Undergraduate Conference

Undergraduate Conference 2024

Call for Papers/Presentation Proposals!

Deadline for submissions is Friday 1 March

The PSA’s Annual Conference in 2024 is taking place in the vibrant city of Glasgow, organised by the University of Strathclyde. This year’s Undergraduate Conference will be taking place in person on Friday 22 March 2024 ahead of the main conference.

The Undergraduate Conference convenors are Anthony McGann (Strathclyde University) and Andrew Roe-Crines (University of Liverpool).

 

CONFERENCE THEME

The overall theme of the 2024 PSA Conference is “After (Neo-) Liberalism: Towards an Alternative Paradigm?”. Aligning with this theme, we welcome paper proposals for the Undergraduate Conference on some of the following topics (broadly defined), although this list is not definitive:

  • International Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Supranationalism, Institutions, and Political Landscapes
  • Political Ideologies
  • Political Communication and Rhetoric/Language
  • Democracy, Devolution, and Political Parties
  • Environmentalism and Activism

 

WHAT DOES THE UNDERGRADUATE CONFERENCE LOOK LIKE?

The format of this in-person conference will be a day of thematic panels. Typically, these will be made up of 3 to 4 presentations of roughly 10-15 minutes each in length. All presentations will be hosted and presented live on the day.

The panels will be followed up by a Q&A session and general discussion. There is no need to submit a paper alongside your presentation proposal, but you are free to do so if you wish. There will also be networking sessions which will be more discussion orientated.

For your presentation proposal, remember that you are not being asked to reinvent the wheel! Your proposal should identify a problem, and outline what you are intending on arguing about that problem. Put simply, ‘what’ is the problem, ‘why’ is it important, and ‘how’ have you analysed it?

 

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY PRESENTATION PROPOSAL?

To submit your proposal, simply email a.s.crines@liverpool.ac.uk - with ‘PSA UG Presentation Proposal’ in the subject line - and provide the information below.

  • Name:
  • University affiliation:
  • Contact email: please make sure this is the same email you use for your PSA membership (this email will not be made public)
  • Additional Co-authors:
  • Abstract (between 200 to 300 words): this is a short outline of your presentation proposal - including what your research is about; what your research questions are; what your methods are, and what your findings are
  • Subject Keywords (up to 3):
  • Confirmation that you have an active PSA Student membership*

 

 * Please note that PSA Student Membership is required to have your presentation accepted and to attend the conference for free.

If you are an undergraduate who is not yet a student member, please join by signing up here. Just follow the ‘Public Membership’ tab then select student membership at £10. If you have any questions regarding membership, please email membership@psa.ac.uk. PSA Student membership costs just £10 for a full twelve months, which also gives you access to member benefits including free access to Political Insight magazine, regular e-newsletters and multiple networking opportunities.

*Your membership needs to be active to have your presentation proposal accepted for the PSA UG conference.

You will receive email confirmation on receipt of your proposal.

You are welcome to submit either an individual presentation or collaborate with others to submit as a whole panel.

 

CONFERENCE FEES:

PSA Student members - FREE in-person presentation opportunity and/or attendance.  Participation by students at non-UK institutions is encouraged.

Non-Members - £20 attendance only - why not become a student member for £10 and get twelve months of benefits, then you can present at the conference?

You don’t need to present to come and join in of course,as attendance is open to all undergraduates. Taking part enables you to join in with the Q&As, networking and workshop opportunities.

If you still wish to pay to attend the conference at the non-member fee, you will be able to do so when registration opens.

 

CONFERENCE TIMELINE:

Monday 22 January: PSA UG Conference opens the call for paper proposals

Friday 1 March: Deadline for proposals/submissions

Friday 8 March: Students with successful proposal outcomes informed 

Monday 11 March: Conference registration opens

Friday 15 March: Conference registration closes

Friday 22 March: Conference - the full programme will be published soon!

 

If you have any specific questions about this event, please contact one of the Undergraduate Conference convenors:

Professor Anthony McGann anthony.mcgann@strath.ac.uk

Dr Andrew S. Roe-Crines (a.s.crines@liverpool.ac.uk)

If you have any general enquiries about the conference, please email (with ‘UG Conference’ in the subject line) ugenquiries@psa.ac.uk

 

GDPR

When registering for this conference, you are accepting the PSA’s Privacy Policy and accepting that your data will be used for the purpose of contacting you about this event. Photography and filming may take place during the conference. Please contact the PSA to make us aware of any issues regarding filming or photography via  ugenquiries@psa.ac.uk

 

 

Location: 
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow