Monthly Archives: January 2016

ISTR on Ice

As you may know, the ISTR Secretariat is based in Baltimore, which is near Washington, DC, and our region was impacted by a snowstorm of historic proportions last Friday and Saturday.  Nearly a meter of snow fell, completely paralyzing the region.  Needless to say, it might be a while before ISTR resumes normal operations.  So, we ask for your patience if we are slower than usual to respond while we dig out.

In the meantime, you might be interested to read this story that appeared in the New York Times on Jan 18 about the waterfront district of Hammarby Sjostad, on the southern edge of Stockholm, which has been transformed from landfills, factories, and office buildings into a popular eco-friendly place to live.  There are some nice references to the role of the nonprofit sector in this story.

On the Stockholm Waterfront, ‘Renewing a New City’

ISTR Hotels and Provisional Program

We’ve posted a provisional program on our website so that you can get a sense of the daily schedule and a map showing the locations of the various conference venues.  A few items are worth noting.  The bulk of the conference – all of the paper sessions – will take place at the Ersta Conference Center Ersta Skondal Campus (they are one block apart from each other).  At the end of the first day, we have been invited to host our opening reception at the fabulous Stockholm City Hall.  (Please note that only those who register by May 25 will be allowed to attend as we need to give them a complete list of attendees well in advance for security reasons).

(Stockholm City Hall)

The second day we will start things off at the Hotel Rival for the opening plenary with Theda Skocpol.  Then, after lunch that day we will all move back to the Ersta Conference Center and Ersta Skondal Campus for the paper sessions.

Fast forward a couple of days, past the paper/poster/roundtable sessions and many other exciting activities to be described later in other posts, we will close things up with the ISTR Lecture by Stanley Katz, award presentations, and gala reception at Norra Latin, the City Conference Center.

This will all mean a bit of hopping around town, but we feel very fortunate to have been able to secure these beautiful venues for our members.  It also adds a bit of variety to our conference and affords us the opportunity to see a bit more of the city.

So, given the location of these venues, where should you stay in Stockholm?  

We’ve had a number of inquires about this so here are some thoughts.  We’ve secured rooms at several hotels at a variety of price levels in Stockholm, which you can review here. All of these hotels were chosen because of their proximity to the conference – generally from 10-30 minutes walking distance – and/or their price.  The exception to this is the Langholmen, the former prison, which is father but we couldn’t resist booking because of the novelty of the idea.

We are working out the bugs in the booking systems posted on our website but with your help we’ll get it all sorted.  We have heard from some that the booking codes aren’t working for everyone, or that they are finding prices cheaper on other websites. We also don’t have booking codes listed for every hotel yet, but these are in progress and will be posted shortly.  Stay tuned.

Be sure to be in touch (comment on this blog or send us an email to if you have any insights of tips to offer to others.  Where are you staying and what would you recommend?




The results are in!

Notice of acceptance/rejection of abstracts for the conference were sent out this week.  If you submitted an abstract and did not hear from us then it might be because your email has been entered incorrectly into our database.  We’ve seen a few cases already.  So, first thing, log into the ISTR website and see if your profile is up to date.  After that, send us an email and we’ll help get notice sent to the right place.

Next step is to register for the conference.  As a reminder, you must be a member of ISTR to register for the conference.  Register before March 18 and save yourself some $$.

And if you are planning to apply for some of the limited registration subsidies we will offer, remember to do so before February 15.  Here’s the form.  We especially encourage people from these countries to apply.

Congratulations to everyone – we received a very high number of submissions and are thrilled by the incredible volume of work you are all producing.  Whether your abstract was accepted or not, we hope you will join us in Stockholm and contribute to the discussion.