Political Studies Association of Ireland

Annual Conference, 8–9 October 2021, University College Dublin

PSAI 2021

The flagship event of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) is the Annual Conference, held each October at a different location. The Annual Conference will take place at University College Dublin over the weekend of the 8th–9th October 2021. The conference is hosted by the School of Politics and International Relations.

For those interested in attending the conference dinner (Saturday, 9 October), please register here: here. Please register and pay for the dinner before Friday, 1 October. Late registrations cannot not be accepted!

The most recent version of the conference programme can be accessed here.

Note that this is a “green pass” event. Only those with a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate, NHS COVID Pass, or alternative proof of vaccination will be able to access the conference venue.

Programme

The conference programme is now online. You can access the most recent version at tinyurl.com/psai2021. Note that the programme is still subject to small changes. Make sure to check the document regularly.

Registration

Register for PSAI 2021

The registration deadline for PSAI 2021 has passed.

Note that this is a “green pass” event. Only those with a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate, NHS COVID Pass, or alternative proof of vaccination will be able to access the conference venue.

Registration Fees

Below, you find the registration fees (subject to change) if the conference takes place at the UCD University Club:

  • PSAI Members: €90
  • PSAI Members, reduced rate for PhD Students, retired, or unemployed participants: €45
  • Non-Members: €140
  • Non-Members, reduced rate for PhD Students, retired, or unemployed participants: €75

You can become a PSAI member or renew your membership here.

Venue, Transport, and Accommodation

Venue

PSAI 2021 will take place at the UCD University Club and O’Reilly Hall. It will be an in-person conference, strictly according to Covid-19 health guidelines. Virtual presentations via Zoom will not be possible.

Transport

The easiest way to reach the Belfield campus from Dublin city centre is by public transport. The 46A, 145, 155, and 39A bus routes all stop near the N11 entrance. Here you find more information on how to get to UCD.

Accomodation

In addition to many hotels in Dublin’s city centre, the following local hotels are convenient for UCD Belfield: Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel (very close to the conference venue), the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, or Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.

Prizes

Elizabeth Meehan Prize

Each year, the Elizabeth Meehan Prize is awarded for the best paper presented at the previous PSAI Annual Conference. The award will take the form of a cheque for €200.

The paper must be original, unpublished and presented by the candidate(s) at the conference.

Panel conveners, chairs and paper givers can nominate outstanding papers for this prize. Self-nomination is encouraged. All nominations for the award must include:

  • A note recommending why the paper should be considered for the prize;
  • A pdf copy of the paper.

The following are the criteria for the award:

  • The paper must be original, unpublished and presented by the candidate(s) at the conference;
  • The paper must be outstanding and worthy of publication in a leading political science journal.

The judging panel for the prize includes the co-editors of Irish Political Studies and a member of the editorial board. The prize will be awarded at the Annual Conference dinner in the following year. The prize winner(s) will be notified in advance. Please send complete nominations by 31 October 2021 to psaiconference2021@gmail.com.