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Call for Nominations: APSA Secretary/Treasurer

The APSA Constitution stipulates that the Association shall conduct an election of the position of Secretary–Treasurer at every third Annual General Meeting. The Association therefore calls for nominations for this position to run from 1st October 2019 to October 2022. Nominations for the post, accompanied by a one paragraph description of the candidate and their reasons for nominating, may be forwarded to the Secretary-Treasurer before the 31st August 2019.

These will be circulated to members at the conference to consider prior to the AGM. In the event of no nominations being received by the closing date, the Executive Committee may seek suitable candidates to present to the AGM for voting. Please forward nominations and direct any enquiries to: tim.legrand@adelaide.edu.au.

 

APSA Member Survey, 2017

In May and June of 2017, the APSA Executive Committee conducted a survey over its membership, and more broadly among political studies
scholars in Australia. The report on findings can be accessed here, and the data and tables here.

 

Australian Journal of Political Science

The Australian Journal of Political Science is the official journal of the Australian Political Studies Association. 

A new editorial team from Griffith University led by Professor Renée Jeffery took over the Australian Journal of Political Science from August, 2017. This is an exciting time for the journal and the Association as we work with the new editors to build on the excellent efforts of the previous Deakin team in raising the journal’s profile and impact.

APSA Preferred Journal List

In 2010, the Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) initiative used a set of journal rankings as part of the basis for assessing research quality in Australian higher education. These rankings were subsequently dropped for ERA2012 but many universities continue to use them for internal assessment purposes. The APSA Executive decided that, as the peak body in Political Science and International Relations in Australia, it would be beneficial to our community if we provided our own updated preferred journal rankings for the 1606 and 1605 FOR codes to be used in combination with other metric data rather than relying on the artefact of the ERA 2010 rankings. 

The list was reviewed and updated by a sub-group of the Executive in August 2013. Following recent submissions regarding the APSA 2013 ranked journals list, a sub-committee was tasked with drafting an updated APSA 2016 ranked journals. At the Annual General Meeting on 27 September, 2016, a vote was taken and a motion carried to replace the 2013 list with the updated 2016 list: 

Further information about the methodology informing this process and the membership of the working party can be found in the following documents: 

 

IPSA Statement on the Situation of the Central European University (CEU) in Hungary   

The International Political Science Association (IPSA) has issued a statement regarding the recent proposal by the Hungarian Government to amend the country’s Education Law such that Central European University (CEU) will not be able to continue its work in Hungary.

The Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) endorses this statement, which can be read in full here:

http://www.ipsa.org/

Members can express support for the CEU by visiting this webpage, which has been established by the CEU to enable individuals to assist with their efforts to stop the law from being signed by the Hungarian president: 

https://www.ceu.edu/category/istandwithceu

 

APSA Statement on US President's Travel Ban  

The Australian Political Studies Association is deeply concerned by the Executive Order issued by the US President on January 27th 2017. The Executive Order bans entry into the United States for 90 days for travellers with citizenship from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen and bans travellers from Syria indefinitely.

A travel ban on people of selected nationalities harms academic freedom and inhibits the global exchange of knowledge and ideas that is central to academic enterprise. This is particularly harmful coming from a country which has such an important presence in the global academy. Australian-based academics who are citizens of or refugees from the affected countries, or who undertake research in the affected countries, may now face significant barriers to conference attendance, research or fellowships in the United States. Many American-based academics will now face the prospect of being unable to return if they leave the United States to attend conferences or undertake research. The uncertainty around the legality of this order, its exact terms, and how it will be implemented makes it very difficult for potentially affected people to plan international travel for either work or family reasons. This is unacceptably discriminatory and destructive of academic freedom.

We are also concerned that a ban on refugees for any length of time violates the obligations of the United States under the Geneva Convention, and that this ban targets people of Muslim faith in a way that may violate the United States Constitution. It endangers vulnerable people around the world and will damage relations between the United States and other countries. We join the calls of numerous Political Science associations worldwide, and express solidarity with our colleagues in the USA and with all Americans who are urging the President and the United States government to end this ban immediately. 

 

APSA Member Survey, 2014

In the lead-up to the 2014 APSA conference, the APSA Executive agreed to a proposal by the president, Brian Head, to conduct a rapid survey of members’ opinions on the nature and future of Political Science. Two hundred survey responses were received. The results were initially reported in the President’s Address to the APSA Conference at the University of Sydney on 1 October, 2014. The full results of the survey can be found here.