Call for Papers: IAPSS Panels at the 26th World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA)

Academic Department

Posted 6 days ago

25 – 29 July 2020 | Lisbon, Portugal

Deadline for Applications: 6th October 2019

About the IAPSS Panels

The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) welcomes papers from students, young professionals and junior scholars of Political Science, International Relations and other related fields for its panels to be held at the upcoming 26th World Congress of Political Science of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), from the 25th to the 29th of July 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. We are also looking for one discussant and one chairperson per panel.

The panels hosted by IAPSS are primarily focused on the IPSA World Congress theme “New Nationalism in an Open World”, and the thematic framework of IAPSS’ Annual Theme 2018 “Democracy, Identity and Power”,respectively.

The Theme & Topics Addressed

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, democracy or more pointedly, liberal democracy has produced a domino effect, waxing and expanding across the planet at a nimble rate, becoming the chief system of government adopted by states. At the beginning of the third millennium the widely-known political scientist Francis Fukuyama proclaimed the so called “victory of liberal democracy”, as most governments around the world started to uphold fundamental rights, more individuals were able to freely cast their votes, and civil society commenced to engage in dialogue with political actors.

However, in the last five years liberal democracy has been gradually shattering by the thus termed “identity politics”. The massive waves of migration that reached Europe starting from 2015 raised a big challenge to the concept of national identity, propitiating the upsurge of populist and extreme nationalist movements. Moreover, the accentuating economic and social gap caused by globalization, the abuses of the “established elites”, among other phenomenon, have fuelled even more the populist discourse, challenging the traditional understanding of democracy, its practice and theory.

At the same time, identity is constructed according to the interests of power, which consequently propels itself by the cohesion of people’s collective identification. Today, due to the mercurial spreading of “identity politics”, the primacy of rules (based primarily on reason) as the prime source of authority is eroding, and observers witness the empowerment of Max Weber’s two alternative sources of rule: traditions (frequently, although not always directed against progress and development) and charisma (cantered around political leaders who may or may not feel bound by laws or traditions). But how can democracy survive in this complex and volatile scenario? If identity politics is polarising democratic societies to the point of no return, what is the way out? What are the consequences for governance of the shift from the primacy of rules to alternative sources of authority?

A new wave of nationalism has risen worldwide, which demands an urgent shift in the theoretical tools that scholars have been using until today, in order to properly understand contemporary trends in international politics.

The key topics we will address are (but are not limited to):

  • new type of nationalism;
  • populist discourse;
  • identity politics;
  • current global order;
  • concept of power in international politics;
  • political crises;
  • the impact of political institutions on political systems in a globalized world;
  • models of democracy and regime types;
  • role of the non-state actors in international relations;
  • international organizations in the contemporary international affairs;
  • democratic transitions;
  • conflict management;

Why submit your abstract to the IAPSS Panels?

  • it is an amazing opportunity for students and junior scholars to attend a high-level academic conference, present their research and interact with renowned professors;
  • active participants of the IAPSS Panels students will have the chance to become part of two outstanding academic networks at the same time – IPSA and IAPSS – that will for sure help them in their future academic and professional endeavours;
  • successful papers presenters, chairs and discussants of the IAPSS panels will receive an exclusive IAPSS certificate of recognition for their contribution to the academic discussion during one or more of these panels;
  • depending on the number of participants in the IAPSS Panels, a separate information/social event related to IAPSS will be held, where participants will get the chance to learn about all the opportunities for their potential further engagement in IAPSS;
  • successfully presented papers may be submitted to one of the IAPSS journals (Politikon or Encuentro Latioamericano) for review after the IPSA World Congress.
  • Guidelines for Applications
  1. Paper presenters: Please send us your abstract (between 150 and 200 words) with the title of the proposed paper, five keywords, your name, subject(s) of study, home university, contact details, and a two-page CV in two separate files to Please do not send any additional documents or text as these will not be considered.
  2. Chairpersons and Discussants: Please send us a short position paper (up to max 300 words) on the topic on one of the above listed topics as well as a two-page CV, with emphasis put on your previous chair/discussant experience to

For all applications, the deadline is 6th of October of 2019. For all positions, IAPSS membership is mandatory once the selection is finalized. Please find an overview of the wide range of services and benefits of IAPSS membership and the online application form here.

The positions of A) and B) are not mutually exclusive.

Important Notice:

IAPSS is not able to provide any financial support for participation in the IAPSS delegation. Successful applicants will be responsible for covering all expenses, such as registration, travel and accommodation costs. However, we are happy to provide successful applicants with support letters for any individual grant or scholarship applications that could ensure their participation at the conference.

For any further information, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail with your inquiry to

Kind regards,

Elena Denisa Petrescu

Delegations Coordinator

International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS)
Nijmegen | The Netherlands | |

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