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2018 NZPSA

November 26 - November 28

The Victoria University of Wellington Political Science & International Relations Programme is very pleased to be hosting the 2018 NZPSA Conference in Wellington.  The conference will be held on the 26th-28th of November with a postgraduate workshop on the 25th of November.

The theme of this year’s conference is Representation and Responsibility.  The conference features public events to explore the theme – these are to be announced – in addition to the usual topic streams.

Questions of representation and responsibility are common in politics: who speaks for whom? Who is responsible for what? How do we hold those who represent and govern us to their commitments? These questions are linked to the exercise of power both within and outside states, the purpose and limits of sovereignty, and the ethics of political action. Debates about the representation of indigenous people, women, migrants, and minorities are especially important in the current politics of representative democracies and postcolonial societies. And questions of responsibility for past and present injustice are salient in debates ranging from the “responsibility to protect” to climate change and global development. 

We encourage conference participants to reflect on the interplay of representation and responsibility in politics, including (but not exclusively) questions such as: what forms of representation promote the interests and values of disadvantaged groups? How do current patterns of representation affect important socio-economic and political outcomes? How do we distribute responsibility for solving local and global problems? What kinds of responsibilities do political leaders and citizens have for these problems? How do we keep our representatives and rulers accountable?


The detailed programme, including speakers, will be available soon.

PROGRAMME WITH AUDIO: The final conference programme outline with audio for the public panels and keynote speech will be available.

Call for Papers

Papers will be sorted into the following streams to be considered by the respective stream convenor. If you have questions or would like some guidance on your paper, please feel free to contact the relevant convenor.

Please send a 200–250 word abstract with your name, title, affiliation, and the conference stream you wish to be considered for, in a word document by September 1st to admin@nzpsa.co.nz

To facilitate your arrangements, you will be notified whether your abstract has been accepted within 1–2 weeks of its receipt.

Further information and the registration form will be available on the conference website.

Postgraduate Workshop

The 2018 Postgraduate Workshop is being coordinated by Leonardo Milani. Details will be announced closer to the conference.

Further information



The head of the 2018 conference committee is Dr. Ayca Arkilic  For general inquiries, please email: admin@nzpsa.co.nz

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