PSA Parliaments Conference: Call for Papers/Blogs

Call for Papers for the 2018 PSA Parliaments Conference

We are pleased to formally announce that our annual conference will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The theme for our conference this year is ‘Making Sense of Parliaments’ – a timely and pertinent question in the NI context, given that the region’s legislature has been suspended since January 2017. Our conference seeks to highlight the best research into legislatures, shining a light on how we can make sense of scrutiny, representation, governance and all aspects of parliamentary life.

Our call for submissions

Building on our success from last year, we are asking for participants to submit a 150-word abstract which, if accepted, would be turned into a 1,000 – 1,500-word blog post. We aim to circulate draft blog pieces before the conference, and publish revised versions after the conference on the PSA Parliaments Group website. To submit your abstract, please complete the Paper Proposal Form. We welcome researchers, academics and practitioners from all disciplines and at all levels, and of course promote methodological pluralism. The deadline for submissions is Friday 7 September.

Conference details

Date and time: Thursday, 08 Nov (1pm-6.30pm) and Friday, 09 Nov (9am-12.30pm)
Location: Parliament Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast, BT4, Northern Ireland

A draft conference schedule will be published closer to the time.

Key dates

Monday, 07 May – Call for blogs/papers announced
Friday, 07 September – Deadline for abstracts
Monday, 17 September – Notification of acceptance
Friday, 02 November – Deadline for registration and draft papers
08-09 November – Conference

For further details, please get in touch with Marc Geddes (


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