Political Science News - Call for Papers

Seminar Quality of Democracy: New Research Agenda

Santiago, Chile
14 September, 2016 - 15 September, 2016
Application Deadline: 31 May, 2016
Organised by:
Asociación Mexicana de Ciencias Políticas
Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencia Política

The development of democratic quality in Latin America displays a mixed record. Latin Americans today live in freer and more democratic countries than ever before, nearly all Latin American countries have resumed a growth path and most governments are governing more effective than their predecessors did (see e.g. Domínguez 2013). At the same time, scholars state a persistently low quality of democracy across a large number of countries (Mainwaring/Pérez-Liñán 2015). Actually, a closer look on the state of quality of democracy in Latin America uncovers a variety of quality of democracy (see ibidem): First, we find an erosion of democracy in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua as well as in the only country that experienced a military coup after 1990, namely Honduras. Second, there are cases of democratic stagnation like Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti and Paraguay. Third, a group of countries to which belong important players like Brazil, Argentina and Mexico are stable but yield shortcomings. Finally, high quality democracies can be found in Costa Rica, Chile and Uruguay. This rough overview shows that a) although the democratic quality of the Latin American continent in tout reflects a higher level, not every country experienced a linear development towards more democratic quality, and that b) there also can be observed regressive developments towards more authoritarian rule and practices like in Venezuela.

The planed Seminar on “Quality of democracy in Latin America” aims at bringing together scholars in order to discuss theoretical as well as empirical challenges in the study of Latin American democratic quality. Contributions should relate to the exposed questions in single case or comparative studies or should address theoretical or methodological challenges regarding the study of quality of democracy in Latin America. The proposals should register in three items:

a) Democratic theory

b) Methodology about quality of democracy

c) Empirical research of democracies.

3rd INSPR Conference: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Social Change, Protest, and Political Mobilisation

University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
9 June, 2016 - 10 June, 2016
Application Deadline: 31 May, 2016

We are pleased to invite you to the 3nd INSPR Conference at the department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. The conference will be held on June 9th-10th, 2016. Keynote addresses will be announced shortly.

The Conference
Social movements play an important role in political debates across the globe. From an academic point of view, the study of political mobilisation and social change is subject to an extraordinary predisposition to cross-disciplinary exchange. Our understanding of the phenomena we study is subordinate to our capacity to build theoretical paths among the different disciplines.

Continuing with INSPR’s mission, the aims of this two-day conference are to explore political mobilisation from a variety of academic perspectives and to further develop links between disciplines. We seek a broad range of contributions, including (but not limited to); sociology, law, psychology, politics, economics, cultural studies, history, geography, philosophy, literature, and film studies.

Proposals will be selected on the basis of their academic merit. Lines of research that interrogate different perspectives are highly appreciated, although excellent work conducted within the boundary of a single discipline is still suitable for this meeting. Topics may include:

  • Past and present collective actions
  • Social and political theory
  • Motivation, mobilisation, or outcomes
  • Methodology
  • Macro- and micro- processes
  • Art in and from protest
  • Legal or economic implications and considerations
  • Other topics relevant to social protest research

To submit your proposal, please send an email to inspr2016@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions of presentations, poster or symposia is April 25th 2016. Attendees will be notified by May 6th. Registration deadline (for attendees and speakers) is May 31st. Places are limited and we encourage attendees to register as soon as possible.  The Early Bird registration deadline is May 11th.

Oral Presentations and Posters

For oral presentations and posters, submission material should include:

  • A clear and concise title.
  • An abstract [300-500 words]. The abstract must clearly describe the theoretical background and the scope of the research. Empirical contributions must include specific details about the methodology and the conclusion.
  • 4 to 5 keywords.

For each author please clearly indicate name, academic affiliation (including University and Department) and email address.


Symposia must include between 4-6 presentations, or 4/5 presentations and 1 discussant.

The chair of the symposium must submit an abstract indicating the overall goals of the symposium and highlighting the specific theme of the talks.  The submission should also include an abstract for each presentation.

It is recommended that, if possible, symposia include presentations from a variety of academic backgrounds.

The abstract for the symposium must include:

  • Title of the symposium.
  • Abstract [max 600 words].
  • 4 to 5 keywords.

Please, clearly indicate name, academic affiliation (including University and Department) and email address of the chair and co-chair (if relevant) of the symposium.

Abstracts for the single talks must be prepared following the guidelines for Oral Presentation described above.

If the proposed symposium is not accepted the constituent talks will be assessed and may still be included in the general program of the conference.

Registration and Fees

To register to the conference, use the following link http://inspr2016.eventbrite.co.uk

There is a registration fee for participants and attendees. Payment can be made at the following link (same as registration): http://inspr2016.eventbrite.co.uk

Early Bird (by 11th May 2016):

Attendees & Speakers:  £42 (two days) or £22.80 (one day)

Postgraduate Students: £24 (two days) or £14.40 (one day)

Final Deadline for Registration (by 31st May 2016):

Attendees & Speakers: £54 (two days) or £30 (one day)

Postgraduate Students: £36(two days) or £20.40 (one day)