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Joint International Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Teaching Politics in an Era of Populism

APSA is pleased to announce that the proposal period for the 2019 Joint International Teaching and Learning Conference is now open. This conference is a collaboration between APSA, the Political Studies Association (PSA), the British International Studies Association (BISA), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). It will take place in Brighton, England from June 17-19, 2019.

The program committee consists of representatives from each conference co-sponsor:

Dr. Amanda Rosen and Dr. Tanya Schwarz (American Political Science Association)
Professor John Craig and Dr. Stuart Wilks-Heeg (Political Studies Association)
Professor Nick Robinson (British International Studies Association)
Professor Oddbjørn Knutsen (European Consortium for Political Research)


This conference aims to provide a forum in which political science educators from different countries and contexts can come together to explore these challenges and share their experiences and teaching practices. We welcome contributions which explore the challenges faced in national, international, or comparative contexts. We also welcome different approaches to understanding populism and the challenges that it may present to political science educators in different contexts.The rise of populism across North America and Europe in recent decades presents a range of challenges to the teaching of political science and international relations in the universities and colleges. At one level, our curriculum must develop to cover new forms of political activity, the rise of new parties and movements, and new forms of political and government behaviour. But the challenges go beyond simply the content of what we teach. In a political culture in which expertise and established standards of evidence are devalued, political science educators can find themselves portrayed as mere peddlers of opinion and ideology. A range of questions arise, including:

  • Can or should political science education be ‘politically neutral’? Should we nurture values of democracy, equality, and citizenship and, if so, how?
  • How can we support students in developing knowledge, understanding and skills relating to the complex nature of politics, society and government? What role might different approaches to teaching such as simulations, civic engagement and other pedagogies play?
  • What are the challenges of constructing a curriculum and developing learning resources in a period of rapid and sometime dramatic political change?
  • How can we collaborate across different national and educational contexts to support critical learning in political science and international relations? What best practices are there for collaboration in both pedagogical research and cross-cultural classroom experiences?
  • Are there practices or pedagogies from other disciplines that can be adopted or adapted to address these issues?

We welcome proposals for the following categories: 

Papers. Individual papers reporting research findings, providing a critical account of practice, or assessing the current state of teaching and learning in the field.

Panels. Panel submissions should consist of four to five papers relating to a coherent theme. We particularly welcome panels that take cross-national perspectives.

Interactive workshops. Proposals to run sessions that provide participants with a structured opportunity to explore a challenging area of political science education in a collaborative session.

Short talks. We invite proposals for short 10 minute talks in the style of TED Talks, that present a concise summary of an argument or an idea related to the conference theme.

Roundtables. We invite proposals from individuals who would be interested in participating in a roundtable discussion on one of the conference themes.

Open stream. To encourage innovative approaches to developing learning, the open stream invites any proposal for an activity that is designed to facilitate critical inquiry addressing the conference theme.

All proposals for panels or workshops should give consideration to gender balance and the promotion of equality and diversity. The standard time for panels and workshops will be 90 minutes.

*All submissions should be sent to [email protected]. The deadline for submissions is November 5, 2018.*


Early Bird Registration Deadline: January 14, 2019.

General Registration Deadline: June 10, 2019.

Check back here for more details on conference travel frants and early career/student registration rates! 


Conference registration will open November 5, 2018 via the PSA website

Registration fees are as follows:

Early Bird Rates (November 5, 2018 - January 14, 2019):

  • Member: £150
  • Non-Member: £180

Standard Rates (January 15, 2019 - June 10, 2019):

  • Member: £180
  • Non-Member: £230

**Note that Member Rates are available to members or scholars from member institutions of the following organisations: APSA/PSA/BISA/ECPR. 


APSA, PSA, BISA, and ECPR are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all areas of its work and the profession. Panel proposals must endeavour to reflect the gender diversity of the profession and therefore all-male panel submissions will not be considered.


Please do not contact individual members of the program committee.

All questions regarding the conference should be sent to [email protected] or [email protected] (for APSA-specific inquiries).

American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206
(202) 483-2512 • Fax: +1 (202) 483-2657

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