ECPR e-News for September 2014

ECPR General Conference 2015 – Call for Sections opened on September 15

The 2015 ECPR General Conference will take place in Montreal between 26–29 August 2015. It will be the ECPR’s first ever event to be held outside of Europe. The Academic Programme takes the traditional format of Sections and Panels, organised around a common theme or major research question. With a truly international attendance expected, which crosses all sub-disciplines of political science and indeed all career stages, presenting a Paper provides the opportunity to benefit from invaluable discussion and debate. Alternatively, participants can simply observe and still take advantage of the full conference experience.

The ECPR is pleased to announce that Section proposals can now be submitted until 17 November 2014. Individuals from Full member institutions can propose their Section by clicking here. The Schedule of Activities is available here. Prior to submission, please read the Guidelines to ensure you have fulfilled the criteria.

If you would like to propose a Section but are from an Associate member institution you may wish to consider upgrading to Full membership. For further information about upgrading, please contact this address.

ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops 2015 – Call for Papers ends on December 1

Paper proposals for the 2015 Joint Sessions of Workshops, which will be held in Warsaw can now be submitted, by clicking here. The deadline for Paper proposals is 1 December 2014. To view the Academic Programme, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Taylor.

Funding for Full members will open on 1 October

To encourage participation, the ECPR offers grants to scholars at all stages of their careers. Funding opportunities are a key benefit of membership. Funding will be available for Joint Sessions attendees, with further information available here soon. For further funding queries, please email Anna Foley.

ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops 2016 – Call for Workshops opens on October 1

The ECPR is happy to announce that the 2016 Joint Sessions will take place in Pisa across the three institutions of Scuola Normale Superiore, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and University of Pisa. The call for Workshops will open on 1 October 2014. For further information please click here.

ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques – Registration opens on October 1

Did you attend the Summer School in Methods and Techniques? If so, don’t stop there! The Winter School is just around the corner to help you produce methodologically-sound PhD level research. Plus the ECPR is delighted to announce that the University of Bamberg and Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS) will host the next Winter School. The School will be held from 13 – 20 February 2015. Registration opens on 1 October 2014. Individuals are now able to view the course list and outlines, and course fees on the website.

The city of Bamberg, a UNESCO world heritage site, is an architectural gem and will provide a congenial, welcoming environment for Winter School students and teachers alike. The local hosts very much look forward to welcoming both learners and teachers to Bamberg and to their university.

ECPR News – Summer issue now online

The Summer issue of ECPR News, our quarterly newsletter is available online here. It covers the ECPR Research Sessions and the ECPR Graduate Student Conference and including news from the Constitution and articles from our Standing Groups.

ECPR Press – Latest news

Out this summer
While the academic world has been enjoying its annual recess, ECPR Press has been busy with some significant summer releases.

July saw the eagerly awaited publication of Deliberative Mini-Publics: Involving Citizens in the Democratic Process, an edited volume by Kimmo Grönlund, Andre Bächtiger and Maija Setälä. The first comprehensive account of this booming phenomenon, the book reviews mini-publics’ variety, discusses their weaknesses and recommends ways to make them a viable component of democracy. Bringing together leading scholars in the field, Deliberative Mini-Publics will speak to anyone with an interest in democratic innovations.

Brand new for August were two more edited volumes: Donatella della Porta and Alice Mattoni’s Spreading Protest: Social Movements in Times of Crisis, and Rosie Campbell and Sarah Childs’ Deeds and Words: Gendering Politics after Joni Lovenduski. The former looks at recent social movements across the world, from the Indignados to Occupy Wall Street. Chapters examine how these movements differ from each other, and reveal what they share with social movements of the past. Deeds and Words is a tribute to the scholarship and activism of pioneering feminist political scientist Joni Lovenduski. Contributions to the volume cover gender and parties; elected institutions and the state; quotas and recruitment; public opinion and women’s interest, and are interspersed with vignettes by high-profile politicians including Anne Begg and Theresa May

Coming soon

Look out later this month for another important addition to the Press’s gender politics output: the Karen Celis and Sarah Childs-edited volume Gender, Conservatism and Political Representation. And released in paperback later this autumn Ben Crum and John Erik Fossum’s Practices of Interparliamentary Co-ordination in International Politics, Simone Abendschön’s Growing into Politics, and Peter Esaiasson and Hanne Marthe Narud’s Between-Election Democracy.

