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Winners of SAGE sponsored international blogging awards announced

OAIS Awards launched at ISA Annual Conference


Los Angeles, CA (April 05, 2013) - The first International Studies blog awards, supported by one of the leading independent and academic publishers, SAGE, was launched last night in San Francisco. Launched and hosted by Dan Nexon, editor of the eminently influential Duck of Minerva blog, the OAIS awards seek to recognize the impact that the international blogging community has on scholarly communication. The Awards were presented at a reception at the International Studies Association (ISA) annual convention.

Acknowledging English-language International Studies blogs and bloggers whose output has significant scholarly content, the awards were presented for best group blog, the best individual blog, the best post, the most promising new blog and the special achievement OAIS prize, awarded to the blogger who has made the most outstanding contribution to International Studies blogging. The winners of this year's awards are:

  • Best Group Blog - The Disorder of Things
  • Best Individual Blog - Daniel Drezner
  • Most Promising New Blog - Political Violence @ A Glance
  • Best Blog Post - John M. Hobson, "Eurocentrism, Racism: What's in a Word?" (The Disorder of Things)
  • Special Achievement Award - Marc Lynch

Dan Nexon, co-founder of the Duck of Minerva blog and conveyor of the awards said: "There's a lot of terrific content out there, including high-quality scholarly discussions that deserve to be part of the broader conversation in the field. The network of international studies blogs brings together scholars who would otherwise be divided by methodology, geography, and area of interest. It links them into a community of discourse that includes not only academics, but also students, practitioners, and autodidacts. We hope that these awards increase the field's awareness of international-studies blogging. But, most important, we want to recognize the achievements of truly outstanding bloggers writing about international studies from a scholarly perspective."

"Supporting and enabling debates around public policy and the social sciences is a core part of our remit at SAGE' said Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director, SAGE. 'Blogs can popularise and accelerate debates that originate in scholarly journals, and are rapidly staking their place as valuable centres of academic output in their own right. These Awards celebrate the work of those in IR who have sought - at times humorously, angrily, ironically or using zombies, but always accessibly - to augment traditional means of academic communication, theory development and policy influence. We send our congratulations to all the winners and look forward to reading their future content".

Further details on the awards and interview with the winners can be found here.


Duck of Minerva Blog was founded by Dan Nexon in May of 2005. He soon invited Patrick Thaddeus Jackson (PTJ) and Rodger Payne to join. Ever since then, the blog has, in a Borg-like fashion, assimilated an ever-growing roster of academics in an attempt to increase "intellectual diversity". The blog focuses on world politics from an academic perspective

SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC.

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