PSA Annual International Conference 2018
PSA 68th Annual International Conference
26 - 28 March 2018, Cardiff City Hall
Politics of Our Times: Asking the Difficult Questions
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.
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.
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
*WE ENCOURAGE ONLINE PAYMENT RATHER THAN BY TELEPHONE OR ANY OTHER METHODS*
Click on the 'book your place' button above to register. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION RATES ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL WEDNESDAY 24TH JANUARY 2018:
PSA Member: £199
Early Career Researcher Non-Member: £165
STANDARD RATES after the early bird deadline are:
PSA Member: £235
PSA ECN Member: £125
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.
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.
The PSA Conference 2018 will be held in Cardiff City Hall (Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ND).
The Conference Dinner will be held at the National Museum Cardiff on the evening of Tuesday 27th March. Tickets will be priced at £50.00 and are now available to purchase via the 'book your place' button above.
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: 15-17 March 2020, Edinburgh
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