SWEPSA 2019, 2-4 October in Norrköping

David Einar

Linköping University welcomes you to the Swedish Political Science Association’s annual conference. The conference will be held during 2- 4 October in Norrköping.

The understanding of political thoughts, activities, ideas, and behavior is essential to make sense of contemporary changes in global, national and local political spheres. With its multifaceted methods and varieties of theoretical frameworks, political science forms a breeding ground for vital social science, making the discipline crucial in the scientific analysis and critique of contemporary societal phenomena. However, political scientists are not the only ones who engage in the scientific study of politics. During the 2019 SWEPSA conference, we call for a discussion of how politics can be and are studied over the traditional disciplinary boundaries. What can political science learn from other social science disciplines, and what differences are worth preserving?

The conference will consist of working groups, a keynote speech, a panel debate, and other activities. More information about registration, payment, the program, travel information, and other practical details will follow soon.

Deadline for papers
Show/Hide content

Deadline for papers are 22th September.

Abstracts and papers in all groups can be written in either Swedish or English. The working groups will be held in English if non-Swedish speaking participants attend.  

Show/Hide content

Wednesday, 2nd October

 10:00 - 11:30   Check-in – at Väveriet
 11:30 - 13:00   Lunch break – at Visualiseringscenter
 13:00 - 14:30   Welcome speaches and panel discussion:
"Hur studeras politik i andra discipliner och
vad kan vi lära av det?" (prel. on Swedish) – at K4
 14:30 - 17:30   Work session*
 15:30 - 16:00   Coffee break – at Väveriet
 16:00 - 17:30   Work session*
 17:30 -    Mingel sponsored by Studentlitteratur 
– at Flygeln, Louis de Geer Concert Hall, Dalsgatan 15


Thursday, 3rd October

 08:15 - 10:00   Work session*
 10:00 - 10:30   Coffee break – at Väveriet
 10:30 - 13:00   Work session*
 13:00 - 15:00   Lunch break – at Visualiseringscenter
 15:00 - 16:00  

Plenary session – "Kan Sveriges styras?"
(prel. on Swedish), Mats Svegfors – at K1

 16:00 - 17:00   SWEPSA annual meeting – at K1
 19:00   Dinner sponsored by the municipality of Norrköping
– at Louis de Geer Concert Hall, Dalsgatan 15


Friday, 4th October

 08:15 - 10:00   Work session*
 10:00 - 10:30    Coffee break – at Väveriet
 10:30 - 13:00   Work session*
 13:00 - 14:30   Lunch break – a take-away lunch will be served at Väveriet


*For exact schedule and location, see information from every specific workshop organizer.



Show/Hide content

Show/Hide content

Elite Grand Hotel, Tyska torget 2, Norrköping


Single room 986 SEK/night including VAT.
Price includes breakfast buffé.

For a guaranteed room, make your reservation before 4th September.


Individually. Please note – to make a reservation they need your credit card number and expiration date.


Online: Use this link
By e-mail: reservation.grandhotel@elite.se
By phone: +46 11 36 41 00

When inquiring by mail or by phone, mention SWEPSA2019.

Pronova Hotell och vandrarhem, Korsgatan 2, floor 5, Norrköping   


Double room for one person, without a shower and toilet 490:50 SEK/night inc. VAT and breakfast. 

Double room for one person, with a shower and toilet 708 SEK/night inc. VAT and breakfast. 


By email: info@pronovahostel.se
By phone: +46 11-13 20 00

When inquiring by mail or by phone, mention 43197 SWEPSA2019.

Check in between 15:00-18:00 or by appointment.

Sure Hotel by Best Wester Centric, Gamla Rådstugugatan 18-20, Norrköping


Single room 812 SEK/night,
double room 929 SEK/night including VAT.
Prices include breakfast buffet.

For a guaranteed room, make your reservation before 4th September.


Individually. Please note – to make a reservation they need your credit card number and expiration date.


By e-mail: info@centrichotel.se 
By phone: +46 11 12 90 30

When inquiring by mail or by phone, mention SWEPSA2019.

Show/Hide content

 The registration is closed. For emergency inquiries, contact: Albin Olausson (albin.olausson@liu.se) or Carl-Johan Sommar (carl-johan.sommar@liu.se)


Working groups
Show/Hide content

Gender, Politics and Theory

Gender and gendering cut across established fields in political science. Within this research, gender and feminist theory have contributed to a broadening of the notion of politics, and further to a questioning of the political order and power structures. This panel invites papers that connect gender to core issues of power and politics from a broad range of topics; from women’s political representation and organisation, to gender equality policies and welfare, men’s violence, sexual harassment and the role of women in nation building processes. The panel recognizes that an increased focus on differences among women and processes of othering require attention to intersectionalities and problematizations of binary categorizations.

The working group invites papers on feminist and gender research, including issues where further studies are required. We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions, to discuss the present status, achievements and challenges of doing research on politics and gender.

Chair: Karin Skill, LiU, karin.skill@liu.se

Maria Jansson, SU, Maria.Jansson@statsvet.su.se

Environmental Politics

We live in troubled times. Rising global mean temperatures, melting glaciers, irreversible species loss, and unpredictable weather supply vivid representation of how modern society is shaking up the world and altering the physical, biological and chemical processes of the planet. In this era of profound and accelerating environmental change, that some have labelled the Anthropocene, many of the political institutions, practices and ideas that have guided environmental governance in the past decades are called into question. Across the environmental politics scholarship there is mounting frustration with the lack of progress since the Earth Summit in 1992 and the inadequacy of international environmental treaties, domestic environmental law and transnational forms of environmental governance. Increasingly we confront a narrative of planetary environmental transformation that calls into question the promise of incremental environmental reform through green regulation, technology, investment and trade.

This panel welcomes papers that reflect upon the state and direction of environmental politics and governance at this critical juncture. The panel seeks to stimulate inclusive debate across the environmental politics scholarship and therefore encourages contributions from different theoretical, methodological and empirical vantage points. 

Chair: Eva Lövbrand, LiU, eva.lovbrand@liu.se
Johan Hedrén, LiU, johan.hedren@liu.se
Maria Jernnäs, LiU, maria.jernnas@liu.se

Political Behavior and Parties (Swepop)

Research on voters, elections, political parties, representatives and advocacy groups is based on a multitude of theoretical and methodological perspectives. A number of topics are covered within this field, such as issues of vote choice in elections, political turnout and participation, political recruitment and representation, political leadership, political campaigning, legislative behaviour, political parties' goals and organization, party competition, government formation and policy-making. The overall aim of this workshop is to gather researchers interested in such issues.

We welcome contributions from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and research methods within the overall theme of political behaviour and parties. We are particularly interested in research that addresses crucial questions and use novel methods.

Chair: Gissur Erlingsson, LiU, gissur.erlingsson@liu.se
Richard Öhrvall, LiU, richard.ohrvall@liu.se

Political theory, political ideologies and political language

The SWEPSA workshop for Political theory, political ideologies and political language is open to submissions from all varieties of political theory and political philosophy. This includes normative political theory, the history of political thought, theoretical engagements with problems in contemporary politics and public policy and reflection on fundamental political concepts, methods and phenomena. We also welcome theoretical or empirical papers on new or old political ideologies or political discourses, as well as investigations into political language.

Chair: Mikael Rundqvist, LiU, mikael.x.rundqvist@liu.se
Elin Palm, LiU, elin.palm@liu.se

Governance and Public Administration

This working group focus on issues in research on governance and public administration on different levels of government. In the last decades the governance research area has come to include several aspects: how public and private actors interact in policy-making, how public bodies and actors collaborate and coordinate their work, and how various public values can be fulfilled and integrated across the sectors in the public organization. The limitation of state capacity, but also the emergence of new and often locally situated policy problems, seems to have led to the development of new governmental roles for public administrators and politicians, and new policy instruments. Many policy problems are handled through cooperation between different levels of government involving local, regional, national and European levels. In this study group we welcome papers with a focus on governance and public administration on various levels of government. 

Chair: Bo Persson, LiU, bo.persson@liu.se
Petra Svensson, LiU, petra.svensson@liu.se

International Relations and European Politics

Both International relations (IR) and European Studies are sub-fields of Political Science with longstanding sections of the SWEPSA. The Linköping meeting of 2019 offers a combined workshop, open to contributions from scholars in both fields. The aim is to create a congenial space for discussion of ongoing as well as future projects. It is not least important to provide a “safe haven” where nascent PhD-work can be discussed and developed in the company of senior researchers. By the same token, it is desirable that senior hands take this opportunity to demonstrate the breadth and width of Swedish IR- and Europe-related research.

The challenges facing contemporary IR and European studies require increasingly sophisticated empirical research, and accordingly development of conceptual, theoretical and methodological resources, frequently in an interdisciplinary context. The workshop subscribes to a pluralist view of theoretical and methodological orientations, and welcomes papers that in different ways explore the empirical as well as epistemological limits of the established sub-fields. Consequently, the organizers in particular welcome papers that (a) bridge and connect between European Studies and IR, and/or (b) highlight how the study of European politics and IR may interact with disciplinary fields outside of Political Science: history, sociology, economics, law, anthropology, psychology, communication, among others. This obviously suggests a wide array of themes and topics, but as regards (a), a main issue of interest may be the possible impact of general IR-theory on the study of European and EU relations and vice versa, while (b) invites reflections on interdisciplinary approaches and methods. Notwithstanding these priorities, the workshop welcomes all contributions which address issues of interest to IR and European Studies.

Chair: Per Jansson, LiU, per.jansson@liu.se
Lars Niklasson, SIEPS, lars.niklasson@sieps.se

Migration, agency-making, diaspora and transnational relations

The recent movements of migrant and refugee groups, their settlement in the new societies and their continuous interactions with their former homelands have affected not only the domestic political and social landscapes of the nation-states but also the existing transnational interactions in a more intensified way. As for the domestic politics of the nation-states, societal issues such as integration, segregation, discrimination and social inclusion/exclusion and the growth of right-wing populism could offer new or modified focuses for academic writings. Equally, the formation of diasporic communities and the creation of transnational networks and organizations among refugee and migrant populations might be perceived as indications of empowerment and agency-making, affecting not only the integration processes of the receiving countries but also the politics of the former societies, often in the direction of democracy, peace-making, human rights and gender equality.

This workshop welcomes theoretical as well as empirical papers addressing different aspects related to the role of migration in contemporary global and national politics and specifically the relationships between migration, agency-making, and human rights.

Chair: Khalid Khayati, LiU, khalid.khayati@liu.se

Power and the Political

The aim of the workshop is to further debates on power and the political, through theoretically or empirically oriented papers. The workshop departures from poststructuralist philosophy/post-fundationalism and discourse theory, as develop by Wendy Brown, Jacques Derrida, Ernesto Laclau, Chantalle Mouffe, Michael Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Slavoy Žižek, Donna Haraway or Judith Butler among others. The workshop is nevertheless open to other approaches that seek to theorize power and/or the political. Questions concern governing, silent, micro day to day workings of political power, or works focusing on structures and moments of rupture, the creation of broader popular movements and identities.


Papers may compare approaches, or reflect on the concepts of politics and power following from either, or compared with other approaches. We welcome (however do not limit the range of papers to) contributions from post-Marxist, post-foundational, feminist, postcolonial, post-humanist or psychoanalytic research traditions. The aim of the workshop is to question taken-for-granted dimensions in the study of politics, and make explicit what is implied – theoretically and methodologically – by using the different approaches. How we might study politics is intimately related to the reflections on the nature of the political and power, and vice versa.

Chair: Charlotte Fridolfsson, LiU, charlotte.fridolfsson@liu.se

Public Administration and Management Practices

Public management practices are constantly evolving and require careful re-consideration in the light of wider developments such as digitalisation and automation of services, or in the light of tensions such as openness versus regulation of access to data, or decentralisation versus standardisation of services. Traditional management models are developing, transforming, and new ones, increasingly political and market inspired are entering public administration arena. These are interesting times for public management research and practice. New public management, private sector providers of public services are increasingly debated in the media, while in the welfare sector, extensive work is devoted to “experimenting” with new forms of governing, such as “innovative” and/or “trust-based” models.  Advancing digitalisation within public administration in a context when municipalities and regions have different digitalisation paths and management models to attend to the needs  of citizens with different literacy levels in terms of government, information and digital competence, is raising new concerns regarding, knowledgeable leadership, quality of services, organisation models, inclusion and legitimacy, just to name a few. Cross-disciplinary contributions from political science, organisation theory, sociology, human resource, and business management are highly relevant and necessary to address the complexity of challenges and the concerns raised by the society today.

The working group welcomes papers in both Swedish and English that discuss, describe, and analyse public administration and public management. We will focus on national, local as well as global public management and invites both empirical as well as theoretical, normative and/or critical papers.


Chair:  Elin Wihlborg, Elin.wihlborg@liu.se  Mariana Gustafsson, mariana.s.gustafsson@liu.se

Show/Hide content

Visitor information
Show/Hide content