IPSA Statement on Academic Freedoms of Scholars in Turkey

The International Political Science Association views with grave concern the fact that a number of Turkish scholars including political scientists have recently lost their jobs on account of having signed a “Peace Petition” several months ago. As indicated in the IPSA Statement on Academic Freedoms, free exchange of ideas is vitally necessary for scientific endeavor and debate. IPSA believes that expression of opinion by academics, however unpopular this may be, is an integral part of their job and that they should not be sanctioned for simply expressing opinions. We urge the Turkish government and university authorities to reconsider their decisions and to reinstate the scholars to their jobs and provide a safe environment for them in which they may freely pursue their scholarly activities.

Unanimously adopted by the IPSA Executive Committee

Anna van der Vleuten benoemd tot hoogleraar Contesting Europeanization

Anna van der Vleuten is met ingang van 1 oktober 2016 benoemd tot hoogleraar Contesting Europeanization aan de Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen van de Radboud Universiteit.

Van der Vleuten doet onderzoek naar Europese integratie in vergelijkend perspectief. Recent onderzoek betrof de legitimiteit van regionale integratie, de politieke rol van supranationale gerechtshoven en de ambigue rol van de EU als ‘norm entrepreneur’ op het gebied van gendergelijkheid in de internationale arena. Lees meer

Politicologenetmaal 2017: Universiteit Leiden, 1-2 juni

Op 1 en 2 juni 2017 herbergt Universiteit Leiden het jaarlijkse Politicologenetmaal. Tientallen (praktijk)politicologen uit Vlaanderen en Nederland komen dan bijeen in workshops om onderwerpen als verkiezingen, politieke rechtvaardigheid, burgeroorlog en lokale democratie onder de loep te nemen. Hoofdspreker is Donatella della Porta, kenner van sociale bewegingen en terroristische organisaties, verbonden aan het Europese Universitair Instituut in Florence. De organisatie is in handen van het Instituut Politieke Wetenschap van de Universiteit Leiden, in samenwerking met de Nederlandse Kring voor de Wetenschap der Politiek (NKWP) en de Vereniging voor Politieke Wetenschappen (VPW).

Binnenkort gaat de uitnodiging rondt om voorstellen voor workshops in te dienen. Later volgt een uitnodiging om deel te nemen aan de workshops. Voor master-studenten is er toegang tegen gereduceerd tarief. Ook hebben zij de gelegenheid om hun scripties op een posterpresentatie te presenteren.

Het zestiende Politicologenetmaal vindt plaats in de Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen (Wassenaarseweg 52) en het Scheltema Complex (Marktsteeg 1) in Leiden.

Meer informatie is te verkrijgen bij Hans Vollaard, politicologenetmaal2017@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Vacancy: Editor Acta Politica

As of January 2017 Acta Politica – international journal of political science, published by Palgrave Macmillan and covered by the Social Science Citation Index, has a vacancy for the post of Journal Editor. The incoming Editor will work together with the other editor, Rens Vliegenthart (University of Amsterdam), and the Book Review Editor (vacant, see here ). The editors are supported by an editorial secretary from the University of Amsterdam. For more information about the journal, please visit the journal’s homepage at: www.palgrave-journals.com/ap/index.html.

It is expected that the journal editor will:

  • Actively acquire manuscripts in all fields of political science
  • Select proper peer reviewers for an assessment of submissions
  • Make decisions regarding publication of submitted manuscripts
  • Edit manuscripts – if needed – to ensure these are presented in good English
  • Manage contacts with the publisher, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Develop ideas on the journal and its position in political science.

The candidate should be:

  • A political scientist working at a university or a related academic or research institution
  • Have demonstrable affinity with political science in the Low Countries
  • Well-acquainted with European political science and its organisations (ECPR, EPSA, and EPSnet)
  • Well versed in written English; experience in language editing is a bonus

The successful candidate is expected to start as Co-Editor per January 1, 2017.

