Find the Calls for Proposals for the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting submitted by Related Groups below. The title of the group and the call will appear below the group title. 2023 Related Group Chair contact information is coming soon. 

The submission deadline is Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.

Related Group Chair(s): Dukhong Kim, Florida Atlantic University and Ngoc Phan, Hawai’i Pacific University

“The Asian and Pacific American Caucus (APAC) welcomes proposals on all aspects of Asian Pacific American (APA) political life and experiences. Proposals related to the 2023 conference theme “Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation” are particularly welcome.

In line with the general theme of the conference, we welcome research proposals that address a variety of questions related to these two types of information. The following examples are given to suggest potential research questions. Do APA members distinguish between the two different types of information – misinformation (i.e., incorrect information) and disinformation (i.e., intentionally misleading information) or don’t they; and how do they react to the dissemination of these types of information? Do they perceive the dissemination of such information as an expression of an individuals’ right to free speech or as violation of one’s responsibilities in maintaining a sound democracy? What influence does the exposure to these types of information have on APA members’ political behaviors and beliefs in democracy? Under what conditions (e.g., sources of information, mediums of exposure, geographical contexts of exposure, being a member of organizations and institutions, and socio-economic conditions) could these types of information affect APAs’ beliefs in democracy or various policy choices, and/or participation?

In addition to these theme-related proposals, as we have done in the past, we always welcome paper proposals on regular topics (e.g., the role of gender, sexuality, class, generational differences, group consciousness, or experiences of discrimination in accounting for APAs’ political behaviors, and the ways that APAs interact with institutional conditions) on APAs at national, state, local, and even neighborhood levels; from elite to mass levels; and in historical and contemporary perspectives. Although we have “P” (Pacific) in our group name, we rarely receive proposals regarding Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders; so we particularly welcome such proposals. Finally, analyses of transnational politics—for example, the relationship between U.S.-based APAs and their homelands, and comparisons between APAs and other countries (such as Canada and Australia)–are also welcome. Please note, however, that APAC is a group that primarily focuses on APAs within the U.S. If you have a proposal focused mainly on Asian countries, please consider sending it to other sections.”

Related Group Chair(s): Erik Bucy, Texas Tech University and Delia Dumitrescu, University of Heidelberg

“Visual Misinformation Surrounding the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

The global pandemic stemming from the COVID-19 virus has generated a flood of information surrounding the origin, transmissibility, and health effects of the disease, along with information of varying quality around safe practices, shifting public health, educational, and travel policies and vaccinating to lessen the severity of symptoms and risk of contracting this deadly disease. With this spike in information has come a persistent and pernicious rise in misinformation associated with the pandemic, a parallel “infodemic” (defined by the World Health Organization as an excessive release of unreliable information during a disease outbreak) that has affected public attitudes on almost all aspects of coping with the virus, and has contributed to an erosion of public trust in both political and health authorities.

To date, the vast majority of research analyzing pandemic-related misinformation has been textual in nature, examining false narratives and assertions, bogus claims, and fictionalized accounts that have accompanied the pandemic. While helpful in pinpointing deficiencies in the information environment, and the quality of health advice available to citizens, this narrow focus on verbal forms of messaging overlooks an equally if not more influential mode of health propaganda: the visual and nonverbal elements of mediated communication around the pandemic. A substantial body of research in political communication, media studies, behavioral biology, evolutionary psychology and related fields has documented the considerable influence of visual and nonverbal forms of communication.

To address this gap in research, the APLS panel on Visual Misinformation Surrounding the COVID-19 Global Pandemic is accepting paper abstracts on any aspect of visual or nonverbal communication found in misinformation relating to the pandemic. In keeping with APSA’s goals of increasing diversity, inclusion, and access throughout the profession, we welcome a diversity of approaches, methodologies, national contexts, and perspectives from a wide-ranging collection of researchers from across the discipline. Paper proposals reflecting a broad range of geographical locales (both within the U.S. and beyond) are particularly encouraged, as are studies utilizing multiple methodologies, such as visual framing combined with experimental designs, manual coding plus machine classification, or content analysis combined with focus groups, etc.

