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  • 21 Oct 2021 11:30 AM | Peyton Bond (Administrator)

    Kia Ora NZPSA Members,

    After consultation with our School and Faculty and with the NZPSA Executive, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Annual Conference until 8-10 February 2022.

    Please know that we did not make this decision lightly. We were hugely excited about hosting the conference this year, especially after the disappointment of last year. The uncertainties associated with the current COVID community outbreak have led us, however, to accept that postponement is the best and safest option, for the following reasons:

    The reality is that the conference can only take place if the country is at COVID Alert Level 1 at the time. There is no guarantee that this will be the case. Even if the country is moved to Alert Level 1 before the conference, there remains a significant risk that things could change quickly, requiring a cancellation of the conference.

    If the conference cannot take place once we have had to pay deposits and invoices, this would leave our School and Faculty exposed to substantial financial costs. It is neither prudent nor fair to expect the School and Faculty to take on this risk.

    While we are very aware that many members are excited about this year’s conference, the current uncertainties will almost definitely have some impact on the number of people who are prepared to pay for registration, flights and accommodation. The likelihood of a smaller conference later this year would reduce the benefits of the conference. It also represents another (though smaller) financial risk.

    As a result of these considerations, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the conference until 8-10 February 2022. We hope that by this time there will be more certainty that large events can proceed with confidence.

    By setting this date now, we seek to provide members and potential delegates with as much certainty as possible in their planning. Papers that have been accepted for this year’s conference will be automatically carried over to the new conference date. We have asked the authors of accepted papers and panels to contact us if they are unable to attend the conference at its new date.

    The revised deadline for paper submissions and panel proposals is Friday 12th November at 5pm.  Submission and other conference details can be found at: https://nzpsa.com/2021-nzpsa-conference

    Yours sincerely,

    The NZPSA 2021 Conference Organising Committee
    (Julienne Molineaux, Kate Nicholls, Peter Skilling)

  • 27 Nov 2019 3:50 PM | Sarah Bickerton (Administrator)
    2019 Issue of Women Talking Politics

    Editor: Sarah Hendrica Bickerton

    2019 was a year of local government elections where women took a front seat in many of the contests and often won. We also saw progress domestically around such things as abortion law reform, an updating of the births, deaths, marriages, and relationships act, potential changes to how sexual assault victims are treated in court cases post- the Grace Millane trial. We also saw massive youth-led Climate Strike protests around the world, inspired by the activism of Greta Thunberg, against inaction on global climate change. And a photo from one such protest on the lawn of our Parliament here in New Zealand graces the cover of Women Talking Politics this year.

    The journal opens with a piece on the local government elections this year, specifically looking at the question of the ‘womenquake’ of women’s electoral success in the 2019 local government elections, as written by Jean Drage.

    The articles cover a spread of topics, from climate politics ten years on from Copenhagen from Raven Cretney & Sylvia Nissen, to the ‘Dunedin Model’ of decriminalised sex work by Peyton Bond, a restorative reorientation of the criminal justice system from Sarah Roth Shank, the EU’s disintegration over refugee responsibility from Laura MacDonald and Ayca Arkilic, and Bethan Greener on pursuing the WPS agenda.

    The reflections are a couple engaging pieces, one from Maria Bargh and Lydia Wevers on why land is never just land, and another from Emily Beausoleil on transforming unjust ‘structures of feeling’. We also have four research briefs from Lara Greaves, Nadine Kreitmeyr, Francesca Dodd, and Trang Thu Autumn Nguyen.

    We finish with two excellent book reviews, from Rae Nicholls on the authorised biography of Annette King from John Harvey & Brent Edwards, and from Margaret Hayward on “Marilyn Waring the political years”, the autobiographical account from Marilyn Waring.

    I do hope you enjoy this year’s edition of the magazine, and I wish to express my thanks to Jean Drage and especially Sylvia Nissen, co-editors of WTP in 2018, for their wonderful help and guidance.

