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Political Studies Association of Ireland


Conference marks twentieth anniversary of Good Friday Agreement

On 23 March, 2018, the PSAI Specialist Group on Peace and Conflict supported a conference marking the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Entitled ‘Building Peace in Northern Ireland: Reflections on Reconciliation Twenty Years after the Agreement’, the one-day event was held in the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.


Instead of political or academic perspectives, the conference focussed on civil society. Speakers were invited from a wide range of organisations to give a snapshot of grassroots peacebuilding in all its diversity – they included Jacqueline Irwin (Community Relations Council), Kate Turner (Healing Through Remembering), Alan McBride(WAVE Trauma Centre), Thomas Turley and Alan Waite (R CITY youth project, Ardoyne),  Dr. Cathy Bollaert (Youthlink), Linda Ervine (Turas Irish language project, East Belfast Mission), Brian McAvoy (GAA), Dr. Seán Farren (Social Democratic and Labour Party/Ulster University), and Fionnuala Callanan  (Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund).


The conference was organised by the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin at Belfast, with support from the Political Studies Association of Ireland and Trinity’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Events Fund.

Kate Turner, Alan McBride, Jacqueline Irwin, Geraldine Smyth

Brian McAvoy, Cathy Bollaert, Alan Waite, Thomas Turley and Linda Ervine

Report of PSAI-PSA Roundtable on Brexit and the Political Sciences published

The PSAI held its first ever joint meeting with the Political Studies Association (PSA) in Queen’s University Belfast on 28th May. The event was a Roundtable to discuss the consequences of Brexit for the Political Sciences on these islands, and sought to highlight some of the key issues emerging in respect of research and teaching as well as to map out ideas for future co-operation between the two learned societies. It was co-chaired by PSAI President Muiris MacCarthaigh and PSA Vice-Chair Feargal Cochrane, with five other members from each Association taking part.


The full report of the Roundtable’s findings are here

PSAI Annual Conference call for papers and panels

The Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) will take place in the Limerick Strand Hotel over the weekend of the 12th-14th October 2018. We invite panel and paper proposals from all areas of the discipline, with particular emphasis on, but not necessarily confined to, the politics of the island of Ireland.


In the case of single paper proposals, please submit an abstract to by Friday 8th June 2018. This abstract should be submitted as a word attachment and include:

– Paper title,
– Author name(s) and affiliation(s),
– Professional status (PhD student, postdoc, lecturer, professor, independent scholar),
– Summary of the proposed paper (no more than 200 words).


Colleagues are encouraged to submit complete panels (minimum of three papers, maximum of five) on a given subject or theme. This can be done by bringing together other potential panellists yourself, or by contacting the appropriate PSAI specialist group (

The conference organisers reserve the final say in the allocation of accepted papers to panels. While multiple abstract submissions are permitted, in general, multiple papers by the same author(s) are discouraged.

All panel proposals must include abstracts and contact details for each paper as above. Proposals should be sent to by 8th June 2018. Panel organisers are asked to ensure that appropriate attention is given to balance in respect of gender and stage in career development.


Notification of paper and panel acceptances will be given in early July. Abstracts will be published on the conference website and in the conference programme.


Please visit the conference website for more information:


Call for Papers

PSAI international Relations and Area Studies Specialist Group – PhD One Day Workshop

Call for Papers

18 May 2018

University College Cork

Hosted by the Department of Government

The PSAI international Relations and Area Studies Specialist Group – PhD Workshop PhD research workshop aims to foster a strong intellectual community among postgraduate research students and staff on the island of Ireland. It will give research graduate students the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from staff and their peers, including those outside their immediate area of specialty. It also provides postgraduate research students with greater professional development, especially in presenting their research and participating in discussions, and learning how to provide constructive criticism to their peers.

Students who wish to attend the events can submit an abstract to by the 6/4/2018. A small travel grant will be provided for those traveling to the event from outside Cork.

In addition to the panels showcasing student research, the workshop will also include two professional development panels:

Professional Development Panel A: How to get published

Panellists will include editors of the international journals including International Political Science Review and the Journal of Contemporary European Research and advice on how to publish your first book.

Professional Development Panel B: How to access funding

Panellists will include recipients of major European and National funding including post-doctoral funding.


This workshop is funded by the PSAI and by the School of Government & Politics, UCC

Call for nominations for Basil Chubb PhD prize

Nominations for the 2018 Basil Chubb PhD Prize are sought from Heads of Politics departments/schools.The prize is an annual award to recognise the best PhD thesis (produced in an Irish university) in any field of politics in 2017. The award will take the form of a cheque for €200.

The PSAI is grateful to Taylor & Francis for generously sponsoring this prize.

The judging process is as follows:

Each Head of Department may make one nomination for the award each year. The nomination will consist of a letter of recommendation from the Head of Department (certifying that the candidate was awarded a PhD from that Department in the previous calendar year), along with a copy of all reports on the thesis from internal and external examiners, and with one copy of the thesis itself. (All nomination material will of course be held in absolute confidence by the PSAI save for the purposes of its internal judging process.) Following the judging process all examiners’ reports will be destroyed, and the copy of the thesis returned to the Head of Department.

Each nomination will be assessed by a team of three judges. The judging panel will make a recommendation to the PSAI committee, which will then decide the recipient of the Basil Chubb Prize. (The PSAI reserves the right not to make any award in a particular year.)

Note that nominees must be members of the PSAI.

Please post nomination materials to Martin McCleery ( Closing date for nominations is 2 June, 2018.