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24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science Brings 2800 Political Scientists to Poznań (Poland)

The 24th World Congress of Political Science, organized by the International Political Science Association (IPSA) will take place in Poznań (Poland) between July 23 and 28, 2016 at the Poznań Congress Center and Adam Mickiewicz University. The Congress, chaired by Professor Dianne Pinderhughes and Professor Marian Sawer, will bring together over 2,800 political scientists and scholars from 99 countries to discuss the theme of the Congress, Politics in a World of Inequality – a central topic in today’s politics.

“At the IPSA World Congress, our participants’ first order of business will be to better understand our rapidly changing world and above all explore the new forms of inequity emerging in the early blush of the 21st century. In order to do so, the ‘new’ political scientist must be a sociologist, anthropologist, mathematician and diplomat at one and the same time. Multidisciplinary is the watchword, therefore” says Guy Lachapelle, Secretary General of IPSA and Professor of Political Science at Concordia University.

Numerous topics will be addressed at the 24th IPSA World Congress, including

  • The EU and the Challenges of Brexit    
  • The Mediterranean Migration Crisis
  • Violence against Women in Politics
  • The Bargaining Power of the Global South
  • Gender, Race and Human Trafficking
  • The US Presidential Campaign
  • International Trade Negotiations and Agreements
  • Regional approaches to money in politics
  • Human Rights and Cyberspace

Plenary speakers include prominent international figures:

Richard Wilkinson (Co-Author of the Spirit Level). Presentation: Inequality: The Enemy Between Us

Aiji Tanaka (IPSA President, 2014-16). Presidential Plenary: Legitimacy of the Political System: System Support from a Comparative Perspective
Additionally, Joseph Stiglitz (Winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics) will give a video presentation: Inequality: A Problem of Politics in the 21st Century

Numerous special sessions and activities will take place during the Congress:

Organized by the Polish Political Science Association, the Roundtable: Academic Freedom - Prospects and Limits  will focus on the vital topic of Academic Freedom and its limits.

A special panel, The Community of Political Science in Russia: 60 Years of Development (1955-2015), will be dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the formation of the political science community in Russia.

The Roundtable: The Future of Political Science: IPSA Past Presidents Look Over the Evolution of our Discipline will gather IPSA Past Presidents who will reflect on the purpose of studying politics, as well as its challenges.

Juan Linz Award Winner (2014), Brendan O'Leary, will address the Kurdish question in his prize lecture Federalism and Kurdish Questions in Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran.

Karl Deutsch Award Winner (2016), Rein Taagepera, will challenge participants with his Science Walks on Two Legs, but Social Sciences Try to Hop on One.

In addition to the opening and closing ceremonies, GRAMMY® Winning pianist Angelin Chang will perform a piano concert on July 27, on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of Research Committee 18 on Asian and Pacific Studies. The concert will be held at the Neo-Renaissance Concert Hall (Aula) of the Adam Mickiewicz University, known for its excellent acoustics.

For more information on the event and the program:

Congress Schedule: https://wc2016.ipsa.org/events/congress/wc2016/schedule

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Luiza Helena Bairros in Memoriam (1953-2016)

We are saddened to announce that Luiza Helena Bairros, one of our initially planned plenary speakers and Former Minister of Brazil’s Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality, passed away on July 12, 2016. On behalf of the global political science community, our condolences go to her family and friends.

Luiza Helena Bairros  was the former Minister of Brazil’s Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality (2011-2014) and former Secretary for the Promotion of Equality, in the State of Bahia (2008-2010). A long-standing activist of the black movement, she arrived in Salvador, Bahia, in 1979, and soon started her work with the Unified Black Movement (MNU). In 1981, she started setting up a MNU group of women, which brought together the struggle against racism and gender inequalities. Ten years later, she took on the national coordination of MNU, in which she remained until 1994.

With graduate studies in Sociology at Michigan State University, Luiza Helena Bairros  became associate researcher of the Center of Human Resources of the Federal University of Bahia. In partnership with the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), she founded the Project for Race and Democracy in the Americas.

Luiza Helena Bairros was also a consultant of the United Nations System in Brazil for the III World Conference Against Racism in 2001. There she gained experience in coordinating projects of international cooperation, such as the Program to Fight Institutional Racism. She was a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the British Ministry for International Development (DFID) in cooperation projects of interest to the black population in Brazil. She was a founding member of the Advisory Council for the Initiative on Racial Equity in Northeast Brazil, supported by W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

New Options on the IPSA Profile: Membership Status

We are pleased to announce that the IPSA online profile now features new options. From now on, you can consult the IPSA online profile section marked “My Membership”/ “Status & Benefits” to find the following:

  • Membership status: See what type of membership you have and when it expires;
  • See if you are subscribed to the International Political Science Abstracts and print versions of World Political Science and the International Political Science Review;
  • Consult your membership receipt;
  • See all your member benefits and access publisher discounts;
  • Get your exclusive course code for the IPSAMOOCS.