The Changing Faces of Power 1979-2019: The 40th Anniversary of the Power Group 

May 22-23, 2019 | Moscow, Russia

In 2019 IPSA RC36 is celebrating its 40thanniversary. Its first meeting took place at the IPSA World Congress of Political Science in 1979 in Moscow. So, we would like to come back to Moscow for our anniversary interim conference. Considering the significant changes in our field during these years, we have decided to hold our conference on the theme “The Changing Faces of Power: 1979-2019” and to devote this meeting to a systematic review of the evolution of the study of political power. We encourage papers that present different approaches to political power studies, both theoretically and empirically. We hope to explore how views of power have expanded and changed over the last 40 years, and to map the concepts and methods that have emerged. We welcome contributions focused on all levels of power analysis; from power of a leader to the power of global actors. We hope to attract a diversity of topics connected to political power studies.  

 The conference will feature a keynote speech by the founder of the Power Group David Baldwin (Princeton University). We will also be conducting two independent workshops on May 21 also at the Institute in Moscow (for young scholars studying power) and one on May 24 in St. Petersburg (on the empirical study of power). Participants at our conference are most welcome to join in the workshops if they wish. A separate invitation will be sent out for the May 24th workshop. If you wish to also join in on the workshops, pleased let us know. 

Visa Support: 

 Registered authors coming from abroad will receive official visa invitations and get other support in obtaining a Russian visa from the IPSA RC36 interim conference organizers. 


The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences is located in a historical building in the very center of Moscow(about a 5 minute walk to the Bolshoi Theater and 7 minute walk to the Red Square). 

Address: Rozhdestvenka Street, 12, Moscow 

A number of core members of  IPSA RC36 have already confirmed their participation at the conference: 

David Baldwin (Princeton University) 

Giulio Gallarotti (Wesleyan University, current IPSA RC36 Chair) 

Alina V. Vladimirova (Institute of Oriental Studies of the RAS, current IPSA RC36 Vice-Chair) 

Philip G. Cerny (University of Manchester and Rutgers-Newark) 

Keith Dowding (Australian National University) 

Peter Rutland (Wesleyan University) 

Lena Partzsch (University of Feiburg) 

Valeri Ledyaev (National Research University Higher School of Economics) 

For more details, please contact Giulio Gallarotti at ggallarotti@wesleyan.edu or Alina Vladimirova alina.v.vladimirova@gmail.com 

Looking forward to your paper proposals!