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Call for Papers (Closed)

IAPSS World Congress 2017

“The Meaning of Politics”

Department of Political Science
Central European University

April 4 – 8, 2017 | Budapest, Hungary


The International Association for Political Science Students launches its Call for Papers for the IAPSS World Congress 2017 in Budapest; one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This is the largest international conference for political science students, organized every year: this year in partnership with the Department of Political Science at Central European University. If you are interested in presenting your paper at the IAPSS World Congress 2017, you are kindly requested to submit your abstract until 22 January 2017. Join us at the largest conference for students of Political Science, International Relations and related studies in 2017!


The Topic

We have been fascinated by politics for millennia. The Greek Aristotle’s notion of humans as ‘political animals’ marks one of the first associations that links ‘people’ to ‘the political’, however, what this link means remains far from clear because of the historical transformations of the concept of politics. Throughout time, the concept of what ’politics’ is and what it is not has varied depending on the historical and political context of the time. By justifying slavery, Plato and Aristotle denied slaves the character of political actors; and in Republican Rome, the plebeians and aristocrats had a different political scope of action according to their condition. In contemporary times, current dilemmas about the boundaries between ’politics’ and the ’nonpolitical’ appear in discussions such as the role of bureaucracies on policy making, the functioning of international organizations and actors such
as the UN, EU, Council of Europe, the African Union, or UNASUR on politics issues, or the controversies on ‘social sensitive areas’ during negotiations of trade agreements.

A reflection around the meaning of politics should also deal with some key concepts like ‘Institutions’, ‘Regimes’, ‘Conflicts’, ‘Human Rights’ etc. in a non-conventional way. The discussion about the meaning of politics requires moving our focus beyond the formal machinery of the government. And in so doing it, this discussion encompasses a whole array of layers and a multitude of arenas, going beyond the traditional state-focused research. Moreover, a thorough examination of our major topic, ’the Meaning of Politics’, it will also be necessary to explain how the political realm interacts with the economic, social, cultural or legal realm.

Call for Papers

The key topics to be addressed include (but are not limited to): Call for Papers as PDF file

Guidelines for Paper Submissions

Please send us your abstract of no more than 250 words. with the name of the author(s), the title of the paper, key words, home university, and email address(es). Abstracts should be submitted by 22 January 2017. Selected candidates for student panels will be informed by 15 February 2017.
Full papers should be submitted via the available online form at by 17 March 2017.

Submit your paper

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (each author may submit multiple abstracts separately). This form also includes your name/the authors’ names, the paper’s title, a maximum of five keywords, your/the authors’ institutional affiliation (home university / institute), and your / the authors’ e-mail address(es). Abstracts should be submitted until 22 January 2017.

Congress Registration

Please note that you need to be registered for the conference by purchasing your ticket in the IAPSS Web Store. The final deadline for registrations is 1 March 2017, but a discount will apply if you register by 12 February.


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We very much look forward to your submission.