This edition of the newsletter contains information about the following:
- ASC Panels 2015
- Voting for Ph.D. Award Language Change (PLEASE VOTE!)
- Website Update
If you have anything that you would like to include in a future mailing, or if you have any questions or concerns, please email me.
I hope that 2015 is starting off well for everyone. I want to welcome any new people to the list, especially old members who are just now rediscovering us. I'm going to do my best to boost what we do with IASOC and make it a space where we can collaborate and be informed of the work produced in the organized crime community. For those of you who don't know, I'm having our website rebuilt and revamping a lot of the old features. Please let your academic and professional colleagues and graduate students know about us. The more folks there are, the more we can do in the long run. If you have any suggestions along the way, please feel free to write me at GundurRV [at] cf [dot] ac [dot] uk.
The call for papers for ASC 2015 was released recently. The conference will be in Washington D.C. this year from November 18th -21st. Our annual meeting will be held then, too, so mark your calendars. More information on that will be provided closer to the date.
The board has decided to organize an IASOC panel (one or more, depending on interest) for ASC. Two topics that have been advanced as possible themes for the panels are
- The crime-terror nexus; is it real?
- Economic Organized Crime
So if you think this is something you might be interested in, could you please send me an email (GundurRV@cf.ac.uk) with a topic by Feburary 7th? I am happy to coordinate the submissions and to approach people to be session chairs. Abstracts would be due March 7th to give me a couple of days to submit everything to ASC. If for whatever reason, there is a lack of interest or there is a problem with the panel you want to participate in, I will let you know by mid February at the very latest so that you can submit individually or with another panel.
Please vote for the Language for Ph.D. Award Eligibility
In the last newsletter I asked for folks to vote on a proposed change in the language for the Ph.D. Award eligibility. So far only a few of us have voted, so I have extended voting until February 7th. The proposed change in language requires a Ph.D. to have been successfully defended and for a the eligibility period to be extended to the three years preceding the current deadline. Anyone who is a current or former member of IASOC, given that we have not recently collected dues, is invited to vote.
Please click this link and vote today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G665RGL.
I'm happy to report that the initial designs for the new website are coming in and are looking good. We're looking to develop a really nice and functional site for IASOC, so it will take a little while before the site is ready. Until then, we'll be slowly rolling out the new designs on our social media sites.