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Panel for the Section on ‘Southern Europe: A Post-Crisis Zone?’
ECPR General Conference, University of Wroclaw, 4-7 September 2019


The panel aims to bring together researchers analysing political discontent in Southern Europe as well as the different facets of populism —right and left wing populism— with a special interest in the political behaviour of young cohorts compared to older generations.

For full details, please click here.

SG-SEP Section at the ECPR General Conference: Call for Panels and Papers

SG-SEP Section at the ECPR General Conference: Call for Panels and Papers

The Call for Panels and Papers for the SEP Section ‘Southern Europe: A Post Crisis Zone?’ at the ECPR General Conference in Wrocław is now open. The deadline for submissions is 18 February 2019.

For more information, please contact:
Susannah Verney, or Kerstin Hamann

Please click here for full details

Call for Papers – Spain: Social Movements Between Past and Present, University of Cambridge, 8th June 2018

Call for Papers – Spain: Social Movements Between Past and Present, University of Cambridge, 8th June 2018

Social movements in Spain have increasingly attracted academic and popular attention over the last years. Political mobilisations are frequently treated as spontaneous phenomena, divorced from their wider social and historical contexts, as testified by much of the recent commentary on the 15M/Indignados movement and recent Catalan separatism. There is little interaction between those studying activism in the transformative decades of la transición española and those researching contemporary social movements. This can mean that their lessons and wider significance are lost. Historians of popular politics are also often reluctant to relate their research to contemporary events or to acknowledge the influence of present movements on the collective and academic memory. Our workshop is partly a response to social movement theorists’ suggestion that we attend to a particular mobilisation´s temporal, spatial and transnational dynamics to gain a deeper understanding of the movement itself and the societal changes it sheds light on.

This workshop will allow participants – PhD students and early-career academics – to reflect on social movements in Spain from the mid-twentieth century to the present, linking between past and present in important themes of mobilisation in contemporary Spain. It will help lay the ground for dialogue between scholars of Spanish history and politics from a diverse array of disciplines and intellectual contexts. Speakers will have twenty minutes to present their paper followed by comments and questions lead by an established academic. We will proceed with a roundtable discussion. The conference will be in English, however we hope that Spanish will flow over lunch and dinner.

We aim to facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to Spanish social movements, including but not limited to:

  • Gender and sexuality
  • Relations between social movements and institutions
  • Nationalisms
  • Urban Infrastructure
  • Youth Activism
  • Student movement
  • Memory
  • Labour and trade unions
  • Relations between actors
  • Movements and political parties

How to apply: Please send abstracts of up to 250 words and a short biography (max.200 words) to Roseanna Webster ( and/or Tiago Carvalho ( by March 23rd, 2018.


Limited funding to cover travel and accommodation is available.

SG on SEP Co-organiser of the 5th annual GREPOP Conference, Athens, 8-9 June 2017

SG on SEP Co-organiser of the 5th annual GREPOP Conference, Athens, 8-9 June 2017

The SG on SEP is a co-organiser with GREPOP (the Greek Elections, Public Opinion and Parties Group) and the Centre for Political Research, Panteion University of the 5th annual conference of GREPOP to be held at the Panteion University, Athens on 8-9 June 2017. Please click here for the programme. Conference attendance is free of charge – hope to see you there

Report on the PSA Panel ‘New Security Threats in Southern Europe’

Report on the PSA Panel ‘New Security Threats in Southern Europe’

At the 67th PSA Annual International Conference: Politics in Interesting Times (10-12 April 2017, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow), the SG on SEP and the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) co-organised two panels on: 1) New Security Threats in Southern Europe and 2) Social and Political Transformations in Southern Europe. Please click the link for a report on the panel on New Security Threats in Southern Europe.

ECPR General Conference – Call for Panels and Papers

ECPR General Conference – Call for Panels and Papers

We would like to invite you to submit individual papers or full panels (4-5 papers) for the “Challenges to Democracy in Southern Europe” Section (S08) at the ECPR General Conference in Montreal. (26-29 August 2015)

The Section offers a forum for innovative empirical research and encourages a range of disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches. Selected papers from this section will be considered for publication.

Regarding geographical scope, the Section accepts country case studies of Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Cyprus and Malta. Intra-South European comparative studies are particularly welcome.

The Section is proposed on behalf of the ECPR Standing Group in Southern European Politics and welcomes proposals for panels and papers from members and non-members of the Group. Please also note that you do not need to belong to an ECPR member institution in order to participate in the General Conference.  All you need is to sign up for a MyECPR account.

Key dates & Contacts:
16 February 2015, Deadline to submit paper or panel proposals. (max. 150 word abstracts)

Paper proposals are welcome on any topic relevant to the Section theme and do not need to be proposed in the context of any particular panel. Link to submit a paper proposal:

Panel proposals should include a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 papers. The panel titles below are indicative – proposals may be submitted on any topic relevant to the Section theme. Link to submit a Panel proposal:

To sign up for a My ECPR account: and click on ‘Create new account’

For questions, please contact the Conveners:
Evren Celik Wiltse, South Dakota State University,
Susannah Verney, University of Athens,


Since the mid-20th Century, Southern Europe has witnessed a variety of regimes including brutal dictatorships, military rule and flourishing pluralist multi-party democracies. During the 1970s, from Spain and Portugal to Greece and Turkey, all across the region the military-authoritarian regimes seemed to run out of steam. There was a significant surge of democratic politics, wherein the old guard receded and new actors with more cosmopolitan agendas took power. Various forms of democratic government were implemented during this era, most times as part and parcel of the European Union accession process.

Since the protracted recession of 2008, however, the democracy tide seems to have reversed. As Europe began to experience a severe economic crisis, its repercussions were acutely felt in Southern Europe as well. These new political and socio-economic challenges are taxing even for the most established democratic welfare regimes. Increasing unemployment and underemployment, growing disenchantment with conventional politics and the rising electoral success of anti-immigrant, anti-systemic parties are all worrisome signals that keep political scientists busy.

The panels in this section try to address some of the pending issues in the region that cast a long shadow on democratic politics in Southern Europe. A non-inclusive list of possible themes for panels could include:

– Democracy & Use of Force
– Democracy and Markets
– Democracy & Voters
– Democracy, Rule of Law and Religion
– Democracy, Civil Society and Social Movements
– Democracy & Foreign Policy

A more detailed description of the section can be found below. Please feel free to contact the conveners, if you have other topics that are not covered above, but are relevant to the democratic challenges in Southern Europe.