The flagship event of the PSAI is the Annual Conference, held each October at a different location. The 2016 Annual Conference took place in Belfast, and was attended by more than 150 participants from around Ireland and abroad. The 2017 conference will be hosted by Dublin City University, at a date and venue to be decided.
Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Mary Ellen Campbell with Prof. Yvonne Galligan, Dr. Muiris MacCartaigh and Alison Meager (QUB) at a reception in Belfast City Hall for the 2016 PSAI conference.
Past Annual Conferences
The 2016 Annual Conference was hosted by Queens University Belfast and held at the Europa Hotel, Belfast, over the weekend of 7th – 9th October.
The 2015 Annual Conference was hosted by University College Cork and held at the Metropole Hotel, Cork, over the weekend of 16th – 18th October.
The 2014 Annual Conference was hosted by the National University of Ireland and held at the Galway Bay Hotel from 17th – 19th October.
The 2013 Annual Conference was hosted by and held in Trinity College Dublin, from 18th – 20th October.
The 2012 Annual Conference was hosted by the University of Ulster, Magee Campus, Derry/Londonderry, and took place on 19th – 21st October 2012 in the City Hotel, Queen’s Quay.
The headline theme for the conference was “Politics, Culture and Society in a Changing Ireland”.
The 2011 Annual Conference was hosted by University College Dublin and took place on 21st – 23rd October 2011 in the Royal Irish Academy and Newman House in Dublin city centre.
The headline theme for this conference was “Political Reform in Ireland”.
The 2010 Annual Conference was hosted by the School of Media of the Dublin Institute of Technology on 8th – 10th October 2010.
The headline theme for this conference was “Communicating Politics”, and it was held in the Aungier Street complex, in Dublin’s city centre.
The 2009 Annual Conference was hosted by the Department of Politics and History at Liverpool Hope University, UK, on the 9th – 11th October 2009.
This was the very first time that the PSAI’s annual conference was held outside Ireland and in recognition of this, we had chosen as a headline theme for the conference “Political Relationships between Britain and Ireland”.
The 2008 Annual Conference was hosted by the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway, on 17th – 19th October 2008.
The conference highlighted the theme of the politics of peace and conflict. The final programme for the conference is available.
The 2007 Annual Conference was organised by the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University, was held from 19th – 21st October 2007 at Isaac’s Hotel in Dublin.
Many of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the PSAI took place here – including the launch of a new Irish Political Studies Reader published by Routledge.
The 2006 Annual Conference was hosted by University College Cork on the 20th – 22nd October.