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International Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

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Teaching Politics in an Era of Populism


We are now accepting proposals for the International Teaching and Learning Conference 2019. Taking place in Brighton, 17-19 June 2019, the conference is a collaboration between the PSA, BISA , APSA and ECPR. 

The organising committee for the conference consists of representatives from the collaborating learned societies:

Professor John Craig and Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg (Political Studies Association)
Dr Amanda Rosen and Dr Tanya Schwarz (American Political Science Association)
Professor Nick Robinson (British International Studies Association)
Professor Oddbjørn Knutsen (European Consortium for Political Research)


This conference aims to provide a forum in which political science educators from different countries and contexts can come together to explore these challenges and share their experiences and teaching practices. We welcome contributions which explore the challenges faced in national, international, or comparative contexts. We also welcome different approaches to understanding populism and the challenges that it may present to political science educators in different contexts.

The rise of populism across North America and Europe in recent decades presents a range of challenges to the teaching of political science and international relations in the universities and colleges. At one level, our curriculum must develop to cover new forms of political activity, the rise of new parties and movements, and new forms of political and government behaviour. But the challenges go beyond simply the content of what we teach. In a political culture in which expertise and established standards of evidence are devalued, political science educators can find themselves portrayed as mere peddlers of opinion and ideology. A range of questions arise, including:

  • Can or should political science education be ‘politically neutral’? Should we nurture values of democracy, equality, and citizenship and, if so, how?
  • How can we support students in developing knowledge, understanding and skills relating to the complex nature of politics, society and government? What role might different approaches to teaching such as simulations, civic engagement and other pedagogies play?
  • What are the challenges of constructing a curriculum and developing learning resources in a period of rapid and sometime dramatic political change?
  • How can we collaborate across different national and educational contexts to support critical learning in political science and international relations? What best practices are there for collaboration in both pedagogical research and cross-cultural classroom experiences?
  • Are there practices or pedagogies from other disciplines that can be adopted or adapted to address these issues?


We welcome proposals for the following categories: 

  • Papers. Individual papers reporting research findings, providing a critical account of practice, or assessing the current state of teaching and learning in the field.
  • Panels. Panel submissions should consist of four to five papers relating to a coherent theme. We particularly welcome panels that take cross-national perspectives.
  • Interactive workshops. Proposals to run sessions that provide participants with a structured opportunity to explore a challenging area of political science education in a collaborative session.
  • Short talks. We invite proposals for short 10 minute talks in the style of TED Talks, that present a concise summary of an argument or an idea related to the conference theme.
  • Roundtables. We invite proposals from individuals who would be interested in participating in a roundtable discussion on one of the conference themes.
  • Open stream. To encourage innovative approaches to developing learning, the open stream invites any proposal for an activity that is designed to facilitate critical inquiry addressing the conference theme.


All proposals for panels or workshops should give consideration to gender balance and the promotion of equality and diversity. The standard time for panels and workshops will be 90 minutes.

All submissions should be sent to

When you submit a proposal to the conference your contact information will be shared to members of the organising committee for proposal review and conference scheduling.



All conference submissions should be submitted by 5th November 2018 

Early Bird Registration Deadline Monday 14th January.

General Registration Deadline Monday 10th June.

Details of Travel Grants and Early Career/Student Rates will be made available soon. 



Conference registration will open Monday 3rd December via the PSA Website. 

Registration fees are as follows:

Early Bird Rates (Monday 5th November-Monday 14th January)

Member: £150

Non-Member: £180

Standard Rates (Tuesday 15th January-Monday 10th June)

Member: £180

Non-Member: £230

Student Rate (Monday 5th November-Monday 10th June)

£60 - this rate is available to those currently enrolled at an institution studying toward an Undergraduate & Postgraduate Degree or undertaking a PhD. 

*Note Member Rates are available to members or scholars from member institutions of the following organisations: PSA/APSA/BISA/ECPR. 

Details of Travel Grants will be available soon. 



When you register, you will be asked to accept that the data you provide at the time of registration will be shared with your respective association to confirm your membership and eligibility for member rates.



The PSA/BISA/APSA/ECPR are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all areas of its work and the profession. Panel proposals must endeavour to reflect the gender diversity of the profession and therefore all-male panel submissions will not be considered.



Please do not contact individual members of the organising committee.

All queries regarding the conference should be sent to

June 17th, 2019 9:00 AM   through   June 19th, 2019 3:00 PM
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
King's Road
Brighton, ESX BN1 2GS
United Kingdom
Registration Fees
PSA Member £ 180.00
ECPR Member £ 180.00
APSA Member £ 180.00
BISA Member £ 180.00
Non Member £ 230.00
Early Career Researcher £ 60.00
Conference Organiser £ 0.00