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Invitation: IPA "Societies in Conflict: Experts, Publics and Democracies", 3 - 5 July 2013, Vienna/Austria

The International Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference (IPA) 2013 with the focus on "Societies in Conflict: Experts, Publics and Democracy" will be held in Vienna (Austria) from  3 - 5 July 2013.


The Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna together with the Life-Science-Governance Research Platform (LSG), the Department of Social Studies of Science , the Austrian Political Science Association (ÖGPW), Institute of Forest, Environmental, and Natural Resource Policy at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) hosts the 8th International Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) conference under the title "Societies in Conflict: Experts, Publics and Democracy".

General information on IPA 2013

Interpretive research in the study of politics represents a leading challenge to positivism and scientism in the name of a methodological pluralism that is sensitive to meaning, historical and social context, and the importance of human subjectivity. Important revisions of policy analysis in its linguistic, argumentative or practice turns have promoted recent research in the field. These concepts and streams have shown to which extent politics and policy practices are governed and shaped by discourse.

The IPA conference is an annual meeting of researchers and practitioners from around the world. Its 8th continuation gives a special focus to the intersection of policy analysis with Science and Technology Studies (STS) by highlighting the relation between publics and experts around one of the fundamental keywords of politics: «conflict». How do we think of the study of conflicts through interpretive lenses? What are current societal challenges of politics and how do these challenges shape the general understanding of democracy, expertise and power? What implications can we derive for policy analysis, when investigating conflicts and controversies in environmental, urban, or health care policies? How are these implications handled in the field of science and technology studies, and what can policy analysis learn from this scholarly work?

The IPA plenary sessions and panels are aimed at rethinking and debating the theory and practice of different methods of interpretation and critical explanation in policy analysis, in particular the relation of policy expertise to publics and democratic governance.

Note: After the notification about acceptance of the panel (Deadline for submitting panel proposals is November 30th 2012)  a call for papers will be launched, to which scholars can respond. A limited number of free-floating papers will be accepted.



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