12th NATIONAL CONGRESS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
’Politics in balance. Debates and regional challenges’
Mendoza, 12th- 15th August 2015.
Organized by SAAP and National University of Cuyo
The National Congress of Political Science, organized by the Argentine Association of Political Analysis (SAAP for its initials in Spanish), is held every two years. It is Argentina’s primary institutional Political Science event.
In the last SAAP Congress of Political Science, held in 2013 in Paraná City, 1133 papers were presented, there were 22 special round tables, 15 conferences and 4 special sessions.
The 2015 SAAP Congress will take place in the city of Mendoza (capital of Mendoza province) between the 12th and the 15th of August 2015.
Main subject of this year’s Congress
It has been almost a decade and a half since a new wave of governments, often entitled as “The New Left”, took power in several Latin American countries. Regardless of their respective labels, these new administrations undertook some distinct public policies and structural reforms that tried to deal with some of the unsolved problems that the neoliberal era left behind. Therefore, the first reason for the main subject of the Congress is to deepen our understanding of administrations, leaderships, governments and public policies and the challenges that are coming in the next years.
On the other hand, the historical, cultural and economic links between Europe and Latin America are complex. Regional integration on both sides of the ocean presents a contradictory and paradoxical picture. The current scenario is dominated by the European financial crisis, while Latin America, especially Argentina, has started to show difficulties after 10 years of macroeconomic recovery. Thus, Europe and Latin America are struggling with regard to their tests and accomplishments of regional integration.
Furthermore, at a national level, Argentina is going through an election year in which after twelve years of the Kirchner-Fernández de Kirchner administrations, there is going to be a renewal in the executive office. That could imply a new alignment of local and national party leaders and a shift in how the electoral game for Executive and Legislative seats is played. Therefore, a discussion about these new alignments and challenges are valid as well.
Last, but not least, in the last two years plenty of new issues and agendas were deepened in terms of the academic debate that implies sub-disciplines of International Relations; Theory and Political Philosophy; State Administration and Public Policy; Public Opinion; Political Communication and Marketing; Comparative Politics; Political Institutions; History and Politics; Development, Teaching and Methodology of Political Science; and Gender and Politics. For that reason, this year the 2015 SAAP Congress encourages debate in order to explore these new perspectives and academic developments.
Important deadlines and information
- Submission of abstracts, proposals for panels and proposals for research groups: May 4, 2015.
- Acceptance of abstracts by the organization: May 29, 2015.
- Acceptance of panel proposals and proposals for research groups: May 29, 2015.
- Submission of papers and research groups: June 26, 2015.
- Payment for registration of panel coordinators, coordinators of research groups and speakers: June 26, 2015.
The program of the Congress includes plenary, special and thematic sessions, round tables, lectures of guest speakers, debates, business meetings, presentations of new journals and books, etc. Even though the main working language is Spanish, papers and dissertations in English and Portuguese are accepted and there are special panels working in those languages.
SAAP - ARGENTINE ASSOCIATION OF POLITICAL ANALYSIS
The Argentine Association of Political Analysis (SAAP) supports and encourages cooperation in research and training among individual political scientists in Argentina and cross-nationally. It also helps to sustain and promote the activities of academic institutions and research centers in all sectors of political science.
The SAAP has also been actively involved in international academic activities. Among others, in 1991, it successfully hosted the 15th World Congress of International Political Science Association (IPSA) at Buenos Aires in which 1,400 scholars from 55 countries participated.
The SAAP was established in 1982 as a non-profit scholarly association, with the objective of promoting the exchange of ideas, the debate of problems, the maintenance of a high level of professional ethics, and the defense of shared interests in the field of Political Science. The SAAP functions as a recognized non-profit association. It is directed by an Executive Committee elected by its members every three years. Following Oscar Oszlak (1983-1992), the Presidents of SAAP have been: Edgardo Catterberg (1992-1993), Arturo Fernández (1993-1995), Eugenio Kvaternik (1995-2000), Arturo Fernández (2000-2008) and Miguel De Luca (2008-2014). The current President (2014-2017) is Martín D’Alessandro. Since 2006 the SAAP Honorary President is Guillermo O’Donnell.
