Special Call for Proposals

APSA is opening a special call for proposals for the 2020 APSA Annual Meeting on two topics surrounding current events. Accepted proposals for this call are exempt from the participation limit. 

All proposals must be submitted by June 25, 2020. 

Relevance, Quality, and Expedience: Political Science Responds to COVID-19

Similar to other nations, the United States is firmly in the grip of a global pandemic, with little end in sight. What do we know about the political origins and consequences of this public health scourge—and what do we still need to learn about it and other phenomena like it? In order to better bridge the distance between political science and political practice, the American Political Science Association 2020 Annual Meeting is making a special call for paper submissions and panels directly related to the connection between COVID-19 and politics. These submissions are open with respect to subfield and can be conceptual, theoretical, and/or empirical in scope. We encourage submissions at any level of analysis, including individual-level and institution-centered research. Finally, but no less importantly, we welcome submissions from all methodological approaches. The goal behind this specific call is to make our discipline more responsive to significant political trends unfolding on the ground. In that vein, we hope to facilitate the dissemination of high-quality political science research on a crucial topic by illustrating the depth and breadth of our discipline.

We anticipate inviting up to 10 new panels expressly related to the politics of COVID19. We plan to make final decisions about these new panels within two weeks of the deadline. Please consider applying.

Black Lives, Black Deaths, and Black Protest: Political Scientists Respond (Anew) to a Persistent Challenge

Anyone with even a rudimentary grasp of U.S. politics understands how deeply race cuts through its polity, its institutions, and its policies. Americans are in the midst of yet another convulsion over race—specifically, the systematic violence unleashed on Black bodies and the manifold reactions and counter-reactions this is producing throughout the mass public and the political institutions that are supposed to represent them. 

There are many unanswered questions about this excruciating topic. Yet we believe that political science, as a field, has unique expertise in addressing these queries thoughtfully, meaningfully, and relevantly. Fully aware of the gravity of this situation, the American Political Science Association 2020 Annual Meeting is making a special call for paper submissions and panels directly related to the topic of “Black Lives, Black Deaths, and Black Protest.” 

We hope to draw on our field’s broad and racially diverse expertise in order to contribute to discourse around this issue with scientific, pedagogical, and practical advice and insights. Submissions can be conceptual, theoretical, and/or empirical in scope. We encourage submissions at any level of analysis, including individual-level and institution-centered research. Finally, but no less importantly, we welcome submissions from all methodological approaches.

We anticipate inviting up to 10 new panels expressly related to this developing topic. We plan to make final decisions about these new panels within two weeks of the deadline. Please consider applying.

If you would like to volunteer as a Chair or Discussant for an annual meeting panel, please complete this form by June 19, 2020.