SCOPE 2017: 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference of Political Research

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Call for Papers
February 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Political History / Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences, Sociology


SCOPE: Science of Politics - 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference of Political Research 

University of Bucharest
26-28 May 2017 

SCOPE: SCIENCE OF POLITICS – International Interdisciplinary Conference of Political Research is an annual joint session of workshops aimed at offering a space for academic exchanges on timely political research topics, as well as on the latest advancements within the discipline and the profession(s) of political science.

For its 4th edition which takes place in Bucharest between 26 and 28 May 2017, political scientists and scholars from related fields are invited to reflect upon the contemporary challenges of democracy and democratization in comparative perspective and in relation with the new global agenda on international development and security. 

Proposed papers, panels and round tables can treat this general theme from various conceptual, empirical and methodological perspectives, while addressing timely case-studies, especially (but not exclusively) around the following core topics
  • Democracy and democratization as subject for contemporary political theory;
  • Populism, social movements and electoral behaviour in the age of social media;
  • The role of local politics in shaping national and trans-national democratic institutions;
  • The role of digital technology and social media in contemporary international politics;
  • Democratic accountability and the new global agenda of sustainable development (SDGs);
  • Democracy and the European Union today;
  • Conflict, security and democracy;
  • Transitional justice;
  • Comparative perspectives on civic education;
  • Methodological opportunities and challenges in approaching issues related to democracy and democratization.
Keynote speakers: 
Laurence WHITEHEAD (University of Oxford), Cecelia LYNCH (University of California Irvine), Erik-Svend SKAANING (University of Aarhus & V-Dem)

The event is organized by the Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies of the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bucharest, with the support of Research Committees 13 (Democratization in Comparative Perspective) and 33 (The Study of Political Science as a Discipline) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA/AISP), as well as by the European Confederation of Political Science Associations (ECPSA)

The official languages of the event are English and French. The primary working language is English.

To make most of the many visiting opportunities available in Bucharest (once nicknamed Little Paris and currently often labelled as Little Berlin particularly for its vibrant nightlife and alternative cultural spaces), the organizers also offer participants guided thematic tours with scholars and practitioners in the field, including Communist and post-communist art, architecture and politics tours, Jewish & Armenian neighbourhoods tours, and a Corruption tour.

Abstract submission deadline: 15 February 2017
The conference website with all details, including the full call for papers is available at
Contact Info: 
Luciana Alexandra Ghica
Claudiu Tufis
University of Bucharest
Faculty of Political Science
Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies
8, Spiru Haret st.
010175 Bucharest
+ 40 784 206 836 
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