9th Biennial Oceanic Conference on International Studies

Monday 29 June – Wednesday 1 July 2020
Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Held every two years, OCIS is the premier conference on international studies held in Australasia. It brings together scholars working across all fields of international studies, and is known for its relaxed yet intellectually stimulating atmosphere. Attended by leading scholars in the field internationally, it is an opportunity for junior scholars to take advantage of and to showcase their evolving ideas.

The ninth OCIS builds on previous successful conferences hosted by various universities and in 2020 it will be held back in Canberra hosted by the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University.

Oceania Book Prize for International Studies – nominations close 21 February.

See the nomination guidelines on the Prizes page. Please note: Three (3) hard copies of the nominated book need to reach Canberra, Brisbane and Singapore by the due date.

Early bird registrations – open mid February.

Notifications – mid to late February.

Notifications of acceptance of paper and panel proposals will be sent out on 17th February.
Notifications of travel bursary and scholarship recipients will be sent out in late February.

Key dates for OCIS 2020

  • Call for proposals Closed
  • Travel bursary and scholarship applications
  • Early Bird Registrations open
    Mid February 2020
  • Notification of acceptance of proposals
    17 February 2020
  • Notification of bursaries and scholarships
    Late February 2020
  • Oceania Book Prize, hard copies received by
    21 February 2020
  • Early Bird Registrations close
    15 March 2020
  • Registration deadline for speakers,
    30 March 2020
  • Best Paper Prize for PhD Students, submit full paper by
    15 June 2020

[These dates and times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) UTC/GMT +11:00 up until Sunday 5th April, when we revert back to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) UTC/GMT +10:00]


Please email: OCIS2020@anu.edu.au


Deputy Chair
Professor Evelyn Goh

Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies,
Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs,
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Evelyn Goh is the Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at the Australian National University, where she is also Research Director of the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre. Her research areas include international relations theory, East Asian security and politics, and diplomatic history. She is co-Editor of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations book series and Convenor of the Graduate Research and Development Network on Asian Security.

Professor Toni Erskine

Director, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs,
Professor of International Politics,
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Toni Erskine is Professor of International Politics and Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. She is also Editor of International Theory: A Journal of International Politics, Law, and Philosophy and Associate Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge.

Deputy Chair
Professor Ben Goldsmith

Professor of International Relations,
School of Politics and International Relations,
ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Benjamin E. Goldsmith is a Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. His research is in the areas of international conflict, international public opinion, and atrocity forecasting. He is a founding member of the executives of the Australian Society for Quantitative Political Science and the Pacific International Politics Conference, a member of the Asian Political Methodology Meeting executive and an editor of the Japanese Journal of Political Science.

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