Academic Conference

ECN Annual Conference: Making sense of Contemporary politics

24 June 2019, University of Exeter

The Political Studies Association Early Career Network is happy to announce a call for papers for its third annual conference. Following on from its highly successful conference in Sheffield last year, the ECN warmly invites members to submit paper proposals for its 2019 Conference: Making Sense of Contemporary Politics. The conference will be a one day event, held at the University of Exeter on the 24th of June.

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ECN Annual Conference Programme

The conference aims, first and foremost, to give early career academics a chance to air new or developing research ideas, gain experience of academic presentations, and receive constructive criticism on both. We therefore welcome papers from early career academics at all stages, whether you are in the first year of your PhD or already hold a teaching/postdoctoral contract.


Theme: Making Sense of Contemporary Politics

The events of recent years have increasingly called on scholars of politics to find explanations for – or simply to provide clear accounts of – complex and contested events which have challenged our ability to make sense of the political world in terms of old models and concepts; from the destabilising effects of Brexit on almost all areas British politics, to the Trump administration in the US, to the maturation of European populist movements which have now begun to govern countries and overthrow existing equilibria in continental political systems.

At the same time, many of these challenging developments have deeper roots connected to longstanding structures and historic legacies of violence, oppression and marginalisation in many countries. In making sense of the sometimes alarming current state of global politics, therefore, we should also recognise the opportunities to provide new analyses which make sense not only of recent developments but also recognise what was left out of the old ways in which problems were conceptualised.


Call for Papers:

The Early Career Network of the Political Studies Association invites abstracts for papers which help explain and make sense of the increasingly challenging nature of modern politics, and how scholars of politics should respond. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Brexit and Developments in British Politics
  • Contested Politics and New Social Movements
  • Elections and Electoral Volatility and Change
  • Political Trust and Divisions between Elites and Citizens
  • Developments in Political Institutions (Parliaments, Government etc.)
  • Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Politics (Race, Gender etc.)
  • Crisis in International Politics and Institutions


Abstracts should be no more than 200 words and include a brief speaker biography (up to 50 words).

Please submit abstracts to by 3rd May. Successful applicants will be notified by May 10th. Please note that presentations will not require full papers to be submitted. The conference will also be free to attend for all ECN members but a nominal fee may apply for non-members or senior colleagues. A limited number of travel grants will also be available for those without funding from their department or another source.

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