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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.

Bidding open for the 2018 World Social Science Forum

The ISSC is pleased to invite you to express your interest in submitting a bid for the 2018 World Social Science Forum.

The ISSC convenes every three years a World Social Science Forum, a high-profile gathering of the world’s leading social scientists and their collaborators to focus scientific and public attention on the most pressing of today’s challenges, and to jointly seek innovative solutions. The Forums make special efforts to engage a wide range of key actors.

The ISSC invites proposals from interested parties for

  • a venue, and
  • a theme of broad scientific and social interest, which addresses specific major and urgent challenge(s) of our time.

Proposals in respect of theme/focus should be of a global challenge or convergence of challenges, of interest and concern to all global regions, to social scientists of all major social science disciplines; and to a broad spectrum of societal stakeholders

Download the call for expressions of interest.

Deadlines for submissions are:

  • Expressions of Interest by 30/09/2014
  • Final Bids to be submitted by 31/01/2015
  • Awarding of the successful bid to be made by 31/03/2015

Expressions of Interest with the subject line “EOI WSS Forum 2018″ should be emailed to FORUM2018@worldsocialscience.org

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.