Call for Papers Fall 2023!

The Authoritarian Political Systems Group is pleased to announce a Call for Papers. We are accepting submissions for our new season of online workshops taking place from 12 September 2023 to 12 December 2023. We aim to select eight early-career scholars to present their ongoing research at one of our biweekly meetings. We will invite two established researchers from the relevant fields to discuss the successful applicants’ work at each meeting. The APSG online seminar will be held every other week on Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 PM Central European Time (8:00-9:00 AM PST, 11:00-12:00 AM EST). The workshop will last one hour. After a brief presentation by the author(s), two discussants will provide comments and suggestions. We then open the floor for further questions and analyses from the audience.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

We welcome presentations by early-career scholars (e.g., Graduate Students, Postdocs, Assistant Professors) in Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and related fields who study authoritarian political regimes regardless of their methodological approaches (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mix-methods etc.). Our essential priority in the choice of successful candidates is diversity:

  1. We encourage submissions from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.
  2. We strive to provide a comprehensive perspective on autocratic tendencies worldwide and encourage submissions from scholars whose regional areas of study are not adequately represented in the mainstream study of authoritarianism.
  3. We also consider explicitly comparative proposals on democratic backsliding, autocratization, regime survival etc.

Submission Process

Please complete this form to submit your application including: title, abstract, field, and scholars you would like to invite to discuss your work. The deadline for submission is 12 June 2023. The successful applicants will be notified by 20 June 2023.


We invite interested candidate to consult our seminar rules before applying. If you have any additional inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at