Call for Panels and Papers for an IPSA/AISP International Conference
Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties

CALL FOR PROPOSALS. IPSA/AISP Internation Conference - Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties (PDF)

The Research Committee 10 Electronic Democracy encourages panel and paper proposals for this IPSA sponsored international conference "Political Science in the Digital Age." The conference theme of digitalization and the intersection with political science and democracy is highly relevant to the RC10 as the conference aims to examine the challenges of digitalizaion for the discipline of political science. Proposals for panels or papers are due April 15, 2017.

Panel proposals are submitted by the RC, so please contact as soon as possible if you are considering submitting a panel proposal.  Paper proposals can be submitted individually.

Date: 4th-6th December 2017
Location: Hannover, Germany
Program Chairs: Marianne Kneuer, University of Hildesheim, First Vice President of IPSA; and Helen Milner, Princeton University, former President of Ipsa (2012-2014)

IPSA is sponsoring an international conference from 4-6 December this year 2017, organized by Marianne Kneuer and Helen Milner. The conference, entitled “Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties,“ provides the opportunity for a reflection on the discipline and one of its most relevant challenges, namely digitalization. At the same time, the conference aims to bring together national Political Science Associations, other IPSA members, and the IPSA Research Committees in order to further develop networks and cooperation among these groups. The conference also will be a platform for addressing problems as well as designing ideas for future research within IPSA.

Critical questions to be addressed will be:

  • How did our discipline react in the last years to the challenges of the digital era and how can it respond in the future? What new demands or tasks emerge for the discipline? 
  • Do we need new theories and concepts? How should studies be tailored to capture the empirical implications of digitalization in the various subdisciplines? Where is interdisciplinary cooperation required? Which methodological tools are necessary or adequate for research?
  • Are there new subjects political science has to address? How does the reconfiguration that digitalization induced in polity, politics and policies change the research on domestic or international politics? 
  • Which new opportunities provides digitalization for teaching (see e.g. MOOCs)? Who can benefit from e-learning and how? How can citizenship education benefit from digital modes of knowledge and value building? 
  • What implications does digitalization have for authors and publishers? 
  • What new challenges come up for political consulting? With which challenges are political foundations, think tanks etc. confronted through digitalization? 

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