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Political Studies Association of Ireland



Please submit your papers and panels to us at

We have extended the deadline for most of the PSAI’s prizes, including the Chubb Prize for best dissertation, the Farrell Prize for the best book, the Teaching and Learning Prize, and the new postgraduate paper prize on gender/diversity. All of these prize deadlines are now 30 June. Full details about each of these prizes can be found on the PSAI’s website.


UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series:

  • Cyber Security in Ireland – Present Reality and Future Potential

  • Pat Larkin, CEO Ward Solutions and Commandant Ken Sheehan, Senior Communications and Information Services Officer, Officer Commanding of 1 Brigade CIS Company

  • Thurs 24th June, 6.30-8.00pm (Irish/UK time)

  • On-line via this link (- no registration or log-in is required, but we kindly request that you go to the link shortly before the start time of 6.30pm).

  • The lecture will also be recorded so that people may view it later if they wish.

Questions regarding Ireland’s cyber capabilities have come into sharper focus since the recent cyber attack on the HSE. Before we can discuss the solution, we need to understand the problem. What is the current situation, how are international organisations, Ireland and other states engaging with the cyber domain? Considering the potential changes required following the HSE cyber attack, what are the possible steps that could be taken to improve the State’s cyber capability?

Pat Larkin is CEO of Ward Solutions one of Irelands largest indigenous cyber providers and board member of Cyber Ireland. Prior to his role in Ward Solutions, Pat served 14 years in the Irish Defence Forces from 1984 to 1998, retiring as a Captain, in both line Artillery Corps and the Communication and Information Services corps as level 3 data security and IT operations officer. During his time in the Defence Forces Pat served overseas with the United Nations in Lebanon. Pat holds a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University.

Commandant Ken Sheehan has been a member of the Defence Forces since 2002, and has deployed on peacekeeping operations in Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. He is a Senior Communications and Information Services Officer, and is currently Officer Commanding of 1 Brigade CIS Company. He holds an MA in International Relations, a HDip in Leadership, Management and Contemporary Security, and a BSc in Computer Science, from UCC. He is currently completing a MSc in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation.

The UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series aims to contribute to informed public debate on contemporary global security challenges, how such problems may impact on Ireland and how Ireland can contribute to addressing regional and global security threats. The lecture series is jointly organised by the Defence Forces and UCC’s Colleges of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and Business and Law. Previous lectures in the series can be viewed at:


UACES-IACES Joint Seminar: Confronting Racism in the UK, Ireland and the EU

The next in our series of joint UACES-IACES seminars on ‘The UK, Ireland and the European Union in a Time of Crisis’ will be held from 1:00 – 2:30 pm this Friday 25 June.

The seminar will confront racism in Ireland, the UK and the EU, interrogate its political, social and cultural consequences and explore possibilities for transformation. It will ask, in particular, what a deliberately anti-racist European Studies should look like, and the work that it should seek to do.

The speakers for the seminar are Dr Neema Begum (University of Manchester), Dr Amanullah De Sondy (University College Cork), Shada Islam (Consultant), Kékéli Kpognon (Quaker Council for European Affairs) and Bashir Otukoya (Dublin City University). It will be chaired by Dr Jonathan Evershed (IACES and University College Cork).

Registration for the seminar is via Eventbrite, here.


Trinity College Dublin-new Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Data Science in the 2021-22 academic year.

Applied Social Data Science

The demand for data-driven solutions in business, government and the non-profit sectors is increasing globally at a record pace.  Employers in a wide range of industries now realise the need for talented individuals who are skilled in statistical and computational methods to provide insight into large and unique forms of data.

Against this backdrop, Trinity will be launching a new Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Data Science starting in September 2021.  This is a one-year, full-time programme that will prepare students who have a background in the social sciences to meet this growing demand for data scientists in the labour market.

Specifically, this course will introduce you to fundamentals in quantitative social science research methods and state-of-the-art analytic approaches from the fields of statistics and machine learning.  You will gain fluency in two highly demanded programming languages, R and Python, and will gain experience in analytical topics such as advanced statistics, machine learning, quantitative text analysis, and forecasting.

This programme is designed for students who do not have an extensive computing or statistical background.  Most students will have taken a basic statistics or quantitative research methods module equivalent during their undergraduate training, but this is not a formal prerequisite.

To learn more about the programme and how you can apply, please visit:

Please email if you have any questions, I am happy to discuss it with you.


The Teaching and Learning specialist group will be submitting a panel to the upcoming PSAI conference which will be hosted by University College Dublin (UCD) on the weekend of the 8th–9th October 2021 .

If you are interested in submitting a paper abstract for this conference and would like to be part of our panel, please submit a 200 word paper abstract to by close of business Wednesday (30 June 2021).

