We're hosting this year's PSA Annual International Conference
#PSA15

30th March - 1st April 2015, Sheffield City Hall & Town Hall


In 2015, the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta – we plan to explore the relationship between democracy and civic pride.

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations we will be hosing this year’s Political Studies Association Annual International Conference right here in Sheffield.

The theme of this, the 65th PSA conference, is Civic Pride. Over three days, various panels and plenary sessions will consider exactly what Civic Pride means by addressing some of the following topics:

  • What exactly does civic pride mean in an era in which trust in elected politicians is falling and in which personal identities have been fractured?
  • To what degree is social capital still expressed through membership of a shared physical space?
  • What is the relationship between civic pride and economic equality?

The conference will bring together over 600 people, including leading scholars and practitioners, from over 60 different countries. The three days will consist of over 170 panel sessions reflecting the diversity and pluralism of political studies.

Full details can be found by visiting the PSA Website.

The following sessions will be led by members of our own politics department:

Monday 30th March
14:00 - 15:00
Mandella Room
(Town Hall)

Conference Plenary
'Deliberative World'
Chair: Dr Hayley Stephenson
(University of Sheffield
Speaker: Professor John Dryzek
(University of Canberra)
Tuesday 31st March
13:30 - 15:00
South Hall
(City Hall)
'Political Science in the 21st Century' Chair: Professor Matthew Flinders
(PSA Chair, University of Sheffield)
Speakers: Professor Steven Rathgeb Smith
(Executive Director APSA)
Dr Rosie Cambell
(Birkbeck, University of London)
Professor Nicola Philips
(University of Sheffield)
Wednesday 1st April
12:30 - 13:30
Vincent Harris
(City Hall)
'Total Exposure Launch' Professor Matthew Flinders
(PSA Chair, University of Sheffield)
Total Exposure has been designed to bring international broadcasters and the very best political scientists together in order to create TV and radio programmes that showcase the discipline and which therefore underline exactly why the study of politics matters.
A light lunch will be provided.