Academic Convention

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The IAPSS Academic Convention aims to provide political science and related discipline students and researchers with the following insights. First, you can present your own work and research within a variety of student panels. Second, the conference aims at bringing together experts from academia, politics, the media and civil society. Networking and exchanging with students and researchers on the conference topic is the focus. Besides the academic program, the social program gives time to explore the city and to network with participants and experts.

The highlights of the Academic Convention

At the Academic Convention, you can present your work to other participants but also to professionals from the respective field. Standing up for your research in discussions with high performing participants trains your arguing skills. Various panels provide an exhausting overview of the topic of the conference. The topic of the conference and panels varies at each conference and normally has a regional dimension.

You also have the chance to learn valuable skills in research workshops offered during the conference. The workshops provide in-depth knowledge of certain topics and help you to perfect your research. In addition, an Oxford-style debate on the conference topic is offered.

The social program in the evenings allows you to relax, network, and explore the convention-city. Networking amongst researchers and experts is in the focus. It opens the possibilities for casual or fervid debates on conference or entirely unrelated topics. City tours and get-together are organised to strengthen intercultural awareness.

Experts and lectures are mainly provided by our partner organisations. IPSA and ISA, two of the most important organisations for political science, are normally conducting lectures. Our local partners like ASEF at the Academic Convention 2018 in Singapore support the conference with regional insights. Setting the focus of the conference also on regional theories and topics.

Bring the Academic Convention to you!

Academic Conventions are organised worldwide and largely with our regional chapters. If you want to bring the Academic Convention to your city please reach out to the regional chapters. Feel free to contact the Convention Team at convention@iapss.org for any further inquiries.

2018 | Singapore: Rethinking Development

The Academic Convention 2018 in Singapore – A general description

The International Association for Political Science Students is thrilled to announce the Academic Convention 2018 in Singapore. From November 19 to 23, students from all over the world will gather to discuss the convention theme, “Rethinking Development: Innovative Policies for Social and Economic Advancement.” This year, we are partnering with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), an inter-governmental organisation that aims to strengthen relations between Asia and Europe. An annual event with an expected attendance of +150, the Convention is one of the largest international conferences for students of political science, international relations, and related disciplines.

What can you expect?

The Academic Convention 2018 will bring together a multiplicity of experts from academia, civil society institutions, the media, policy-makers, and think tanks. In student panels, panelists will present their research (concerning the convention theme) to an audience of fellow students, after which there will be interactive discussions. Participants will also have the chance to learn valuable skills in the 9 research workshops we’ll have to offer, in addition to an Oxford-style debate and 6 much-anticipated lectures. In the evenings, a social program will allow participants to relax, network, and explore the city!

We look forward to welcoming you to Singapore in November 2018!

Due to popular demand, we have extended our deadline to register. Be sure to register by October 31 to secure your spot at the Convention!

The Event

Program Overview

The IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 aims at both providing students of political science, international relations and related disciplines a platform to present their work and research within a variety of student panels, and bringing you together with experts from the academia, politics, the media and civil society to discuss and examine topics and issues around the theme “Rethinking Development: Innovative Policies for Social and Economic Advancement” in depth.

 

This year we will be expecting around 150 participants, with 80 panelists in 21 student-run panels. The first day (November 19) is an arrival and registration day, with a networking event in the evening. The following days (November 20 – 23) are divided into time slots for student panels, lectures, and research workshops. Three to five students will present their research and work in form of short paper presentations at each panel, facilitated by a panel chair, a panel discussant and the audience present.

 

At a number of high profile lectures, we will bring you together with leading political scientists of our time, in an open atmosphere enabling both the speaker and the audience to discuss the topic of the lectures freely and without limits of thinking. In the morning to afternoon sessions, a wide range of events is scheduled, such as roundtables with ambassadors. A highly interactive environment will enable you and the academic guests to elaborate on concepts, theories, and arguments in depth.

 

The academic program will be supplemented by a variety of social events, enabling you to relax in the evenings and meet fellow students and the organisers in an informal setting.

 

You will receive the final program of the IAPSS Academic Convention two weeks prior to the event. However, please see below a skeleton of the planned program. Note that the following info may change and that coffee and tea breaks are not included.

Monday, November 19
13:30 – Registration
19:00 – Networking Event

Tuesday, November 20
9:00 – Registration
9:30 – Opening Session
10:00 – Lecture
12:00 – Panels
13:30 – Lunch in Student Canteen
15:00 – Lecture
17:00 – Panels
Exhibition Hall, Social Program (ex: City Tour)

Wednesday, November 21
10:00 – Research Workshops (3 choices)
12:00 – Panels
13:30 – Lunch in Student Canteen
15:00 – Lectures (2 choices)
17:00 – Panels
Exhibition Hall, Social Program

Thursday, November 22
9:30 – Research Workshops (3 choices)
11:00 – Exhibition Booths
11:30 – Panels
13:00 – Lunch in Student Canteen
14:30 – Lecture by Professor Euiyoung-Kim of Seoul National University, International Political Science Association (IPSA) representative
16:30 – Round Tables with Ambassadors and Asia-Europe Foundation Board of Governors
Social Program

Friday, November 23
10:00 – Panels
12:00 – Panels
15:00 – Ministry of Foreign Affairs presentation
17:00 – Closing and Awards Ceremony
End-of-Convention Party

At a number of high profile lectures, we will bring you together with leading political scientists of our time, in an open atmosphere enabling both the speaker and the audience to discuss the topic of the lectures freely and without limits of thinking. In the morning to afternoon sessions, a wide range of events is scheduled, such as roundtables with ambassadors. A highly interactive environment will enable you and the academic guests to elaborate on concepts, theories, and arguments in depth.

 

More information to come soon about the lecture descriptions and research workshops.

Preliminary Panel Topics:

  • Technological Innovations
  • Regionalism
  • Nation-building
  • Post-conflict nation-building
  • Developmental Justice
  • Pax Sinica
  • Social Impact of Financial Innovations
  • Intra-State Conflict in the 21st century
  • Youth and the Country
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Culture and Policy
  • Community Development
  • What is Development?
  • Leaders and Policy
  • Resource Management
  • Perpetuation of Inequity
  • Democracy: A Botton-Up Approach
  • Crime and Development
  • Security, Peace, and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Security, Peace, and Development
  • Gender and Development

Singapore

We are proud to announce that we have chosen SkyTeam as the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 Official Alliance Network for air travel. We would like to offer you seamless air travel via SkyTeam Global Meetings to our event. Our registered Global Meetings event offers you attractive airfares. By booking and buying your airline ticket via the dedicated link below, you will benefit from:

  • Savings – take advantage of exclusive discounts up to 15% in both Business and Economy Class; no fee for your online bookings.
  • Convenience – book the most convenient itinerary online with any of the 20 SkyTeam member airlines.
  • Reward Miles – earn Miles on your frequent flyer program of a SkyTeam member airline and save on your future travels.
  • Valuable services – SkyTeam Elite Plus, First and Business Class customers will experience SkyPriority, the alliance network red-carpet treatment, and will get access to the exclusive SkyTeam lounges.
  • SkyTeam network – travel to your event from virtually anywhere in the world with over 16,270 daily flights covering more than 1,050 destinations in 179 countries.

To book your air travel now, visit the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 Dedicated Booking Page or www.skyteam.com/globalmeetings and enter our Event ID; 3937S

The main airport in Singapore is Singapore Changi Airport.

 

NOTE: We do not currently offer scholarships for travel. If you are in need of funds, we encourage you to apply for external grants. We are able to provide any documentation needed once your registration is confirmed. For specific inquiries, please contact us at ac-info@iapss.org.

We do not provide accommodation booking, but see below for potential options:

November 19 to 24, 5-night stay

Park Hotel Alexandra
323 Alexandra Road
28 min bus to venue
Deluxe queen or twin room
1,218 SGD

Hotel Clover 769 North Bridge Road
769 North Bridge Road, Kampong Glam
43 min MRT transfer
Superior double room (no windows)
950 SGD

Park Hotel Farrer Park
10 Farrer Park Station Road
37 min MRT transfer or 59 min bus ride
Superior double or twin room
828 SGD

The Quay Hotel 
57 South Bridge Road, Boat Quay
37 min MRT transfer or 52 min bus ride
Superior double room (no window)
747 SGD

Metropolitan YMCA Singapore
60 Stevens Road, Orchard
33 min MRT transfer
Standard twin room (no window)
560 SGD

Fragrance Hotel – Riverside
20 Hong Kong Street, Boat Quay
35 min MRT transfer or 51 min bus ride
Superior double or twin Room (no window)
539 SGD

Fragrance Hotel – Waterfront
418 Pasir Panjang Road
36 min bus
Superior double or twin room
479 SGD

Cube Boutique Capsule Hotel @ Chinatown
76, 78 Smith Street, Chinatown
31 min MRT transfer or 44 min bus ride
Single capsule in dormitory room
221 SGD

COO Boutique Hostel
259 Outram Road, Tiong Bahru
39 min MRT transfer or 56 min bus ride
Single bed in dormitory room
144 SGD

All prices exclude 7% tax and 10% service charge.
All prices rounded up to nearest dollar.

