PSA Annual Undergraduate Conference 2021

The PSA Undergraduate Conference 2021 is now open for registration. 


We are now accepting paper and panel proposals for our PSA Annual Undergraduate Conference. The conference will be a digital event taking place Friday 26th March 2021.  The academic convenors for the conference are Dr James Weinberg (University of Sheffield & PSA Trustee) and Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh (Queen's University Belfast).

If you have any questions on the PSA Undegraduate Conference please contact jamie.roberts@psa.ac.uk 

Conference Theme

Politics and International Relations in a Time of Transitions. 

At home and abroad, the political landscape is changing. In the UK, the 2017 and 2019 general elections saw a return to two-party politics. Labour presented an unapologetically socialist manifesto, whilst the Conservative Party, under the premierships of Theresa May and then Boris Johnson, moved further to the ideological right in what some commentators have hailed as ‘the end of neoliberalism’. The most recent of those elections has forced political parties on the left of British politics, in particular, to re-evaluate what they stand for and how they can win back popular support in the future. Meanwhile, electoral competition between ‘young cosmopolitans’ and an ageing pro-Brexit population has highlighted divisions between younger and older voters, whilst a clear cultural divide also exists between provincial towns and big cities. Dealing with legacies of the past continues to be politically fraught, including the use and interpretation of artefacts and symbols in the public arena, New ways of doing politics and healing these divisions are sorely needed.

The full call for papers can be downloaded here.

Conference Programme 

The conference will take place Friday 26th March from 09:30-18:00 with access breaks built in so you can have time away from the screen!

You can find the programme overview here. Our programme with presentation details can be found here.


Professor John Barry (Queen's University Belfast) will deliver our keynote speech on 'This is what a real emergency looks like: What the response to Coronavirus can teach us about how we can and need to respond to the planetary emergency'. Professor Barry will deliver his topical and entertaining keynote, before opening the discussion up and taking questions from our audience. To learn more about John and his keynote click here. 

Careers Panel

A big part of our conference is celebrating what is unique about Politics undergraduates. We aim to help students looking toward their future careers by hosting a panel of experts on 'political' careers.

This year we are pleased to welcome Emma Vardy (BBC), Professor Sarah Childs (Royal Holloway), Tanya Abraham (YouGov) and Hattie Andrews (Politics Project) to our panel. Students will hear from our panellists about their career pathways and experiences, and have a chance to put their questions to our fabulous panel! To learn more about our panel click here.


Registration and Fees

Registration for the conference is now OPEN.

PSA Student members may attend the Undergraduate conference for Free. 

Student Non-Members will have to pay a fee of £20 to attend the conference, this includes conference presenters. 

PSA Student Membership costs only £10 per year. If you are considering applying to our Undergraduate conference and are not a member please consider joining our organisation. Click here for more information on our membership offer.

By purchasing a ticket for our Undergraduate Conference, or a Student Ticket via exordo, you will also be able to access the full programme of events at our Annual International Conference taking place between 29th-31st March. Please register via ex ordo and information on our digital conference platform will be made available closer to the date of the event. 



Conference Timeline

Friday 29th January 2021: Deadline for submitting proposals. Proposals can be edited up until the submission deadline unless it is already under review by the convenors. If the status of your proposal is 'under review' and you wish to propose changes please email jamie.roberts@psa.ac.uk  who will help with your request. A confirmation email acknowledging receipt of a proposal will be sent to all contributors.

w/c 8th February 2021: All students will recieve a notification of acceptance by this time. 

w/c 15th March 2021: All presenters (and their co-authors) of accepted abstracts must be registered for the conference and conference fees paid. Failure to register will result in the abstract being excluded from the conference programme.

Friday 26th March 2021: Date of Conference. Programme to be published when all presenters are confirmed. 

Submitting your paper

The Call for Papers to our PSA Annual Undergraduate Conference is now closed.


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