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Democracy, Identity, and Power

April 21-24, 2020 l Vienna, Austria 

Call for Abstracts 

Priority deadline for Abstracts Submissions: January 27, 2020 
Regular deadline for Abstracts Submissions: February 22, 2020
The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is launching its Call for Abstracts for the World Congress in Vienna. This year, we are partnering with the Central European University (CEU). If you are interested in presenting your paper, you are kindly requested to submit your abstract by 27 January 2020 (priority deadline) or 22 February 2020 (regular deadline) respectively.
We welcome abstracts from undergraduate, graduate and PhD students, as well as from junior scholars from different academic perspectives, such as: comparative politics, international relations, international political economy, political theory, security studies, public policy and administration, regional and area studies as well as political psychology and behavior studies, and international law, among others.

Theme: Democracy, Identity and Power

Democracy, identity and power are cornerstones for understanding contemporary politics and international relations. After the end of the Cold War, democracy or more pointedly, liberal democracy has produced a domino effect, emerging and expanding across the globe at a fast rate, becoming the system of government states strive to achieve. However, not only democratic developments have been of interest in political science. Social movements, revolutions and strikes have returned to the focus of academic debates with current developments in Venezuela, Columbia, Hong Kong and other places in the world. The latest uprisings in Sudan and Algeria, and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen furthermore call attention to shifting geopolitics, authoritarian survival and socio-ethnic divisions in societies.
Globalization and shifting geopolitics have heralded transformations in a myriad of subjects, including civil-military relations, international law and even domestic elections through for example discourses about the European Union. Likewise, in the wake of technological advancements, questions about the role of cyberspace in security, defense and day-to-day governance emerge, as well as human-made impacts on the climate, and the future use of natural resources. The wave of refugees that reached Europe in 2015 challenged many previous concepts and ideas of, amongst others, national, ethnic and religious identity. Economic and social gaps caused by globalization and the actions of the “established elites” have also fuelled populist discourses and right-wing movements. They challenge the traditional understanding of democracy, its practice and theory. 
Against the backdrop of all these developments, a number of questions emerge: How can democracies survive in a complex and volatile environment? What role do changing geopolitics and civil-military relations play in conflict dynamics? How can new challenges brought by new technologies, climate change and the cyberspace be dealt with and solved? To what extent has power shifted away from traditional sources of authority? 
With this conference theme, IAPSS hopes to encourage students and junior scholars of political science and related disciplines to participate in this exciting academic discussion.


Given the width of the theme of Democracy, Identity and Power, we welcome contributions focusing on a variety of perspectives. The topics addressed at the conference include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Regime Change, Democratization, Backsliding
(Non-Violent) Protests, Revolutions and Social Movements 

Citizen-State-Relations, Civil Society and Public Opinion
Civil-Military Relations, Security Agencies, Non-State Actors
Cyberspace and Politics, Digitalization
Representation, Elections and Voting Behavior
Migration, Borders and Conflict
Natural Resources, Climate Change
Political Theory and State Philosophy
Regional Power Dynamics and Geopolitics
Contemporary Governance
Political Psychology, Affection and Contentious Politics
Politics of Crisis

Guidelines for Abstract

Please send us your abstract of no more than 250 words through the online form at This form will include the name of the author(s), the title of the paper, key words, home university, and email address(es).
Full papers should be submitted via the available online form below by March 31, 2020. If the form does not appear on this page, you must log into your IAPSS website account or purchase an IAPSS membership. For further information on paper format requirements please click here.

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Please note that you need to be registered for the World Congress by purchasing your ticket in the IAPSS Web Store. The registration price is €89. In addition, a valid IAPSS membership is needed to be eligible to register and participate in the conference. Registration for panelists may take place after abstract decisions are announced. The final deadline for registration for all panelists is March 25, 2020.
Registration Fee includes the following for the Registered authors
Welcome reception
Conference ID Card
Conference Folder or Bag
Participation in the paper presentation
Printed Presentation Certificate
Printed Proceedings having ISBN
Tea/Coffee breaks on the presentation day 
Lunch on the presentation day

Key Dates

Priority Cycle for Abstracts
We will have a priority cycle of abstract evaluations for those who would like to be informed about their decisions by February 10, 2020. If you would like to be considered in the priority cycle, you must submit your abstract by 11:59 CET, January 27, 2020. No exceptions will be made for late papers.
Regular Cycle for Abstracts
The last call deadline for abstracts will be 11:59 CET, February 22, 2020. Candidates in the regular cycle will be informed by March 10, 2020.
Full papers should be submitted via the available online form at by March 31, 2020.
Overview of deadlines
January 27: Priority Deadline for Abstract Submission
February 10: Priority Abstracts Announcement
February 17: Regular Deadline for Abstract Submission
February 22: Extended deadline for Abstract Submission
March 10: Regular Abstracts Announcement
March 15 : Launch of Call for Chairs and Discussants 
March 25: Deadline for Registration for Panelists
March 31: Submission Deadline for Full Papers
April 14: Papers disseminated among conference participants
April 18: Deadline for Call for Chairs and Discussants 
Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any further questions at:
We very much look forward to your submission!
On behalf of the IAPSS Executive Committee,
Lou Frisch
Head of World Congress | |