The British International Studies Association marks it's 40th anniversary during 2015.
A British International Studies Association (BISA) was proposed by the British Coordinating Committee for International Studies (BCCIS) in 1973, following much debate and dicussion about creating a mutli-disciplinary forum for the study of international affairs. In Jan 1974 a meeting was held at the 14th Bailey Conference on International Studies at the University of Surrey, and at that time, a draft interim constitution was agreed for the establishment of the association. The first, and an interim executive committee was:
Professor A Buchan Chairman, RJ Jones Secretary, Susan Strange Treasurer, Professor PA Reynolds, Professor G Goodwin, Professor D Wrightman, Dr CM Mason, Dr T Taylor, Professor A James and Professor J Spence.
The Interim Committee proposed that BISA should serve the needs, and reflect the interests, of those engaged in research and teaching of international studies at advanced levels. The following members were Co-opted onto the committee at the first Executive committee meeting 23rd January 1974 Professor I MacGibbon, Professor Colin Cherry, Professor Dilks, Dr M Nicholson and P Oppenheimer.
The BISA Foundation Conference was entitled "The New Dimensions of Foreign Policy", and was held at Lincoln College, Oxford. On 2nd January 1975 where the first AGM was held and that was the moment at which BISA was formally founded.
Not only is BISA marking this at our annual conference in London along with the BISA @ 40 workshops, but the association website will contain a number of new features, that will become available during the lead into the June conference and will include:
• Email address and password login rather than membership number and password
• Access to online BISA journals – option to purchase hard copy RIS
• Subscription to different types of newsletters
• New membership categories and prices
• An international studies blog
• News items
• List your events and calls for papers on the BISA website
• The BISA knowledge bank
• International Studies event listings and calls for papers (advertise your open events)
• Online Direct Debit membership payments for those with UK bank accounts
• Twitter feed on our home page
• Working group membership