Political Studies Association Annual International Conference 2019: (Un)Sustainable Politics in a Changing World

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We are now accepting paper and panel proposals for the PSA Annual International Conference 2019, taking place at the Nottingham Conference Centre on 15 - 17 April. The academic convenors are based in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University and are Dr Marianna Poberezhskaya and Dr Imad El-Anis. You can no longer submit proposals or register via the PSA website. Submissions are now via Ex Ordo.


The 69th PSA Annual International Conference is an opportunity to present the latest scholarship from across the disciplinary and methodological traditions whilst also exploring the 2019 theme, ‘(Un)Sustainable Politics in a Changing World:

The pace at which our world continues to change is difficult to comprehend, and our ability to understand and explain politics is undermined as a result. Now, perhaps more than at any time since the end of the Cold War, the sustainability of current political practices must be (re)examined. Domestically, recent political controversies related to gender inequality, sexual or racial abuse, misuse of personal data, and financial mismanagement, raise critical questions about the durability of political practices. The continuing impact of Brexit, also presents further challenges to our polity and geographical borders.

Globally, uncertainty abounds: how has the emergence of populist movements and authoritarianism affected relationships across Europe and within the EU? How is U.S. unilateralism under President Trump affecting international relations and multilateral frameworks? How do we navigate the potential threats that escalating trade wars and the rise of economic nationalism across the world bring, and how will personal freedoms continue to be eroded in the name of combatting terrorism?

We are also faced with an increasingly complex relationship with the natural world. Climate change mitigation is faltering, depletion of the ozone has worsened, and we are in the midst of the Anthropocene Extinction (or sixth era of mass extinction) demonstrated by the most rapid loss of biodiversity in the planet’s history. Given these stresses to our well-being and development we must consider whether current political institutions and practices are sustainable or whether significant (perhaps even radical) change in the way we organise ourselves and relate to other communities is upon us.


w/c 6th August: Call for paper and panel abstracts

Monday 22nd October@23:59: Deadline for submitting proposals. Abstracts submitted after this date will not be considered. Abstracts can be edited until the submission deadline. A confirmation email acknowledging receipt of an abstract will be sent to the Corresponding Author.

Monday 19th November:

  • Notification of Acceptance: Acceptance/rejection emails sent to Corresponding Authors
  • Conference registration opens (Early Bird Rates)
  • Conference dinner tickets available to purchase
  • Applications open for ECN and International Visitor Grants

Monday 14th January: Deadline for ECN and International Visitor Grant Applications

Monday 28th January: Early-bird rate registration deadline

Monday 18th February: Registration deadline for presenting authors of accepted abstracts. Failure to register will result in the abstract being excluded from the conference programme

Monday 8th April: Deadline for presenting authors to upload papers