PSA 68th Annual International Conference

26 - 28 March 2018, Cardiff City Hall and the Law & Politics Building, Cardiff University
#PSA18

Politics of Our Times: Asking the Difficult Questions

 

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*THE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE - PLEASE LOG IN TO YOUR PSA ACCOUNT TO ACCESS TIMINGS FOR YOUR PAPER/PANEL* 

THE CONFERENCE BROCHURE IS AVAILABLE HERE

THE MOST UP-TO-DATE VERSION OF THE PROGRAMME, FEATURING ALL APPROVED PAPERS AND PANELS IS AVAILABLE HERE IN A SEARCHABLE WORD DOCUMENT. 

THE PROGRAMME OVERVIEW, FEATURING KEY EVENTS IS AVAILABLE HERE.  CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE HERE

VENUE AND DELEGATE DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

THE FULL LIST OF EXHIBITORS AT THE PSA CONFERENCE 2018 IS AVAILABLE HERE

At a time when the world is increasingly being framed in terms of competing tribes, often with very different, seemingly incompatible world views, those of us engaged in the discipline of politics face a series of stark challenges.

Whether that is trying to explain the apparent changes in public attitudes which have placed liberal democracies across Europe and beyond under increasing pressure, but also called into question established explanations of voting behaviour and elections; evaluating the causes and consequences of deep-rooted social and economic inequalities, seen so starkly in the Grenfell fire tragedy; or understanding the impact of the echo chamber politics of social media on political discourse and debate. There are also challenges which are oriented around the future shape of the discipline: the opportunities and risks related to big data; engaging with those outside academia; and facing up to the underrepresentation of women and BME groups in our own discipline. In engaging with these challenges we are forced to ask and not eschew the difficult questions.

In a post-truth and post-Brexit world where economic and social norms are being tested to breaking point, this conference will seek to herald the return of the expert, championing the breadth and depth of knowledge that our discipline is so rightly proud and celebrating the diversity of theories, methods and approaches that characterise it. We welcome all who seek to engage in the challenging debates and difficult questions of our time with rigorous research and interdisciplinarity to the fore. Furthermore, the conference will actively look beyond the traditional academic community, embracing the notion that in order to effectively think about, discuss and debate the key problems of our time we have to seek expertise and experience across all strata of society.

We hope that Cardiff, the capital of Wales and one of the UK's fastest growing cities, which exudes an international outlook, warm hospitality and an eclectic culture will provide a stimulating environment to welcome you to the PSA Conference in 2018. 

 

Conference Programme

THE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE - PLEASE LOG IN TO YOUR PSA ACCOUNT TO ACCESS TIMINGS FOR YOUR PAPER(S) AND PANEL(S). 
 
THE FULL THREE DAY PROGRAMME, FEATURING ALL APPROVED PAPERS AND PANELS IS AVAILABLE HERE IN A SEARCHABLE WORD DOCUMENT. 
 
THE PROGRAMME OVERVIEW, FEATURING KEY EVENTS IS AVAILABLE HERE
 
THE CONFERENCE BROCHURE IS AVAILABLE HERE
 
THE CALL FOR PAPER AND PANEL PROPOSALS IS NOW CLOSED. 

For details of the submission procedures and timelines please click here

The academic convenors of the conference are based in the School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University and are:  Dr Branwen Gruffydd Jones, Head of Politics and International Relations; Dr Jonathan Kirkup, Lecturer in Politics; and Dr Ian Stafford, Senior Lecturer in Politics. 

Please contact Avnish Patel, Events Manager, PSA if you require any further details, including assistance with uploading papers and abstracts. 

Important Dates

Friday 15th September 2017: Submissions for paper and panel proposals open

Monday 9th October 2017: Conference registration opens (Early Bird rates)

Friday 10th November 2017: Deadline for paper and panel proposals has now been extended to this date (acceptances will be conveyed from October onwards); acceptance/rejection emails will be sent by early December 2017

Wednesday 24th January 2018: Deadline to register using early bird rates

Friday 9th February 2018: Deadline for ECN & International Visitor Grant Applications

Friday 16th February 2018: Deadline for paper-givers to register / Deadline for booking childcare

Monday 19th March 2018: Deadline for paper uploads

Registration

*WE ENCOURAGE ONLINE PAYMENT RATHER THAN BY TELEPHONE OR ANY OTHER METHODS*

EB Rates

Click on the 'book your place' button above to register. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION RATES ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL WEDNESDAY 24TH JANUARY 2018:

PSA Member: £199

PSA Early Career Network Member: £90

Non-Member: £285

Early Career Researcher Non-Member: £165

STANDARD RATES after the early bird deadline are:

PSA Member: £235

PSA ECN Member: £125

Non-Member: £320

Early Career Researcher Non-Member: £165

If you encounter difficulties registering online and wish to make a payment by telephone please contact Teresa Glen, Membership Secretary on 01787 221026. 

RETIRED MEMBERS: The conference registration fee is waived for retired members of the PSA who are:

  • not supported by their former university or an institution
  • not supported by a grant provider
  • willing to be a discussant or panel chair

Please contact Avnish Patel for further details. 

PSA CONFERENCE CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Where a paper-giver is unable to attend the PSA Conference for any reason they may substitute, by arrangement, a paper co-author or someone else from the same institution.
  • Where the paper-giver is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer their place to another person, then the following refund arrangements apply: (a) Registrations cancelled more than a week before the PSA Conference will be refunded 100% of the registration fees; (b) Registrations cancelled less than a week before the PSA Conference will not be eligible for a refund.

If you have any queries regarding refunds please contact Avnish Patel

PSA ANTI-HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION POLICY

The PSA is committed to providing a welcoming professional environment in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, age or disability. The PSA recognises a shared responsibility of attendees to establish and uphold that environment for the benefit of all. Harassment of conference participants undermines the principles of equality, diversity and freedom of expression at the foundations of our conference and constitutes professional misconduct. The full policy, including guidance on how to make a complaint, is available here

Equality and 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.

Conference Venue

The PSA Conference 2018 will be held in Cardiff City Hall  and the Law & Politics Building, Cardiff University. For further details, please click here. 

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will be held at the National Museum Cardiff on the evening of Tuesday 27th March and further details are here. Tickets will be priced at £50.00 and are now available to purchase via the 'book your place' button above. 

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: Please contact sydney.budgeon@psa.ac.uk if you have any dietary requirements or allergies and we will try to be as accommodating as possible with your request. 

PSA Undergraduate Conference 2018

The PSA's annual conference for undergraduate students will take place on the campus of Cardiff University on Thursday 29 March 2018.

This event provides a great opportunity for politics students and those in related subjects who are studying for undergraduate degrees to come together and share their research. For further details and to register, click here

Future PSA Conference Dates:

69th Annual International Conference: 15-17 April 2019, Nottingham 

70th Annual International Conference: 6 - 8 April 2020, Edinburgh

For further information regarding the PSA Annual International Conference 2018 please view the menu options on the right-hand side.