Call for Papers: PDD at PSA Annual International Conference 2021

The Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group will host a section of eight panels at next year’s PSA Conference on RESILIENCE. EXPERTISE. HOPE, which will be convened by Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) on 29th-31st March 2021. We invite proposals of full panels or individual papers on participatory and deliberative democracy to be submitted by Wednesday 30th September 2020. Individual papers will be organised into panels. Full panel proposals are strongly encouraged. We are also happy to consider roundtables and other ideas for sessions, such as workshops.

Panel and paper proposals should be addressing problems and discussions concerning participatory and deliberative democracy. Topics of interest might include, but are not limited to:

  • Deliberation and democratic legitimacy
  • Democratic innovations and forms of institutionalised participation
  • Participatory governance
  • Social movements and deliberation/participation
  • Decolonising deliberative democracy
  • The deliberative systems approach
  • Representative democratic institutions and deliberation/participation
  • Realist conceptions of democracy
  • Radical democracy and agonistic democratic theory
  • Consumerism and participation
  • Feminist thought and democratic theory
  • Socialist/anarchist conceptions of participatory democracy
  • Public administration and participation/deliberation
  • Model- and post-model thinking in democratic theory
  • Participation/deliberation, inequality, and inclusion/exclusion
  • Methodological innovations in measuring/ assessing deliberation
  • Online deliberation
  • Digital tools for participation and deliberation

We encourage panel proposals that reflect the diversity of our field. All male panels will not be considered.

To submit an individual paper proposal, please prepare an abstract of up to 300 words. To submit a panel proposal, please prepare abstracts of three or four papers (max. 300 words each), along with a panel title and brief description (max. 300 words) and details of the proposed panel chair (discussants are optional).

Please submit your proposals to by Wednesday 30th September 2020. DO NOT submit your proposals simultaneously to the PSA; we will collate and process the PDD panels to ensure there is no duplication.

We encourage applications from PhD students and early career researchers, although the PSA does not accept panels comprising entirely of PhD students. Early careers members of the PSA who have had their paper/ panel proposal accepted are eligible to apply to the PSA’s Post Graduate Access Fund that provides funding for conference fees and accommodation. You can find more info here

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