Past NZPSA Conferences

2014: University of Auckland, 1-3 December

Hosted by Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, the 2014 NZPSA conference was organised around the theme “Conflict and Discord: Politics in a Time of Crisis” and featured a keynote address from Professor David Schlosberg entitled “Environmental Politics in a Time of Crisis: Climate Change and Insecurity” and a special screening of Professor James Der Derian’s new film Project Z. The conference was organised by Dr Julie MacArthur and Dr Thomas Gregory.

The conference attracted more than 250 abstracts from approximately 25 countries, covering everything from international relations to the history of political ideas, climate change to indigenous studies, Aotearoa/New Zealand politics to race, gender and sexuality. There were special sessions on Aotearoa/New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, the work of Francis G. Castles, Teaching Feminism and the recent General Election. The postgraduate community also enjoyed a packed program of specialist workshops, covering everything from publication strategies to utilising social media.

The 2014 program, complete with abstracts, can be downloaded here.

2013: University of Canterbury, 2-3 December

Hosted by the Political Science Department at the University of Canterbury, the 2013 NZPSA conference was held in Christchurch on 2 and 3 December. The conference theme was ‘Political Change and Renewal’ and topics covered included conflict, peacebuilding, sustainability, democratisation, international regimes and political philosophy.

The Canterbury rebuild was high on the agenda for discussion as well as the recent local government elections. The keynote speakers were Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Professor Hugh White from the Australian National University. The NZPSA Postgraduate Workshop was held on 4 Dec and included a field trip to the Christchurch CBD.

The 2013 NZPSA conference abstracts can be downloaded here. The 2013 programme can be downloaded here.

2012: Victoria University of Wellington, 26-28 November

Hosted jointly by the Political Science and International Relations Programme at Victoria University of Wellington and the Politics Programme at Massey University, the 2012 annual NZPSA Conference took place from Monday 26 November to Wednesday 28 November 2012 with a welcome reception on the evening of 26 November. A Postgraduate Pre-Conference Event and the “Women’s Advancement in New Zealand Political Studies” Workshop were also held on Monday 26 November.

The conference was coordinated by Dr Xavier Marquez and Associate Professor Richard Shaw. Highlights included dinner in the Banquet Hall at the Beehive co-hosted by Jacinda Ardern MP and the Hon Simon Bridges; the Prime Minister John Key formally opening the conference; a book launch for Kicking the Tyres: The New Zealand General Election and Electoral Referendum of 2011; the Rt Hon Margaret Wilson, DCNZM as the main speaker in the plenary session on “Where are the Women in Public Life?”; and the closing of proceedings with an address by the Hon Tim Groser, Minister of Trade, on the Trans-Tasman relationship.

The 2012 NZPSA conference abstracts can be downloaded here. The 2012 programme can be downloaded here.

2011: University of Otago, 1-2 December

The 2011 NZPSA conference was held in Dunedin and was hosted by the Politics Department at the University of Otago on 1-2 December, 2011 with the Welcome Reception on Wednesday 30 November 5-7pm. The conference ran four main streams: Aotearoa/New Zealand Politics, Political Theory, International Relations and Comparative Politics, and the coordinators were Dr Vicki A. Spencer and Chris Rudd. The inaugural NZPSA Postgraduate Pre-Conference Event was also held on Wednesday 30 November and was coordinated by Ashley Murchison and Anthony Deos.

The 2011 NZPSA conference abstracts can be downloaded here. The 2011 programme can be downloaded here.

2010: University of Waikato, 2-3 December

The annual conference of the New Zealand Political Studies Association / Te Kāhui Tātai Tōrangapū o Aotearoa was hosted by the Political Science and Public Policy Programmes at the University of Waikato on the 2nd and 3rd of December. Topics covered addressed themes of Aotearoa/New Zealand government and politics, political philosophy, public policy, political marketing, international relations, and comparative politics.

The 2010 programme and abstracts can be downloaded here.

2009: University of Auckland, 29 November-1 December 

The annual conference of the New Zealand Political Studies Association / Te Kāhui Tātai Tōrangapū o Aotearoa was hosted by the Department of Political Studies  and held at the University of Auckland on November 29-December 1, 2009. The theme of the conference was ‘Post-Broadcast Democracy:  the political implications of media proliferation’. The conference ran five simultaneous streams presenting papers in the fields of: Political Theory, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Communications and Media, Public Policy and Urban Politics.

The 2009 schedule of papers and streams can be downloaded here.

2008: Massey University at Albany Campus

2007: Victoria University at Wellington

2006: University of Canterbury

2005: University of Otago NZPSA & APSA Conference

2004: University of Waikato