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IAPSS Virtual World Congress, Save the Date!!

Democracy, Identity, and Power

May 11-14, 2021 l Online 

Call for Abstracts 

Extended Deadline for Abstracts Submissions: March 15, 2021
The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is launching its Call for Abstracts for its virtual World Congress. 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 below. 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 online form which can be found here, by May 1, 2021. For further information on paper format requirements please click here.

Publication Opportunity with Politikon

IAPSS World Congress Team is collaborating with Politikon (IAPSS Journal of Political Science) for a special issue consisting of the selected articles presented at the IAPSS Virtual World Congress 2021. As an indexed political science journal, IAPSS Politikon (ISSN [online] 2414-6633) aims to contribute to the academic debate in all major subfields of the discipline and remains open to submissions from neighbouring disciplines. The quality of each of each final article is ensured by a double-bling peer-review process, handled primarily by researches who are part of the journal’s extensive reviewer database, for more information please click here.

Submit an Abstract


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 €45. 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 April 30, 2021.

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 March 7, 2021. If you would like to be considered in the priority cycle, you must submit your abstract by 23:59 CET, February 28, 2021.


Extended Cycle for Abstracts

The last call deadline for abstracts will be 11:59 CET, March 15, 2021. Candidates in the regular cycle will be informed by March 22, 2021

Full papers should be submitted via the available online form here May 1, 2021.

No exceptions will be made for late abstracts or papers. If your abstract or paper is not accepted, you can still purchase a ticket to attend the World Congress as an observer.

Overview of Deadlines

February 28: Priority Deadline for Abstract Submission

March 7: Priority Abstracts Announcement

March 14: Priority Deadline Abstracts Selection Announcement

March 15: Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission

March 22: Extended Deadline Abstracts Selection Announcement

March 31: Early Bird Ticket Deadline

April 15: Regular Ticket Deadline

May 1: Submission Deadline for Full Papers

May 1: Last Day for Ticket Refunds

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any further questions at:

We very much look forward to your submission!

Ahmet Kaan Ketboga and Crystal Staebell
Heads of World Congress | |