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV, list of publications, and motivation letter by email before October 15th, 2016 to Walther Kok, Secretary of the Board of the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP): secretaris@politicologie.nl . Applications may be written in Dutch or English.

For further enquiries, please contact Rens Vliegenthart (R.Vliegenthart@uva.nl), co-Editor of Acta Politica, or Nana de Graaff (n.a.de.graaff@vu.nl), Board Member of the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP).

Vacancy: Book Review Editor Acta Politica

As of January 2017 Acta Politica – international journal of political science, published by Palgrave Macmillan and covered by the Social Science Citation Index, has a vacancy for the post of Book Review Editor. The Book Review Editor will work together with the two journal editors, Rens Vliegenthart (University of Amsterdam), and another editor to be recruited per January 2017 as a successor to Ingrid van Biezen (Leiden University). For more information about the journal, please visit the journal’s homepage at: www.palgrave-journals.com/ap/index.html.

The Book Review Editor’s task is to select new book publications, commission reviews of these books, and together with the reviewers produce high-quality book reviews for publication in the journal. The Book Review Editor maintains contact with the major publishers in the discipline. The selection of books to be reviewed should fit the substantive focus of the journal and the interests of its readership.

The successful candidate is:

  • A political scientist working at a university or a related academic or research institution
  • With demonstrable affinity with political science in the Low Countries
  • Well-acquainted with European and international political science and its organisations (ECPR, EPSA, EPSnet, APSA, IPSA)
  • Well versed in written English; experience in language editing is a bonus

The successful candidate is expected to start as Book Review Editor per January 1, 2017.

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV, list of publications, and short motivation letter by email before October 15th, 2016 to Walther Kok, Secretary of the Board of the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP): secretaris@politicologie.nl . Applications may be written in Dutch or English.

For further enquiries, please contact Rens Vliegenthart (R.Vliegenthart@uva.nl), co-Editor of Acta Politica, or Nana de Graaff (n.a.de.graaff@vu.nl), Board Member of the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP).

Uitreiking Jaarprijs Politicologie 2016

Tijdens het jaarlijkse Politicologenetmaal is de Jaarprijs Politicologie voor de beste dissertatie uitgereikt. De winnaars dit jaar zijn ex aequo

  • Ruth Dassonneville for her dissertation on electoral volatility;
  • Paul van Hooft for his research on the impact of victory and defeat in war.

 

From the report of the jury NKWP/VPW Jaarprijs Politicologie:

“Not one but two dissertations were considered serious candidates for the “Jaarprijs”. These dissertations deal with very different topics and have very different forms – a “traditional” monography versus a collection of articles. Both dissertations, however, clearly stand out from the group; both in terms of the contributions they make to their respective sub-disciplines and the contribution they make to field of political science at large.

 

The first dissertation deals with electoral volatility and analyses its implications for representative democracy. (….)The dissertation is based on no less than 11 empirical chapters; the majority published in key journals within the discipline. This exceptional richness caused one jury member to comment that the candidate “did not write one but three dissertations”.

 

The second dissertation deals with war and peace and investigates the impact of the Second World War on the “grand strategies” of contemporary Britain, France, Germany and the United States. Exploring the concepts of “memory” and “myth-making”, the dissertation injects trauma and sentiment into the international relations literature and, while doing so, yields invaluable insights into the ways in which countries’ attempts to “not make the same mistake twice” causes them, in fact, to explore viable alternative – if not better – international strategies. These insights are not only of great value to the political science discipline but they will equally be of interest to political commentators and the general public.

 

The exceptionally high quality of these dissertations and the important – yet incomparable – contributions they make to the discipline created an impasse within the jury. One that can best be described by the Dutch saying: “Kiezen is verliezen”. Choosing one over the other would result to nothing else but a loss. (…)

We also want to congratulate the University of Leuven and the University of Amsterdam and, in particular, the supervisors of both dissertations, Professor Marc Hooghe and Professor Brian Burgoon, respectively.”

