Newsletter January 2016

Dear POVB standing group members,

Happy new year to all of you. This year entails many interesting activities of which we would like to remind you of in this newsletter. Before that, we kindly ask everyone to make sure you have renewed your POVB membership. In line with ECPR policy, those who had not renewed their membership by December 31 have been automatically removed from the standing group member list. However, it is still possible to re-join via the information page of the standing group. As a vital membership is a prerequisite for a vital standing group, it is essential to maintain all previous members as well as attract new ones.

As was indicated in the previous newsletter, Kees and Hanna are chairing a section entitled “Public Opinion and Voting Behavior in Congested and Contested Political Arena”, at the ECPR General Conference 2016. The plan is to include at least eight panels in the section. In order to do that, we propose a two-way strategy. First, we encourage you to send us panel proposals at your earliest convenience. That will give us time to co-ordinate the suggested panels before the deadline of midnight UK time on February 15. Panels should include 3–5 papers, and all participants in the panel (chair/co-chair/discussant/paper presenter/co-author) must have a MyECPR profile. Second, we will directly invite a couple of panels reflecting the overall scope of the section.

The deadline for the workshop proposals for the ECPR Joint Sessions 2017 is February 1. We kindly ask those who are planning to submit a proposal and would like POVB to endorse it to contact us as soon as possible.

The next ECPR Graduate Student Conference will be held in University of Tartu, July 10–13. Our standing group has endorsed two sections: Electoral Politics, chaired by Martin Schultze (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf) and Sabrina Mayer (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), and Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour, chaired by Constantin Schaefer (Universität Mannheim) and Daniel Weber (Johannes Gutenberg – Universität Mainz). The deadline for full panels with papers and individual papers is January 20.

The ECPR Research Sessions 2016 will take place at Radbound University Nijmegen, June 28 – July 1. The deadline for proposals (which must be submitted online, via your MyECPR profile) is midnight UK time on February 23.

The call for papers for the GSDS Symposium 2016 Exploring Ignorance: Acquisition, Selection and Processing of Information will be open until January 28. The aim of the symposium, organized at the University of Konstanz, May 18–20, is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers to foster an exchange on the common insights and challenges regarding the role of information in decision-making processes. In particular, the symposium will highlight the individual and contextual determinants of different information processing strategies and research designs that allow identifying these in empirical applications.

If you’ll have any upcoming events or other announcements, we warmly encourage you to upload the information at the POVB forum.

Best regards,
Kees, Marina and Hanna