Call for Papers: Power and the People in Undemocratic Regimes

Call for Papers: Power and the People in Undemocratic Regimes

Issued: Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:35:00 GMT

Deadline 28/2/18

The StAGE Committee (made up of the Universities of St Andrews, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh) is now accepting abstracts for StAGE 2018, to be held over two days at the University of Glasgow on May 3rd-4th, 2018. The conference theme, ‘Power and the People in Undemocratic Regimes’ aims to bring together postgraduate students from a wide array of subject areas in the hope of holding a far-reaching inter-disciplinary conference.

By bringing together researchers from a variety of areas and combining the advantages of a number of different fields, from ancient history to sociology as well as literature and art studies, the organisers aim to go beyond the common one-sided approaches and understand this topic in a cross-cultural, cross-historical and cross-disciplinary fashion, allowing the identification of universal aspects of the interrelation between power and the people. This will not only deepen our knowledge of past societies but will also contribute to our understanding of central contemporary developments, such as the workings of global democratisation, the Arab Spring or the recent rise of far-right populism.

The organisers encourage papers employing modern theories from sociology and political science, and comparative studies of different periods, however this is not a requirement. The conference theme is intentionally broad to encourage applicants from a range of subject areas. Each paper is expected to last about 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of questions in a friendly, relaxed environment. Keynote speakers will be confirmed in due course.

Those wishing to present a paper should submit an abstract no more than 250 words long, along with their affiliation to by February 28th 2018.

The organisers hope to provide a small number of travel and accommodation bursaries to postgraduate speakers. Refreshments and lunch on both days will also be provided. If you have any questions please contact