Uitreiking Daniel Heinsiusprijs 2016

Op het afgelopen politicologenetmaal in Brussel is de Daniel Heinsiusprijs 2016 uitgereikt aan Amélie Godefroidt met haar scriptie ‘Analysing the structure and impact of citizenship in an African context’.

Uit het juryrapport: “De jury ontving dit jaar 16 masterscripties en we danken de studenten en hun universiteiten voor het inzenden van de scripties. De 16 scripties dekten samen een grote variatie aan topics af in de brede domeinen van de politicologie: internationale relaties, politieke sociologie, vergelijkende politiek, beleid en bestuur, politieke filosofie, en de Europese Unie. (…) De inhoudelijke kwaliteit van de scripties was opmerkelijk, zowel met betrekking tot de theoretische kennis als de beheersing van onderzoeksvaardigheden. Het bepalen van een winnaar uit dit brede aanbod van scripties was dan ook geen sinecure. Dit zegt de jury natuurlijk elk jaar, maar dit jaar ging het dubbel en dik op. (…) De scriptie die de Daniel Heinsiusprijs 2016 heeft gewonnen bestaat uit de intrigerende en meeslepende analyse van burgerschap in Ghana, en werd gepromoot door Prof. Langer van de KULeuven. De Daniel Heinsiusprijs gaat dit jaar naar Amélie Godefroidt met haar scriptie ‘Analysing the structure and impact of citizenship in an African context’.

Lees het hele juryrapport hier: Juryrapport 2016 Daniel Heinsius thesisprijs

 

 

Genomineerden prijzen 2016

De Nederlandse Kring voor Wetenschap der Politiek en de Vereniging voor Politieke Wetenschappen stellen jaarlijks prijzen ter beschikking voor het beste academische proefschrift op het terrein van de politicologie (de Jaarprijs Politicologie) en voor de beste masterthesis (de Daniël Heinsius Thesisprijs). De shortlist voor beide prijzen is bekend.

De shortlist voor de Jaarprijs Politicologie bestaat uit (alfabetische volgorde): 

  • Mark Boukes (UvA): Spicing up politics: how soft news and infotainment form political attitudes.
  • Ruth Dassonneville (KULeuven): Stability and Change in Voting Behaviour. Macro and Micro Determinants of Electoral Volatility.
  • Paul van Hooft (UvA): The Future in the Past: Victory, Defeat, and Grand Strategy in the US, UK, France and Germany.
  • Aaron Kamm (UvA): Political Actors Playing Games: Theory and Experiments.
  • Esther Klaster (Twente): Toward more effective regional networks: a multi-method study on top-down stimulated networks within the Dutch public-policy areas of education and employment.

Deze shortlist is samengesteld uit een vijftigtal dissertaties door de juryleden Peter Thijssen (UA), Eline Severs (VUB), Marcel Boogers (Twente), Tom Van der Meer (UvA), Wolfgang Wagner (VU) en Ruud Wouters (secretaris)

 

De shortlist voor de Daniel Heinsiusprijs bestaat uit (in alfabetische volgorde):

  • Daniëlle Flonk (Radboud Universiteit), Power, Economics or Identity? Human Rights Voting Behavior within the United Nations Security Council.
  • Amélie Godefroidt (KU Leuven), Analysing the structure and impact of citizenship in an African context.
  • Boyd Leupen (Universiteit Leiden), The Moral standing of Animals: Refuting Asymmetrical Kantianism.
  • Benjamin de Vet (Universiteit Gent), De selectie van fractievoorzitters in het federaal en het Vlaams parlement.
  • Hannah Werner (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Political Consumerism: Protest or Compliance?

De jury bestaat uit Lotte Melenhorst (Leiden, secretaris), Silvia Erzeel (UCL/UA), Gerry Kamp-Alons (Radboud), Sofie Marien (KULeuven), Dave Sinardet (VUB), Gijs Schumacher (UvA).

 

De bekendmaking van de winnaar en uitreiking heeft plaats op 2 juni tijdens het Politicologenetmaal (VUB, Brussel). Meer informatie via www.politicologenetmaal.eu