunteers wishing to organize can just write back to this list.

--Generate names of colleagues, institutes, and centers, here and elsewhere, to advertise MSA in Nashville next year, and get help from a staff person working on collating the info
--Designate sections of webpages of related organizations featuring MSA events and do the same for them
--Discuss funding concessions?discounts on various fees?or competitive grants 
--Write a briefer text on the variety of formats (panels, roundtables, seminars) to send around, and also solicit more individual papers from which panels can be formed
--Add more text in the program to seminar or panel titles, describing the themes/issues (atleast to the IR ones)
--Organize a series of panels with a continuing theme
--Correlate more with the Interdisciplinary and Feminist sections of the MSA

I will say a few things on the topic of multilingualism.  Firstly, that it may be a subject not only for our own knowledges but a concern that many modernist writers grappled with as well.  Other notes: it could seem rather daunting to have conferences in more than one language simultaneously?we?d need to surpass this at some point (!)  We could anticipate that papers will tend to draw an audience in that particular language and generate further compartmentalization.  However, working in five languages makes me aware that there are particular epistemologies and vocabularies that arise from national or other institutional cultures of reading.  These ?attitudes? of reading can often get lost in translation or almost impossible to capture in another language.  I invite comments on this matter.

Write to me soon and see you next year!  I?m in New York this academic year so anybody in the area should come over and share a meal and their ideas.

Sonita Sarker
Chair, International Relations, MSA
Sarker at macalester.edu
Sonita.sarker at nyu.edu 


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