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23rd IPSA Executive Committee Elected

Ladies and Gentlemen,

These are the members of the 23rd IPSA Executive Committee

Dr. Leonardo AvritzerBrazil
Prof. Roman BaeckerPoland
Dr. Daniel BuquetUruguay
Prof. Linda CardinalCanada
Prof. Terrell CarverUK
Prof. Jørgen ElklitDenmark
Prof. Carlo GuarnieriItaly
Dr. Rieko KageJapan
Prof. Marianne KneuerGermany
Prof. Dirk KotzéSouth Africa
Prof. Hatem M'RadTunisia
Prof. Chan Wook ParkKorea
Dr. Romain PasquierFrance
Prof. Dianne PinderhughesUSA
Prof. Fusun TurkmenTurkey
Prof. Fernando VallespinSpain

To learn more about each member, please click on the link below.

WC2014 Day-Five Recap

 

Session spéciale – Jean Laponce et la science politique internationale

Lors de la dernière journée du congrès, une session spéciale a été dédiée à l’héritage de Jean Laponce et à l’apport de ses travaux sur la science politique internationale. Les intervenants présents ont souligné la carrière impressionnante de M. Laponce, ancient président de l’AISP de 1973 à 1976. Ils ont notamment soulevé que c’est de lui dont vient l’idée de mettre sur pied un journal pour l’AISP, et qu’il n’hésitait pas à intégrer d’autres disciplines dans ses recherches, notamment la géopolitique, au travers de ses champs d’expertise (partis politiques et référendums, éudes des politiques linguistiques etc.) Tel qu’ajouté par John E. Trent, “nothing was sacred for Jean Laponce”, et avec plus de 16 ouvrages et 140 articles, l’implication de Jean Laponce dans l’AISP et dans le domaine de la science politique en général en fait un acteur majeur dont la carrière se devait d’être célébrée.

 

Special Session – Political Science: Current Performance and Future Strengths

Why do we study political science if you disdain politician?” This large question was tackled in this special session who aimed to discuss the state of political science by raising three topical issues: 1) its actual strength; 2) its relevance to society and politics; and 3) the impact of current politics on the discipline. The participants noticed that political science was mostly americanocentric, in opposition to a Europe-based community. They each gave a regional perspective on what political science represents, may it be in Russia, Australia or South Africa. They brought up the split between a more quantitative political science (USA) versus a more qualitative study of political science (Australia, per example), and noticed that an effort must be made to de-americanized political science in order to be relevant in the rest of the world. They also suggested that specialization should not lead to hermetic boundaries, and that in order for political science to stay relevant, we must try to avoid intellectual snobism.


Closing Ceremony – 23rd Congress of Political Science

The 23rd Congress of Political Science came to an end, and Past President Helen V. Milner, newly elected President, Aija Tanaka, Secretary General Guy Lachapelle and Chair of the Program Committee, Vincent Hoffmann-Martinot, all delivered speeches concluding this edition of the World Congress. Theresa Sasinska-Klas, as Chair of the Committee on Prizes and Awards (COPA) recognized the prizes that were awarded during this year’s edition (Global South, Juan Linz, Wilma Rule, Stein Rokkan, Karl Deutsch). The Turkish ambassador also presented a speech, inviting the fellow participants to the next edition, who will be held in Istanbul in 2016. Chair of the Local Organizing Committee in Istanbul, Fusun Turkmen, was given the official flag of IPSA from former Montreal LOC Chair Stéphane Paquin, closing therefore officially the 23rd World Congress of Political Science. 

 

WC2014 Day-Four Recap

Plenary – Carwyn Jones, First minister of Wales

On Wednesday morning, First minister of Wales Carwyn Jones, discussed the issues surrounding the Scottish referendum for its independence and the future of the United Kingdom. He reminded the crowd present that there is no functional federalism in the UK that he describes as implying a “balance of powers”, mostly because the states are subjects to Westminster decisions and are not demographically and geographically alike. First minister Jones believes that UK should not forget about federalism, and that three key principles must be kept in mind within the constitutional debate: the respect for devoted legislature; the parity of structures; the evolution of the executive and legislative competences. He brought up some questions if the independence of Scotland is to happen, some of them mostly logistical (what will be the new flag? What will the rest of the country be called?), others institutional and constitutional.

Award Session – Karl Deutsch Award

Prof. Pippa Norris, this year’s recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award, gave a lecture in front of a packed room on ‘When do elections fail and whydoes this matter?’ Within her research program, The Electoral Integrity Project, Pippa Norris explores why some elections are considered as failures (Thailand, Ukraine, and Afghanistan), and brought up some criteria who defies a failed or a successful election such as legitimacy and electoral integrity (feeling of political legitimacy – voting participation, peaceful demonstrations, violent protests, international norms).

Special Session – The MOOCs Challenge for Political Science

IPSA 2.0 is on its way! In collaboration with the IPSA Portal, managed by Mauro Calise at University of Naples – Federica II, massive open online courses (MOOCs) were launched on Wednesday following in the footsteps of major institution such as Princeton and London School of Economics. The main purpose of IPSA’s MOOCs is providing courses aimed towards Global South students and professors, in French, English and possibly Spanish, and to teach basics concepts of political science.  Werner Patzelt, Giliberto Capano, Helen Milner and Guy Lachapelle discussed the future of online courses, and where IPSA should stand on this specific matter.
 

Session speciale – Vivr(e) l’humour politique

Est-ce que l’humour peut être politique? C’est la question à laquelle Christian Vanasse, Michel Garneau (Garnotte), Fred Dubé et Nabila ben Youssef ont tenté de répondre lors de cette session animée par Emmanuel Choquette. Tous ont répondu que l’humour est toujours politique, et que même discuter des rapports hommes-femmes, sous-entendent parfois des concepts patriarcaux. Ils ont estimé que leur rôle en tant qu’humoristes était de dénoncer, et parfois d’éduquer les gens sur des enjeux politiques auxquels ils ne se seraient pas intéressés auparavant. Christian Vanasse a d’ailleurs mentionné qu’il faisait de l’humour pour les militants, et que grâce è l’humour politique, il se sentait un peu moins colérique et plus « humain ». Ils ont toutefois souligné que l’humour politique est une responsabilité à double-tranchant, nécessitant de la nuance, de la recherche et du dosage. Michel Garneau a souligné qu’une distance physique et temporelle est parfois nécessaire avant de pouvoir rire d’un événement ou d’une situation tragique, tout en ajoutant qu’en humour, il ne faut pas avoir de tabou. La session suscita un intérêt important de la communauté médiatique, et fût organisé en collaboration avec l’École nationale de l’humour.

Blueberry Soup

Eileen Jerrett presented her documentary, Blueberry Soup, about the Icelandic “people’s movement” following the financial crisis in 2008, where the people ask for more accountability from their leaders and their bankers. A philosophical and artistic documentary on how democracy “does not need strong leaders, but rather strong people who can think for themselves”. A Q&A session followed with the director, where the audience was invited to give their impressions and comments on the screening.