23rd World Congress of Political Sciencepublished: July 7, 2014
The 23rd World Congress of Political Science, organized by the International Political Science Association (IPSA) will be held in Montreal this year. This event will bring together 3000 political scientists from 80 countries to discuss the contemporary evolutions of governance faced with issues of globalization and the transformation of democracy in the world.
The event will be held:
When: July 19 to 24, 2014
Where: Palais des Congrès (159, Saint-Antoine West)
Among the themes to be addressed during the congress:
- Boko Haram and the governance crisis
- Problems emerging from the Arab Spring (Egypt, Tunisia)
- Sexual agression and sexual “ terrorism” in India
- The Russian intervention in Ukraine, its ethnic minorities and its relations with Europe
- Quebec’s nationalism, ethnic minorities and immigrants rights, and the “Charter of Values”
- Stephen Harper’s constitutionalism
- Political situation in Turkey
- The stakes of shale gas exploitation
- Corruption around the world
- Management difficulties encountered in Montreal
- Intelligence agencies and privacy leaks
Several renowned guests will participate in congress, most notably Michael Dukakis, former U.S. presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor; Carwyn Jones, currently First Minister of Wales; and Rod Rhodes, an internationally-known specialist on the concept of “governance”.
“The World Congress of Political Science is a great opportunity to question the very definition of governance, its utility and its link with a society in constant mutation. The quality of the participants as well as their relevance and the international perspective of their research are great assets in making this Congress a worldwide reference in the field of political science”, explains Guy Lachapelle, Secretary General of IPSA and professor of Political Science at Concordia University.
Special Sessions and Activities
Numerous special sessions and activities figure on the congress schedule, notably the opening ceremony that will include a performance by the Cirque du Soleil. A screening of the documentary Blueberry Soup by Eileen Jerrett, about the Icelandic people’s movement following the financial crisis of 2008, is scheduled on Wednesday, July 23. In collaboration with the École nationale de l’humour, a panel on political humour (presented in French) will bring together the caricaturist Michel Garneau a.k.a. “Garnotte”, comedians Fred Dubé and Nabila Ben Youssef, as well as a member of the satirist groupe Les Zapartistes, Christian Vanasse. This session will be presented on Wednesday July 23.
IPSA is also proud to partner with the Institut du Nouveau-Monde for the organisation of a two-day symposium (in English) on “Developing Expertise in the Design of Participatory Tools: Professionalization and Diversification of the Public Participation Field” The organisation of this event is made possible by the contribution of major partners, most notably the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec, Concordia University, the American Political Science Association, and the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
For more information on the event and the program visit the IPSA website.
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