Best seller

Hot off the Press (and very swiftly off the shelves) at the ECPR’s General Conference in Glasgow earlier this month was the much-anticipated collection of works by celebrated comparativist Peter Mair, On Parties, Party Systems and Democracy. A selection of Mair’s most influential writings, the book includes frequently cited papers alongside lesser-known work, and attests to the scope and depth of his insights into comparative party politics. Available now in hardback only, this bestselling volume will be released in paperback early December – well in time for Christmas!

The Press’s Series Editors had face-to-face meetings with more than thirty prospective authors at the Conference – a record number – to discuss their book ideas. Such a thriving interest points to a healthy 2015 and beyond for ECPR Press! If you have a book project in the pipeline, why not visit the ECPR Press author page?

Last chance

Finally, don’t forget that this month is your last chance to qualify for 50% off ECPR Press eBooks – the introductory offer comes to an end on 30 September. Just enter the code LAUNCH50 when you buy any title from the ECPR Press eBook store.


Graduate Student Network – Call for New committee members for 2015 – 2017
The GSN Committee are looking for two new members in 2015, when two of the current members will be stepping down. If you are a PhD student from an ECPR member institution and would like to stand for election and join the committee, please send Louise Soper an expression of interest, which should contain the following information:

  • Name, institution, email address
  • Your contribution to the GSN
  • Relevant experience
  • Any other information to support your application

Expressions of interest should be received by 1 October 2014 and will be posted on the GSN website. An example of what sort of information to include in your expression of interest can be found at this address. Online elections will take place (via MyECPR) between 15 October and 15 November.Further information will be available on the GSN website.

Standing Group on Gender and Politics – Call for Papers for ECPR Conference

The 4th European Conference on Politics and Gender conference will take place between 11 – 13 June 2015 at University of Uppsala. Eleven Sections will be organised, details of which can be found online. Panel and Paper proposals for these Sections are now being accepted.

  • Click here to propose a Panel (which should include a minimum of 3 Papers)
  • Click here to propose a Paper

The deadline for all proposals is 15 October 2014 and decisions will be made and participants notified of their acceptance in early December. Please note – all proposers (including Panel Chairs, Co-Chairs, Discussants, Paper presenters and authors) must have a MyECPR account. If you do not already have one, you can create one at this address. Please do not create multiple accounts. If you are now at a new institution, please log in and update your profile accordingly. You can request a password reminder here.

Standing Groups on Human Rights and Transitional Justice – Call for Papers

The human rights sections of the International Studies Association, the American Political Science Association, the European Consortium for Political Research, the International Political Science Association are pleased to announce the fourth joint International Conference on Human Rights, on the theme “Human Rights and Justice” to take place on June 8-10, 2015, at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The conference will take place immediately before the annual meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (June 11-13), also in The Hague.

The conference format will be a mixture of small panels with plenary keynote sessions. The organisers hope that small Panels will facilitate discussion and interchange among the participants, and the overall conference format will contribute to an intimate and relaxed experience. Consideration will be given to publishing an edited volume with some of the Papers from the conference.

Submissions will open shortly. Please note that proposals must relate to the theme of the conference in some manner to be considered. Each full Panel proposal should include exactly four Papers plus a Chair and discussant. The deadline for submissions is 14 November 2014. Notification of acceptances will be sent by email by 20 December 2014.


Regional Studies Association – Second EU Cohesion Policy Conference, Riga, Latvia
The Second EU Cohesion Policy Conference on Challenges for the New Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020: An Academic and Policy Debate, will be held at University of Latvia on February 4-6, 2015. The conference is in partnership with the Regional Studies Association, European Commission and Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 500-word abstract through the Regional Studies Association online registration site by 31 October 2014. Given the purpose and audience of the conference, the abstracts should demonstrate policy implications or lessons insofar as possible.

Proposers will be notified of the selected papers by 30 November 2014, with the expectation of a full paper being submitted by 11 January 2015. For further details and submission guidelines, click here.

Midwest Political Science Association – Call for Proposals for the 73rd Annual Conference

The 73rd Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference will take place between 16 – 19 April 2015 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, United States.

The 2015 MPSA Annual Conference Program Co-Chairs and Section heads invite you to submit proposals that reflect the best thinking in the discipline, informed by theory, research and practical application. The committee invites proposals in 80 sections in a variety of formats from all political science subfields. New for 2015 is the Junior Scholar Symposium, a small group presentation format for emerging scholars. For more information, please click here.

Council of Europe – Publications

The Council of Europe have a new brochure of publications available here.

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