Calls for Expressions of Interests to Host BISA 2020

The Executive of the British International Studies Association is seeking statements of interest for serving as the Host for the annual BISA conference in June of 2020. The BISA conference draws an international group of researchers and practitioners who are dedicated to the free exchange of scholarly opinions and evidence based research for the purposes of advancing the field of international  studies.
We seek expressions of interest from groups, departments, schools, and/or organisations to serve as Host for the BISA 2020 conference. The Conference Host is a group or organisation who serves as a liaison to BISA, assisting in the identification of conference spaces, hotels, catering and reception options, sponsorships, and ways to engage with the local community in order to raise the visibility of BISA and the field of international studies.
BISA will manage the conference programme. Dedicated BISA staff will also lead much of the conference planning, including negotiating contracts with hotels, meeting venues, catering, and handling the administrative details of the conference, including registration, reception(s), A/V and wifi, and book vendor displays. The role of the Conference Host is to advise on this process and provide crucial local knowledge and connections.
Individuals, organisations, or consortia who may be interested in serving as Conference Host should contact BISA President Professor Richard Whitman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with a letter outlining an expression of interest. The letter should include the following information:
-a list of the members of your hosting group;
-your connections to BISA and the field of international studies;
-a description of any prior experiences you have had with hosting conferences and the role(s) members of the hosting group have played;
-initial thoughts on venue options that could accommodate up to 700 delegates and 175 panels over 3-4 days and why these would be good spaces for holding the conference. [Please note BISA is open to a variety of venue spaces, including universities, conference centres, and hotels];
-initial thoughts for a programme of events around the conference that will engage with the local community to raise the visibility of BISA and advance the understanding of international studies;
-an assessment of the potential for additional institutional support (if available)
The deadline to submit expressions of interest is 30 August, 2018 by 5pm UK time to Professor Richard Whitman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
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