Political Studies Association of Ireland

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

PSAI 2021: Call for Papers

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.

We invite paper and panel (3–5 papers) proposals from all areas of the discipline. Specialist groups are particularly encouraged to organise and submit panel proposals.

Submission deadline: 30 June 2021

Paper proposals require a title, author names, emails, and affiliations, and an abstract of up to 200 words.

Papers can be submitted here: Paper submissions

Panel proposals require a full list of papers, with authors and abstracts as regular paper submissions, with of course details on panel title and chair. The conference organisers reserve the final say in the allocation of accepted papers to panels. Panel organisers are asked to ensure that appropriate attention is given to balance in respect of gender and stage in career development.

Panels can be submitted here: Panel submissions


The programme will be published soon.


Covid-19 guidelines permitting, PSAI 2021 will take place at the UCD University Club. In the event that the current Covid-19 public health crisis prevents a physical conference from taking place in October 2021, the conference will take place on Zoom.


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 Member, reduced rate for PhD students: €45
  • Non-Members: €140
  • Non-Members, reduced rate for PhD students: €75

You can become a PSAI member or renew your membership here. The registration will open after paper and panel acceptances have been sent out.

If the conference takes place on Zoom (depending on Covid-19 guidelines), we will not charge a registration fee.

Global South Grant

The PSAI offers a Global South grant of up €1,500 for the purposes of travelling and presenting a paper at the Annual PSAI conference. The applicant must be a postgraduate student or academic who is a national of a non-OECD country and who is affiliated with an institution of higher education anywhere in the world. Any questions should be sent to Stefan Müller (University College Dublin) at stefan.mueller@ucd.ie.


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.