PSA 67th Annual International Conference
10 – 12 April 2017, Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Politics in Interesting Times
Whether it is the end of the world as we know it, the start of the world as we don’t know it, or plus ça change, politics is moving at a fast pace and provides a challenge for those of us who study politics. From politics post-Brexit to politics beyond Brexit, to politics beyond comprehension, we are undoubtedly in ‘interesting times’.
Post-Brexit, what explains Brexit? What are the costs and benefits and consequences of Brexit for Britain, the EU, and even the world beyond? Is Brexit the beginning of an ever looser EU and/or the end of the UK? Where is the UK, the EU, and the wider world heading, and why? Brexit raises questions about legitimacy, the future of constitutions, institutions, political parties and party systems and interest groups. Who are the winners and losers from Brexit? To what extent have people voted against their interests (for example, the correlation between regional EU funding and anti-EU voting)? What are the opportunities of Brexit for different futures (such as global trade and migration)? What does the Brexit result say about the nature of democracy and the role of the citizen? Could we be witnessing a move away from referendums and a return to the merits of representative democracy?
Beyond just Brexit, what, if anything, are the consequences of change, identity politics, populism and instability in the world for terrorism, security, borders, migration, and international co-operation? Are there limits to globalisation? Is there a re-design of great power politics? How important is economic uncertainty and the state of the economy for the rise of social movements, populism and disgruntlement with ‘the establishment’, ‘experts’, ‘liberal elites’ and ‘immigrants’? What are the roles played by populist leaders (Farage, Le Pen, and Trump)? Do they reflect or drive populist politics? Are we heading for a backlash against so-called ‘liberal’ values such as gender equality, transgender awareness, LGBT rights, same-sex marriage, diversity and multiculturalism, and secular values? What is the role of the media, particularly social media in escalating political disquiet and distrust, and for feeding the promise of unattainable nirvanas and cyclical despair? How important is political education and the capacity to communicate all sides? How salient is diversity to politics and leadership and the resolution of conflict? Are we heading for a new era of female leadership (Clinton, Davidson, May, Merkel, and Sturgeon) and what will the likely impact be?
Finally, to what extent are we beyond the known? How can we be more certain about the seemingly uncertain (for example, polling in recent elections)? To the extent that we are in unchartered waters, what, if anything, can be done to restore order, trust, and satisfaction within polities?
We hope that the unique and vibrant setting of Glasgow will provide a stimulating environment to welcome you to the PSA conference in 2017.
Paper and Panel Proposals
The deadline for paper and panel proposals has now passed and no further submissions will be accepted.
Paper/panel acceptance and rejection emails will be sent out in early December. Any questions about the conference programme should be directed to the academic convenor, Dr Mark Shephard, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Strathclyde, at email@example.com.
The conference programme will be made available soon.
Full papers must be uploaded by all conference participants by Monday 20 March 2017.
To upload your paper click on the 'My conference details' option on the menu on the right hand side and then select the 'My panels and papers' tab - here you will have the option to upload your paper (if a PSA member please use the email address linked to your membership).
PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL PAPERS DIRECTLY TO THE CONVENOR.
Equality & Diversity at the PSA Annual International Conference
The PSA is committed to promoting equality and diversity in all areas of its work. As such, all panels submitted to the annual international conference must endeavour to reflect the diversity of the profession and gender balance – we will be taking this into account when accepting proposals. PSA Specialist Group convenors should make active efforts to involve BME speakers as a means of reflecting the importance of this issue to the PSA E&D agenda.
Registration for the 67th PSA Annual International Conference is now open.
DEADLINE EXTENSION: Conference participants (paper givers and panel chairs/discussants) must register by Friday 27th January 2017 to ensure inclusion in the programme.
Registration rates are as follows:
Early Bird Rates (last day to book at this rate is Monday 6th February 2017)
Member = £199
Postgraduate Member = £90
Non-member = £285
Postgraduate Non-member = £135
Member = £235
Postgraduate Member = £125
Non-member = £320
Postgraduate Non-member = £165
Travel & Accommodation in Glasgow
Working together with the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB), we have secured discounted rooms across a range of hotels, which are available to book here. Accommodation will be sold on a first come, first served basis and the published rates will be available until Monday 27th February 2017.
Please email the GCMB directly regarding any accommodation enquiries such as booking for additional nights.
Please also be aware that the conference timings for panel sessions and plenaries are envisaged as follows:
Monday 10 April: 0930 - 1745
Tuesday 11 April: 0930 - 1700
Wednesday 12 April: 0900 - 1700
Post Graduate Access Fund
Post Graduate Members of the PSA who have had a paper proposal accepted to the 67th Annual Conference in Glasgow (10 - 12 April 2017) are eligible to apply to the Post Graduate Access Fund. Please note, the Access Fund is for Conference registration and accomodation only
To apply for the Post Graduate Access Fund, please download and complete an application form, and return it to: Heather Lawless, Political Studies Association, 113a Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6HJ.
The deadline for the Post Graduate Access Fund is Wednesday, 1 February 2017.
For further information, please contact Heather Lawless.
International Visitors Grant Scheme
The PSA International Visitor Grants scheme supports the presentation of research at the PSA Annual Conference by members of partner PSAs across the world. This replaces the existing system of bilateral ‘exchange agreements’. It is operated with the support and assistance of PSA Specialist Group convenors to ensure that international visitors are able to engage with relevant audiences and research networks at the PSA conference.
The deadline for the International Visitor Grant for the 2017 Annual Conference has now passed.
The conference will be held at the University of Strathclyde's new Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC). Centrally located in Glasgow, the TIC features two large auditoria and a number of smaller conference rooms and can host up to 600 delegates, as well as flexible foyer spaces for catering, receptions, exhibitions and networking.
The Conference Dinner will be held at the Old Fruitmarket, a stunning and iconic venue in Glasgow's Merchant City district on the evening of Tuesday 11 April. Tickets are priced at £50.00 and can be purchased by clicking the 'Book your place' box at the top of the page.
Childcare at the Conference
The PSA is once again pleased to offer a childcare service for delegates. The service is available only to those who book in advance and cannot be booked onsite. The deadline for booking childcare is Monday 13 February and please contact Avnish Patel, Events Manager at the PSA, for further details.
The PSA Undergraduate Research Conference, a one day event organised by a team of undergraduate students and academic staff will take place on Thursday 13th April 2017 on campus at the University of Strathclyde. For more information and to book your place please see here.
The PSA Conference 2017 is supported by the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.
Top image courtesy of Dr Mark Shephard.