2015 NZPSA Conference

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November 30 – December 2, with the postgraduate workshop on November 29.

Hosted by the Politics Programme, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University (Palmerston North).

Co-Chaired by Bethan Greener, Richard Shaw, Emily Beausoleil and Nigel Parsons, the 2015 NZPSA Conference includes a half-day women’s caucus workshop on gender equity in the discipline of political studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The opportunity for panel proposals and abstracts has now closed.

Disrupting the Discipline

This year’s NZPSA Annual Conference theme ‘Disrupting the Discipline’ signals current core challenges to Political Studies from within and without. Many recent developments in the discipline trouble long-established epistemological, normative, or methodological terms: growing attention to non-Western and Indigenous theory; interpretive, affective, aesthetic, and post-secular turns; the current ‘end of theory?’ debate in IR; and interdisciplinary scholarship that blurs lines and builds bridges to science, art, and practical sectors. These highly productive disruptions challenge, refine, and expand what counts as politics and Political Studies, and in doing so highlight that

Politics, as a site of ongoing critique, is a ‘discipline of disruption’.

And yet, the nature of Political Studies as a discipline of disruption has been increasingly challenged by neoliberal logics, values and policies, which run up against and undermine the role of the university as both public sphere and ‘critic and conscience.’ This year’s conference provides a platform to explore both the discipline’s most productive disruptions to date, as well as the impact of corporatisation on the discipline.

In addition to papers or panels on any other aspect of Political Studies, we invite papers that speak to either dimension of this theme, including but not limited to contributions on:

  • Internationalising the discipline, particularly regarding non-Western and Indigenous scholarship
  • Gender equity in the discipline of political studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Inter/trans/multidisciplinary research
  • Critical engagement with dominant identities, values, and institutions
  • Indigenous/Settler relations and decolonisation, in academia and politics
  • Emergent or marginalised models of representation, collective action, and coalition
  • The religious or post-secular turn in multicultural, democratic and International Relations scholarship
  • The ‘end of theory?’ debate in IR
  • The place of the public intellectual in contemporary society
  • The university as public sphere or ‘critic and conscience’
  • Neoliberalism’s impact on Political Studies and university writ broadly

Click here to register for NZPSA 2015.

Conference Programme

The draft programme is available:

Draft NZPSA Conference Timetable 2015

Helpful information for conference delegates

Maps: CBD and campus

NZPSA Conference CBD map 2015

NZPSA Conference Map 2015

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