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Harald Schoen and I are organising a panel on "Gatekeepers, Networks
and Critical Masses in Political Science" for the ECPR General
Conference 2011. The deadline for submitting paper proposals is
*February 1, 2011*.
We aim at bringing together scholars who share an interest in the
empirical study of the social and political structures and mechanisms
that shape Political Science communities, broadly defined. Possible
topics include, but are not limited to the role of gatekeepers in
research funding, the mechanisms that govern the system of
peer-reviewed journals, values and norms scholars subscribe to, the
diffusion of new Political Science concepts, the (perceived)
reputation of departments, journals and scholars, and the emergence
and definition of "schools", approaches and research programs. While
we are particularly interested in papers that take a comparative
approach, case studies are welcome, too.
The link for paper proposals is here:
At this stage, a short abstract is all that is required. Please note
that you need to login to MyECPR to submit a proposal (if you haven't
registered for MyECPR yet, you can create an account here:
We would be most grateful if you could circulate
this information to all potentially interested parties.
Professor of Political Science
University of Mainz, Germany
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