    Sarah Hendrica Bickerton

    Editor, Women Talking Politics 2019

  • 04 Dec 2018 5:19 PM | Sarah Bickerton (Administrator)

    At its recent Annual General Meeting held at Victoria University of Wellington, the New Zealand Political Studies Association passed a motion in support of academic freedom.

    President Kate McMillan says the motion is timely with a number of academic freedom issues  arising recently. “It is essential to our democracy that academic researchers be able to pursue their work without harassment or intimidation” said Dr McMillan. “Political studies is an area in which academic freedom is particularly sensitive as students need to hear and express diverse political opinions in classes and on campus, and academics need to be able to research and to contribute to public debates openly and with confidence.”

    The New Zealand Political Studies Association is the main professional organisation for those working in political studies in New Zealand. Members include academic and other researchers, many connected to tertiary institutions and also some who are not, graduate students, and practitioners. The Association is affiliated to the International Political Science Association and is a constituent organisation of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

    The motion passed at the AGM read:

    The New Zealand Political Studies Association reaffirms the statutory freedoms of all staff and students in universities, in accordance with Section 161 of the Education Act, which states that they have the freedom to question and test received wisdom, to put forward new ideas and to state controversial or unpopular opinions. We note that university staff and students are held accountable to high ethical and academic standards in the exercise of this freedom. The law requires institutions and their leadership ‘to give effect to’ this freedom. 

    The New Zealand Political Studies Association calls on universities to ensure this statutory freedom is protected and upheld.  

  • 03 Dec 2018 1:09 PM | Julienne Molineaux (Administrator)

    The 2018 edition of the research magazine Women Talking Politics has now been published. Please check it out here.

    Co-Editors: Sylvia Nissen and Jean Drage

    2018 marks a year on from a general election which bought increased numbers of new women into New Zealand’s parliament coupled with the celebrations to mark 125 years since women gained the right to vote. This year’s edition of Women Talking Politics highlights the new women in our political system, as well as promoting the innovative political studies research being undertaken by women in New Zealand.

    The journal opens with a section on New Zealand women political leaders today, including an analysis of Jacinda Ardern’s leadership by Claire Timperley and a collection of new women MP’s reflections of their first year in parliament, collated by Jean Drage.

    The articles present four diverse perspectives on the challenges of inequity within sectors and societies, and include contributions by Julie MacArthur and Noelle Dumo on women in the energy sector, Igiebor Oluwakemi on women academic leaders in Nigeria, Gay Marie Francisco on the election of the first openly transgender MP in the Philippines, and Emily Beausoleil on her experiences participating in Ruku Pō.

    The reflections present engaging pieces by emerging women researchers. Laura Sutherland makes a feminist case for a Universal Basic Income, Akanksha Munshi-Kurian argues for the need to ‘lean out’, Millie Godfery presents a series of poems from her collection ‘Places not Spaces’, and Sarah Pfander discusses the challenges of achieving restorative justice in NZ’s criminal justice system.

    The research briefs show present research being undertaken by women in New Zealand, including by Veronika Triariyani Kanem, Estelle Denton-Townshend, Sylvia Frain, Lara Greaves, Cassandra Lewis and Claire Gray.

    Finally, there are four engaging reviews: Margaret Hayward reviews Stardust and Substance (ed. Stephen Levine); Kathryn Cammell reviews ‘Are we there yet?’, the exhibition of women’s suffrage in the Auckland War Memorial Museum; Rae Nicholl reviews Make her Praises Heard Afar: New Zealand Women overseas in World War One, by Jane Tolerton; and Gauri Nandedkar reviews Brit(ish): On race, identity and belonging, by Afua Hirsch.

    We hope you enjoy this year’s edition!

    Sylvia Nissen and Jean Drage

    Co-editors Women Talking Politics 2018

  • 28 Nov 2018 2:33 PM | Julienne Molineaux (Administrator)

    The New Zealand Political Studies Association is delighted to release Our Civic Future, a discussion paper that brings together contributions from researchers, educators and advocates working to improve the way we ‘do civics’ in Aotearoa New Zealand. 


