PLEASE NOTE THE CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED FROM
NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2021 TO FEBRUARY 2022
NZPSA Annual Conference 2021 8 - 10 February 2022
Auckland University of Technology
(AUT), City Campus
The Politics of Crisis
The annual conference of the New
Zealand Political Studies Association will be held at AUT from Tuesday 8th
February until Thursday 10th February 2022. After a prolonged period of online
interactions, we look forward to seeing everyone in person.
We welcome paper submissions,
especially those that relate to our theme of The Politics of Crisis. Submission
details are below.
The Politics of Crisis
We are living through a world moment in which major social and political
problems are frequently framed as crises. The Covid-19 pandemic has presented
us with a global health crisis, leading to increased social and economic
suffering in many parts of the world. It has also exposed crises in state
capacity and political leadership in polities as diverse as the United Kingdom,
the United States, and Brazil. The ability of international actors and
institutions to cope with potential crises brought on by future pandemics, the
climate emergency, pressures on trade routes and the global supply chain, and
shifts in power dynamics in an increasingly multi-polar and fractured international
system, is in question. For many countries, the crisis of democracy, marked by
the rise of anti-system forces and anti-social political movements, has only
deepened over the past two years. Democracy in Aotearoa New Zealand might not
be under the same kind of pressures or to the same extent as it is elsewhere,
but we face our own series of crises, nevertheless. Among other national and
local problems that are described in crisis terms are the “housing crisis”, an
“infrastructure crisis”, a “climate change crisis”, a “crisis in local
governance” and a “mental health crisis”.
This raises a number of questions that political scientists and political
theorists might further investigate. These include some of the following, and
we invite panels and papers especially on these themes:
- What is lost and what is gained by framing
policy problems as crises? Does it get us any closer to addressing
difficult political problems?
- How do we overcome the moment of crisis to
address issues in an inclusive and equitable way?
- How and why was it possible for the New
Zealand government to successfully address the Covid-19 crisis, but has
found longer-term political problems such as housing, poverty, or climate
change much more intractable?
- Has this sense of crisis really increased over
time, or is the sense of living through crisis a normal part of doing
- Which actors and institutions are best
positioned to resolve particular crises? National or transnational ones?
Government or non-government? Local government or central government?
- What role does the media play in creating or
heightening the sense of crisis?
In addition to the above themes we
encourage submissions from all areas related to comparative politics, political
theory, international relations, media and politics, and New Zealand politics.
We also welcome panel sessions (3-5 speakers) and roundtable proposals related
to the conference theme.
Scheduling preference will be given to papers that are submitted by the
For a single author paper include: your name and institutional affiliation (if
applicable), paper title, and a 150-250 word abstract.
For a paper with multiple authors include: the names, institutional
affiliations and email addresses of all authors of the paper, the name of the
conference presenter(s), the paper title and a 150-250 word abstract.
For panel session and roundtable proposals: please ensure the commitment of all
presenters to attend the conference before submitting your proposal. Include
information, as above, for all authors and presenters. Abstracts must be
submitted for a paper to be included in a panel session. Indicate the unifying
theme of the session and where else in the conference the paper proposals might
be placed should the panel session or roundtable not proceed for any reason.
Email paper submissions to: email@example.com
Deadline: 5pm, Friday 12th November 2021. Submitters will be informed on a
rolling basis about the acceptance of their proposals.
NOTE: Papers and panels that were submitted and accepted for the original
conference dates will be automatically incorporated into the programme for the
postponed conference. Please contact the conference organisers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you have had a paper accepted and wish to withdraw it.
Conference details as released assume that Auckland is at Covid-19 Alert Level
1 at the time the conference is scheduled. We may, however, be required to
cancel or make changes to the conference, possibly at short notice, either
because of a change in alert levels or because of uncertainty about the safety
of proceeding with an in-person conference at the scheduled time. We appreciate
the difficulty this poses for those planning on attending. We will proceed in a
cautious way and on the advice of our institution.
We are not in a position to offer advice, or assume risk, for people wanting to
attend this conference from outside New Zealand, including overseas-based New
Zealand citizens and permanent residents.