2022 PSAI Postgraduate Conference

The Conference programme for the PSAI Postgraduate Conference held at Queen’s University Belfast this December is now live! Sir David Sterling KCB, former Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, will be this year’s keynote speaker. The programme can be viewed here. The conference is open to all to attend, but registration to attend the conference…

Ukraine: Are we also at fault?

By Peter Emerson Mariupol is yet another city which humankind has first created… and then destroyed, flattened, like Guernica and Warsaw.  And Russia now does to others, what it too has suffered, as in Leningrad and by its own hand, in Grozny. Mariupol is not a Russian word; if it were Russian or Slavic, it…

Call for a co-editor position in Irish Political Studies

Irish Political Studies is seeking expressions of interest in a co-editor position, tenable for three years from 1 January 2023. A specialist background in the politics of Northern Ireland is required, while editorial experience and a clear vision for the future of the journal are highly desirable. Interested candidates should send their expression of interest,…

PSAI annual conference 2022: Call for papers

The call for papers for the 40th PSAI annual conference are now open. The conference will be held between the 14th and 16th October 2022 in the College Street Campus of Waterford IT.  Panel and paper proposals from all areas of the discipline are welcomed, with particular emphasis on, but not necessarily confined to the politics of…

PSAI statement on UCD leadership’s position on academic freedom

The PSAI was concerned to hear recent reports that the leadership of University College Dublin (UCD) used a staff-wide email to undermine criticisms of the university’s relationship to the Chinese government. The UCD president encouraged the entire university community, presumably including those who have been targeted for repression by the Chinese state, to be proud…

And now, the year of the tiger

By Peter Emeson (The de Borda Institute) In 2008, aged 65, I started to learn Chinese.  Five years later, on my first lecture tour in China, I addressed a conference in Xuzhou, and one thing led to another.  I have now conducted four three-month lecture tours in China, the most recent two travelling overland, teaching in…

Honouring Richard Sinnott

By David Farrell Richard Sinnott passed away on 3rd January 2022 after a long illness. An emeritus professor at the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin, Richard was a world-leading researcher in the study of elections and electoral behaviour, his research leadership recognised by membership of the Royal Irish Academy (in…

Pluralism is possible

By Peter Emerson (The de Borda Institute) An Irish webinar in Germany: Parliament, not selecting, but electing a coalition Ireland’s contributions to the development of democracy have not always been the best: Bernardo O’Higgins, for example, was the world’s first dictator to get 100% in a referendum, in Chile in 1818. On the more positive…