The Program

Theme: “Truth and Politics”

Political communication research faces the dynamically changing trends in campaigning, for which the year 2016 provided the two most visible examples of the US presidential elections and the referendum on Brexit. The largely unexpected outcomes of these events also pose a challenge for students of political behaviour, challenged by the strengthening discourse on post-factual or post-truth politics. The seemingly decreasing importance of debates based on factually correct and justified reasoning poses a question of to what extent populist strategies are part of the problem or, to the contrary, a possible solution to the ‘hollowing and backsliding’ of democratic governments in some countries and regions around the globe.

Furthermore, those working on political institutions face the need to (re)examine the relevance of various kinds of rules in navigating political actions. Those who care most about the individual and her fundamental human rights have to address what kind(s) of deficiencies of human rights protection could the deconstruction of rules bring about. Truth(s) are of no less importance for public policy analysts and practitioners, as to determine how the (in)correctness of information available can influence the design and implementation of policies in various fields.

During five days we will be offering a stimulating and diverse agenda, focusing on our theme “Truths and Politics”, in which you would be able to share ideas and take part of intense debates with students and junior scholars from all over the world.

Program Structure

The IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017 aims at both providing students of political science, international relations and related disciplines a platform to present their work and research within a variety of student panels, and bringing you together with experts from the academia, politics, the media and civil society to discuss and examine topics and issues around the Convention’s theme Truth and Politics – in-depth.

Each day (September 13 – 16) is divided in 4 time slots of 90 minutes length each. 6 time slots are exclusively reserved for a series of student panels running parallel. Three to five students will present their research and work in form of short paper presentations at each panel, facilitated by a panel chair, a panel discussant and the audience present.

At a number of high profile lectures we will bring you together with leading political scientists of our time, in an open atmosphere enabling both the speaker and the audience to discuss the lecture’s topic freely and without limits of thinking.

09:30 – 11:00 | Opening Session
Marco Verweij (Jacobs University)
“Emotion, rationality and truth: The implications of social and affective neuroscience for political theory”

11:30 – 13:00 | Lecture
Hazim Fouad (Analyst, Unit on Islamism of the Senator for the Interior in Bremen/Germany)
“Salafism as a contested political factor in the Middle East

14:30 – 16:00 | Lecture
Karen Smith Stegen (Jacobs University)
“International Sanctions as an Alternative to War? First we have to understand sanction defiance

11:30 – 13:00 | Keynote Speech

Abbas Shiblak (University of Oxford)

14:30 – 16:00 | Expert Panel
“Politics of Migration: Crisis for whom?”
Abbas Shiblak (University of Oxford)
Odessa Primus (Go Think Initiative)
Moritz Reitschuster (IHA)
Moderated by: Charlotte Christiane Hammer (Doctoral student and IAPSS Think Tank Coordinator)

11:30 – 13:00 | Lecture
Frieder Vogelmann (University of Bremen)
“Post-Truth or How not to think about Politics and Truth”

14:30 – 16:00 | IAPSS Academic Session

A | Workshop
“Writing the introduction to your research paper”
John Harbord (University of Maastricht)
Moderated by: Max Steuer (IAPSS, Comenius University)

B | Lecture 
Charlotte Christiane Hammer (University of East Anglia)
“#NotATarget: Safeguarding Health in Times of Conflict”

11:30 – 13:00 | Lecture
Theresa Lee (University of Guelph)
“Political Theory and Post-Truth Politics”

14:30 – 16:00 | Lecture
Chris Kostov (Schiller International University)
“Truth and Politics”

Tickets available until August 29!

Convention Guide

The online Convention Guide contains detailed information about the IAPSS Autumn Convention 2017, including the venues, the program, social events and practical information. It is updated as of September 11, 2017. Thus, any changes in the program after this date are not reflected in the Convention guide. Possible program updates will be made on this page (for the Speaker Sessions) and on the Student Panels page for that part of the program. The Facebook event page will also publish any substantial changes in the program or logistics.