Conference 2016

6th Annual General Conference of the European Political Science Association

Date: 23-25 June 2016
Venue: Brussels, Belgium at  the Square conference centre.
Call for Papers: Is open, deadline December 11, 2015.

EPSA’s sixth annual general conference will take place from June 23 to June 25 in one of Europe’s most politically and culturally significant cities: Brussels.

The conference will take place in SQUARE, a modern 1254757841-01made-to-purpose conference centre with first-class facilities and amenities. SQUARE is  a short stroll from all of the historic city’s major attractions and the central train station.

EPSA expects 750-800 participants at the Brussels conference. We will have from 180-200 panels on all issues of modern political science. Participants will find plenty of opportunity to discuss their work, to network or to simply enjoy the amazing attractions of Brussels in the summer.

EPSA’s annual conference is a general political science conference and as such, invites the presentation of cutting edge research results from all fields of political science and all types of interdisciplinary research with a political component.

Conference committee co-chairs: Raymond Duch and Mark Kayser.

The 2016 conference committee consists of five broad categories, under which there will also be specific sections.

  • Political Behavior, Parties and Elections. Co-chairs: Ruth Dassonneville and Anja Neuendorf.
    • Elections
    • Parties
    • Political Behavior
    • Political Organization
    • Political Sociology
    • Political Communication
  • Comparative Politics and Political Economy. Chair: Christian Breunig.
    • Political Economy
    • Political Geography
    • Formal Analysis of Institutions and Decisions
  • International Politics and Conflict Research. Chair: Michael Colaresi.
    • International Relations
    • International Organization
    • International Conflict and Civil Wars
    • Foreign Policy
  • Politics and Policies. Chair: Georg Vanberg.
    • Country Studies (American, German, Chinese Politics, Arab, Asian)
    • Regional Politics
    • EU Politics
    • Legislative Politics
    • Political Theory
  • Political Methodology. Chair: Andy Eggers (in collaboration with the Society for Political Methodology).
    • Quantitative Methods
    • Big Data
    • Text Analysis
    • Survey Methods
    • Measurement
    • Qualitative Methods

Sections are designed to be inclusive rather than exclusive. Our small number of panels covering multiple sub-categories enable organizers to combine papers relevant to one another across often arbitrary sub-field boundaries. EPSA also uses a 2-stage selection mechanism that guarantees that no proposal gets rejected for lack of fit to our sections.

Organized Panel Proposals.  EPSA invites the submission of panel proposals but limits the overall number of pre-organized panels in order to maintain fair access to the conference for individual proposers and to enable the assembly of coherent panels by the section and conference organizers.  Papers that are part of a pre-organized panel submission should insert the word “panel:” followed by the panel organizer’s last name as the first two words of the paper title.  The panel proposer should also email the section organizer(s) with the line-up of the proposed panel, including chair and discussant.  If a panel proposal is not accepted, EPSA will nevertheless consider its individual components as part of the regular individual proposal process.

Note: Discounted rates apply to student members for the annual conference.
(EPSA may be joined separately here.)

For general questions about the conference or questions about the proposal submission system, or about proposals or the proposal submission process please address queries to