The SAAP currently has approximately 1,060 individual members from Argentina and other countries. Amongst them are students, graduates and faculty members from various universities, and social scientists from universities and other institutions. Any political scientist may apply for full membership. All members receive a free subscription to its journal, Revista SAAP.
The SAAP is institutionally affiliated to the International Political Science Association – IPSA.
Currently, the headquarters of the SAAP are located at Ayacucho 132, 1º piso (C1025AAD), Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, República Argentina
SAAP’s main objectives:
- To unite members from professors to lecturers, PhD students and undergraduate students of political science and related disciplines, to professionals from the private and public sectors,
- to organize its National Congress every two years,
- to promote and participate regularly on a variety of scientific events such as occasional seminars and round tables,
- to edit the Association journal Revista SAAP,
- to inform about important academic events using several communication resources,
- to provide information on political science through its website, which contains contact information and online searchable databases (http://www.saap.org.ar)
The Revista SAAP
The Revista SAAP is the official journal of the Argentine Association of Political Analysis. Its main objective is to publish articles on all aspects of politics, with no preference to any theoretical, empirical, or methodological approach in particular. Each manuscript is peer reviewed anonymously. All submissions must represent original and unpublished work. The Revista SAAP aims to publish:
- Quality peer-reviewed articles in all areas of political studies - including comparative politics, political philosophy, international relations, gender politics, political economy, electoral behavior, political sociology, political development, public opinion and public policy,
- shorter peer-reviewed research notes,
- critical comments and responses in the form of debates,
- book reviews of major books in the field of political studies, and especially books written by academics based in Argentina and/or dealing with relevant Argentinean subjects.
About the City of Mendoza
Mendoza City is located at the foot of the highest Andes Mountains, and is the gateway to the Pacific Ocean. The climate is pleasant and warm with little rain and very few windy days, thanks to the protection of the mountain range. The city is one of the most important cities of Argentina, positioned as the fourth conglomerate in the country, a strategic point of socio-economic development of MERCOSUR and link with Chile.
The City can be reached by plane via Francisco Gabrielli International Airport, or by land through National Routes 40 and 7, which link Mendoza with the whole country from north to south and from east to west and also with Chile.
The City as a whole is an attraction in itself, founded in 1561 by Pedro del Castillo, gastronomy occupies a central role in its social life with international food and small typical and traditional fine dining restaurants. The cuisine is diverse, from Argentinean asados (barbecues) and empanadas to ethnic foods of Eastern, Spanish or Italian origin, paired with the best and internationally known wines of our land.
It has a dynamic artistic and cultural activity: theaters, museums, art galleries and craft shows. Open and always alive, the pubs, theaters, cinemas, and casinos remain open late into the night. The City is the ideal starting point for excursions to the main tourist attractions of the province, such as the wine roads, mountains, rivers, springs and nature reserves. For all this, the City of Mendoza, invites visitors to reconnect with nature, history, new friends and oneself.
Mendoza was appointed on October 30, 1987 as International Capital of Wine by the OIV, and designated the 8th World Capital of Wine, becoming part also of a Global Network with other famous wine cities like Bordeaux or Florence, which places Mendoza´s wines in a unique position in the world, with its variety insignia, the "Malbec". In addition, the City is among the 28 most voted cities of the contest "New 7 Wonders Cities" and still in the race to be one of the 7 most beautiful cities in the world (www.new7wonders.com )
National University of Cuyo - Faculty of Political Science and Law
The National University of Cuyo is located in Mendoza City, and was established in 1939. Since then it has focused on the exploration of major human problems, with particular reference to national and regional life. Upon establishment, the National University of Cuyo combined existing and newly created schools under its administration. Within a few years it had a university hierarchy and academic credentials.
Currently UNCuyo has 11 faculties, the Institute of Basic Sciences, the Balseiro Institute and the Technological Institute University (ITU), and provides educational services standard level through five Polymodal schools and basic general education with a full EGB, and two EGB III.