The American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in California 2020

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The American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in California 2020

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The American Political Science Association (APSA) invites scholars in all areas of the discipline for its 2020 annual meeting held in San Francisco, California. APSA supports political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics, through a range of programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions and efforts to reach beyond academia.

Meeting Objectives:

The purpose of this meeting is to Investigate:

  • The questions related to the threats and stresses experienced by democracies worldwide.
  • The importance of diversity as strength of democratic performance.
  • The limits of achieving equity and inclusivity in heterogeneous publics throughout the globe and their implications for the resilience of democratic institutions.

Proposal Submission Options:

Select the appropriate submission type (paper, panel, etc.) from these two types:-

  • Individual Submission Options:
    1. Individual Paper: Individual paper submissions by an author(s) that, if accepted, could be incorporated into any session type, at the division chair’s choosing.
    2. 30-Minute Paper Presentation:  Individual paper to be considered for inclusion on a Featured Paper Panel. Featured Paper Panels allow for a scholar to present his or her work for a longer period of time and to have a dedicated discussant who isn’t overburdened by having to read multiple papers. 
    3. iPoster Presentation: Individual paper submission by an author(s) that will be incorporated into the electronic, online poster hall. In addition to iPoster kiosks onsite at the Meeting, posters will be available to view prior to and after the convention, providing greater opportunity for poster presenters to solicit feedback and engage in critical discussion of their research.
    4. Emerging Scholars Symposium: Each scholar will have five minutes to present, followed by five minutes of feedback or Q&A. This format provides a structured framework giving presenters not only an opportunity to share their research at the world’s largest political science meeting but also an opportunity to develop and enhance research communication skills through a concise presentation. 
  •  Full Session Submissions:-
    1. Full Paper Panel (90 min):  You must submit all panel details, including panelist names, paper titles, and abstracts. No more than 4 papers are permitted. One or two discussant(s) and one chair needed. All panelists must be in agreement that they will participate if the panel is selected.
    2. Roundtable (90 min): A roundtable proposal is for a discussion format session. Participants agree on a specific topic to discuss and debate. You must submit a session title and all participant details. You may submit up to 8 participants, and all participants must be in agreement that they will participate if the panel is selected. 
    3. Author(s) Meet Critics (90 min): Similar to the regular roundtables, but proposal submitters and Division Chairs are encouraged to think creatively about incorporating works in progress to be published on the roundtable. These sessions could begin with a 10-minute presentation of a single paper that presents the next logical step in the research agenda set forth in the book, followed by a panel of critics talking about the book and about the work in progress.
    4. Café (90 min): This session format incorporates a handful of topic clusters, each staffed with a moderator to discuss various outreach efforts in the field. Members will share successful engagement methods and provide guidance to colleagues on ways to apply what they’ve learned in other ways. This session could be about interdisciplinary outreach, public engagement, or any variety of outreach to unique audiences.
    5. Featured Paper Panel: 30-minute Paper Presentations (3 papers at 30 minutes each; 90 min): This format allows an author to present his or her work for a longer period of time and to have a dedicated discussant who isn’t overburdened by having to read multiple papers. One session chair would guide the time, but each paper would have its own discussant. The sessions might follow the “Brookings format,” in which the discussant presents and then comments on the paper; the author would then have a chance to respond. 
    6. Mini-conference (full day – 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): A full day of content devoted to a theme. The mini-conference can be in pursuit of a larger cohesive goal than traditional panels provide, such as an edited volume or an omnibus dataset.
    7. Theme Panel (90 min): Theme panels can be submitted by individuals during the Call for Proposals process or can be elevated up for review by division chairs.  The program co-chairs review all panels submitted to this category and accept sessions that best explore this year’s theme, “Populism and Privilege.”
    8. Wednesday Pre-Conference Short Course (4 hours/full day): Pre-conference short courses take place on Wednesday, September 9, and provide diverse opportunities for professional development and offer attendees the chance to connect with scholars from a range of backgrounds. They are typically sponsored by APSA Organized Sections and other affiliated organizations.  Wednesday Pre-Conference Short Courses do not count toward a division or related group’s allocation.
    9. Workshop (4 hours): These programs allow for a deep dive in a focused environment. Workshops might be professional development focused or subfield specific, or thematically of the same spirit or accomplishing the same knowledge-sharing or learning goals. Workshops provide participants with hands-on experience and should embrace adult learning principles with clear, pre-determined learning objectives that would be included in the proposal description.

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