When submitting an abstract, please include the paper title, author name(s), and affiliation(s).

We will notify the selected panellists and submit the final list of panellists to the PSAI.

We’d also like to remind you that the deadline for nominations for the PSAI prize for teaching and learning is Wednesday (30 June 2021). Details on the nomination and selection process can be found on the website

HUME Inaugural European Conference 2021: Leadership for Peaceful Change-JULY 2021

This conference, organised by the European University Institute’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in partnership with the John & Pat Hume Foundation, is guided by the theme of ‘Leadership for Peaceful Change’. A series of online panel discussions over two afternoons, from 1-2 July, will examine past and current practices in peace making, peace building and reconciliation work in a range of diverse contexts, with a particular focus on Europe and the neighbouring regions.

Speakers and moderators include: Mary McAleese (former President of Ireland), Brigid Laffan, Seán Farren, Mairead McGuinness, Simon Coveney, Claire Hanna, Pascal Lamy, Federica Mogherini, Hans-Gert Pöttering, Richard Corbett, Miroslav Lajcák, Heather Grabbe, Mikheil Saakashvili (TBC), Franak Viacorka, Pat Cox, Zahra’ Langhi, Michael Keating, Conor O’Clery, Tony Connelly and Rory Montgomery.

You can find about more about and register for this online conference here.


A one day virtual conference will be held on October 29th (10AM EST – 5pm EST), the first meeting of an initiative called the Climate Pipeline Project. This conference will spotlight work by junior scholars (graduate students, post-docs, and untenured faculty) working on the politics of climate change. Tenured faculty and other senior scholars and administrators are invited to join to get a peek at new and innovative work being planned and carried out by these junior scholars.
Please forward this CFP to untenured colleagues working in this space.
Scholarship from any sub-field of political science, including Comparative, IR, American Politics, Political Theory, and combinations thereof, is encouraged.  Also encouraged are interdisciplinary presentations linking political science with other social sciences, humanities, or other natural sciences studying climate change.
Local restrictions on convening meetings necessitate the virtual format.  The format of the conference will be short presentations (~10 minutes) with discussants and general participation, with slides or papers posted ahead of time. There will be networking opportunities as well.  This event is supported by Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Brown’s Climate Change Solutions Lab.
To propose a presentation, or to join as a participant, please fill in this form ( by July 10th . Questions can be sent to Dustin Tingley,
Please forward to others that you think might be interested.


The EU after Brexit:New Options for Differentiated Integration?The conference will take place at the University of Salamanca (Spain) on 28-29 October 2021.The event is organized by Juan Santos Vara (University of Salamanca) and Ramses Wessel (University of Groningen).
The aim of this workshop is to assess the implications of Brexit for European integration. While part of the scholarship sees Brexit as a tragedy for the European integration process, others have pointed to possible advantages that would allow for further integration in certain areas. In any case, Brexit seems to have triggered a new debate on the ways in which the EU Member States could proceed, together or in smaller groups. In that sense the current debates reflect the earlier discussions on a geometrie variable or concentric circles. Apart from assessing theoretical, conceptual implications of Brexit for integration scenarios, the conference will address different policy areas and highlight options and obstacles to provide input to the Conference on the Future of Europe that was officially launched on the 9 May 2021 – 71 years after the signing of the Schuman Declaration and 76 years after the end of the Second World War. The Conference on the Future of Europe will open a new space for debate with citizens to address Europe’s challenges and priorities. Since its creation, the European Union has faced multiple challenges. With the COVID19 pandemic, the European Union’s unique model was challenged like never before.
We invite papers on various topics related to the implications of Brexit for European integration, including:
– Theoretical approaches to European integration and differentiation
– Integration/differentiation on EU principles and values
– Integration/differentiation in the internal market
– Integration/differentiation in CFSP/CSDP
– Integration/differentiation in the AFSJ
– Integration/differentiation in environmental/climate policy
Submission and selection of potential contributions
Interested researchers (in every stage of their careers) are invited to mail an abstract (in English) of around 500 words (approximately one page) addressing the conference theme to and/or no later than 30 June 2021. Please include your name, email and affiliation along with your abstract.
As we aim for the publication of a special issue at European Papers: A Journal on Law and Integration, paper proposals will be subject to a strict selection. The selection of the papers will be communicated to the speakers by the end of July 2021.
Confirmed participants are expected to provide complete drafts of their papers of around 8000 words no later than 20 October 2021.
Travel costs and accommodation
The Jean Monnet Network European Papers: A Journal on Law and Integration (610707-EPP-1-2019-1-ES-EPPJMO-NETWORK) will cover travel costs as well local expenses for the selected participants, including accommodation in Salamanca. The event can also be followed online through Zoom.
To get more information about the Jean Monnet Network visit our webpage: