Call for papers – PSA Parliaments and Legislatures Annual Conference

PSA Parliaments and Legislatures Annual Conference

Details of annual conference.

This year, the conference will take place in Cardiff, at the National Assembly for Wales, on Thursday, 07 November (6pm-8pm) for a welcome drinks reception and Friday, 08 November (9am-5pm) for a full one-day conference. Please save these dates to your diaries and feel free to start planning travel and accommodation – these are the final and confirmed dates and times.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Parliaments: Coming of Age?’ – a timely and pertinent question for the National Assembly which marks its twentieth anniversary this year. This falls alongside other anniversaries. For example, 2019 also marks: the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Scottish Parliament; the 40th anniversary of the introduction of departmental select committees in the UK Parliament; and the 50th anniversary of the lowering of the voting age from 21 to 18. So, we are asking this year: are parliaments coming of age? Our conference seeks to highlight the best research into legislatures, shining a light on how parliaments across the UK and beyond have developed, and continue to develop.

Our call for submissions: as in previous years, we ask participants to submit a 150-word abstract which, if accepted, would be turned into a 1,500-word (max.) blog post. We aim to circulate draft blog pieces before the conference, and publish revised versions after the conference on the PSA Parliaments Group website. To submit your abstract, please complete our paper proposal form. We welcome researchers, academics and practitioners from all disciplines and at all levels, and of course promote methodological pluralism.

Key dates

15 May – call for blogs and papers

12 July – deadline for abstracts

22 July – notification of acceptance/rejection + registration opens

18 October – deadline for registration and first draft of blogs

25 October – circulation of blogs/papers

07-08 November – conference

We look forward to welcoming you to Cardiff in November! In the mean time, please direct any questions to Marc Geddes ( or consult our conference webpage.