  • 27 Apr 2018 10:41 AM | Sarah Bickerton (Administrator)

    The 2017 edition of the research magazine Women Talking Politics has now been published. Please check it out here.

    About the 2017 issue

    From the Editors Dr Priya Kurian and Dr Gauri Nandedkar:

    We believe Women Talking Politics continues to offer a vital space for women’s voices in the Political Science discipline in Aotearoa. This year’s issue once again offers critical feminist scholarly engagement with a range of diverse topics, spanning the local to the global. 

    • Curtin, the outgoing president of the NZPSA, reflects on the significance of women’s political representation evident in this year’s national election in New Zealand and the hopes for achieving substantive gender equality. 
    • Moderating that message of hope is a critical reflection from Rahman, a former candidate in both national and local elections and a prominent feminist activist with local and national women’s organisations, on the absence of diversity during the national election. She argues that ethnic representation as currently practised by most political parties is meaningless, and points to the vital need for the amplification and engagement of ethnic voices in public discourse. 
    • Also on elections, but at the local level, is a piece by Drage, who sees the cost of standing for election, increased competition for powerful positions and higher workloads as part of the explanation for why the percentage of women elected to local authorities has remained static. 
    • Rogers-Mott discusses the failure of a range of policies to address income poverty and material hardship that leads to increasing levels of child poverty in New Zealand. 
    • Venturing further afield, Bogado examines the issue of sex-trafficking, in the context of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (the Palermo Protocol). She argues that the criminalisation of the demand for prostitution – a policy measure adopted by many countries – is unlikely to succeed given its failure to address structural causes such as a patriarchal culture. 
    • Jolly grapples with the complexities of gender-based violence and the devastating effects on women in areas of conflict. 
    • Van Noort deploys a three-step narrativist framework of analysis to examine the narrative components of the BRICS group [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa]. 
    • Finally, Devere and Standish explore the position of women in the discipline of Peace and Conflict Studies, tracing the evolution of the field of study, the challenges of gender inequality that women face, and the synergies with women in Political Science. 

    This year’s reflections and research briefs offer an exciting overview of work being undertaken by women political scientists. 

    Snyder thoughtfully considers the efficacy of non-violence in a post-truth era, while Tawhai reflects on her attendance at the 8th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) run by the United Nations in Bangkok on the theme of “building life, giving hope”. An overview of their current work is offered by MacArthur and Berka on local ownership of energy assets in New Zealand; and by Bebell on Russian foreign policy. We also feature some of the recent publications by women political scientists, namely, Spencer’s Toleration in Comparative Perspective; Rupar’s Themes and Critical Debates in Contemporary Journalism; and Kurian’s (with Bhavnani, Foran and Munshi) Feminist Futures: Reimagining Women, Culture and Development (2nd edition). 

    We are pleased to continue to feature work by undergraduate and postgraduate students in political science, including book and film reviews, reflections and creative writing. Townshend reviews the US Television mini-series The Handmaid’s Tale; Kahan reviews a recent film, 20th Century Women; and Nevin contributes a poem Vote, Vote Against the Buying of the Fight. These pieces, along with the longer articles, reflections and research briefs, give us a glimpse into the range and richness of issues that animate and engage women in political science in Aotearoa.

    More information about WTP and back issues are available on our site here.

  • 01 May 2017 6:16 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday 22nd – Friday 24th November 2017
    University of Otago, New Zealand

    Call for Papers

    For the greater part of the past century, pacifism has occupied a marginal place in international relations scholarship, politics, activism, media, and the wider society. Pacifism is rarely used as the basis for normative theorising about the use of force, and is rarely drawn upon as an important source for thinking about resistance, revolution, security, counterterrorism, peacebuilding, national defence planning, humanitarian intervention, political institutions, and the like. In part, this is due to the persistence of a number of key misconceptions, including that pacifism represents a single homogenous position which rejects any and all forms of force and violence, that pacifism involves inaction in the face of injustice, that it is politically naïve about the reality of evil, and that it is dangerous because it invites aggression. Other important misconceptions revolve around the nature of violence and force, and its purported utility and necessity for engendering political change, civilian protection, and securing politics in the state. The marginal position of pacifism is a puzzling state of affairs, given the noted insights and advantages of pacifist theory in relation to dominant IR theories and popular beliefs, and to recent robust empirical findings documenting the success and positive effects of nonviolent movements compared to violent movements.

