Bulletin Board


Call for Papers 

Annual Conference of the Political Science Department 

at the American University in Cairo (AUC) 


Grounding Political Science in a Time of Upheaval 

Authoritarian reassertions and democratic careening have tempered the progressive trail that undergirded thirty years of Political Science. In the grips of a spasmodic nativism and tentacular surveillance, the discipline that channeled its energies to understanding “transitions” and “liberalization” can no longer rely on the persistence of a model of politics exerting a gravitational pull on political change. The politically unavoidable realities of a global ecological crisis and a global pandemic calls us to reexamine the politics of the moment without some of the philosophical touchstones of past political science practice. 

This conference seeks to bring junior and senior scholars together to explore these crises with an eye to reimagining the lessons of the moment on the repository of theories and historiographies utilized in social science. We are seeking contributions on the issues of state surveillance, (re)assertive authoritarianism, democratic breakdown, populism, state violence and the COVID 19 pandemic in a grounded way that privileges the concrete experience and material characteristics of the phenomena. With the contributions onto these themes of upheaval, we will collectively consider what this closer concreteness and descriptive materialism can contribute to the theoretical and methodological toolkits available to political scientists. 

Logistical details: 

The conference will be held online between the 26th and 28th of February 2021. Papers should be journal article length (6000-8000 words) written for a special issue in a peer reviewed journal. The conference will include sessions for each accepted paper, with each paper read and discussed by senior scholars in the field to prepare them for publication. Authors of accepted abstracts should commit to submitting their paper drafts on the 31st of January 

How to apply: 

Submit your abstracts of one-page and a copy of your CV, and add “annual conference” in the subject to polisci@aucegypt.edu no later than December 1st, 2020. Abstracts should include a description of the paper’s research question and main argument. 


Chevening Scholarship-Information session


Date: Oct. 23, 2020 

Time: 4:00 PM in Johannesburg 

Register Here




Khamasin: Journal of Political Science 



About Khamasin 

Khamasin is a journal created by the Political Science Department.  This journal seeks to give a forum for students and faculty to research and publish works about important issues in humanities and social sciences. 


Khamasin welcomes submissions from undergraduate and graduate students at the American University in Cairo from various disciplines relating to political science and/or broadly concerned with the Middle East and North Africa. This issue’s theme is on Politics of Pandemics.  Papers that are not on this theme, can also be proposed. 

Submissions should contain both original research and analysis and are subject to a blind peer review process that maintains the anonymity of authors and reviewers. 

Submissions may come in the following visual and written forms:

  • - Research Papers in the range of 4,000–6,000 words 

  • - Book Reviews in the range of 1,000 – 2,000 words

  • - Political Film and/or Art Reviews in the range of 2,500-3,000 words

  • - Roundtables/Interviews in the range of 2,500-3,000 words

Interested authors must submit 1-page proposals in English for submission electronically to the Khamasin Editors Drs. Maye Kassem and Nadine Sika in the department: 

mayekasm@aucegypt.edu; nadinesika@aucegypt.edu

Deadline for Proposals is October, 15, 2020 at 5:00pm Cairo-time. Late submissions are not accepted.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals are only considered in Microsoft Word format, along with an email including the paper’s title, the authors’ name, and a 75-word abstract of the intended article.

Manuscripts submitted for consideration must not have been previously published elsewhere including online or as a working paper, in English or any other language.

Text and reference note style should conform to The Chicago Manual of Style. All manuscripts must use footnotes rather than endnotes or in-line citations.