The convention will take place at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) headquarters, as well as in neighboring buildings.

Should you be of a nationality that does not entitle you to freedom of movement within Singapore, or from a nationality that does not entitle you to a visa-waiver/visa upon arrival, you will likely need a visa to enter Singapore.

 

The visa letter request form can be found in the IAPSS Store. You must be an IAPSS Member and be logged in with your IAPSS login information to access the form. You may contact us directly at ac-info@iapss.org if you have issues accessing a form. You must have paid your registration fee in order for a visa letter to be issued. A letter from IAPSS does not guarantee that you will be issued a visa.

 

The responsibility of ensuring that one has the proper documentation and permission to enter Singapore or any other territories in connection with one’s arrival in Singapore is solely one’s own. If you are in doubt about your ability to enter Singapore, you should contact the nearest Singaporean Embassy, Consulate, or Missions in your area.

About

Note that the information below is preliminary – final guidelines will be provided in October. Each paper presentation will consist of a presentation by the paper presenter, the discussant’s reply and a Q&A session with the audience.

Panels featuring three panelists will be structured (as per paper presented) as follows:

  • 12 minutes presentation;
  • 3 minutes discussion by the discussant;
  • 15 minutes Q&A with the audience

Panels featuring four panelists will be structured (as per paper presented) as follows:

  • 10 minutes presentation;
  • 2,5 minutes discussion by the discussant;
  • 10 minutes Q&A with the audience

All panels are limited to 90 minutes each. Please check the number of paper presenters in your panel and adapt your presentation according to the scheme above. All paper presenters, discussants and chairs are requested to be at the venue of the panel at least 15 minutes before the panel’s opening. Presenting a paper with one or more co-authors? Bear in mind the time structure above is per paper presented, not per presenter.

Provided Technical Facilities

All rooms are equipped with presentation facilities (fixed data projectors). You are kindly suggested to prepare a visual presentation underlining your discourse. Please bring a USB flash drive with the respective file(s) to the panel, best if in both .ppt and .pdf file types at least 15 minutes prior to the panel’s opening.

How to be a good Panelist

  • Keep to time. You will be allocated between 9 and 12 minutes of time (according to the total number of paper presenters in your panel) and if you go over the limit, it will be taken from the time of your co-panelists.
  • Structure your presentation so that the audience has the time to ask you questions afterwards.
  • Prepare your speech beforehand. You do not need to read directly from the paper but hint-cards are always useful.
  • If you write down your speech, make sure you have leeway time-wise. Speakers reading directly from the paper very often underestimate the time they will need for presentation.
  • If you run out of time, you will be cut off mid-presentation. No exceptions.
  • You have the option to use a laptop and a projector to display your figures, charts, or the summary of your paper. Be cautious with its use. Do not merely read what is written behind you – that is not presenting. The projector is an addendum not the core of your presentation.
  • Be precise and concise. You are presenting your research results, not making a political speech. Keep in mind that your audience is smart.
  • Read the papers of your colleagues. It is polite to prepare at least one question for each of your co-panelist and give them a proper feedback. Your work does not end with finishing your paper, the key to a successful academic panel is interaction among its participants.

 

In addition to their active participation in the discussions and/or their paper presentations, participants to the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 can also apply for the positions of Chair and/or Discussant of a panel. To be eligible, an applicant for Chair and/or Discussant positions must have registered for the Academic Convention, either as a paper presenter or as an observer. To apply, please visit this online formSelected Chairs and Discussants will be announced together with the programme for student panels on October 20, 2018.

How to be a good Panel Chair

  • You must read the papers in your panel carefully, and prepare questions.
  • Start your panel exactly on time whenever possible.
  • No need to introduce yourself or anyone else at length. At most, say people’s names and institutional affiliations. Let them introduce their papers themselves.
  • Let the panelists speak in the order listed on the programme unless they request otherwise – for technical reasons, for example.
  • Keep each panelist to the time allotted. This is the most important part of the role of the panel chair. Divide the entire session evenly between all panelists. If one person goes over the time limit, they are cutting directly into of the time of the other panelists, and that must be avoided. Give people a subtle warning when they are close to time (show them on a piece of paper or on fingers ‘5, 2, 1 minute(s)’). Once they are out of time, give them notice. If they do not stop, you will need to be bold and ask them out loud to wrap up.
  • Take questions from the audience immediately after individual presentations. The Q&A should comprise at least one fourth of the time allocated to one panelist. If there are lots of questions, try to avoid asking any yourself, however be ready just in case the audience goes silent too soon.
  • Do not allow the audience to go off on a lengthy tangent, you may need to interrupt them to refocus the discussion.
  • Make sure the session finishes on time. People want their cup of coffee/a toilet break, etc. and they can always continue the debate over coffee if they care that much.
  • Always end the session by inviting the audience to thank the presenters (round of applause).

How to be a good Panel Discussant

As a discussant at IAPSS events, you serve two different needs:

  • Your first and most important responsibility is to help the audience understand the papers better. You must read the papers carefully, take time to understand their contributions, strengths and weaknesses, and what the audience needs to know about them.
  • Your second responsibility is to the authors. What are your reactions to the papers and why? What can the authors do to improve the paper? Learning how to read other papers with the critical eye of a good discussant will help you to learn how to write papers that appeal to the profession.

Review all papers through the following steps:

  • Briefly summarise the paper’s main message and its contribution.
  • Provide an assessment of the paper: does it make its case convincingly?
  • Suggest constructive ways to improve the paper.
  • Highlight the relevance of the paper to academia and society.
  • Stimulate conversation among the audience by posing questions for discussion.

IAPSS Membership, Convention Registration, Media Accreditation & Visa

Do I have to be member of IAPSS in order to purchase a ticket for the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018?

IAPSS Individual Membership is required to attend any IAPSS event. Membership comes at 10.00 or 15.00 EUR per year depending on your country of origin, with discounted rates available for 2-year memberships. You can purchase your membership directly here. Please note that you need to purchase your membership prior to your registration for the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 in Singapore

I am not a student anymore, can I still participate?

Our events are open to everyone. While the programme and concept of the Convention focuses on current students of all levels (Bachelor, Master’s, PhD), also former students, post-doctoral researchers and all other scholars of political science, international relations and related disciplines are welcome to attend.

Our journal / newspaper / TV station / radio station would like to accredit a journalist. Who do we need to contact and what are the requirements for press accreditation?

We are welcoming press and media representatives as well as student journals to all our events. If you are interested in attending as a journalist, please contact us at ac-info@iapss.org .

Which payment methods are accepted?

Our web store accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards, Visa and MasterCard debit cards (only those debit cards that have a 16-digit code on the front of the card), PayPal, iDEAL, SOFORT Überweisung, Bancontact/Mistercash.

I come from a country where PayPal is not available, and I don’t have a credit card. How can I still pay for my ticket?

Please note that we also accept selected Visa and MasterCard debit cards. In case of payment difficulties, please contact us at finances@iapss.org for alternative payment methods (e.g. wire transfer or WesternUnion).

Are there any additional costs during the conference?

Apart from the participation fee (ticket), we don’t charge any additional fees in order to keep costs for participation in the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 at a student-friendly level. However, we highlight that accommodation, travel, meals and visa costs (if any) are not covered by the participation fee. You can find recommendations on how to save money, book cheap accommodation and flights here. We generally recommend to arrange travel and accommodation at an early stage as Singapore is a well visited city.

I am in need of a visa invitation in order to apply for my Singapore visa. Who can I can contact and what are the requirements?

All visa related questions and requests are handled by Sviatlana at ac-info@iapss.org . Please note that visa invitations are only issued for those who have completed their registration for the Convention (requires purchase of a ticket).

I have problems to register / to pay for my ticket. Who can I contact?

In case of any problems with your registration for IAPSS Membership or your ticket purchase for the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 in Singapore, please contact BInderiya Oyunbaatar at ac-info@iapss.org .

Can I cancel my ticket and get it refunded?

If, for any reason, you cannot attend the Convention, restitution of your participation fee (or a part of it) is conditional and subject to deadlines.

In case of a rejected visa application, reimbursement of your ticket will be decided upon on a case by case basis. The responsibility for fees and timely application for a visa remains with the participant, and IAPSS is not liable for any fees incurred by the participant due to a rejected visa application. Please consult with Binderiya Oyunbaatar at ac-info@iapss.org in case you wish to cancel your purchased ticket.

 

Paper Submission / Presentation

I am presenting a paper at the Convention. What is the deadline for the submission of my paper?

The final deadline for paper submissions has been extended until Oct. 31, 23:59 CET.
For inquiries regarding your paper, please do not hesitate to contact us at ac-panels@iapss.org .

Which paper structure and format requirements do I have to fulfill?

Please adjust, structure and layout your paper according to the IAPSS Paper Submission Guidelines which aims at standardising the formatting of papers presented at IAPSS events and published in IAPSS journals. The Guidelines reflect leading international academic paper standards.

Are there opportunities to publish my paper in a journal after the Convention?

Successful paper presenters will have a chance to submit their papers for review either to IAPSS’ journal Encuentro Latinoamericano (if the paper has a focus on Latin American politics) or to Politikon (in other cases). Publication is, as always, conditional upon a successful outcome of the review process. We are looking forward to your submission!

