Political Science News - Call for Papers

IAPSS Conference in Latin America - Contemporary Challenges in Latin America

Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Quito, Ecuador
18 November, 2015 - 21 November, 2015
Application Deadline: 15 August, 2015

Convocatoria en español aquí

The first IAPSS Conference in Latin America seeks to provide a platform to investigate the tremendous variety of Contemporary Challenges in Latin America, to challenge conventional perceptions and to offer the space and the opportunity to present the innovative research of young political scientists from Latin America and beyond.

We welcome papers from undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and from young researchers. Papers can draw on issues in political science and its sub-fields, including comparative politics, political theory, policy analysis, political economy, political behavior, international relations, peace, conflict, security and war studies, as well as from neighboring disciplines, such as public policy and administration, area and development studies, law, anthropology, human geography, sociology, gender studies, and others.

Possible subjects include, but are not limited to:

  •     Transnational and regional cooperation;
  •     Challenges to domestic, transnational and regional security;
  •     Political parties, institutional stability and legitimacy;
  •     Evolution of political, institutional and cooperative norms;
  •     The role of non-state actors;
  •     Challenges to and the state of democracy;
  •     Public administration, goods and services;
  •     Economic models, the welfare state and international financial institutions;
  •     Social movements, civil unrest, political protests and revolutions;
  •     Political, societal and social violence;
  •     Socioeconomic inequality and disparities;
  •     Justice and political, social and indigenous rights;
  •     Trauma, identity, rehabilitation and reconciliation;
  •     Migration, refugees and asylum;
  •     Human trafficking, modern slavery and labor rights;
  •     Gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights;
  •     Environmental degradation and protection, exploitation of natural resources;
  •     Drug trafficking and drug-related conflicts

Guideline for Abstract / Paper Submissions

Please send us your abstract of no more than 250 words by submitting an online form (multiple abstracts can be submitted per author, but separately). This form also includes your name / the authors’ names, the title of the paper, a maximum of five keywords, your / the authors’ institutional affiliation (home university / institute), and your / the authors’ email address(es). Abstracts should be submitted until August 15, 2015 through the form provided on the website. Please do not submit your abstract(s) by e-mail.

Selected applicants will be informed by not later than August 31, 2015. Full papers shall be submitted via the available online form at MyIAPSS by October 15, 2015.

Chairs & Discussants

For all scheduled panels, chairs and discussants will be called for among all selected paper presenters at a later stage. If your abstract has been selected and you are interested in acting as chair and / or discussant for one or multiple panels at the IAPSS Conference in Latin America 2015, please do not hesitate to contact Vit Simral at academic@iapss.org.


Glocalism - Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation

On Global Risks
Vol. 2015
No. 3
Published by: Globus et Locus
Application Deadline: 31 August, 2015

“Glocalism”, a peer-reviewed, open-access and cross-disciplinary journal, is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. We welcome studies in any field, with or without comparative approach, that address both practical effects and theoretical import. All articles should be sent to: p.bassetti@globusetlocus.org and da-vide.cadeddu@unimi.it

Articles can be in any language and length chosen by the author, while its abstract and keywords have to be in English.

Deadline: August 31, 2015. This issue is scheduled to appear at end-October 2015.

Website: http://www.glocalismjournal.net/

Direction Committee: Arjun Appadurai (New York University); Zygmunt Bauman (University of Leeds); Seyla Benhabib (Yale University); Sabino Cassese (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa); Manuel Castells (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona); Fred Dallmayr (University of Notre Dame); David Held (Durham Universi-ty); Robert J. Holton (Trinity College Dublin); Alberto Martinelli (Università degli Studi di Milano); Anthony McGrew (University of Southampton); Alberto Quadrio Curzio (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano); Roland Robertson (University of Aberdeen); Saskia Sassen (Columbia University); Amartya Sen (Harvard University); Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia University); Salvatore Veca (Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia).

The topic of this issue ON GLOBAL RISKS

The concept of risk poses itself as the new paradigm for analysis of the glocal society. The rapidly changing ‘thresholds’ of techno-scientific innovation – from the infinitely large to the infinitely small, from big data to nanotechnology and manipulation of the genome – challenge the predictability and the very idea that reduction of risk can be pursued by applying present-day models to future scenarios.
The explosion of what Hans Jonas defines in The Imperative of Responsibility as “The Prometheus unbound" – modern technology – the scope of which is unpredictable and the consequences only visible in the long term, has implications in moral terms: with respect to simple ‘technique’ – neutral in an ethical sense, respectful toward the generating forces of nature – technology, the result of the boundless manipulative power of modern man, cannot declare itself to be ethically indifferent. It is Jonas himself who calls awareness to the fact that “the promise of modern technology has transformed into a threat”. Ulrich Beck likewise highlighted the economic pervasiveness of this type of innovation, revealing how it operates above and beyond any possible form of insurance.
The acknowledgement of the centrality of the “risk factor” in every global social action and its local – or, in a broader sense, individual implications (consider the molecular vision that permits intervention on the genome) – emphasizes the role of expert knowledge in recognizing, assessing and managing risk despite the intrinsic randomness it is associated with. Opposing this centrality of risk, we find trends and dynamics that radicalise it and aspire to creating a zero risk society, even in contexts not strictly technological or environmental from which awareness of the issue developed: consider the most intimate of individual choices, for example procreation or euthanasia.
The argument of risk develops along these parallel interpretative lines and, from there, the deepest reflection on the possible constitutive values of social action in the extreme plurality of a global society.

Globus et Locus