58th ISA Annual Convention

Baltimore, Maryland, United States, February 22nd – 25th, 2017

IAPSS convened one panel at the ISA Convention, titled ‘Historical and Contemporary Patterns of Change in Polities: Case Studies.’ The panelists comprise primarily members of the IAPSS Student Research Committees.

Panel abstract: This panel brings together a set of case studies that reflect on various patterns of political change, both historically and geographically. The papers, written by members of Student Research Committees of the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS), look at what factors have influenced a particular pattern of change, and why they have or have not been influential enough to actually trigger the change. Utilizing predominantly qualitative research methods and applying theoretical and conceptual frameworks such as political efficacy, political realism or human security, both the historical and contemporary cases investigate changes triggered by a particular social group (empowering women during war with emphasis on the Algerian Civil war, the role of youth in post-revolutionary transitions with focus on the Arab Spring), a political actor (American military government in South Korea between 1945-1948, the personality of General Sisi in post-Arab Spring Egypt and his management of Sinai crisis) or a policy framework (approach to fighting poverty in Cambodia).

11th ECPR General Conference

University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway,  6th – 9th September, 2017

IAPSS Section on ‘The Meaning of Politics

This Section aims to improve our understanding of politics in a variety of contexts in the contemporary society. While the outputs of the ‘science about politics’ have proliferated in recent decades with a great deal of conceptual and methodological innovations, defining what politics is and how its understanding influences the results and limitations of political research has been a rather neglected enterprise. The Section aims at filling this gap by bringing to the forefront of the academic discussion a spectrum of ideas and interpretations that address the meaning(s) of politics and their implications on results of research in political science and related disciplines.

This Section would be promoted and chaired by members of the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) with substantial experience in organizing and managing academic conferences, including the annual IAPSS World Congress. It carries the title of the 2017 IAPSS Annual Theme and includes three Section chair-proposed Panels, while being open to Panel proposals from ECPR members. The design of the Panels intends to stimulate dialogue and academic exchange between senior scholars and young academics (post-docs, postgraduate and experienced graduate students).

The Section will also be open to paper proposals from IAPSS members, through a Call for abstracts which will be launched soon. Follow the section ‘IAPSS Calls‘ to find out more soon!