Who should I contact for other questions regarding my paper submission / presentation?

For all inquiries related to your paper, the IAPSS Paper Submission Guidelines and your presentation(s) at the IAPSS AcademicConvention 2018 in Singapore, please do not hesitate to contact Katsiaryna at convention-panels@iapss.org .

Can I still submit my abstract for presenting a paper at the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017?

The Call for Papers closed on September 12th, 2018. If you would still like to apply to become a paper presenter after this date, please consult with Katsiaryna at convention-panels@iapss.org to see if an exception can be made.

Travel, Accommodation & Other Inquiries

Are there any hostels you negotiated a special deal for accommodation with?

We do not provide accommodation booking, but click here to view potential options:

Will there be a specific dress code at the Academic Convention 2018?

We encourage you to wear business casual. We advise to respect cultural sensitivity with regards to the diverse international audience present at the Convention by adequate dress.

Does IAPSS cover my accommodation, meals or travel costs?

No. Accommodation, meals and travel costs are to be covered by the participants. However, we provide information on cheap accommodation, meals and on affordable travel on the travel page.

Will there be social events and is attendance covered by my ticket?

Of course! Various social events, including an Opening and Closing Reception, a Convention Party and Bar Nights, will be held.

Other Questions?

Has your question not yet been answered or would you like to contact us?

Then do not hesitate to get in touch with: Binderiya Oyunbaatar at ac-info@iapss.org, for visa, registration, other administrative and media inquiries or Katsiaryna at convention-panels@iapss.org for abstract, paper and panel related inquiries.

Jennifer Yi

Head of Convention


Jennifer is in her final year of her BA at the University of Notre Dame, in the United States. Alongside her degree in political science, she is pursuing additional concentrations in Sociology, European Studies, and Constitutional Studies. Last year she was studying abroad at Sciences Po Paris when she joined IAPSS as the Logistics Coordinator of the 2018 World Congress. A Los Angeles native, Jennifer has previously worked with the California Association of Student Councils and the State Department of Justice. She also worked at the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), where she focused on promoting protections for migrant workers. Her research interests fall within the subjects of comparative constitutionalism and transitional justice. With a keen interest in studying languages, Jennifer is fluent in English, Korean, and French, and is now avidly learning German and Spanish.

Jesslene

Deputy Head of Convention


Jesslene, from Singapore, is an independent researcher. She obtained a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and wrote her undergraduate thesis on why states join international organisations by rising powers. She is also currently a teaching assistant at NUS, teaching classes in political science and global studies. Her current research interests include International Relations and International Political Economy, with an emphasis on how rising powers affect international institutions and international cooperation. With a love for language and writing, Jesslene speaks and writes English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Having only recently joined IAPSS, Jesslene hopes to contribute towards the regionalisation of the association and building an inclusive and robust community of junior political scientists in the region.

Do Youn

Deputy Head of Convention


Do Youn is a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major at Yale-NUS College, which is a liberal arts college founded by Yale University and the National University of Singapore. She is a co-president of the Yale-NUS Chamber Music Collective and organises recitals and gala concerts every semester. With a keen interest in event and programme management, she interned at ASEAN Foundation, where she coordinated participants for events such as the ASEAN Science and Technology Workshop and communicated with major arts companies in Korea. She also finds it fulfilling to teach English, Korean, or public speaking and use language to empower others. She spent most of her years in Korea, where she learned Spanish and was an avid lacrosse player. There she was an activist for a variety of issues, one of which involved campaigning with the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. She is excited about implementing a cultural aspect to the IAPSS Academic Convention 2018 so that people can experience the beautiful city of Singapore to its fullest.

Sviatlana

Administration Coordinator


Binderiya

Assistant Administration Coordinator


Daniel Ruiz

Speakers Coordinator


Daniel studies Liberal Arts – an interdisciplinary degree – at the University of Essex in the UK. His focus is Politics and Philosophy. His academic and personal background is marked by politics, classical music and a genuine interest in the world around him. His academic path has led him to study at Sciences Po Paris, at the Free University of Berlin and at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Past political commitments include being the head of the Luxembourg Delegation at the Model European Parliament 2014 in Vienna and being the President of the Society of Luxembourg Students in Britain in 2016/17. In October 2017, he represented Luxembourg at the ARC6 Forum in Singapore. In 2018, he got re- invited by the Asia-Europe Foundation to act as a Facilitator at the 3rd ASEF Young Leaders Summit in Brussels. Previously, he has also worked as an intern for the Luxembourg Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand in 2016.

Katsiaryna

Panels Coordinator


Katsiaryna holds a BA in International Relations from the Belarusian State University and is currently studying towards her Master’s degree in European Studies at Comenius University in Bratislava with the support of the Visegrad Fund. Her academic interests include EU foreign policy, security studies and conflict resolution. Being very interested in this topic, she has published several articles on the EU role in conflict resolution. Katsiaryna has actively participated in seasonal schools in Russia, Estonia, Norway, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Her mother tongues are Belarusian and Russian, she is fluent in English, has a good knowledge of Spanish and she is improving her Slovak. She has been actively involved in different kinds of voluntary activities and completed internships in several NGOs and think tanks. Katsiaryna has been participating in the Regional Academy on the United Nations program working on a group research project in the framework of UNODC. She has been involved in several academic events and conferences both as a participant and an organizer. As Panels Coordinator of 2018 IAPSS Academic Convention Katsiaryna hopes to contribute her share to make this experience valuable and rewarding for all the participants.

Nanthini

Assistant Panels Coordinator


Nanthini has just completed her Masters in International Relations at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia last year. She majored in International Security with a focus on the Asia Pacific and specifically, ASEAN/EU relations. She also holds a BA with majors in Politics and Gender Studies from La Trobe University in Australia. After spending several years in Australia during which she volunteered with organisations such as RedR Australia, she has just moved back to Singapore to further her career goals. Her current interests lies in the part regional organisations (specifically ASEAN) play in the furthering of multilateralism. She currently writes for the Young Diplomats Society as their Regional Content Writer for Southeast Asia. Fluent in English and Tamil with some knowledge of Mandarin and Malay, she is looking at expanding her knowledge of European languages by learning French.

2017 | Bremen: Truth and Politics

IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017

Truth and Politics

September 13–17 in Bremen, Germany

The International Association for Political Science Students launches its Call for Papers for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017 in Bremen; one of the most iconic cities in Germany. This is one of the largest international conferences for students of Political Science, International Relations and related disciplines, organized every selected year: this year in partnership with the University of Bremen.

The Topic

The relationship between truth and politics has puzzled students of politics for centuries. Does truth in politics necessarily lose its importance? Or are there different ‘kinds’ of politics, whereby in some truth plays a central role, while in others it is sidelined by an effort to reach and attain power? Alternatively, should the relationship be approached through exploring the concept of truth, instead of politics, possibly revealing that objective truths are unreachable in the societal world and to a lesser or greater extent depend on interactions between and interpretations of the actors involved?

The analysis of the role of truth in politics lies at the heart of any endeavour about the meaning(s) of politics. In political theory, the inquiry dates back at least to Machiavelli, with scholars debating the many interpretations of his work, conventionally considered to justify lying and manipulation for a certain political purpose. Social science methodologists are concerned with the (im)possibility of objectivity in social research and with new ways how to increase the reliability and validity of their scientific outcomes.

Political communication research faces the dynamically changing trends in campaigning, for which the year 2016 provided the two most visible examples of the US presidential elections and the referendum on Brexit. The largely unexpected outcomes of these events also pose a challenge for students of political behaviour, challenged by the strengthening discourse on post-factual or post-truth politics. The seemingly decreasing importance of debates based on factually correct and justified reasoning poses a question of to what extent populist strategies are part of the problem or, to the contrary, a possible solution to the ‘hollowing and backsliding’ of democratic governments in some countries and regions around the globe.

Furthermore, those working on political institutions face the need to (re)examine the relevance of various kinds of rules in navigating political actions. Those who care most about the individual and her fundamental human rights have to address what kind(s) of deficiencies of human rights protection could the deconstruction of rules bring about. Truth(s) are of no less importance for public policy analysts and practitioners, as to determine how the (in)correctness of information available can influence the design and implementation of policies in various fields.

These are just some of the puzzles that fall under the umbrella of the relationship between truth and politics, demonstrating that more attention is needed to examine the basic premises we base our research on, regardless of the specific field and theoretical and methodological traditions, and thus see how, if at all, is the Millian ‘search for truth’ possible and relevant in the contemporary world.

Call for Papers

The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017 seeks to establish an academic discussion about how politics in its various forms and manifestations relates to truth in a both historical and contemporary perspective. We welcome papers 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.

Guidelines for Paper Submissions

Please send us your abstract of no more than 250 words by submitting the online form here. This form also includes the name of the author(s), the title of the paper, key words, home university, and e-mail address. Abstracts should be submitted by 15 July 2017. Selected candidates for student panels will be informed by 25 July 2017.

Full papers should be submitted via the available online form by 31 August 2017.

