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NZPSA 2017: (Dis)ordering Politics: Exclusion, Resistance and Participation

The Department of Politics at the University of Otago is very pleased to be hosting the 2017 New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference in Dunedin as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. The conference will be held on the 29 November - 1 December, with a postgraduate workshop on Tuesday 28 November and we very much hope that you will be able to join us.


The theme of this year’s conference is (Dis)ordering Politics: Exclusion, Resistance and Participation. 

Brexit, the rise of Trump and the increasing viability of far right movements and agendas in many electoral systems are currently challenging the mostly unquestioned liberal triumphalism of the post-Cold War era. Issues of class and inequality, race and gender that many in the mainstream had relegated to the margins have reemerged at the forefront of the incoming tide of this disorderly political landscape. What explains this re-emergence and the current dis(order) in domestic and international politics? Are these new trends or have they always been there? How have race, gender and class continued to construct and constitute politics today? What are the political and disciplinary avenues for resistance and transformation?

Public events

The conference features three public events to explore the theme; the Keynote Speaker, Professor David McNally and two panel discussions, Indigenous Politics and the New Zealand Election, in addition to the usual topic streams.

Wednesday, 29 November, 11.30am - 1pmIndigenous Panel Discussion - Disordering Politics: The Politics of Dissent, Chair Janine Hayward (Burns 1)
Wednesday, 29 November, 5.30pm - 7pmKeynote Speaker: Professor David McNally - From Global Slump to Trump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis, Resistance and Reaction (Burns 1)
Friday, 1 December,              1.30pm - 3pmElection Panel Discussion- New Zealand’s experience of Dis(ordering) Politics, Chair: Bryce Edwards (Burns 1)

Postgraduate Workshop

On Tuesday 28 November there is a free pre-conference postgraduate workshop for students attending the NZPSA conference.

For more information see

Conference chairs

The co-chairs of the conference are Professor Janine Hayward and Associate Professor Vicki Spencer. For general inquiries, please email: