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.

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Abstract deadline - 17th June

Abstracts – not more than 300 words – should be sent to the chair of working group no later than the 17th of June.

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.  

Working groups
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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. In this panel we invite 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, and the role of women in nation building processes. We also recognize that with the focus on difference among women and processes of othering we have seen a rise in interest in intersectionality and problematizations of binary categorizations. 
The working group invites presentations on current analyses from the feminist and gender research frontier, including issues where continuous studies are required. The aftermath of the #metoo campaign calls for analysis in this field, along with use of and representation in social media. 
We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions, to discuss the present status, achievements and challenges of doing gender and politics research.

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 address 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. We especially welcome 1) papers about the role of government in governance, and 2) papers based on empirical studies on consequences and coping within the governance structure.

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

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