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


Virtual, May 11 – 14, 2021

IAPSS Virtual World Congress 2021

Democracy, Identity, and Power

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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 at 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 at 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 | |


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