    This conference will explore what a new engagement with pacifism can offer to theories of revolution, practices of resistance, security policy and civilian protection, counterterrorism policy, political philosophy and democratic theory, state-building, peacebuilding, social justice movements, and other aspects of politics. Specifically, it will ask the question: To what extent, and under what conditions and circumstances, can pacifism offer theoretical and practical guidance in helping us to face the global challenges of war and militarism, terrorism and insurgency, rising wealth inequality, dispossession and colonialism, social injustice and oppression, political institutional unresponsiveness, and looming environmental catastrophe, among others? An important theme of the conference will explore what indigenous pacifist traditions have to teach Western political philosophy and international relations theory.

    The Conference Organisers invite papers on any of the following broad themes and topics:

    • Pacifism and theories of revolution
    • Pacifism, security, national defence, counterterrorism, and civilian protection
    • Indigenous peace traditions and nonviolent resistance – historical and contemporary
    • The critique of violence, and its implications for pacifist theory
    • Pacifism, the state, democratic theory, and anarchism
    • Pacifism and nonviolent resistance theory and practice
    • Pacifism and religion, Christian pacifism
    • Pacifism and environmental justice

    A selection of conference papers will be chosen for inclusion in a proposed edited volume, and/or a special journal issue.

    The participation of political activists is also greatly encouraged, and there will be panels for activists and scholars to interact, and for activists to tell their stories and raise issues. If you are an activist and want to attend, please send a brief outline of what you would like to discuss.

    Confirmed speakers

    • Professor Duane C. Cady, Hamline University, author of From Warism to Pacifism: A Moral Continuum (Temple University Press, 2010).
    • Professor Erica Chenoweth, University of Denver, co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2011).
    • Professor Brian Martin, University of Wollongong, Australia, author of Nonviolence Unbound (Irene Publishing, 2015).
    • Professor Stellan Vinthagen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, author of A Theory of Nonviolent Action: How Civil Resistance Works (Zed, 2015).
    • Dr Molly Wallace, author of Security Without Weapons: Rethinking Violence, Nonviolent Action, and Civilian Protection (Routledge, 2016)
    • Dr Jeremy Moses, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    • Professor Richard Jackson, University of Otago, New Zealand

    Please email paper ABSTRACTS, of no more than 300 words, to peaceandconflict@otago.ac.nz  by 16 June, 2017.

    The conference fee is NZ$120 waged, NZ$50 unwaged. This includes refreshments and lunch during the duration of the conference. Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation and, unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel grants or other forms of financial assistance.  

    For further information about the conference and/or for updates, please email Professor Richard Jackson: richard.jackson@otago.ac.nz

  • 13 Feb 2017 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    The IPSA's Participation Magazine volume 40 issue 1 is now out. The magazine mentions NZPSA's membership (p28) and information about our 2017 conference and our journal Political Science (p30), as well as:

    • 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science Recap
    • Marian Sawer & Dianne Pinderhughes, The Poznan Congress
    • Yannick Saint-Germain & Roksolana Bobyk, IPSA World Congress of Political Science 2016: Politics in a World of Inequality
    • Richard Wilkinson, The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger
    • Election of the 24th IPSA Executive Committee (2016-2018)
    • Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, When Elections Fail Twice or More, Can ‘Losers’ Accept the ‘Victors’ as Legitimate?
    • Leszek Balcerowicz, Institutional Systems, Policies, Inequalities
    • National Associations News
    • Research Committees News
    • IPSA Statement on Academic Freedom
  • 05 Dec 2016 5:13 PM | Anonymous

    The 2016 edition of the research magazine Women Talking Politics has now been published. Please check it out here.

