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The Annual Conference of the Finnish Political Science Association
Democracy’s Troublemakers

University of Lapland 14.-15. March 2019

Politics is broken, as the saying goes. Not only does the political system favour opportunistic individuals, but it raises reckless leaders to the top and gives rise to decisions that citizens constantly object to. Since we also live the times of ‘post-truth politics’, we often do not know the origins of information, its real purpose, or even the true identities of those who ultimately stand behind it.

In the midst of the current crises of political trust, it is easy to forget that the history of politics is, to a large extent, about unconventional situations and unpredicted actions. Access to truthful information and the possibility to discuss it in public are historical achievements, not something that was ever taken for granted. It may be easy to identify democracy’s heroes and troublemakers in the past, but more difficult to tell who they are today. If there is no certainty about much else, then at least that the present time poses a particular challenge to political judgment.

The University of Lapland at Rovaniemi hosts the 51. Annual Conference of the Finnish Political Science Association. We invite both Finnish and international experts to the Arctic Circle to discuss democracy, civic engagement and disobedience, the upcoming national and European elections, and other timely and timeless political issues. The conference takes place in the main building of the University of Lapland on 14–15 March 2019.

Call for Panels

We invite panel proposals for the conference. The deadline for the proposals is December 1st, 2018.

We welcome panels on all the research fields within political science. Please include the title of your panel and a brief description (max 200 words) about the topic. Moreover, please name a chairperson as well as a discussant prepared to open the discussion by commenting all the presentations. You can also name the panelists, if they are known. However, we will announce separate call for papers once the panels have been chosen.

The objective is to have four presentations of 15 minutes in each panel, so as to provide enough time for discussions. The language of the panels can be Finnish, Sámi, Swedish, English or combination of these.

Please send your proposal by December 1st to the conference secretary (johan-eerik.kukko@ulapland.fi).


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