May 11, 2021 1:57 pm - May 14, 2021 8:08 am Online

IAPSS Virtual World Congress 2021

Virtual, May 11 – 14, 2021

Congress 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.

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

Confirmed Speakers

  • Ali Riza Taskale, Associate Professor of Political Science, Near East University:
      • 14.30-16.00 (CET), 12.05.2021;
  • Bryan Stanley Turner, Professor of Sociology, Australian Catholic University(Keynote Speaker):
      • 10.00-11.30 (CET), 11.05.2021;
  • Chris Isike, Professor of African Politics, Vice President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), University of Pretoria:
      • 10.30-12.00 (CET), 13.05.2021;
  • Cynthia Enloe, Professor of Political Science, Clark University:
      • 18.00-19.30 (CET), 12.05.2021;
  • Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Professor of International Studies, American University:
      • 14.30-16.00 (CET), 14.05.2021;
  • Waltraud Schelkle, Professor of Political Economy, London School of Economics:
      • 15.00-16.30 (CET), 13.05.2021.

Congress Sub-themes:

Given the width of the theme of “Democracy, Identity and Power”, together with over 170 registered panelists, we will be focusing on a variety of perspectives. The topics will be addressed at the Congress include, but are not limited to:

Regime Change, Democratisation, 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, Digitalisation
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


Please note that you need to be registered for the World Congress by purchasing your observer ticket in the IAPSS Web Store. In addition, a valid IAPSS membership is needed to participate in the Congress.

Please feel free to contact us in case you have questions.

We look forward to e-meeting you!


Ahmet Kaan Ketboğa & Crystal Staebell 

Co-Heads of World Congress Team | |


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