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IPSA at the last ISA Annual Conference in New Orleans!

IPSA's presence at the last ISA Annual Conference in New Orleans was more than productive! In addition to an announcement in the printed program, a booth in the exhibiton hall, which attracted a great number of people interested in knowing more about IPSA and its upcoming World Congress of Political Science in Istanbul, and numerous meetings with exhibitors and editors, IPSA presented two panels at the conference:

1. Methodology for a Political Psychology Analysis of Public Speech in International Relations - Saturday Feb 21st - 1:45PM to 3:30PM

Chair: Christ'l De Landtsheer (University of Antwerp)
Discussant: Terrell Carver (University of Bristol)

1. Richard D. Anderson (Political Science Department, UCLA, USA): Discursive Method in International Relations
2. Lieuwe Kalkhoven (Department of Communication, University of Antwerp, Belgium): The psychological impact of hyperbole in political discourse. Methodology of analysing rhetorical exaggeration in politics.
3. Emilie L’Hôte (Département d'Etudes Anglophones, Paris 7 University, France): Marrying outside the tribe: designing a corpus-based cognitive analysis of political discourse lhote_emilie@hotmail.com
4. Christ’l De Landtsheer (Political Communication Research Unit, University of Antwerp, Belgium): Drawing metaphor power in the writings of Karl Marx and how it contributes to ideological framing.
5. Peter Bull (Department of Psychology, University of York, UK): Techniques of political discourse analysis


Political rhetoric or public speech is within the interdisciplinary field of political psychology (the psychology of politics studies) one of the domains where scholars choose a variety of methods from different areas for their purposes.

The main focus of research into the power and effect of public speech by political leaders and elites worldwide is on content and discourse analysis methods, and methods to study public opinion. One can analyse rhetorical devices such as metaphor and hyperbole, gestures and non-verbal communication, or visual and audio signs such as colour use and music or political symbols. The reactions or attitude effects provoked by the above ingredients may also be investigated.

The panel will discuss the relevance of instruments of inquiry for those issues, their interconnection with theoretical models and the implementation of these methods to particular cases of political-psychological analysis of public speech.

The panel will consist of 5 papers and a discussant from different countries (USA, UK, France and Belgium). Chair will be Christ’l De Landtsheer (University of Antwerp, Political Communication Research Unit, Belgium), discussant will be Terrell Carver (University of Bristol, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, UK).


2. Claiming a voice: Politics in a world of inequality - Thursday Feb 19th - 8:15 AM to 10AM

Chair: Terrell Carver (University of Bristol)
Discussant: Christ'l De Landtsheer (University of Antwerp)

1. Ali Bilgic (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey): Non-Violent Power of Collectivities: Voices from Tahrir and Gezi
2. Simona Sharoni (State University of New York, Plattsburgh NY, USA): Age, Gender, and Resistance: Lessons from “Occupy,” the “Arab Spring,” and the survivors-led movement to end rape on college campuses in the United States
3. Susan G. Harris Rimmer (Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University, Canberra ACT, Australia): Investing in Gender Equality at the Group of 20: Feminist global economic governance
4. Mary Manjikian (Robertson School of Government, Regent University, Virginia Beach VA, USA): Silences and Invisibilities: Does Big Data Really Include All the Data?
5. Franziska Plümmer & Julia Lux (International Political Economy & Chinese Studies, Eberhard Karls University, Tuebingen, Germany): Local discourses as neglected voices against a transnational neoliberal feminist discourse


This panel highlights the way the ‘voice’ is claimed in political discourses that arise through mass local activisms and economically-targeted policy interventions. These activisms and interventions produce demonstrable and important consequences in international politics. Such events also produce important questions in methodological terms as to how these phenomena should be studied. The role of social media in international politics, its connections with data-gathering and analysis, and the inter-relation between local/regional discourses and trans-national ones, are examined by the paper-givers within a general feminist frame. This frame presupposes a world of inequality, and therefore the need to ‘claim’ a voice in otherwise male-dominated spheres. Using an intersectional approach sensitive to race/ethnicity, religion, and cultures of violence/non-violence, panellists will explore the various ways through which international politics is made by activists in the 21st century, and can be studied effectively studied within an IR framing, broadly and critically understood.

The chair, panellists and discussant come from a variety of European, North American, Middle Eastern, Australian and East Asian backgrounds, fields of study and institutional settings, and share an interest in the way that political communication makes politics, and creates data for scientific and interpretive studies.

Here is the rest of the 2015 ISA Annual Conference Program

**IPSA would like to thank the ISA Annual Conference organizing committee, and extend its "thank you" to the local staff and the great people of New Orleans! Let's meet up again in Atlanta in 2016!**

Peter Stone's "The Concept of Picking": Recipient of the 2014 Best C&M Working Paper Award

The Committee on Concepts and Methods (C&M - IPSA RC01) publishes two highly regarded series of working papers. In 2011, the Committee introduced the Best C&M Working Paper Award, which recognizes the best working paper published in either of its two series during the three previous year. The winner of the 2014 award is Peter Stone (Trinity College, Dublin) for his paper "The Concept of Picking" (Political Concepts 50, May 2011). {available at: http://www.concepts-methods.org/Files/WorkingPaper/PC_50_Stone.pdf}

In this paper Stone seeks to defend as rational the idea that agents sometimes simply pick among options in the absence of reasons to justify that selection. In instances where the standard ‘filters’ of rational decision making (first identify the feasible set, then choose the best option in that set) leave the agent with either no option or several, she may be justified in picking. Stone traces the genealogy of this idea, defends it against several skeptical alternative views, and in the process specifies the conditions under which it holds. In so doing he not only contributes to the task of delineating the concept of rational action, but offers a rich assessment of picking as a distinctive enterprise. 

2014 Award Jury:

James Johnson, University of Rochester (chair)
Beth Leech, Rutgers University
Zachary Elkins, University of Texas – Austin

Committee on Concepts and Methods
International Political Science Association

Vice-president of Taiwan Den-yih Wu Will's Speech at the 2014 Annual Academic Conference of the Chinese Association of Political Science (Taipei)

Chinese Association of Political Science (Taipei) had held their 24th annual conference titled “The International Political Economic Change and Challenge to Democratic Governance” on November 8th and 9th in 2014. This conference took a synthetic approach on the cross-field studies on theories, politics, economics and sociology to discuss the development of international politics and economics as well as the challenges to democratic governance for most nations. We expected to provide substantial amount of research for the studies of Taiwan’s political science and other related knowledge groups as well as a platform for scholarly interchanges.

We had invited Taiwan’s Vice-president Den-yih Wu to give a speech for our conference. Dr. Paul Collins – the emeritus professor in University of Nottingham in United Kingdom is our special guest who also gave keynote speech for our opening day.