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Political Studies Association of Ireland



The call for papers, as you know, is out for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), to be held 30 September-3 October in Seattle. The PSAI will have a panel at this meeting. I am pleased to announce that the deadline for the call for papers has been extended until 28 January at 11:50 PM PST. We strongly encourage PSAI members to submit paper proposals. We welcome papers on any aspect of Irish politics, north or south. Complete instructions on how to submit your paper proposal can be found here:

The UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series


The UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series will continue in January 2021with a lecture on ‘Ireland and the UN Security Council’, by Sonja Hyland, Political Director, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for Thursday 28th January 2021, 18.30-20.00 (Irish/UK time) – this lecture will address Ireland’s priorities as it starts a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. A zoom link will be included in a future mail shot or on the PSAI blog closer to the event.



Irish Political Studies (IPS) is still seeking expressions of interest in a co-editor position, tenable for three years from 2021. The PSAI has extended the deadline on this search to 31 January 2021.

A specialist background in the politics of Northern Ireland would be an advantage,  while editorial experience and a clear vision for the future of the journal are highly desirable. Interested candidates should send their expression of interest, a short CV and a statement on their editorial vision to Dr. Marisa McGlinchey at by the new deadline of 31 January 2021. We particularly encourage female applicants. The decision will be made by an appointment sub-committee of the PSAI Executive Committee.

IPS, the journal of the PSAI, was established in 1986. It is the only refereed journal exclusively dedicated to the publication of high-quality academic articles on Irish politics. It covers politics in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland, as well as the politics of their bilateral relationship and the politics of their relationships with the United Kingdom, the European Union, and beyond.

Wanted-PSAI Blog Manager


Wanted-PSAI Blog Manager

The Political Studies Association Ireland are looking for an enthusiastic person (or persons) who would agree to curate the PSAI Blog-“Irish Politics Forum-a PSAI blog for the discussion of politics, policy and political reform”. The blog curator would be co-opted onto the PSAI Executive Committee, and otherwise supported by the PSAI.


The blog, a simple WordPress account, has been in operation since 2011 and is linked to the PSAI’s Twitter accounts.  The subject matter of the blog is very open. It can include all subjects under the broadest possible definition of political studies and political science-the topics do not have to be about Irish politics narrowly defined.


Posts include long opinion pieces, book review type submissions, quick commentaries on contemporaneous events, reports of conferences or events, awards and activities of interest.


What is required is the commissioning of short pieces-300 to 500 words from academics, post graduates and suitably interested persons. Some editorial skills are required to ensure the quality and probity of content meets the high standards of the PSAI but extensive re-writing of submissions is not required or expected. The successful blog manager(s) should ensure suitable imagery is available to link with each post and ideally the aim would be to have about one blog post a week.


The PSAI would welcome creative suggestions for how the blog could be refreshed and renewed. Have a look at the blog at:


And please contact Dr. Diarmuid Torney (DCU, PSAI Executive Committee) with your suggestions at


Teaching politics during the pandemic: experiences, opportunities and challenges


Teaching and Learning in Politics Specialist Group

Teaching politics during the pandemic: experiences, opportunities  and challenges

Friday 29th January 20201 10am- 12pm online

10am Intro and welcome  Chair  Dr Clodagh Harris (UCC)

10.10 Broad experiences of online teaching Dr Catherine O’Mahony, Director of CIRTL

10.30 Disciplines Inquiring into Societal Challenges – Inclusive Engagement (TBC)


11.10  3 X 5min experiences (Dr T Reidy UCC , A Kavanagh MU, TBC


Open discussion

11.50 Close and thank you Dr Mary P. Murphy (MU)