Political Science News - Call for Papers

Annals of the University of Bucharest - Political Science Series

Europe and the New Global Agenda on International Development
No. 2
Published by: University of Bucharest Press
Application Deadline: 15 June, 2015

Annals of the University of Bucharest. Political Science Series
Special issue "Europe and the New Global Agenda on International Development" (2/2015)

Guest editors
Simon LIGHTFOOT (S.J.Lightfoot@leeds.ac.uk)
Luciana Alexandra GHICA (luciana.ghica@fspub.unibuc.ro)

In 2015, the European Union marks for the first time in its history the European Year of Development. This brings it to the forefront of international efforts aimed at evaluating and (re)formulating a new global agenda on international development following the expiration of the deadline set for the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals generated through the ambitious project adopted in 2000 by the UN member states under the umbrella of the Millennium Declaration. Beyond the uncertainties triggered by the new security climate and despite an ever growing public awareness on international development, both practitioners and scholars still often find themselves lost in the complexity of the field, as well as in the many ideological battles on which the domain has grown.

Europe has been a particularly sensitive issue in this respect throughout the history of development research and policies but the context also significantly changed since the first debates on such topics. So where does Europe stand now in international development? Which new phenomena and actors matter for Europe’s development policies and external action? How can European teaching and research in the field contribute to better global policies?

To address such puzzles, the guest editors invite contributions on Europe and the new global agenda on international development, with a focus on

New phenomena and actors of international development
Theoretical and conceptual advancements in the field
The security/development nexus
The role of the European Union in international development
Research and teaching issues in international development/international studies

The issue will also include book reviews and review essays on these specific topics.

Manuscripts formatted in the journal’s editorial style may be sent to anale@fspub.unibuc.ro or the guest editors by the 15th of June 2015.

University of Bucharest

The Empiricist's Challenge - A Conference by the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research

University of Mannheim
Mannheim, Germany
23 October, 2015 - 24 October, 2015
Application Deadline: 13 July, 2015

We are particularly interested in bringing together scholars from different scientific disciplines (such as political science, sociology, media and communication and computer science) who, although increasingly converge in their work around similar questions, often find it difficult to establish productive lines of communication and collaboration.

The papers can address, but should not be limited to, the following topics:

• Which are the areas of political science where the use of digital trace data hold potential and how can this be illustrated systematically?
• Which current theories offer researchers using digital trace data a valuable context to frame their research question and develop and test hypotheses?
• What are the main challenges to be resolved before the use of digital trace data can enter the mainstream of political science?

We invite papers that pursue these questions by specifically discussing the abovementioned challenges, as well as for analytical empirical studies that can serve as exemplars. In particular, we encourage papers discussing theoretical challenges of the use of digital trace data in the social sciences, linking the analysis of digital trace data with established research questions and topics in political science, and discussing on how to establish necessary methodological and procedural challenges in establishing digital trace data as standard elements of social science research.

Proposals including a paper title, abstract of up to 500 words, 3-5 keywords and the names and affiliations of all authors should be submitted to the following e-mail address no later than July 13, 2015.


Authors of selected high quality contributions will be invited to submit their papers for consideration in a special issue of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics. These submissions will undergo the journal’s regular peer-review process.

Travel and accommodation support of up to 300€ for PhD students and postdocs will be offered to one author for each accepted paper. By providing resources for the participation of more junior scholars we hope to further encourage their participation. In the case of co-authored work the authors themselves should decide who will receive this support if their paper is accepted. Conference meals, including a conference dinner will also be covered.

A complete version of the call can be downloaded here.