IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015

“New Threats to Security”

Charles University | Prague, Czech Republic

September 21 – 25, 2015

The Call for Papers has been closed by June 30.

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The IAPSS  Autumn Convention is the second largest annual event hosted by IAPSS – the International Association for Political Science Students. Hundreds of students from across the globe are expected to discuss and examine the Convention’s theme ‘New Threats to Security’ with dozens of high profile scholars, experts and policy-makers featured – from September 21 – 25, 2015 at Charles University of Prague.

Join us at the 2nd largest conference for students of #PoliticalScience, #InternationalRelations and related studies in 2015!


The Theme

The understanding of the concept of security has changed in the past decades in both the developed and the developing world. States and non-state actors have followed different paths in the development of national, regional and global security. Transformative waves are expressed in revolutionary movements, domestic, transnational, and interstate conflicts. As the world has become more complex and interdependent, new threats to security have emerged, such as cyber threats, asymmetric warfare, failed states, climate change, economic fragility, public health issues, and population displacement. These threats prompt the need for a new conceptualization of security. The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 in Prague aims at bringing together students, scholars and experts from across the globe and across political science and its related disciplines to discuss the challenges these new threats pose.

Possible subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Clash of religions, cultures, and civilizations
  • Global economic and social inequality
  • East versus West; South versus North
  • Collective identity as a source of justification for security
  • Quality versus quantity of security
  • Current threats: new understandings, old mechanisms
  • Democracy versus security
  • The securitization of global health
  • Nuclear threats
  • Contemporary ethnic conflicts

These issues can be approached from various perspectives as well as different subfields of political science. We welcome contributions from disciplines such as comparative politics, international relations, political theory, political economy, peace and conflict studies, war studies, public policy and public administration, as well as political psychology and behavior studies, European studies, area studies, law, and others.

Guideline for Abstract / Paper Submissions

Abstracts were to be of no more than 250 words and to be submitted through an online form (available below). Multiple abstracts could be submitted per author, but separately. The form included the authors’ names, the title of the paper, a maximum of five keywords, the authors’ institutional affiliation (home university / institute), and the authors’ email address(es). Abstracts were to be submitted until June 30, 2015. Abstracts submitted by e-mail were not accepted.

Selected candidates for student panels were informed by June 15, 2015 (if applied until May 31st) and July 15th (if applied until June 30).

Full papers should be submitted via the available online form at MyIAPSS by August 31, 2015. We recommend to adjust your paper in format and style alongside the IAPSS Paper Submission Guideline, available here.

Convention Registration

Please note that you need to register for the Convention by purchasing your ticket in the MyIAPSS Web Store. The deadline for a special Early Bird Ticket (from 80 to 85 EUR) for panelists (paper presenters) was July 15, 2015. The final deadline for registration for panelists (paper presenters) was July 25, 2015. For all other participants who do not present a paper, the deadline for registration is August 31, 2015.

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Travel Grants

A limited number of travel grants has been awarded to panelists (paper presenters) with above-average travel expenses and with special regards to non-European panelists. Please note that IAPSS travel grants usually cover only 30 – 50% of individual travel costs. We therefore encourage those in need to start searching for other third-party funds (your home university / institution, other academic institutions, foundations et al.) at an early stage. The deadline for submitting your travel grant application was June 30, 2015.

You can apply for travel grants here. Please note that only members of IAPSS can apply for travel grants. Find all information on the services and benefits of IAPSS Membership and the respective online application form here.

Panel Chairs & Discussants

For all scheduled panels, chairs and discussants were called for among all selected paper presenters by July 26 with a deadline for applications of July 31. All chairs and discussants have been placed and notified by August 15.

The IAPSS Award for Academic Excellency

IAPSS will grant the 2nd IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence to the best paper presented at the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 in Prague. The winner will be announced during the festive closing session on September 24. Please note: only papers submitted until the official deadline of August 31, 2015 will be considered for the award.

Questions & Inquiries?

Then contact:

for inquiries related to this Call for Papers, your abstract, scheduled panels, your chair / discussant application and other related matters: Vit Simral at academic@iapss.org

for travel grant and payment related inquiries: Catherine Mackay at finances@iapss.org

for academic programme and partnership inquiries: Jannick Burggraaff at convention@iapss.org

for visa, registration, other administrative and media inquiries: Andrea Kovarova at ac-administration@iapss.org

Abstract Submission Form

The form to submit abstracts has been closed as of June 30.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 2nd largest conference for young political scientists in 2015!