Registration

Please note that you need to be registered for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017 by purchasing your ticket in the IAPSS Web Store. In addition, a valid IAPSS membership is needed to be eligible to register and participate at the conference. The final deadline for registrations is 15 August 2017, but a discount will apply if you register by 30 June 2017 (31 July 2017 for panelists).

Key dates

July 15: Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission
July 31: Early Bird Fee Registration Deadline for Panelists
August 29: Final Deadline Registrations
August 31: Submission Deadline for Full Papers
September 13–17: IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017

Questions

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any further questions at: convention@iapss.org
We very much look forward to your submission!

2017 | Quito: Impacts of Human Mobility in an Interconnected World

IAPSS Convention 2017 in Quito

“Impacts of Human Mobility in an Interconnected World”

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) | Quito, Ecuador

January 26th – 28th, 2017

Tickets are available here

 

What Can You Expect?

The second IAPSS Convention in Latin America will be held from January 26th – 28th, 2017 at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito, Ecuador – one of the leading universities in political and social sciences research and teaching in Latin America.

IAPSS Convention 2017 seeks to provide a platform to investigate the tremendous variety of “Impacts of Human Mobility in an Interconnected World”, to challenge conventional perceptions, to ask uncomfortable questions and to offer the space and the opportunity to present the innovative research and work in-process of young political scientists from Latin America, the Americas and beyond.

With a truly international audience expected which crosses all sub-disciplines of political science and social sciences and indeed all student career stages, the IAPSS Convention 2017 will be a unique event for individual academic learning, vivid debate and networking.

On The Program

The IAPSS Convention 2017 in Quito aims at both providing students of political science, international relations and related disciplines a platform to present their work and research within a variety of student panels, and bringing you together with experts from the academia, politics, the media and civil society to discuss and examine topics and issues around the Convention’s theme “Impacts of Human Mobility in an Interconnected World” – in-depth.

Each day is divided in 4 time slots of 90 minutes length each. 5 slots are exclusively reserved for a series of student panels running parallel. Three to five students will present their research and work in form of short paper presentations at each panel, facilitated by a panel chair, a panel discussant and the audience present.

High-profile lectures will bring you together with leading political scientists of our time, in an open atmosphere enabling both the speaker and the audience to discuss the lecture’s topic freely and without limits of thinking.

3 time slots of again 90 minutes length each are scheduled for a number of expert sessions. A highly interactive environment will enable you and the academic guests to elaborate on concepts, theories and arguments. Selected documentary screening will enrich the program, and you will have the unique opportunity to discuss the documentaries content and background with the director.

The conference will be bilingual, featuring a program of both English and Spanish sessions.

The Social Program

Quito offers uncounted cultural and social events and venues to enjoy your time in the city as much as possible. The Convention’s social program will include a festive Opening Reception as well as an optional guided tour through two of the most beautiful Quito’s museums, Museo de la Ciudad and Museo del Carmen AltoThe Bar Night will be held on Day 2. The very last night will end with a vibrant Convention Party on board of a number of Chivas Quiteñas, Quito’s famous party vehicles, cruising the streets of Ecuador’s capital.

Special Features and Services

The IAPSS Convention 2017 in Quito will be officially inaugurated with a festive Opening Session in the morning of January 26, followed by the Key Note hold by a high-profile speaker.

After the ultimate highlight of the program, the Oxford Style Debate, the IAPSS Excutive Committee and the IAPSS Congress Management will officially close the Convention during a festive Closing Session, summing up the three days of the Convention’s academic program (January 26 – 28). During the closure, the winner of the fifth IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence will be announced!

Call for Papers (closed by November 28)

The Call for Papers‘s deadline for abstract submissions was November 28. We welcomed the submission of abstracts related to the Convention’s theme from students of political science, international relations, related sub-fields and other social sciences from all career stages (Bachelor, Master, PhD, PostDocs et al.).

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All abstract submitters have been notified. Final papers are to be sent until January 10 (December 23 for IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence) to the email-address convention-panels@iapss.org. Detailed instructions on the preparation of your individual paper presentation and participation in your student panel will be provided by the beginning of January 2017. Take a look at the IAPSS Paper Submission Guideline.

How Can You Get Your Ticket?

Tickets for the IAPSS Convention 2017 in Quito are available here:

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If you are a member of IAPSS already, you will just have to log in to your individual account at MyIAPSS (if you have forgotten your password, just request a reset and renew your password; your login address is the e-mail address you’ve applied with for IAPSS membership) and purchase your Convention ticket via the IAPSS Web Store.

If you are not a member of IAPSS yet, you have to register for IAPSS Membership first – completed in a few minutes. Afterwards, you will be able to purchase your Convention ticket in the IAPSS Web Store as described above. IAPSS Membership comes at 10 or 15 EUR per year, depending on your country of origin. 2-year memberships are also available.

Payment options include various credit cards, PayPal and payment by debit card (the latter for selected countries only). Our payment facilities are protected by a SSL certificate.

How Much Is It?

Low ticket fees aim at offering a socially inclusive access to the Convention for young political and social scientists – the least dependent possible on their (your) origin and financial resources. There is one ticket for all attendees, regardless of whether you are presenting a paper or attend as observer.

Early Bird Tickets: 50 EUR | ca. 54 US$ (available until December 23)

Regular Tickets: 60 EUR | ca. 64 US$

An insignificant fee is charged depending on whether you purchase your ticket via credit card or PayPal. Please note that accommodation is not included, and that IAPSS does not cover travel or visa costs.

The Venue

IAPSS Convention 2017 will take place at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) – one of the leading universities in Latin America. USFQ disposes of premium class facilities and a beautiful garden-like campus. On and next to campus, a variety of eateries, cafés, restaurants, shops and places are perfect to spend your lunch break and to hang out. If you need to work, read or study during IAPSS Convention 2017, the centrally located USFQ library will be at your disposal.

How to get to USFQ?

USFQ is located in Cumbayá, about 10-12km from the city center, depending on where are you are staying. Find the university’s location here. The full address is: Diego de Robles S/N y Vía, Interoceánica Cumbayá, Ecuador

Regular public buses (green buses with destination ‘Cumbayá/Tumbaco’) travel between campus and downtown Quito. Journeys start at the Estación de la Rio Coca. For USFQ, you need to exit at Cumbayá-Supermaxi (the shopping center opposite USFQ). Single rides come at 0.25US$. Alternatively, taxis are plentiful in Quito. A trip from downtown Quito costs between 8 and 12 US$ (one-way) and takes about 15-25min, depending on traffic.

Travel Recommendations

Quito’s Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre is 37km east of the city in a broad valley near Tababela. It’s a modern facility with the longest runway in Latin America. Quito is served by Aeroméxico, Aerolineas Argentinas, American Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Iberia, Insel Air Aruba, KLM, LAN, TAME, United Airlines and Viva Colombia, which connect the city with all major airports across South, Central and North America, as well selected cities in Europe, Asia and Africa. The airport is connected with Quito’s city center by taxi and public bus. Find detailed information here.

The city has two main bus terminals (and a smaller third terminal), and they are all a long way from the center (allow at least an hour by public transit, 30 minutes or more by taxi). No longer are any of the companies allowed to board passengers at their offices in the city. Buses connect Quito with all other parts of Ecuador, among other, Ambato, Banos, Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Otavalo and Riobamba. When traveling by bus to/from Peru or Colombia, buses need to be changed at the border.

Accommodation Recommendations

Quito offers a large variety of lodging options, with cheap hostels offering single beds in dormitories as well as separate rooms, medium-range and high-end hotels, but also private accommodation as well as hundreds of Couchsurfing and AirBnB options – the latter especially interesting for smaller and larger groups. The Organizing Committee has arranged a discounted rate for the accommodation in “El Hostelito” Hostel (for more information contact convention@iapss.org).

Since Quito is a well-visited city around the year, we recommend to arrange your accommodation the earliest possible to enjoy the best offers and deals.

Visa Invitations

Ecuador has one of the most lenient visa policies in the world as most visitors are not obliged to obtain a visa for stays up to 90 days. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months. Citizens of most South American countries can enter Ecuador with an ID card even. Nationals of the following 10 countries require a visa for Ecuador: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia. Nationals of Haiti must hold a proof of funds.

In case you are holding the citizenship of one of the aforementioned countries, please get in touch with us at convention-info@iapss.org. We’ll issue you a visa invitation letter on the basis of completed registration (requires purchase of your ticket).

On-Site Conference Info & Registration Desk

January 25 is the main on-site registration day. Our team will be welcoming you at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and provide you with your individual participant bag containing the official IAPSS Convention 2017 booklet, your individual name badge with a lanyard, writing utensils and further material.

A permanent Info & Registration Desk will be available for your questions and inquiries from January 26 till January 28, from 09.00 to 19.00.

Certificates of attendance will be provided on-site. There are specific certificates for paper presenters, chairs and discussants. Please note that you can only obtain your certificate during the Convention, not before or afterwards.

Key Dates

October 11, 2016 – Registrations open

November 28, 2016 – Deadline to submit abstracts

December 5, 2016 – Notification on selection for all abstracts submitters

December 23, 2016 – Sale of Early Bird Tickets ends

December 23, 2016 – Deadline to submit full papers (IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence)

January 10, 2017 – Deadline to submit full papers

January 10, 2017 – Registrations close for all paper presenters

January 18th, 2017 – Registrations close

Stay tuned!

