Transnational Dimensions of Cold War Anticommunism

Date: October 31- November 1, 2010

Site: Fribourg, Switzerland

Organiser: University of Fribourg, Switzerland supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Institute of Swiss Contemporary History (ISCH).

Topics: The conference will examine the transnational dimensions of Cold War anti-communism by bringing together perspectives on the various connections, involvements, exchanges, relationships and transfers between societies. This will look in detail at the notion of Western «anti-communist solidarity» and help to disclose the limits, failures and shifting phases of this solidarity across the public and private spheres («state-private networks»). Since the dominant narrative of Cold War anti-communism is US-centric, reflecting the greater resources and leadership role of that nation, it is the aim to build a more complex picture of this phenomenon by looking at European initiatives operating separate from (or aligned with) US interests. The conference will be divided into three broad research areas: the «political» area (actions), the «social» area (networks), and the «cultural» area (transfers, representations, receptions, political cultures).

Language: English

Deadline: September 10, 2010

Contact: Luc can Dongen
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Social(in)equality: Old Risks and New Challenges

Date: December 3, 2010

Site: Koper, Slovenia

Organiser: The University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre of Koper

Topics: The conference is designed as a multidisciplinary meeting of experts in the field of social sciences, who will shed light on various aspects of the problems of social inequality faced by modern societies. The conference is intended to facilitate deliberations on how to establish and develop social equality and social solidarity in global and multiethnic societies. The great challenge facing contemporary societies today is, on the one hand, the increasing recognition of the legitimate existence of ‘difference’ along multiple identity lines and, on the other, the need to disconnect such differences from power inequalities, thus establishing fairer institutional arrangements for all. The organizers would like to encourage the submission of papers which address the following themes: the situation of (ethnic) minorities and migrant communities; alternative forms of communication, generally used by those who find it more difficult to gain access to resources and channels of communication; problems of inequality related to the freedom of communication and participation in the mediatised public sphere and contributions dealing with the immaterial work and of the information society, also leading to new and challenging inequalities. A selection of papers will be published in the scientific journal Annales in the course of 2011.

Language: English

Deadline: September 15, 2010

Contact: PhD Peter Sekloca

E-mail: or

Whatever Happened to North-South?
Date: February 16-19, 2010

Site: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Organiser: International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR)Topics: (1) Changing Patterns of Ir/regional Integration (2) Political Regimes, Democratic Consolidation and the Quality of Democracy (3) Economic Trends and Political, Social and Cultural Changes

Language: English

Deadline: August 6, 2010. All abstracts must be submitted online, using the submission form. No proposals will be accepted by email.

E-mail: (for general conference or website enquires)

AEGCPP Third Annual European Graduate Conference on Political Parties

Date: March 4-5, 2011

Site: Düsseldorf, Germany

Organiser: The Institute for German and European Political Party Law and Research, Heinrich Heine University

Topics: The conference represents an excellent opportunity for post-graduate students to come together from all over Europe in order to present and discuss their research on political parties – related issues. The conference purpose is to examine theories, case studies and research methods of political science and especially party politics. Therefore preference will be given to papers that deliberately combine theory and evidence from a comparative perspective. Graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students are welcome to submit the results of their current research on political issues of sub-national, national and supra-national level.

Language: English

Fee: Participants will have to cover their expenses, though the organizers are looking for funds in order to contribute towards some presenters’ costs.

Deadline: August 15, 2010

Contact: academic convenor Alex Svetlov


6th ECPR General Conference

Date: August 25-27, 2011

Site: Reykjavik, Iceland

Organiser: The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

Topics: The academic programme will be organised in the format of sections and panels, each section containing between 3 and 10 panels. There will also be an ‘open’ section, consisting of stand-alone panels that do not fit neatly into any of the listed sections. Panel sessions are scheduled to last one hour and forty minutes and include a chair person, discussant and up to five paper givers. The programme will be very broad, with more than 50 sections covering all the main areas of political science, political theory, international relations and European studies. From November 1, 2010, participants will be able to propose papers to the accepted panels within sections. (There are no rules requiring proposers of papers to belong to an ECPR member institution.) Proposers may submit their paper proposal to only one panel. That is, the same paper should not be submitted to more than one panel chair. Proposers of papers may submit more than one paper proposal, but the Academic Convenors are unlikely to accept more than one paper proposed by the same person

Language: English

Deadline: The deadline for all paper proposals is February 1, 2011

Contact: the ECPR Central Services


The 39th Joint Sessions of Workshops

Date: April 12-17, 2011

Site: St Gallen, Switzerland

Organiser: The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

Topics: The ECPR currently welcomes proposals to participate in workshops: Globalisation, Secularisation and Religion – Different States, Same Trajectories? Learning in Politics and Public Policy; Redistribution Paradoxes: the Politics of Welfare; Frontiers of Deliberation; Why and How of Party Manifestos in New and in Established Democracies; Ministerial turnover and ministerial career paths in contemporary democracies; the selection of party leaders. Origins, methods and consequences; Political institutions and political violence; Patterns of Party Persistence, Decline and Disintegration; Effects of Participatory Innovations - Different Processes and Different Output; “We, the people”: a new object of democratic analysis; Migration Politics. From Politics and Policy to Citizens’ and Migrants’ Behaviour; Feminism and State Architectures: Devolution, Federalism, Regionalism and (Gender) Equality; 'Bringing the individual back in’ – International Relations and the First Image; Differentiated Integration in Europe; Preferences in the European Union. Analysing the Dimensionality of Policy Areas; The Transformation of Global Climate Governance: Assessing Architecture, Agency and Accountability; Issue Congruence and Policy Responsiveness in European Governance; After Mediatisation: How Parties and Governments Legitimise and Communicate Political Action; Cohesion, Dissent and Partisan Politics in European Legislatures; Sincerity in Ethics, Politics and International Relations; Off-Election Democracy – Interactions between Representatives and Represented in a Changing World; Voting Experiments: An Assessment of Controlled Experiments about Electoral Behaviour; The Political Economy of Financial Markets and Crises; Indigenous Politics: Mobilisation, Representation, Internationalisation.

Language: English

Deadline: December 1, 2010

Contact: Marcia Taylor, Joint Sessions Coordinator, ECPR Central Services, University of Essex, Wivenhoe
Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, UK
Tel.: +44 1206 872501


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