25th Annual Conference of Central European Political Science Association
“Challenges to Democracy: Political Processes in Central and Eastern Europe”
15-16 October 2020
Organized by Central European Political Science Association in cooperation with Polish Political Science Association, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Institute of Political Science, with honorary patronage and financial support of Marshal of Warmia and Mazury Region
Central and Eastern Europe were marked in a rather specific way by historical processes observed in the 19th and 20th centuries. The experience of a long period without independence and being portioned among great empires, the development of nationalism, independence after the end of World War I, inclusion in the Soviet sphere of influence after World War II, the experience with “democracy with adjectives” (in this case: people’s democracy) and the processes of political and economic transformation in the 1980s and 90s – all of these factors created the specific conditions for the development of democratic processes in the region.
The aim of the conference is, therefore, a scientific reflection on the challenges facing contemporary democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and an analysis of factors affecting the quality of democracy in the region. A significant research challenge will also be an
analysis of factors affecting the relatively low political participation of societies in Central and Eastern European countries. A characteristic element for the region – which will also be a subject of discussion – is the growing role of populism and proposals for implementation of
new types of “democracy with adjectives” (e.g. illiberal democracy, sovereign democracy).
The above-mentioned challenges will constitute the main axis of discussions undertaken during the conference. Factors determining the answer for the following dilemma will be presented: to what extent is modern democracy coexistence or a peaceful war of all against
all. The conclusions reached as a result of the conference will be the basis for the implementation of comparative research with regard to the challenges and threats to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and in a supra-regional approach.
Within the conference panels, both the theoretical and analytical contributions may be presented with the general theme. Below we include a brief list of themes that could be discussed within the panels:
Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
Political participation and civil society in Central and Eastern Europe
Electoral processes in Central and Eastern Europe
Historical perspective of regimes in Central and Eastern Europe
Public discourse in Central and Eastern Europe
Political parties, party systems, party membership in Central and Eastern Europe
Populism in Central and Eastern Europe
Political leadership in Central and Eastern Europe
Governance and Governments in Central and Eastern Europe
Dilemmas of democracy in Ukraine
Central and Eastern Europe and the EU, USA, Russia, China, Africa, Asia
The provided list of sub-themes or/and panels is surely not comprehensive. Applicants are encouraged to respond to the conference’s general theme by proposing specific topics of their own, proposals on all aspects of Central European politics will be considered. The conference is open to the researches from all countries with an interest in Central European affairs.
Web site: http://www.uwm.edu.pl/inp/cepsa2020/
Paper and panel proposals
The academic program for the conference will be organized in the usual format of panels. Each panel should comprise four to five papers plus a chair. We welcome individual paper proposals and/or complete panel proposals as well.
Proposals for panels should include:
Name, institutional affiliation and email address of the proposed panel chair
Proposed panel title and summary of its theme (approx. 250 words + up to 5 keywords)
Tentative indication of possible panellists including their names, institutional affiliation and email addresses
The tasks for a panel chair include:
proposing a panel around a theme
maintaining a balance between established and upcoming scholars, and postgraduate students
maintaining a balance with regards to the national affiliation of panellists (up to two-panel members from the same national political science association)
The closing date for panel proposals: 30th June 2020.
Proposal for papers should include:
Name, institutional affiliation and email address of the proposed contributor
Proposed paper title and summary of its theme (approx. 250 words + up to 5 keywords)
The proposed panel where the paper could be placed (if known)
The closing date for paper proposals: 30th June 2020.
Proposals should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants are informed of the acceptance at the end of July 2020
The first draft of a programme will be available at the end of August 2020
For more details see here.