Follow us on facebook here and join the official IAPSS Convention 2017 facebook event to get all news!

Questions & Inquiries

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

for abstract, paper and panel related inquiries: Steffy Ramos at convention-panels@iapss.org

for speakers inquires: Cristina Quijano at convention-speakers@iapss.org

for registration, visa and other administrative inquiries: Amira Zaza at convention-info@iapss.org

for IAPSS Membership inquiries: Laura Dunkley at secgen@iapss.org

for ticket and payment related inquiries: Kateryna Dyshkantyuk at finances@iapss.org

for other inquiries: José Zurita at convention-logistics@iapss.org

Partners: International Political Science Association, Universidad San Francisco

2015 | Quito: Contemporary Challenges in Latin America

IAPSS Conference in Latin America (ICLA) 2015

“Contemporary Challenges in Latin America”

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) | Quito, Ecuador

November 18-21, 2015

Tickets available here – now only for USFQ students until November 10

 

What Can You Expect?

The first IAPSS Conference in Latin America (ICLA) will be held from November 18-21, 2015 at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito, Ecuador – one of the leading universities in political and social sciences research and teaching in Latin America.

ICLA 2015 seeks to provide a platform to investigate the tremendous variety of Contemporary Challenges in Latin America, to challenge conventional perceptions, to ask uncomfortable questions and to offer the space and the opportunity to present the innovative research and work in-process of young political scientists from Latin America, the Americas and beyond.

With a truly international audience expected which crosses all sub-disciplines of political science and social sciences and indeed all student career stages, the IAPSS Conference in Latin America 2015 will be a unique event for individual academic learning, vivid debate and networking.

Read more

On The Program

The IAPSS Conference in Latin America 2015 aims at both providing students of political science, international relations and related disciplines a platform to present their work and research within a variety of student panels, and bringing you together with experts from the academia, politics, the media and civil society to discuss and examine topics and issues around the Convention’s theme “Contemporay Challenges in Latin America” – in-depth.

Each day is divided in 4 time slots of 90 minutes length each. 7 slots are exclusively reserved for a series of student panels running parallel. Three to five students will present their research and work in form of short paper presentations at each panel, facilitated by a panel chair, a panel discussant and the audience present.

High-profile lectures will bring you together with leading political scientists of our time, in an open atmosphere enabling both the speaker and the audience to discuss the lecture’s topic freely and without limits of thinking.

3 time slots of again 90 minutes length each are scheduled for a number of expert sessions. A highly interactive environment will enable you and the academic guests to elaborate on concepts, theories and arguments. Selected documentary screenings will enrich the program, and you will have the unique opportunity to discuss the documentaries’ content and background with the directors.

The conference will be bilingual, featuring a program of both English and Spanish sessions.

The Social Program

Quito offers uncounted cultural and social events and venues to enjoy your time in the city as much as possible. The Conference’s social program will include a festive Opening Reception and an optional visit to the Casa Del Alabado, Quito’s Museum of Precolombian Art. Bar Nights will be held on Day 2 and Day 3. The very last night will end with a vibrant Conference Party on board of a number of Chivas Quiteñas, Quito’s famous party vehicles, cruising the streets of Ecuador’s capital.

Special Features and Services

The IAPSS Conference in Latin America 2015 will be officially inaugurated with a festive Opening Session in the morning of November 18, followed by the Key Note hold by a high-profile speaker.

After the ultimate highlight of the program, the Oxford Style Debate, the IAPSS Excutive Committee and the IAPSS Congress Management will officially close the Conference during a festive Closing Session, summing up the four days of the Conference’s academic program (November 18-21). During the closure, the winner of the third IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence will be announced!

Call for Papers (closed by September 5)

The Call for Papers‘s deadline for abstract submissions was September 5. We welcomed the submission of abstracts related to the Conference’s theme from students of political science, international relations, related sub-fields and other social sciences from all career stages (Bachelor, Master, PhD, PostDocs et al.).

Read more

All abstract submitters have been notified. Final papers are to be submitted from November 1 until November 10, here. Detailed instructions on the preparation of your individual paper presentation and participation in your student panel will be provided by the beginning of November 2015. Find the Call for Papers, the IAPSS Paper Submission Guideline, the Online Paper Submission Form and more information here.

How Can You Get Your Ticket?

Tickets for the IAPSS Conference in Latin America 2015 are available here – now exclusively for USFQ students, until November 10:

Read more

If you are a member of IAPSS already, you will just have to log in to your individual account at MyIAPSS (if you have forgotten your password, just request a reset and renew your password; your login address is the e-mail address you’ve applied with for IAPSS membership) and purchase your Conference ticket via the IAPSS Web Store.

If you are not a member of IAPSS yet, you have to register for IAPSS Membership first – completed in a few minutes. Afterwards, you will be able to purchase your Conference ticket in the IAPSS Web Store as described above. IAPSS Membership comes at 10 or 15 EUR per year, depending on your country of origin. 2-year memberships are also available.

Payment options include various credit cards, PayPal and payment by debit card (the latter for selected countries only). Our payment facilities are protected by a SSL certificate.

How Much Is It?

Low ticket fees aim at offering a socially inclusive access to the Conference for young political and social scientists – the least dependent possible on their (your) origin and financial resources. There is one ticket for all attendees, regardless of whether you are presenting a paper or attend as observer.

Tickets: 65 EUR | ca. 73 US$ (available now only for USFQ students until November 10)

An insignificant fee is charged depending on whether you purchase your ticket via credit card or PayPal (all other payment options are free-of-charge). Please note that accommodation is not included, and that IAPSS does not cover travel or visa costs.

The Venue

ICLA 2015 will take place at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) – one of the leading universities in Latin America. USFQ disposes of premium class facilities and a beautiful garden-like campus. On and next to campus, a variety of eateries, cafés, restaurants, shops and places are perfect to spend your lunch break and to hang out. If you need to work, read or study during ICLA2015, the centrally located USFQ library will be at your disposal.

How to get to USFQ?

USFQ is located in Cumbayá, about 10-12km from the city center, depending on where are you are staying. Find the university’s location here. The full address is: Diego de Robles S/N y Vía, Interoceánica Cumbayá, Ecuador

Regular public buses (green buses with destination ‘Cumbayá/Tumbaco’) travel between campus and downtown Quito. Journeys start at the Estación de la Rio Coca. For USFQ, you need to exit at Cumbayá-Supermaxi (the shopping center opposite USFQ). Single rides come at 0.25US$. Alternatively, taxis are plentiful in Quito. A trip from downtown Quito costs between 8 and 12 US$ (one-way) and takes about 15-25min, depending on traffic.

Travel Recommendations

Quito’s Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre is 37km east of the city in a broad valley near Tababela. It’s a modern facility with the longest runway in Latin America. Quito is served by Aeroméxico, Aerolineas Argentinas, American Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Iberia, Insel Air Aruba, KLM, LAN, TAME, United Airlines and Viva Colombia, which connect the city with all major airports across South, Central and North America, as well selected cities in Europe, Asia and Africa. The airport is connected with Quito’s city center by taxi and public bus. Find detailed information here.

The city has two main bus terminals (and a smaller third terminal), and they are all a long way from the center (allow at least an hour by public transit, 30 minutes or more by taxi). No longer are any of the companies allowed to board passengers at their offices in the city. Buses connect Quito with all other parts of Ecuador, among other, Ambato, Banos, Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Otavalo and Riobamba. When traveling by bus to/from Peru or Colombia, buses need to be changed at the border.

Accommodation Recommendations

Quito offers a large variety of lodging options, with cheap hostels offering single beds in dormitories as well as separate rooms, medium-range and high-end hotels, but also private accommodation as well as hundreds of Couchsurfing and AirBnB options – the latter especially interesting for smaller and larger groups.

Since Quito is a well-visited city around the year, we recommend to arrange your accommodation the earliest possible to enjoy the best offers and deals.

Visa Invitations

Ecuador has one of the most lenient visa policies in the world as most visitors are not obliged to obtain a visa for stays up to 90 days. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months. Citizens of most South American countries can enter Ecuador with an ID card even. Nationals of the following 10 countries require a visa for Ecuador: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia. Nationals of Haiti must hold a proof of funds.

In case you are holding the citizenship of one of the aforementioned countries, please get in touch with us at icla-administration@iapss.org. We’ll issue you a visa invitation letter on the basis of completed registration (requires purchase of your ticket).

On-Site Conference Info & Registration Desk

November 17 is the main on-site registration day. Our team will be welcoming you at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and provide you with your individual participant bag containing the official ICLA 2015 booklet, your individual name badge with a lanyard, writing utensils and further material.

A permanent Info & Registration Desk will be available for your questions and inquiries from November 18 till November 21, from 09.00 to 19.00.

Certificates of attendance will be provided on-site. There are specific certificates for paper presenters, chairs and discussants. Please note that you can only obtain your certificate during the Conference, not before or afterwards.

