Belgium: The State of the Federation 2015

The two Belgian political science associations – Vereniging voor Politieke Wetenschappen and Association belge francophone de science politique – organize their fourth conference on ‘Belgium: The State of the Federation’. After Brussels in 2011 and 2014, and Louvain-la- Neuve in 2013, the next edition will take place in Liège on Friday 18 December 2015, the last day before the winter break, as it has now become the tradition.

This conference will again be an excellent opportunity to present and discuss results of political science research on Belgian politics. While questions related to the nature and the future of federalism in Belgium remain hot, we welcome papers that deal with any aspect of Belgian politics. Electoral and party politics, especially in the aftermath to the elections of 2014, but also social and economic questions strongly shape the political dynamics in and of Belgium, at all levels of government. More than ever, the European and the international dimensions also play a key role in Belgian politics. We very much recommend papers that tackle the Belgian political system in a comparative perspective.

Please read carefully the following information about the registration procedure, location and access.


Registration is proceeded online: Please make sure you register by 10 December at the latest. You can complete the payment via BE78 2100 0804 4786 with “NAMES-SoF 2015” as reference. The registration fees are: 5 EUR/students, 10 EUR/PhD members VPW & ABSP, 20 EUR/Members VPW & ABSP, 30 EUR/others.

For those who would like their paper circulated and uploaded on the ABSP website, they must be sent to Jérémy ( by Friday 4 December 2015.

Location & access

The conference is organized at the Faculty of Law & Political Science at the University of Liège. It takes place on the “Sart-Tilman” campus (not in the city centre). The building is located in the Quartier Agora – Place des orateurs, 3 4000 Liège. The two seminar rooms in the Faculty are “Séminaire 10” and “Séminaire 12”.


By car

The GPS coordinates of the building are:
Longitude: 5° 34' 12.5394" (5.5701495364455695) - Latitude: 50° 35' 5.6652" (50.58490737322129)
You have several parking slots located in front of the building of the Faculty of Law & Political Science (access towards the seminar rooms will be signposted from the parking slots).

By train & bus

From the Liège-Guillemins station, use the line 48 which is on the left when you leave the station (direction “Sart-Tilman C.H.U.”, bus every 10 minutes). Your destination is the bus stop “Sart-Tilman Amphithéâtres” (±15-20 minutes ride) from where can walk down to the building of the Faculty of Law & Political Science (access towards the seminar rooms will be signposted from the bus stop). See map enclosed.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you at this fourth edition!

The organizers

Kris Deschouwer, Sofie Marien, Min Reuchamps & Jérémy Dodeigne

18/12/2015 - 09:00 to 17:15
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