World Congress 2021 – Early Bird Ticket

World Congress 2021 – Early Bird Ticket


The IAPSS World Congress is the largest Conference for political science students worldwide, and it will take place online with the theme “Democracy, Identity, and Power” between May 11-14, 2021.

We warmly invite you to join us.

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    IAPSS Virtual World Congress 2021

    Democracy, Identity, and Power

    May 11-14, 2021

    Call for Abstracts

    Priority deadline for Abstracts Submissions: February 28, 2021

    The International Association for Political Science Students is launching its Call for Abstracts for the Virtual World Congress 2021. If you are interested in presenting your paper, you are kindly requested to submit your abstract by 28 February respectively.

    Theme: Democracy, Identity and Power

    Democracy, identity and power are cornerstones for understanding contemporary politics and international relations. After the end of the Cold War, democracy or more pointedly, liberal democracy has produced a domino effect, emerging and expanding across the globe at a fast rate, becoming the system of government states strive to achieve. However, not only democratic developments have been of interest in political science. Social movements, revolutions and strikes have returned to the focus of academic debates with current developments in Venezuela, Columbia, Hong Kong and other places in the world. The latest uprisings in Sudan and Algeria, and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen furthermore call attention to shifting geopolitics, authoritarian survival and socio-ethnic divisions in societies.

    Globalization and shifting geopolitics have heralded transformations in a myriad of subjects, including civil-military relations, international law and even domestic elections through for example discourses about the European Union. Likewise, in the wake of technological advancements, questions about the role of cyberspace in security, defense and day-to-day governance emerge, as well as human-made impacts on the climate, and the future use of natural resources. The wave of refugees that reached Europe in 2015 challenged many previous concepts and ideas of, amongst others, national, ethnic and religious identity. Economic and social gaps caused by globalization and the actions of the “established elites” have also fuelled populist discourses and right-wing movements. They challenge the traditional understanding of democracy, its practice and theory.

    Against the backdrop of all these developments, a number of questions emerge: How can democracies survive in a complex and volatile environment? What role do changing geopolitics and civil-military relations play in conflict dynamics? How can new challenges brought by new technologies, climate change and the cyberspace be dealt with and solved? To what extent has power shifted away from traditional sources of authority?

    With this conference theme, IAPSS hopes to encourage students and junior scholars of political science and related disciplines to participate in this exciting academic discussion.


    Given the width of the theme of Democracy, Identity and Power, we welcome contributions focusing on a variety of perspectives. The topics addressed at the conference include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

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

    Call for Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from undergraduate, graduate and PhD students, as well as from junior scholars from different academic perspectives, such as: comparative politics, international relations, international political economy, political theory, security studies, public policy and administration, regional and area studies as well as political psychology and behavior studies, and international law, among others.

    Guidelines for Abstract Submissions

    Please send us your abstract of no more than 250 words through the online form here. This form will include the name of the author(s), the title of the paper, key words, home university, and email address(es).

    Full papers should be submitted via the available online form here by May 1, 2021. If the form does not appear on this page, you must log into your IAPSS website account or purchase an IAPSS membership.


    Please note that you need to be registered for the World Congress by purchasing your ticket in the IAPSS Web Store. In addition, a valid IAPSS membership is needed to be eligible to register and participate in the conference. Registration for panelists may take place after abstract decisions are announced. The final deadline for registration for all panelists is March 31, 2021.

    We very much look forward to your submission!

    On behalf of the IAPSS Executive Committee,

    Crystal Staebell & Ahmet Kaan Ketboga

    Co-Heads of World Congress | |