Program Overview

A detailed overview on the program – including all lectures, panels and social events – can be found here. All papers featured at ICLA 2015 are available in the ICLA 2015 Online Paper RoomPlease note that both pages do not include all details, but are updated regularly.

Key Dates

July 1              –                  Registrations open

August 31       –                Notification on selection to all paper submitters (if submitted until August 15)

September 5        –         Deadline to submit abstracts

September 15      –         Sale of Early Bird Tickets ends  (from August 16 only for panelists)

September 20      –         Notification on selection to all paper submitters (if submitted until September 5)

October 25     –                Registrations close for non-Ecuadorians and for all paper presenters

October 31     –                Registrations close for Ecuadorians

November 10     –          Registrations close for USFQ students

November 10     –           Deadline to submit full papers via the Online Paper Submission Form

Stay tuned!

Follow us on facebook here and join the official ICLA 2015 facebook event to get all news!

The official twitter hashtag for the IAPSS Conference in Latin America 2015 is #ICLA2015. Follow us at twitter.com/IAPSS and tweet your thoughts, impressions and pictures!

Questions & Inquiries

Then contact,

for sponsoring and partnership inquiries: Philipp Aepler at congress@iapss.org

for academic programme inquiries: Daniela Davila at icla-program@iapss.org

for abstract, paper and panel related inquiries: Daniela Davila at icla-program@iapss.org

for registration, visa and other administrative inquiries: Nabih Dahik at icla-administration@iapss.org

for media and advertisement inquiries: Adriana Garces at icla-pr@iapss.org

for IAPSS Membership inquiries: Andrea Kovarova at secgen@iapss.org

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

Partners: International Political Science Association

for other inquiries: Michael Valdivieso at icla@iapss.org

Partners: International Political Science Association

The ICLA 2015 program comprises a variety of academic formats – including lectures, documentaries, student panels, a number of special academic sessions – including the Opening and Closing Session, the Keynote Speech and the Oxford Style Debate – as well as daily social events. The following overview does not include all details included in the official guide of the IAPSS Conference in Latin America 2015 which will be available by mid-November 2015.

An overview of all featured panels can be found below. All papers featured at ICLA 2015 are available in the ICLA 2015 Online Paper Room.


Daily Program

Day 0 – Tuesday, November 17

14.30 – 16.30   Optional visit to the Casa del Alabado – Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (1.50US$ per person payable at the museum; guided tour; gathering at 14.15 at the museum; address: Cuenca N1-41, Bolivar, near Plaza San Francisco)

15.00 – 20.00   On-site Conference registration (USFQ Main Hall)

Day 1 – Wednesday, November 18

The IAPSS Info & Registration Desk, located in the Main Hall, is open from 09.00 till 19.00.

10.00 – 11.30   Opening Session & Keynote Speech (Calderón de la Barca)

1) Opening session: Addresses by Philipp Aepler (ICLA 2015 Chair), Carlos Montúfar (USFQ Principal), Tamara Trownsell (USFQ IR Coordinator) and Michael Valdivieso (Head of USFQ Student Government)

2) Keynote Speech: H.E. José Ayala, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs and former President of the United Nations Security Council

Coffee & Tea Break (Calderón de la Barca)

12.00 – 13.30   Lectures

1) Prof. Nathan Sears, Universidad de las Américas: China’s military rise, power transition, and the strategic implications for Latin America (Salon Azul)

2) María Belén Garrido, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador: El fenómeno de jiu jitsu como estrategia de resistencia civil en situaciones de conflicto armado (Casa Blanca)

Lunch Break

15.00 – 16.30   Student Panels

1) Migration and Global Flows | Migración y Flujos Globales  (Einstein PSF 105)

2) The Relation between Development & Dependency | La relación entre el desarrollo y la dependencia (Einstein PSF 107)

3) Political Economy & Local Development | Economía Política & Desarrollo Local (Einstein PSF 202)

4) Political Science through Data | Ciencia Política através de los Datos (Einstein PSF 201)

Coffee & Tea Break (Einstein PSF Third Floor)

17.00 – 18.30   Student Panels

5) Transnational Politics: Different Approaches | Política Transnacional: Diferentes aproximaciones (Einstein PSF 107)

6) Political Parties in Latin America | Partidos Políticos en América Latina (Einstein PSF 105)

7) Defense & Security: Between Theory and Case Studies | Seguridad & Defensa: Entre la teoría y estudios de caso (Einstein PSF 202)

18.30 – 20.00   Opening Reception (Hall de Tesoreria, USFQ)

Day 2 – Thursday, November 19

The IAPSS Info & Registration Desk, located in the Main Hall, is open from 09.00 till 19.00.

10.00 – 11.30   Documentary & Lecture

1) Documentary: Tóxico Texaco Tóxico (Salon Azul)

2) Lecture: Prof. Guillaume Fontaine (FLACSO Ecuador): Causal case studies of public policy: the methodological challenge (Casa Blanca)

Coffee & Tea Break (Calderón de la Barca)

12.00 – 13.30   Lectures

1) Tamara Trownsell, PhD (USFQ): What does ontological competence do for us in Political Science? (Salon Azul)

2) Prof. Felipe Burbano de Lara (FLACSO Ecuador): Liderazgos políticos y construcción democrática en América Latina: El caso de las revoluciones bolivarianas (Casa Blanca)

Lunch Break

15.00 – 16.30   Student Panels

8) Human Rights & Extractivism in Latin America | Derechos Humanos y Extractivismo en América Latina (Calderón de la Barca)

9) Analysis of the Role of Institutions in Latin America | Análisis del Rol de las Instituciones en América Latina (Einstein PSF 107)

10) Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic Perspective | Política Exterior: Una perspectiva diplomática (Einstein PSF 105)

Coffee & Tea Break (Einstein PSF Third Floor)

17.00 – 18.30   Student Panels

11) Violence, Alternatives & The Armed Conflict | Violencia, Alternativas y El Conflicto Armado (Einstein PSF 105)

12) New Actors, Challenges & Alternatives to Politics | Nuevos actores, desafíos & alternativas a la política (Einstein PSF 107)

13) The Role of Communication & Media in Politics | El rol de la comunicación & los medios en la política (Einstein PSF 204)

21.00 – open end   Pub Quiz @ The Flying Scotsman (address: Av. Orellana E10-65 y Coruña / map available here)

Day 3 – Friday, November 20

The IAPSS Info & Registration Desk, located in the Main Hall, is open from 09.00 till 19.00.

10.00 – 11.30   Documentary & Lecture

1) Documentary: Instantes de Campaña (Salon Azul)

2) Lecture: Prof. Santiago Basabe (FLACSO Ecuador): Los rendimientos del Poder Judicial en el régimen democrático: un estudio sobre la calidad de las decisiones de Cortes Supremas de 11 países de América Latina (Casa Blanca)

Coffee & Tea Break (Calderón de la Barca)

12.00 – 13.30   Lectures

1) Prof. Ivette Vallejo (FLACSO Ecuador): Ciudades del Milenio en la Amazonía ecuatoriana: configuraciones territoriales hacia una nueva Amazonía? Degradación y protección ambiental, explotación de recursos naturales. | Prof. Iván Narváez (FLACSO Ecuador) Los derechos colectivos indígenas a la autodeterminación, caso Yasuní (en clave neoconstitucional) (Salon Azul)

2) Prof. Gabriel Orozco (FLACSO Ecuador): Retos para la seguridad doméstica, transnacional y regional (Casa Blanca)

Lunch Break

15.00 – 16.30   Student Panels

14) The Paradigms of Geopolitics in Latin America | Paradigmas de la Geopolítica en América Latina (Einstein PSF 105)

15) Women’s Rights In Contemporary Context | Derechos de la Mujer en contexto contemporáneo (Einstein PSF 107)

16) Social & Political Movements in the Region | Movimientos Sociales y Políticos en la Región (Einstein PSF 104)

17) Identity: A Process of Crisis, Violence & Memory | Identidad: Un proceso de crisis, violencia y memoria (Einstein PSF 201)

Coffee & Tea Break (Einstein PSF Third Floor)

17.00 – 18.30   Student Panels

18) Defense Investment & Concern – Still a viable strategy? | Inversión y Preocupación por la Defensa – ¿Es todavía una buena estrategía? (Einstein PSF 104)

19) Citizen’s Participation as a New Political Process | Participación Ciudadana como un nuevo proceso político  (Einstein PSF 105)

20) Decentralization: Regional Case Studies | Descentralización: Estudios de Caso Regionales (Einstein PSF 107)

21.00 – open end   Bar Night @ The Flying Scotsman (address: Av. Orellana E10-65 y Coruña / map available here)

Day 4 – Saturday, November 21

The IAPSS Info & Registration Desk, located in the Main Hall, is open from 09.00 till 19.00.

