September 2021

Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Author: Daniel Stockemer

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Chair Launch Event

The University of Ottawa and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation officially launched the The Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies on June 1, 2021. Named after the “Father of modern Germany,” the chair will be held by Dr. Daniel Stockemer, a professor at the School of Political Studies and a former KAS scholar. It will examine some of the key challenges faced by representative democracies, including the effects of migration on political attitudes and the populist tide that has swept the world. The event included some remarks by the German Ambassador to Canada Sabine Sparwasser, the University of Ottawa Associate Vice-President, Research Promotion and Development Martine Lagace, and the head of the KAS Canada Office Norbert Eschborn. In his inaugural lecture, the new chair holder Professor Daniel Stockemer presented the results of a joint project on anti-immigration attitudes in Germany, Canada, and the USA.

Online Summer Academy - (Re-)Unification 2021

Together with its partners the University of Rostock and Ewha Women’s University in South Korea, the Research Chair organized an international summer school on the German Unification. 40 students, among them 10 students from the University of Ottawa, participated in this interdisciplinary summer school from June 28 to July 9, 2021. The goal of this summer school was to address the theme of unification processes in Korea by way of analyzing unification processes in Germany -- and other countries that underwent comparable processes. Through lectures, virtual site visits, discussions with contemporary witnesses and films, participants discussed various topics related to the German reunification ranging from politics, history and demographic changes to economic systems, secret police, gender relations and language/linguistic aspects.

Visiting Student

The chair hosts Adil Zaman, a Ph.D. student and lecturer from the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Gujart in Pakistan from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. During his research stay, Adil will work connect his work on elections in Pakistan with the broader international scholarship on elections.


In July 2021, Daniel Stockemer was appointed to the International Advisory Committee of the Journal Politikon, the IAPSS Journal of Political Science.

In September 2021, Daniel Stockemer was appointed to the Editorial Board of European Political Science(EPS).


Daniel Stockemer participated in the International Political Science Association 26th World Congress. Among others, Daniel presented a paper on youth representation in parliament, served as panel chair and discussant on a panel on youth political participation and contributed to a roundtable on the role of junior scholars in the creation of dissemination of knowledge.

Daniel Stockemer organized a featured panel on the gendered distribution in academic publishing and reviewing. Daniel also presented a paper on youth representation in the US Congress and served as discussant and panel chair on a panel on youth activism.

New Publications (May 2021 - September 2021)

Daniel Stockemer, Friedrich Plank and Arne Niemann, “The COVID-19 pandemic and government responses: a gender perspective on differences in public opinion.” Social Sciences Quarterly.

Daniel Stockemer and Aksel Sundström, “Rule by the elderly: The absence of youth in cabinets of France, Germany and the UK”, French Politics.

Rodrigo Praino and Daniel Stockemer, “The electoral consequences of scandals: A meta-analysis”, Parliamentary Affairs.

Upcoming Events

The Chair will organize an international (online) conference on Muslim Immigrants identity and sense of belonging and in Western Societies. The conference will take place on September 30th, 2021 and October 1st, 2021. For more information and to sign up, please contact the Chair at

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