Politicologenetmaal 2018 | Leiden University

Politicologenetmaal 2018 Leiden University, 7-8 June 2018 CALL FOR PAPERS

The ‘Politicologenetmaal’ (‘24-hour Political Science Conference’) will be jointly organized for the 17th time by the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP) and the Association for Political Science (VPW). This time the conference is organized by the Political Science Department of Leiden University and will take place on Thursday and Friday, June 7-8, 2018, at the Pieter de la Court gebouw in Leiden.

The conference will begin on Thursday at noon and end on Friday after lunch. The conference consists of 18 workshops, each with a different theme and each organized by a different team of workshop coordinators. Each workshop consists of four panels and can accommodate up to 12 paper presentations (two panels will take place on Thursday afternoon, two panels will take place on Friday morning). To stimulate a constructive discussion on the workshop theme, participants are expected to attend their chosen workshop for the full duration of the conference. The conference language is Dutch, but many workshops are held in English (please see the list of workshops for details).

After the workshop panels on Thursday, a plenary session will be held with a keynote address by Prof. Cas Mudde (University of Georgia), titled The Rise of Populism: What Does It Mean?, followed by an award ceremony for the best PhD thesis and MSc thesis of the year.

If you are interested in presenting a paper at one of the workshops, please send your proposal directly to the contact person(s) indicated in the workshop description. Deadline for paper proposals is March 15, 2018. Proposals should include an abstract (max. 250 words), name, affiliation and contact email. You will hear from the workshop coordinators by 31 March 2018, whether your proposal was accepted.

It is also possible to participate in the Etmaal without presenting a paper (subject to availability of space). If you are interested in one of the workshops but do not wish to present a paper, you do not need to contact the workshop coordinators. You can register directly through the conference website (www.politicologenetmaal.eu).

All conference participants will need to register via www.politicologenetmaal.eu. Registration will be possible from 1 April until 24 May 2018. Registration fees are as follows:

Reduced rate: Members of NKWP/VPW + PhD students*        

Thursday and Friday: € 100

Only Thursday (with dinner): € 90

Only Friday: € 40

Regular rate     

Thursday and Friday: € 175

Only Thursday (with dinner): € 125

Only Friday: € 75

Student rate: Bachelor and Master students**              

Thursday and Friday: € 50

Only Thursday (with dinner): € 40

Only Friday: € 20

* You can become a member here: VPW (Belgium) of NKWP (Netherlands). PhD students need to be able to provide proof of their status upon registration for the reduced rate.

**Bachelor/Master students need to provide a copy of their university registration, a student ID, or a letter from their thesis supervisor to benefit from the student discount. The number of student places is limited.

Registration after the 24 May 2018 deadline is only possible if spaces allow; in these cases there is an additional late registration fee of €50.

The fee includes a conference booklet, coffee/tea, lunch on Thursday and Friday, and drinks and dinner on Thursday. Via the registration template, participants can inform the organizers about dietary restrictions.

The organizing committee,

Nicolas Blarel

Corinna Jentzsch

Pauline Ketelaars (VWP-vertegenwoordiger)

Tom Louwerse

Hans Vollaard (NKWP-vertegenwoordiger)

For more information: www.politicologenetmaal.eu

Please feel free to contact the organising committee if you have any questions:




Ali Honari (VU University Amsterdam); Pauline Ketelaars (University of Antwerp); Jasper Muis (VU University Amsterdam)

Contact person and email

Jasper Muis (j.c.muis@vu.nl)

Short abstract

Any papers on protest behaviour and social movements are welcome. Contributions can be theoretical or empirical, and based on qualitative or quantitative research. We especially look forward to papers about ‘democracy protests’, activism of the populist radical right, and contributions that bridge the fields of political science, communication, and sociology.

Long abstract

This session aims to provide a more prominent place for the study of protest behaviour and social movements within Dutch and Flemish political science. Much of political science focuses on institutionalized politics, such as legislation, institutions, political parties, and established interest groups. Accordingly, the main American political science journals rarely contain work on social movements. Most of what Van Deth (2014) calls “Political Participation-II” is largely left to sociology and communication science. However, “when it comes to understanding the major waves of democratization, the rise of new political values and issues, as well as the current threats to democracy, there are hardly any political actors that are more relevant to study than social movements” (Koopmans 2007: 704-705).

Any papers on protest behaviour and social movements are welcome in this panel. Contributions can be theoretical or empirical, and they can be based on qualitative or quantitative research, or both. We especially look forward to papers that advance our understanding in the following three contemporary issues in the field of ‘contentious politics’. First, we are interested in so-called ‘democracy protests’ and the role of social movement actors in political change and the process of democratization. Take for instance the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine (2014), ‘Umbrella Protests’ in Hong Kong (2014) or the ‘Twitter Revolution’ and Green Movement in Iran (2009) (Brancati 2016; Honari 2013). Second, we especially welcome papers on what Caiani (2012:4) calls the ‘bad side’ of social movement activism. Certain social movements arguably figure prominently among democracy’s current threats. In Western Europe, until 2015 the populist radical right was almost exclusively a party phenomenon and street politics was the domain of only marginal, sometimes violent, extreme right groups (Mudde 2017). In recent years, more influential and prominent extra-parliamentary groups have emerged, such as the English Defence League and PEGIDA. Third, we look forward to contributions that bridge the fields of political science, communication, and sociology. We are particularly interested in the role of social media in political contention and how the Internet gives rise to ‘unstructured’, ‘leaderless’ social movements – a model of activism that characterized for instance the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 (Bayat 2013).

Language papers: English

Language discussions: English

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