10.00 – 11.30   Talk & Lecture

1) Talk: Meet Our Editors & Board: Get Involved With IAPSS Journals & Conferences (Salon Azul)

2) Lecture: Pier Pigozzi, PhD (University of Notre Dame): The human rights idea in the Latin American constitutional tradition (Casa Blanca)

Coffee & Tea Break (Calderón de la Barca)

12.00 – 13.30   Lectures

1) Prof. Andrés González (USFQ): The challenge of good governance: the fight against corruption in Latin American countries (Salon Azul)

2) Prof. Daniela Salazar (USFQ): Ecuador’s migration laws and policies (Casa Blanca)

Lunch Break

15.00 – 16.30   Student Panels

21) Ecuador: Political Analysis & The Status Quo | Ecuador: Análisis político & Status actual (Einstein PSF 105)

22) Gender & Politics | Género y Política (Einstein PSF 107)

23) Social Challenges & Extractivism | Desafíos Sociales & Extractivismo (Einstein PSF 202)

24) Sustainability & Public Policies | Sostenibilidad & Políticas Públicas  (Einstein PSF 104)

Coffee & Tea Break (Einstein PSF Third Floor)

17.00 – 18.30   Clossing Session (Calderón de la Barca)

1) Oxford Style Debate on The Politics of Extractivism: Shall the exploitation of Latin America’s natural resources be stopped? (17.00 – 18.00)

2) Award & Closing Session (18.00 – 18.30)

21.30 – 24.00   Conference Party on Chivas Quitenas (gathering at 21.00 at Plaza de Las Americas, downtown Quito)


Student Panels

All student panels and featured papers will be published in the ICLA 2015 Online Paper Room by November 1.

2015 | Prague: New Threats to Security

IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015

“New Threats to Security”

Charles University | Prague, Czech Republic

September 21 – 25, 2015

Tickets available until August 31 at the MyIAPSS Webstore!

 

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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!

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What Can You Expect?

Hundreds of students of political science and related disciplines are expected to the 2nd largest conference for young political scientists in 2015. An exciting academic and social programme with a broad range of both high profile scholars and experts will await you in the beautiful ‘Golden City’ of Prague. The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 will bring together a multiplicity of experts from the academia, civil society institutions, the media, policy-makers and think tanks. From Czech Republic, Europe and beyond. At dozens of student panels, more than 100 panelists will be provided with the unique opportunity to discuss their research and work-in-progress in political science, international relations and related sub-fields with an international audience.

On The Programme

The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 aims at both providing students of political science, international relations and related disciplines a platform to present their work and research within a variety of student panels, and bringing you together with experts from the academia, politics, the media and civil society to discuss and examine topics and issues around the Convention’s theme New Threats to Security – in-depth.

Each day (September 21 – 24) is divided in 4 time slots of 90 minutes length each. 7 time slots are exclusively reserved for a series of student panels running parallel. Three to five students will present their research and work in form of short paper presentations at each panel, facilitated by a panel chair, a panel discussant and the audience present.

At a number of high profile lectures we will bring you together with leading political scientists of our time, in an open atmosphere enabling both the speaker and the audience to discuss the lecture’s topic freely and without limits of thinking. 3 time slots of again 90 minutes length each are scheduled for a number of expert sessions. A highly interactive environment will enable you and the academic guests to elaborate on concepts, theories and arguments in-depth.

preliminary programme will be published here by early September 2015, with detailed information on the topics of the sessions and the speakers featured.

Social Events

To quote Franz Kafka: “Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws“. A never sleeping city, the capital of Czech Republic is one of the beautifully emerging and prosperous metropolises from the former Warsaw Pact states – where old Christian and Jewish quarters meet post-socialist suburbs, where a young creative crowd attends the oldest university north of the European Alps, and where decisive scenes happened just before the fall of the Berlin wall.

Prague offers uncounted cultural and social events and venues to enjoy your time in the city as much as possible. The Convention’s social programme will include a festive Opening Reception (Day 1) and a vibrant Convention Party (Day 4). A Bar Night and a Brewery Night will be held on Day 2 and 3 to bring everyone together in a joyful atmosphere, to continue the debates of the day and to enjoy Prague’s unique flair with ice-cold Czech beer.

Find out about all social events featured here.

The 21st IAPSS General Assembly

The last day of the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 (September 25) is reserved for the bi-annual meeting of members of IAPSS – the IAPSS General Assembly – in its 21st edition. The full-day program includes a short reporting session by the IAPSS Executive Committee on the portfolio and agenda of the ongoing legislative mandate 2015-16, the review of the financial administration of the Association for the year 2014, and above all: a series of planning and strategy workshops.

Attendees will be able to discuss programme features of the IAPSS World Congress 2016 in Berlin, propose potential host cities for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2016, participate in reviewing and developing academic formats, projects and events such as the IAPSS Think Tank, and exchange on current challenges of young political scientists across the globe.

All individual and association members of IAPSS are invited to attend this inspiring and enriching event.

Special Features

The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 will be officially inaugurated with a festive Opening Session in the morning of September 21, followed by the Key Note hold by a high-profile speaker.

After the ultimate highlight of the program, the Oxford Style Debate, the IAPSS Excutive Committee and the IAPSS Congress Management will officially close the Convention during a festive Closing Session, summing up the four days of the Convention’s academic programme (September 21 – 24). During the closing session, the winner of the second IAPSS Award for Academic Excellency will be announced!

On-Site Registration (Sep 20) | Info & Registration Desk (Sep 21-24)

September 20 (Sunday) is the main on-site registration day. Our team will be welcoming you at the Faculty of Law of Charles University, from 15.00 to 20.00, and provide you with your individual participant bag containing the official IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 booklet, your individual name badge with a lanyard, writing utensils and further material.

A permanent Info & Registration Desk will be available for your questions and inquiries from September 21 till September 24, from 08.30 to 18.30. Please note that there will be no Info & Registration Desk during the 21st IAPSS General Assembly, on September 25.

Information for Paper Presenters, Panel Chairs & Discussants

The Call for Papers‘s deadline for abstract submissions was June 30. We welcomed the submission of abstracts related to the Convention’s theme from students of political science, international relations and related sub-fields from all career stages (Bachelor, Master, PhD, PostDocs et al.).

All abstract submitters have been notified.

The Programme Co-chair Vit Simral has called for Chairs and Discussants among all paper presenters by August 1.

Final papers of selected candidates are to be submitted by August 31, 2015 at MyIAPSS. Detailed instructions on the preparation of your individual paper presentation and participation in your student panel will be provided by the end of August 2015.

How Can You Register?

Tickets for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 in Prague are available until August 31!

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If you are a member of IAPSS already, you will just have to log in to your individual account at MyIAPSS and purchase your Convention ticket at the IAPSS Web Store.

If you are not a member of IAPSS yet, you have to register for IAPSS Membership first – completed in a few minutes. Afterwards, you will be able to purchase your ticket for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 in the IAPSS Web Store as described above.

Payment options include various credit cards, PayPal and payment by debit card (the latter for German, Dutch and Belgian bank accounts only). Our payment facilities are protected by a SSL certificate.

How Much Is It?

You can chose from two ticket categories:

Ticket Category 1) participation in the Convention (September 21 – 24): 90.00 EUR

Ticket Category 2) participation in the Convention & the IAPSS Consultations (September 21 – 25): 95.00 EUR

An insignificant fee is charged depending on whether you purchase your ticket via credit card or PayPal (all other payment options are free-of-charge). Please note that accommodation is not included, and that IAPSS does not cover travel or visa costs.

Travel Recommendations

Prague is a well connected city in the heart of Europe. Dozens of both regular and low-cost carriers provide cheap air tickets to the city’s main airport, Vaclav Havel International. Other nearby airports include Brno (Czech Republic), Dresden, Nuremberg and Munich (all Germany), Vienna (Austria) and Bratislava (Slovakia). If you wish to avoid air travel, multiple international and domestic train and bus connections are on offer for very affordable fares. The English website of the German Railways provides an easy-to-navigate search for available train connections, while Eurolines and Megabus are reliable providers of international bus connections. We recommend to book your transportation earlier as ticket prices might rise quickly.

Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. The metro, trams and buses are used by two thirds of Prague’s population and cover the majority of the city and its outskirts. If you’re staying for the entire duration of the Convention, we recommend you to buy a tourist pass that will enable you to use any type of mass transport as many times as you want within the time period for which your pass is valid. Find an overview of available passes here.

Accommodation Recommendations

Prague offers a large variety of uncounted lodging options, with cheap hostels offering single beds in dormitories as well as separate rooms, medium-range and high-end hotels, but also private accommodation as well as hundreds of Couchsurfing and AirBnB options – the latter especially interesting for smaller and larger groups .

Since Prague is a well-visited city around the year, we recommend to arrange your accommodation the earliest possible to enjoy the best offers and deals.

We are cooperating with a couple of centrally located hostels in Prague (map available here) in order to offer you an exclusive IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 discount. The following hostels participate in the discount agreement:

Old Prague Hostel | www.oldpraguehostel.com

Prague Square Hostel | www.praguesquarehostel.com

Hostel Prague Tyn | www.hostelpraguetyn.com

In order to enjoy a discount of 15%, please make your booking through the online booking form available via the links stated above. Please e-mail the respective hostel of your choice after booking, indicating a) your booking reference number and b) the promotional code ‘IAPSSAC15’.

Travellers Hostel | www.travellers.cz

This hostel offers beds in dormitories (discounted rate at 15 EUR/night) and in smaller rooms (discounted rate at 20 EUR/night). For a booking, please contact sales@cihs.cz and indicate the promotional code ‘IAPSSAC15’. Discounts are also available for other hostels/hotels related to Travellers Hostel (for more, please consult: www.cihs.cz).

