2021 International Symposium of Military Academies (ISOMA): Call for Abstracts

Saturday, August 1, 2020

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On behalf of Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the United States, I would like to cordially invite you to submit an academic paper and attend the seventh International Symposium of Military Academies, ISOMA (former ISoDoMA). Your academic President/Commandant will also receive a formal invitation from Norwich University President Mark Anarumo. The Symposium will be held at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont from Oct 4-8, 2021. Please see the following website for additional information:  https://www.norwich.edu/isoma.

ISOMA is a Korean Military Academy initiative that held this biannual symposium in 2007 and 2013. The Canadian Royal Military College Saint-Jean hosted the symposium in 2017 and Military Academy Karlberg in Stockholm, Sweden hosted the event in 2019. This international symposium gives participants an opportunity to discuss a wide range of questions and challenges regarding officer cadets' education and training. The event is open for officers, professors and researchers from any interested academy. The main objectives for ISOMA are to share knowledge and to provide an excellent opportunity to discuss cooperation and exchange programs between Military Academies.

Norwich University is honored to host the first International Symposium of Military Academies (ISOMA) in the United States. Norwich founder Captain Alden Partridge advanced the initial concept of citizen soldiery educated in a collegiate setting.

As the birthplace of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Norwich University was founded in 1819. Captain Partridge taught the necessary officership and military tactics appropriate in the day for defending the fledgling Republic in times of crisis. Norwich University has also made great efforts to train future foreign military leaders, including Chinese cadets in the first half of the 20th century. Your presence at this academic symposium honors Captain Partridge and Norwich University's legacy of preparing military leaders in service to our nation and the global community for over two centuries.

We invite all military academies to submit a 400-500-word abstract on this year's theme, sub themes, and focus areas. Accepted abstracts will be followed by an invitation to submit a paper for blind peer review to be published in the Journal of Peace and War Studies (JPWS). We welcome submissions from varied perspectives and unique insights from a broad range of authors for this special edition. The selected papers will form the JPWS special issue which will be published and disseminated at the 2021 International Symposium of Military Academies (ISOMA) conference. https://www.norwich.edu/paper-submission

ISOMA 2021 THEME: Preparing Military Leaders to Effectively Resolve 21st Century Security Challenges

Three sub-themes:

Relationships for Military Leaders

• Working with Partner Nations
• Civil Military Challenges

Mastering New Domains

(Developing Military Leaders' capacity beyond traditional conceptions of Land, Sea, and Air)
• Cyber/Information
• Environmental Challenges and Security
• Space

Foundational Methods

(The cornerstones of our success)
• Leadership
• Ethics
• Educational Challenges/Methods

For further information on the abstract/paper submission details, please contact Dr. Travis Morris at: wmorris@norwich.edu.

For registration or logistical questions, please contact Thy Yang, Assistant Vice President of International Education at: tyang@norwich.edu.

This symposium is an ideal place to discuss the current and future challenges that confront future military leaders from around the world.  Let us think boldly about the future, which is far more complex today than ever imagined, with confidence that our future leaders have been well-prepared to think critically and creatively, and to act honourably and morally as they face the challenges of the unknown.


Sandra G. Affenito, Ph.D.
Provost and Dean of the Faculty

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