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:
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.
Please email paper ABSTRACTS, of no more than 300 words, to email@example.com 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.
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:
The 2016 edition of the research magazine Women Talking Politics has now been published. Please check it out here.
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.
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.
Australia and New Zealand Public Policy Network Conference
CALL FOR PAPERS
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
Paper submission: Please send a 300-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: Friday, 4 November 2016
Proposals for themed panels are also welcome.
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 (email@example.com) or Rob Manwaring (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore), a premier public policy institution in Asia, invites applications for three full-time tenure track positions (rank open) in Public Management. Candidates are expected to demonstrate evidence of a high level of competence in policy-relevant, theoretically sound, and empirically grounded research on public management.
Applications are particularly invited from candidates with a background in the following areas, in the context of Asia:
Candidates should preferably have a PhD in Public Administration, Public Policy, Organization Science, Management, Political Science or a related discipline; an established record of teaching and research in the area; and an ability to engage with policy and research communities in Asia and around the world.
Applicants with a distinguished record of scholarship can also be considered for an endowed chair appointment as the Li Ka Shing Professor of Public Management.
Applicants should submit, in electronic form (MS Word or PDF file), the following:
Please send the electronic submission to Ms Laura Lim, email@example.com.
Applicants may submit hard copies to the following address:
Ms Laura Lim
Senior Associate Director, Human Resources
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road
The post will remain open until filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Interested candidates are encouraged to find out more about the National University of Singapore and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at http://lkyspp.nus.edu.sg/ or to email Kanti Bajpai, Chair of the Faculty Recruitment Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Th NZPSA has received notification that we have been formally admitted to the IPSA as a collective member. The NZPSA is now the 53rd country member of IPSA, and will be a voting member at the upcoming IPSA Council, to be held during the next World Congress of Political Science in Poznań, Poland in July.
The IPSA officially announced our membership, along with Iceland's, today on their website http://www.ipsa.org/news/news/ipsa-welcomes-new-zealand-political-studies-association-nzpsa-and-icelandic-political-scie