Author profile: Dylan Kissane

Dylan Kissane

Dylan Kissane is Professor of International Politics at CEFAM in Lyon, France. He is the curator of The Ivory Tower blog on E-IR.

Inside the Journal: The CEU PSJ and Its Founding Editor

Inside the Journal: The CEU PSJ and Its Founding Editor

In the coming days, The Ivory Tower will explore the role of the editor and the ‘behind the scenes’ processes of an academic journal. This post is the first of the series.

In Defence of the Research Paper

In Defence of the Research Paper

Research papers may drive students and professors crazy at times. Yet they teach students something that is not easily replaced by alternative assignments: clear thinking.

Thintelligence

Thintelligence

In IR, knowing basic political geography is important, but so is a broad understanding of history, which is why it is important to quiz students on their knowledge regularly.

#fail

#fail

A proposal was made that would deem blogging an unprofessional activity for ISA journal editors. If the reaction online is a guide, there’s probably not much support for it.

No Book, No Class

No Book, No Class

The Spring semester is underway at CEFAM in Lyon. There’s barely been a chance to notice the seasonal surroundings, so pressed are the first weeks of the new semester.

Tweet Your Research

Tweet Your Research

As the growth in outlets where research can be published online continues, the importance of using Twitter and other effective social media channels to promote IR research will only grow, too

No Students ≠ No Work

No Students ≠ No Work

It’s finally here: the end of the Fall semester and yet another period of transition in the academic year. Professors will be closing down courses, refreshing others, getting through administrative tasks and preparing for the Spring.

Learning by Doing

Learning by Doing

Learning by doing is an incredibly rich and useful approach. It not only delivers significant benefits for students, but it can be a starting point for delivering significant learning about the real world we are modelling, too.

Back to Romania

Back to Romania

On Thursday in Bucharest, Romania an IAPSS sponsored conference is taking place. This represents an exciting opportunity to make a new series of connections with future IR professors and practitioners.

Students or Children?

Students or Children?

One of the cultural differences that is most striking about teaching in the private sector of France’s higher education industry is the way that French schools infantilise their students. A few examples really push this home.

Preparations for Bucharest

Preparations for Bucharest

An international politics conference in Bucharest is on the horizon. The prospect is exciting because it offers the chance to discuss the lessons learnt running Crisis Simulation in the POL 210 class at CEFAM over the last few semesters.

Mid-Term Breather

Mid-Term Breather

After the first half of the semester it is time for a breather here at CEFAM as the students depart for a week of vacation and professors take a moment to gather their thoughts before the sprint towards the end of the year.

New Semester, New Textbook

New Semester, New Textbook

At CEFAM, an e-mail is being circulated asking professors to nominate the textbooks they will use in the Spring semester beginning in January. However, choosing textbooks for IR courses can have numerous problems.

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