Call for Papers

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

The Call for Papers has been closed by November 28th

The Theme

Human mobility is one of the most challenging issues in the contemporary world. The impacts it can trigger depending on the region it develops are diverse. This topic is related to, or comes as a consequence of domestic and international conflicts, environmental, economic and political problems, as well as many other issues that are worth analyzing in the academic field.

The complexity of human mobility gives the opportunity to combine a wide spectrum of study fields. This can lead to a better understanding of the role that states, governments, NGOs, media, and civil society play in shaping and transforming this phenomenon.

Globalization has made human mobility a predominant issue in our daily lives. This convention will work as a platform to develop innovative and challenging perspectives to traditional notions that can further generate other social issues such as discrimination and inequity. Besides this, the convention seeks to contribute academically to the understanding that all individuals are part of a global community, thus challenging the classic paradigm of human mobility as part of a segregation process.

Call for Papers

IAPSS Convention 2017 seeks to provide a platform to investigate the broad variety of Impacts of Human Mobility in an Interconnected World. Considering the different challenges that mobility within states and across borders imposes on various political and social actors and institutions, this platform gives attendees the opportunity to explore this phenomenon in depth.  As an international convention, we hope that the different methodological and cultural backgrounds of our participants could enrich this platform with innovative research and strong academic contributions.

We welcome papers from undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and from young researchers. Papers can draw on issues in political science and its sub-fields, including comparative politics, political theory, policy analysis, political economy, political behavior, social theory, peace, conflict, security and war studies, as well as from neighboring disciplines, such as international relations, public policy and administration, development studies, law, anthropology, human geography, sociology, gender studies, and others.

Possible subjects include, but are not limited to:
● Transnational and regional cooperation;
● Challenges to domestic, transnational and regional security;
● Communication & mediatic challenges;
● Social and cultural impacts of human mobility;
● Gender affairs understood through migration processes and across borders;
● Economic perspectives and transnational transactions on migration;
● Philosophical approaches related to migration and human displacement;
● Trauma, identity, rehabilitation and reconciliation processes;
● Refugee crisis and its possible threats and demands;
● Human Rights in the human displacement context;
● War, Conflict and Security dilemmas regarding human mobility;
● Violence and social repression in migration contexts;
● Law limits and progress towards human mobility;
● Human trafficking, modern slavery and labor rights;
● Environmental issues as a cause of migration and mobility;
● Inequality and socioeconomic issues as a matter of displacement;
● Public policy and states actions approaching human mobility;

Guideline for Abstract/Paper Submissions

Please send us your abstract of no more than 250 words by submitting an online form (each author may submit multiple abstracts separately). This form also includes your name/the authors’ names, the paper’s title, a maximum of five keywords, your/the authors’ institutional affiliation (home university/institute), and your/the authors’ email address(es). Abstracts should be submitted until November 28, 2016 through the form provided below: ***** Please do not submit your abstract(s) via e-mail.

Selected applicants will be informed by not later than November 21 (if submitted until November 14). Full papers shall be sent to the email-address by January 10, 2017 (December 23, 2016 for the IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence).

Chairs & Discussants

For all scheduled panels, chairs and discussants will be called for among all interested applicants. If your abstract has been selected and you are interested in acting as chair and / or discussant for one or multiple panels at the IAPSS Convention 2017, please do not hesitate to contact Steffy Ramos at until December 14, 2016.

Convention Registration (Tickets)

In order to present your paper you need to register for the Convention by purchasing your ticket in the MyIAPSS Web Store. Early Bird Tickets (50 EUR/ca. 54 USD) are available until December 17, 2016. The final deadline for conference registrations is January 18, 2017.

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.

IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence

IAPSS will grant the IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence to the best paper presented during the IAPSS Convention in Quito 2017. The winner will be announced during the festive closing session on January 28, 2017. Please note: only papers submitted until the official deadline (December 23) will be considered for the IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence.

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 17, 2016 – Sale of Early Bird Tickets ends
December 23, 2016 – Deadline to submit full papers (IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence)
January 10, 2016 – Deadline to submit full papers
January 10, 2016 – Registrations close for all paper presenters
January 18th, 2017 – Registrations close

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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
for speakers inquires: Cristina Quijano at
for registration, visa and other administrative inquiries: Amira Zaza at
for IAPSS Membership inquiries: Laura Dunkley at
for ticket and payment related inquiries: Kateryna Dyshkantyuk at
for other inquiries: José Zurita at

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the IAPSS Convention 2017 in Quito, Ecuador!