Visa Invitations

Visa invitations are available for those in need for a Schengen Tourist Visa. Please check with the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs whether you need a pre-arranged visa or not here. We provide visa invitations on the basis of a completed registration (ticket). After purchasing your ticket, please get in touch with our Congress Management at ac-administration@iapss.org with a digital copy of your passport. We will then issue your personalized visa invitation in due time!

Travel Grants

A limited number of partial travel grants has been awarded to panelists (presenters, chairs, discussants) with above-average travel expenses, predominantly with a non-European place of residence. IAPSS travel grants usually cover only 30 – 50% of individual travel costs. We therefore encourage those in need to search for other third-party funds on time.

All selected panelists were eligible for travel grants. The grant distribution was solely based on panelists’ expenses including costs for travel, accommodation, visa and your ticket.

The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 in the Social Media

Follow us on Facebook for all news, updates and developments. Also, join our exclusive Facebook Event for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 in Prague.

The official twitter hashtag for the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 is #IAPSSacPrague15. Follow us at twitter.com/IAPSS and tweet your thoughts, impressions and pictures!

Questions & Inquiries?

Then contact,

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

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

for abstract, paper and panel related inquiries: Vit Simral at academic@iapss.org

for IAPSS General Assembly and IAPSS Membership inquiries: Andrea Kovarova at secgen@iapss.org

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

Partners: Charles University, International Political Science Association, Senát Parlamentu České Republiky

Theme: “New Threats to Security”

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 to bring 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.

Program Structure

The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 aims at both providing students of political science, international relations and related disciplines a platform to present their work and research within a variety of student panels, and bringing you together with experts from the academia, politics, the media and civil society to discuss and examine topics and issues around the Convention’s theme New Threats to Security – in-depth.

Each day (September 21 – 24) is divided in 4 time slots of 90 minutes length each. 7 time slots are exclusively reserved for a series of student panels running parallel. Three to five students will present their research and work in form of short paper presentations at each panel, facilitated by a panel chair, a panel discussant and the audience present.

At a number of high profile lectures we will bring you together with leading political scientists of our time, in an open atmosphere enabling both the speaker and the audience to discuss the lecture’s topic freely and without limits of thinking.

3 time slots of again 90 minutes length each are scheduled for a number of expert sessions. A highly interactive environment will enable you and the academic guests to elaborate on concepts, theories and arguments in-depth.

preliminary programme will be published here by early August 2015, with detailed information on the topics of the sessions and the speakers featured.

Special Features

The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2015 will be officially inaugurated with a festive Opening Session in the morning of September 21, followed by the key note hold by a high-profile speaker.

After the ultimate highlight of the program, the Oxford Style Debate, the IAPSS Excutive Committee and the IAPSS Congress Management will officially close the Convention during a festive Closing Session, summing up the four days of the Convention’s academic programme (September 21 – 24). During the closing session, the winner of the second IAPSS Award for Academic Excellency will be announced!

2014 | Nijmegen: The Universality of Human Rights in the 21st Century

IAPSS Autumn Convention 2014

“The Universality of Human Rights in the 21st Century”

Radboud University | Nijmegen, the Netherlands

October 20th – 24th, 2014

 

written by the IAPSS Executive Committee | October 29th, 2014

Only a few days have gone by since the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2014 ended in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The IAPSS Executive Committee is back at its desks and is happy to present you with a few selected stories and photographs revolving around IAPSS’ second largest political science convention in 2014. Need inspirations to come to our next large-scale event, the IAPSS World Congress 2015 in London? Check out the recap below and let yourself be inspired.

Day 1 | October 20th: A Global Crowd at the IAPSS Headquarters

Over 220 participants from almost 50 different countries met at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, to attend the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2014, organized by IAPSS and the Dutch student association ismus. After an empowering welcome speech by Steffen Westerburger, head of the Local Organizing Committee, the conference was festively opened with a keynote on “Transitional Justice” by Assoc. Prof. Anja Mihr from the Hague Institute for Global Justice and Utrecht University. Right afterwards, the first participants were given the chance to present their papers at student panels with topics ranging from “Human Rights Norm Advancement” to “The Enforcement of Prosecution by International Law Institutions”.

After a variety of lectures and student panels following throughout the afternoon, Day One was festively closed with a reception held in Nijmegen’s City Hall, with addresses by representatives of the Nijmegen City Council, Radboud University’s Rector Prof. Theo Engelen, IAPSS President Philipp Aepler and the Local Organizing Committee.

Day 2 | October 21st: Meeting former Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt

Day Two of the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2014 was started off by three distinguished expert panels. For this, IAPSS and ismus invited the former Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt to speak about the Isreali-Palestinian conflict, his work and anticipations on the conflict’s further development. Prof. Michael Pugh from hte University of Bradford, UK, continued the morning programme with a thought-provoking lecture on the state of economic rights, where he spoke about LGBT rights as well as labour rights. The lunch break was followed by another round of student panels, only to be rounded off by a short presentation about Radboud University’s very own Master’s programmes.

During the evening time slot, Prof. Dr. Marcel Wissenburg, co-chair of the Department of Political Science at Radboud University, outlined his research on the question, whether animal rights are human rights (by the way, his answer is “yes”) and involved the attendants into a vivid discussion. The evening featured the first documentary evening taking place at the cultural center De Lindenberg. Following the screening of the moving documentary “5000 Roebel” and an expert panel featuring the documentary’s director Kris van der Veen as well as Joyce Hamilton of ILGA Europe and Assist. Prof. Anna van der Vleuten of Radboud University, the crowd got ready for an early morning trip to The Hague for a full-day excursion to the city’s international law institutions.

Day 3 | October 22nd: Excursion to ICJ, ICC and the Dutch Foreign Ministry

Embarking on a journey to The Haag, the seat of the Royal Dutch Government and a series of international law courts, at 07:15am (!) the participants had the chance to take part in two out of four scheduled events: lectures at the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the Dutch Foreign Ministry or attending a Masterclass on “Human Rights and Human Development” by Prof. Jan Pronk, the Netherlands former Minister for International Development and UN Envoy to Sudan. The Hague – the International City of Human Rights – offered 220 participants the chance to witness the functioning of its key institutions in an in-depth manner.

After returning to Nijmegen, the British film director Callum Macrae presented his challenging documentary No Fire Zone addressing the atrocities commited by the Sri Lankan government at the end of the country’s civil war in 2008/09.

Day 4 | October 23rd: Human Rights Institutions and Closure of the Academic Conference

The very last day of the IAPSS Autumn Conference 2014 was started off with three expert panels on the “Shelter City Initiative” of the City of Nijmegen, “International LGBT Rights” and “Current Trends in Migration Policies”. Prof. Janneke Gerards, head of Radboud University’s Department of European and International Law took over presenting the work and institutional set-up of the European Court of Human Rights. With her insightful lecture, she gave the participants a detailed overview on the working processes of the institution and the relevance of the Court’s work for citizens of the European Union.

The evening was rounded off with the traditional Oxford Style Show Debate, where participants, IAPSS representatives and local organisers alike could show off their debating skills while defending (or not defending) the notion of “The Universality of Human Rights”. Following two powerful talks by IAPSS President Philipp Aepler and the Local Organising Committee’s Chair Steffen Westerburger, the crowed was invited to an exquisite farewell dinner at De Vasim – one of Nijmegen’s leading cultural venues.

Day 5 | October 24th: 19th IAPSS General Assembly

Traditionally closing every IAPSS convention, the IAPSS Autumn Convention’s last day saw the 19th IAPSS General Assembly happening at the Gelderland Province’s Assembly Hall in Arnhem. Featuring over 60 individual members and ten IAPSS Member Associations, the agenda comprised the review and vote upon the IAPSS budget for the financial year 2015, a series of amendments to the IAPSS Legal Framework and the election of three new members of the IAPSS Executive Committee. We are happy to welcome Jannick Burggraaff (Head of IAPSS Congress Management), Vit Simral (Head of IAPSS Academic Department) and Aleksandra Vavic (Head of IAPSS Events Department) as great enrichment to the team.

The IAPSS Executive Committee addresses its kindest thanks to the members present, for fruitful and empowering discussions and the continuous support shown to the Association!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!

We have had a truly awesome conference and would like to express our special thanks to the Local Organising Committee headed by Steffen Westerburger, as well as all participants of both the Academic Conference and the 19th IAPSS General Assembly. Special thanks go out to our colleagues from IPSA (the International Political Science Association) for realizing the guest lecture of Prof. Anja Mihr (Chair of IPSA Research Committee 26 “Human Rights”) and our host, Radboud University, and its Political Science Department, as well as the Province of Gelderland, for their financial contributions, organisational support and the continously provided advices.

Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming IAPSS World Congress 2015 in London. Addressing “The Politics of Conflict and Cooperation”, the Congress will take place from April 14th – 18th, 2015, at Birkbeck, University of London – right in the heart of London.

Stay tuned and follow all news on the program, the opening of the Congress registration and valuable practicable tips on Facebook or Twitter, and arrange your participation here.

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