News from the Department

APSA 2014 Conference

17 September, 2014

The 2014 Annual Conference of the Australian Political Studies Association is meeting from Sunday 29th September until Wednesday 1st October 2014 in the New Law School at the University of Sydney.


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The event is organized by the APSA2014 Program Committee, the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and the Australian Political Studies Association.

The conference is designed to showcase research and strengthen networks among scholars and practitioners in political studies and international relations in Australia and the world. The conference general theme this year is ‘Democracy, Autocracy and Elections’.   Over four days, the program will combine all-day interactive thematic workshops, over one hundred stream panels, several special plenary sessions, and major social events. The meeting has attracted a record number of participants – many from overseas. We are also posting conference papers this year on the SSRN network to widen distribution and paper-givers will be invited to upload their papers to maximize dissemination and readership.

Highlights among special sessions in the conference include a plenary IPSA roundtable on ‘Challenges of Electoral Integrity’ moderated by Professor Guy Lachapelle (IPSA Secretary General, Concordia University), featuring Professors Aiji Tanaka (Waseda University) and Chan Wook Park (Seoul). We are also delighted to add an exciting retrospective of the work of director Eugene Jarecki, including screenings of four of his major documentary films and live interviews with the director and producer, moderated by Professor James Der Derian (Sydney). The meeting will also include a Presidential Address by Professor Brian Head (University of Queensland) on ‘What is the Value of Political Science?” with a roundtable discussion with Jenny Lewis and Jacqui True moderated by Professor Graeme Gill. Professor Lance Bennett (Washington University) will also speak at a special session on ‘Democratic mobilization in the digital age’.

In addition, the meeting will have several social events to meet and greet colleagues and friends. Highlights include a drinks and canapé reception in the Strangers’ Dining Room at the New South Wales Parliament in Sydney from 6.00-8.00pm on Monday 29th September, including featuring a welcome to Sydney and also a brief speech by the well-known ABC political commentator Antony Green, and the Conference Dinner and Award Ceremony at the Marigold Restaurant in historic Chinatown the following evening.

The Conference Program provides updated details of the final schedule and organization. A mobile Guidebook program app will be available for the event for breaking news and late announcements. A separate document is available with the practical Logistical Information for the event. All participants need to register at

On behalf of the APSA2014 Program Committee, the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and APSA, we hope to welcome you to this exciting event!

Pippa Norris and Richard W. Frank , conference organizers

Kati Ferro, conference assistant