The 2008 Boyd Conference is now scheduled for December 6 & 7 At the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown. Festivities will start with happy hour on the evening of December 5th.
The reason for the slip was not to ensure that attendees get a real taste of late fall Canadian weather — because the idea is that you’ll be so busy you won’t notice the weather — but had to to with multiple scheduling conflicts. As we have learned over the years, a successful Boyd Conference requires two things: an institution enthusiastic about hosting it and an individual who will do all the leg work. Last year, we had the Marine Corps Association and Bob Howard, respectively, and many thanks again to them both!! By adjusting our schedule, UPEI and Rob Paterson will fill the bill this year.
To get everyone motivated, here’s the Final Report from the 2007 Conference.
The concept is as described in my previous post. In particular, we want to use Boyd’s framework to explore armed conflict in the post-Iraq period and to discuss how communities and organizations can exploit the concept of resilience to deal with evolved non-state threats. I have posted some thoughts on this subject on my blog (please feel free to comment) and you may also want to check out John Robb’s site, Global Guerrillas.
Because the cost for travel to PEI is higher than to many places in the US, we are trying to hold fees down. The cost for attending the conference will be $250 US, which includes meals during the days of the conference and dinner on the night of the 6th. Such a deal.
Information on travel to PEI will soon be available on Rob Paterson’s blog.
Information on how to register, along with a Call for Papers, will be available shortly. See you all in Charlottetown!