Call for Papers: The Second Political, Social and International Studies Postgraduate Research Conference
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Thursday 10 - Friday 11 June 2010
Debates about the health and relevance of political parties abound. The trend towards much lower levels of public participation in party politics is highlighted by falling party membership, and declining electoral turnout. Do these trends necessarily mean that people are becoming less 'political'? How central are political parties to political participation, and how we look to improve our lives?
What role do 'new' actors such as single issue, lobby and other third sector groups play? Do new technologies such as the Internet exacerbate or mitigate these trends? And what does this mean for democracy and power? Is this a positive move 'beyond party politics' and 'beyond ideology', or an obfuscation of necessary antagonisms that should inform the genuinely political questions?
Conference Themes and Issues
Some questions that this conference seeks to address, include, but are not limited to:
* Why has public participation in party politics fallen?
* How do 'old actors' (such as political elites, trade unions, professional groups, religions) act in new ways?
* What role and function do new political actors play?
* Do media concepts and terms still shape political debate and structures?
* What role for Britain in the new European structures post the Lisbon Treaty?
* Does the emergence of Respect and the British National Party mark a new development in identity politics in Britain?
* How well has the United Kingdom reacted to the greatest economic challenge for a generation?
* Is it the case that the liberal democratic model that characterised 'the end of history' is under pressure, or is it merely a restructuring of how citizens involve themselves in the political process?
* How has an emerging British Islam been treated by the UK's existing party political and state structures?
* Is our work and role as postgraduate researchers in anyway affected by a change in who holds the keys to Number 10?
The conference is open to all post-graduate researchers. While this is an election year in the UK, the conference will not focus exclusively on UK-related questions. The organisers therefore welcome papers relating to other countries that are relevant to the issues under consideration.
Send a 300-word abstract of your proposed paper, and your contact details to Henry Allen and Paul Stott at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Wednesday 17 March 2010.
Successful applicants will be notified by the beginning of April and are required to submit their final papers of 8,000 words by 4 June 2010.
Possibilities for publication of presented papers will be discussed during the conference.
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