Innovative Session Formats

Mini-conferences are full days of content devoted to a theme. Each mini-conference can be in pursuit of a larger cohesive goal than traditional panels provide, such as an edited volume or an omnibus dataset. Sessions within the mini-conference might be comprised of other formats in this list.

Virtual Mini-Conferences

Intersectionality and Social Movements Mini-Conference
Theme Panel; Division 31: Women, Gender, and Politics Research; Division 32: Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Tuesday, September 28
6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.                     Intersectional Consciousness and Coalition Politics
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                     Burdens and Risks of Intersectional Activism
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                 Intersectional Mobilization and Representation
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                   Latinx and Latin American Intersectional Praxis
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                     Intersectional Agency and Structure
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.                     Intersectional Praxis and Solidarity

Comparative Political Theory: Pluralizing a Global Field of Inquiry Mini-Conference
Division 1: Political Thought and Philosophy

Tuesday, September 28
6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.                      Abolition and Futurity
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                  Developmental Imaginaries and Decolonial Possibilities
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                      Cartographies of Thought in Comparative View

Wednesday, September 29
6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.                       Comparative Political Theory and the Comparative Study of Religion and Politics
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                   Taking Stock at 24: Comparative Political Theory in 2021 and Beyond


Indigenous Politics Mini-Conference
Theme Panel; Indigenous Studies Network

Wednesday, September 29

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                  Settler Colonialism, Indigenous Politics, and Political Science: Critical Histories and New Directions
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                      Self-Definition is Self-Determination

Thursday, September 30
6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.                      Indigenous Autonomy and Sovereignty: Practices of Governance
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                  Indigenous Political Participation
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                      Native Lands, Native Waters: The Politics of Climate Change and Native Nations


Formal Modeling in Political Science: Epistemology and Method(s) Mini-Conference
Division 6: Political Economy

Sunday, October 3
6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.                      Epistemological Place of Formal Models
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                    Thin Versus Thick Narratives, Generalizability Versus Best Explanations, Connections to Process Tracing
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                      Epistemology and Method(s) Mini-Conference: Choosing Method(s) of Formal Modeling


In-Person Mini-Conferences

The Politics of Illicit Economies, Organized Crime, and Extra-Legal Actors
The Conference Center, Tahoma 4
Division 21: Conflict Processes

Thursday, September 30
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                      Roundtable
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                 Criminal and Extra-Legal Governance
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                   The Methods and Ethics of Research on Criminal and Extra-Legal Actors
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                     State Responses to Illicit Economies, Organized Crime, and Extra-Legal Actors
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.                     Criminal Competition and Violence

Justice and Injustice: Political Science Perspectives on Crime and Punishment Mini-Conference

The Conference Center, Tahoma 3
Division 8: Political Methodology; Division 25: Public Policy; Division 26: Law and Courts; Division 30: Urban Politics; Division 32: Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Friday, October 1
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                    Descriptive Representation in the Criminal Legal System
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                Policy Implementation and Discretion in the Criminal Legal System
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                 Criminal Legal Intersections and Boundaries
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                   Roundtable: Political Science for the Public Good
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.                   Junior Scholar Poster Session


Chinese Politics Mini-Conference
The Conference Center, Tahoma 4
Division 13: Politics of Communist and Former Communist Countries

Saturday, October 2
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                      China’s Response to COVID-19 Bureaucracy, Governance and Public Opinion
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                  Dimensions of Dissent: Protest in Contemporary China
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                    Changing Modes and Measures of State Capacity in China
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                      The Political Economy of State-Business Relations
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.                      China on the Global Stage: Policies and Reactions


Virtual Cafés
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 have learned in other ways. This session could be about interdisciplinary outreach, public engagement, or any variety of outreach to unique audiences.

Friday, October 1
Methods Café 2021
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
APSA Panel

Saturday, October 2
Equity in Campaigns
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Theme Panel