CfP PSA’s German Politics Specialist Group

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Edinburgh International Convention Centre, Scotland, will be hosting the Political Studies Association (PSA) annual conference on April 6-8, 2020.



PSA’s German Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) invites full panel proposals and paper proposals on the theme ‘Re-imagining Politics‘.

The conference addresses the uncertainties of today, with the international liberal order being challenged by new security threats and domestic nationalist resurgences, established party systems disintegrating and democratic innovations emerging, and climate change leading to the questioning of traditional policies of growth and consumption. But we also witness democratic institutional innovation, path-breaking constitutional experiments and vibrant bottom-up practices of inclusive decision-making.

Against this backdrop of change, falling back on well-tested theories and practices may seem less and less productive. Radical and accelerating transformations call for new ways of understanding, explaining and intervening in the political world. The conference will be an opportunity to take stock of these uncertainties and transformations.

The GPSG welcomes paper proposals (including name, affiliation and email of the presenter(s) and an abstract of max. 250 words) related to the theme of ‘Re-imagining German Politics’. In particular, it encourages submissions to the following themed panels:

1) ‘The end of party politics as we know it? Reflections on Germany’

2) ‘Germany and the future of Europe

3) ‘The last big idea? Social Democracy in Germany’

Comparative papers are welcome. Early careers researchers and doctoral students are particularly encouraged to contribute.


If you would like to propose a full panel with a minimum of three and a maximum of five presenters, please include all relevant details (name, affiliation, email, a brief description of the panel, title and abstract for all presentations).

Please note that the diversity of the profession should be reflected in all panels submitted for the conference. All-male panels will not be considered.

Please send all paper and panel proposals to Dr. Hartwig Pautz ( by Wednesday, 11th of October 2019.


Further information can be found on the PSA website.

Written by Juline Beaujouan

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