IPSA Newsletter April 2010

Publicado el 28 de abril de 2010 a las 00h. y 00m. por Charo Llera en IPSA

  • Whatever Happened to North-South?

The first joint conference organized by IPSA and the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) will explore the continuing relevance of the international North-South divide. Hosted by the Brazilian Political Science Association at the University of Sao Paulo, the conference runs from February 16 to 19, 2011, and is divided into four main themes:

* Theme 1: Changing patterns of IR/regional integration

* Theme 2: Political regimes, democratic consolidation and the quality of democracy

* Theme 3: Population flows, migration and social change

* Theme 4: Economic trends and political and cultural changes

The deadline for section and panel proposals is Friday, May 28, 2010. Details at http://saopaulo2011.ipsa.org

  • IPSA Welcomes the Bolivian Political Science Association

During the IPSA Executive Committee meetings in Luxembourg from March 18 to 20, 2010, the Committee on Participation and Membership approved the candidacy of the Bolivian Political Science Association (ABCP) as a new collective member of IPSA. The ABCP thus becomes the 52nd collective member of IPSA and is now a voting member of the IPSA Council.

IPSA warmly welcomes the ABCP and wishes political scientists in Bolivia the best success.

Visit their website at http://www.abcp.org.bo/

In Memory of Professor Harry Pross (1923-2010)

IPSA is saddened by the recent passing of long-time member and friend, Professor Harry Pross. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and colleagues of Professor Pross.

Harry Pross (born on September 2, 1923 in Karlsruhe, Germany; † March 11, 2010 in Weiler-Simmerberg, Germany) was a German publicist and communication scientist.

After obtaining his higher education entrance qualification in 1941, Harry Pross was drafted for military service in the German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht), and in 1944 he was seriously injured during the army’s withdrawal from Romania.

In 1945 and 1946, Pross studied social sciences at the University of Heidelberg, and his professors included Alfred Weber, Viktor von Weizsäcker, Willy Hellpach, Hans von Eckardt and Gustav Radbruch. In 1949, Pross obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg for his work on the “Bündische Jugend,” the German youth movement. He went on to receive the Harkness scholarship and to study at Stanford University in 1952 (Hoover Library). Travelling through the US, Pross experienced McCarthyism, as agitation against suspected communists increased in the run-up to the 1952 elections.

Harry Pross worked as a journalist for various periodicals, including Rheinpfalz (1948), Ost-Probleme (1949–1952) and the Haagse Post (1953–1954). After a stint as a journalist at the Deutsche Rundschau (1955 to 1960), he served as co-editor of the Neue Rundschau (1955 to 1969) and chief editor at Radio Bremen (1963 to 1968).

Harry Pross was a lecturer at the Hochschule für Arbeit, Politik und Wirtschaft in Wilhelmshaven and at the Ulm School of Design. In 1968, he accepted a professorship at the Free University of Berlin. As a full professor at the institute of journalism/communications, he lectured until his early retirement in 1983 due to an injury suffered in battle. >From 1989 to 1995, Pross taught at the journalism school in St. Gallen, Switzerland, also giving presentations in Barcelona, Bucharest, Madrid, Malaga, Moscow, Rome, Sao Paulo, and Tel Aviv. In 2001, Harry Pross received the Kurt Tucholsky Prize, a coveted literary award.

From 1984 to 1993, Harry Pross served as director of the International Kornhaus Seminars from his Weiler im Allgäu residence, bringing his focus to bear on communications. He also published various articles for print media (newspapers, magazines, anthologies) and for radio.

*Information translated from the German Wikipedia entry dated April 16, 2010.

  • ISSC Competition 10 Ideas for Tomorrow's Africa



To mark the 50th anniversary of African independence, the Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO (SHS) is launching a call for proposal ideas intended to promote the continent’s development over the next decade. The submission deadline for proposal ideas is Friday, April 30, 2010, at midnight (Paris time).

Some 10 proposal ideas will be selected by an international jury, with their respective authors invited to present them during 10 small-scale conferences to be held at UNESCO Headquarters in mid-June 2010.

These 10 contributions to the thinking on Africa’s future will be published in a special issue of SHSviews magazine.

Each proposal is expected to develop one idea that heightens the positive effects and reduces or mitigates the negative impacts of major trends observed in Africa in one of the following 10- areas:

Topic 1: Economy and development (environment, food security, new information and communication technologies, etc.)

Topic 2: Governance, policy, institutions, leadership

Topic 3: Regional integration, population, migration, urbanization

Topic 4: Cultural identities (languages, religions, etc.)

Topic 5: Youth

Topic 6: Human rights, gender and justice

Topic 7: Diaspora

Topic 8: Peace, security and conflict

Topic 9: Health, education and social development

Topic 10: International relations

More specifically, each proposal should identify the “agent of change” that serves to heighten the positive effects of one or more trends in the areas cited above and makes it possible to implement the supported idea.

Formally, the contributor should choose one idea from a single area, and the idea should be clearly stated.

Proposals may be written in English, Spanish or French and should be no more than four pages long, with 1,500 characters per page (spaces included) for a maximum 6,000 characters (920 words).

Proposals should also include a one-page abstract of the curriculum vitae (1,500 characters), together with an ID photo in the requested format used for official documents such as passports (scanned at more than 300 dpi if sent by electronic mail).

In the event that a group of authors wishes to respond to this call, each of its members must provide a one-page curriculum vitae (maximum 1,500 characters), starting with the group’s representative, who will be invited to present the idea at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France), should the proposal be selected. An ID photo of each group member (in the format cited above) must also be attached.

Individuals or groups intent on taking part in the “10 Ideas for Tomorrow’s Africa” competition are invited to forward their proposal by email or standard mail to:


Competition “10 Ideas for Tomorrow’s Africa”

 rue Miollis 75732 Paris cedex 15 – France

Email: shs@unesco.org

For competition details, please contact: Mr. Arnaud DROUET, a.drouet@unesco.org, tel.: +33 1 45 68 38 24

  • New ISSC Website Address

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) website recently moved to


The new website has the following features:

 - A web resources section provides web links to open-access web resources from ISSC member organizations (digital repositories and libraries with full-text collections; institutional and specialized databases; online multimedia resources; social data archives; subject collections of selected links; distance courses; subject blogs/wikis); and

- A calendar of upcoming international social science events hosted by ISSC members and partners.

  • New Publication: Political Insight

The International Political Science Association invites you to discover Political Insight, the new magazine published by the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom.

What is Political Insight?

Political Insight provides a window onto the world of politics and its related areas of research. Published three times yearly by the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, this full-colour magazine is geared to anyone interested in politics. Spanning a range of international issues and drawing from a variety of sources, Political Insight aims to present research in politics and international studies to a general audience in a way that is both entertaining and compelling.

The magazine features articles on various topics, including human rights, terrorism and its causes, innovations in policy-making in the advanced industrial world, the impact of globalization on politics and society, and the changing nature of democracy.

For details, please visit  http://www.politicalinsightmagazine.com/

  • Books by Members
  1. Regional Integration: Choosing Plutocracy. By Kathleen J. Hancock
  2. Rethinking World Politics. By Philip G. Cern
  3. The Oxford Handbook of Business and Government . Edited by David Cohen, Wyn Grant and Graham K. Wilson
  4. Business Innovation in Asia: Knowledge and Technology Networks from Japan . By Dennis McNamara

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