Weekly Announcements – November 10, 2014

Here are the latest announcements from SSRN:

Announcing 2014 Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference Abstracts & Papers on SSRN

In cooperation with the University of Sydney, the Political Science Network (PSN) is pleased to announce the 2014 Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference abstracts and papers on SSRN.

View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/2014-Australian-Political-Studies-Assoc.html

Conference URL: http://www.apsa2014.com

Australian Political Studies Annual Conference 28 Sept-1 Oct 2014, Sydney.

The annual meeting was organized by the APSA2014 Program Committee and hosted by the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. The conference organizers were Pippa Norris and Rich Frank.

The conference was 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 was ‘Democracy, Autocracy and Elections’. Over four days, the program combined all-day interactive thematic workshops, thematic stream panels, special plenary sessions, and several major social events. The meeting attracted a record number of almost 600 registered participants, one third international, generating over 400 research papers.

Highlights among special sessions in the conference included the plenary IPSA roundtable on ‘Challenges of Electoral Integrity’ moderated by Professor Guy Lachapelle (IPSA Secretary General, Concordia University). We were also delighted to show 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 also included the 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) spoke at a special session on ‘Democratic mobilization in the digital age’, with comments by John Keane and Ariadne Vromen.

In addition, the meeting had several social events to meet and greet colleagues and friends. An opening drinks reception in the New Law School on Sunday 28th September featured remarks by Brian Head, Graeme Gill, and Simon Tormey who welcomed workshop participants and the APSA executive. This was followed the next evening by 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, organized by Rodney Smith, featuring a welcome by Duncan Ivison, (Dean of FASS), and also a brief speech by the well-known ABC political commentator Antony Green. This was followed by the Conference Dinner and the Award Ceremony at the Marigold Restaurant in historic Chinatown the next evening.

The event was a great success and an archive of research papers from the meeting can be downloaded from the SSRN website.

Charles University in Prague Joins Law School Research Papers – Legal Studies

We are pleased to announce the Charles University in Prague Faculty of Law has started a Law School Research Papers – Legal Studies series within the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN).

View Papers: http://www.ssrn.com/link/Charles-U-Prague-LEG.html

Founded in 1348 by the Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV, Universitas Carolina Pragensis is the oldest university in Central Europe and the 19th oldest university in continuous operation in the world. Yet it is also renowned as a modern, dynamic, cosmopolitan and prestigious institution of higher education. It is the largest and most renowned Czech university, and is also the best-rated Czech university according to international rankings. The key priority of Charles University is to continue to enhance its prestigious status as a research university. To achieve this aim, the University focuses strongly on research activities.

The purpose of the Prague Law Working Papers Series is to enhance the research activities of the Law Faculty members, promote their current work already in-progress and introduce their achievements to the international audience, facilitating discussion and critical feedback between authors and their readers.