    About the 2016 issue

    From the Editors Dr Greta Snyder and Dr Priya Kurian:

    "We find ourselves in a moment both hopeful and deeply disturbing when it comes to the politics of sex and gender... The articles featured here span a range of issues from the local to the global, linking gender and indigeneity with the politics of development, empowerment and resistance. 

    • Curtin contrasts the reluctance in New Zealand to consider gender quotas as a way of increasing the number of women MPs with the outcomes of a recent conference on gender and electoral reform in Penang, Malaysia, which endorsed recommendations, including gender quotas, as a way of both increasing the number of elected women and creating a more inclusive electoral system.
    • Kanem and Norris deploy Black feminist frameworks, intersectionality and the matrix of domination, to explore the marginalization of indigenous Marind people of the Papua province through the ongoing processes of colonization by Indonesia – evident in practices of deforestation, destruction of food sources such as sago, and competition for market space. If sago is part of the Marind’s indigenous identity, then corn is central to Mexico’s national identity.
    • Pantoja describes how women activists, such as Adelita San Vicente, have played a significant role in the fight by Mexican nongovernmental organisations to protect maize from genetically modified varieties.
    • Indigenous women’s resistance is also evident in the colonized Pacific context of Guåhan (Guam), controlled by the U.S., where Frain describes how indigenous Chamoru women have used events such as the Pacific Arts Festival to call for decolonization and demilitarization.
    • The challenges of bringing about structural change despite the possibilities to exercise individual agency is illustrated in Nandedkar’s analysis of a gender empowerment programme in India. Nandedkar turns the lens on a UNICEF-funded Deepshikha project that works with adolescent girls to explore how ideas of rights, volunteerism and community play out in the policy translation of empowerment into local development contexts.
    • Finally, exploring policy enactment in the New Zealand context, Smith describes her on-going work on how schools and parents engage with each other, and the factors that influence such engagement.
    • The exciting breadth of current research being undertaken by women political science scholars is also evident in the shorter research briefs by Schick on critical theory and international ethics; Townshend on the impact of religion on the foreign policy of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar; Greaves on Maori political attitudes and behaviour; and Brower on the gender disparities in the linkage between a Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) grade and academic rank. 

    In this issue, we have also introduced two new elements designed to encourage women to develop their political voice and engage in politics. First is a section of book and film reviews that features the work of undergraduate women who have taken political science courses. These reviews speak eloquently to the political topics and issues with which they are currently engaged and by which they are animated. Second is a section of profiles of women political science graduates who have gone on to careers in politics."

    More information about WTP and back issues are available on our site here.

  • 05 Oct 2016 11:17 AM | Julie MacArthur

    Australia and New Zealand Public Policy Network Conference


    Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia

    30 January – 1 February 2017

    The Public Policy Network (PPN) is an informal collective of Australian and New Zealand scholars of public policy and public administration. The network holds an annual conference to enable colleagues to present new work, exchange ideas, and network.

    The 2017 PPN conference will be held at Flinders University's CBD campus in Adelaide, South Australia.

    Registration fee: AUD$195

    (students: AUD$50)

    Paper submission: Please send a 300-word abstract to joshua.newman@flinders.edu.au.

    Closing date: Friday, 4 November 2016

    Proposals for themed panels are also welcome.

    Tentative Program:

    Monday, 30 Jan 2017
    11am-4pm: Research Higher Degree presentations and workshop
    5:30pm-8:30pm: welcome reception for all participants

    Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017
    9am-5pm: panel presentations
    6pm-8pm: optional dinner event (not included in registration fee)

    Wednesday, 1 Feb 2017
    9am-5pm: panel presentations

    Thursday, 2 Feb 2017, 9am-12pm: Additional Workshop hosted by Kate Crowley and Brian Head:

    Public Policy Reconsidered: Complexity, Governance & the State

    Please feel free to direct any questions to Joshua Newman (joshua.newman@flinders.edu.au) or Rob Manwaring (rob.manwaring@flinders.edu.au).

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