In keeping with the conference theme of Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation, we seek to empanel a set of papers reflecting diverse subfields and methodological orientations to provide evidence-based insight on the potential for visual forms of misinformation to impact citizen attitudes, outlooks and behaviors amid this unprecedented global health crisis. “

Related Group Chair(s): Byunghwan Son, George Mason University

The Association of Korean Political Studies (AKPS) welcomes submissions for its two panels at the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles from August 31 to September 3. We invite individual papers or panel proposals from any subfield in political science, including international relations and comparative politics. Papers may apply any theoretical or empirical approach to the study of Korea-related questions. The conference theme is “Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation.” Proposals may directly engage with this theme or not; but they should present a clear and compelling linkage between the paper and Korean politics, broadly defined. In keeping with APSA’s goals of increasing diversity, inclusion, and access throughout the profession, AKPS welcomes diversity of approach and interdisciplinarity from a wide-ranging collection of researchers. Graduate students and junior scholars are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal. For more information about AKPS, please visit http://www.akps.org/.

Related Group Chair(s): Chitralekha Basu, University of Cologne

The British Politics Group welcomes proposals for papers, panels, roundtables and other innovative formats on any topic related to British politics for the 2023 APSA annual meeting in Los Angeles, California. We are open to proposals that focus on the United Kingdom as a case study as well as those that provide comparative perspectives on British politics, regardless of methodological approach. Proposals may wish to consider the theme for the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting, “Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation,” which invites participants to reflect on the rights and responsibilities of both citizens and political scientists in an era where mis- and disinformation are prevalent. Proposals might address, for example, the prevalence of mis- and disinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic or the Brexit referendum, and implications for British politics. In line with APSA’s diversity statement, we welcome submissions from scholars from diverse backgrounds, and especially invite submissions from junior scholars or those new to the group. Note that all proposals must go through the APSA on-line process and must be submitted by the regular APSA deadline. Please follow APSA guidelines for submissions, e.g., paper proposals will need an abstract of the paper and full contact details for the presenter(s); panel proposals will need panelist names, paper titles, and abstracts. Please also note that all presenters including co-authors must be dues-paying members of the BPG in order to appear on the program (presenters may join the BPG after acceptance to the conference). Information about the British Politics Group, including membership information, may be found at britishpoliticsgroup.com. Additional questions may be addressed to the Program Chair, Chitralekha Basu, at basu@wiso.uni-koeln.de or BPG Executive Director, Janet Laible, at jml6@lehigh.edu.

Related Group Chair(s): Diana Dwyre, California State and Chico Bruce Larson, Gettysburg College

The conference theme for APSA 2023 is “our rights and responsibilities–both as citizens and as political science researchers and educators–in a world of mis- and disinformation.” The study of money and politics is highly relevant to this theme, as political money looms large in the dissemination of mis- and disinformation. This is particularly true in the area of election integrity. As Jane Mayer’s 2021 investigative piece in the New Yorker (“The Big Money Behind the Big Lie”) illustrates, an array of dark money groups funded by undisclosed donors has increasingly underwritten the specious idea that voter fraud is widespread in American elections. Some of these groups have long been involved in mostly conservative politics, but they have increasingly prioritized “election integrity” over traditional conservative causes. Other groups pushing vote fraud claims are new to the political scene but are often funded by (or offshoots of) longstanding organizations. This constellation of new and old groups, according to Meyer, was central in supporting Arizona’s audit of the 2020 presidential election results; it has also been key in underwriting efforts to pass model legislation tightening voting restrictions in states. There is very little scholarly work on the efforts of groups and big donors whose advocacy is predicated on—and reinforces—political mis- and disinformation, particularly with regard to election fraud. We welcome proposals on these and other topics related to money and politics and from a diversity of approaches and collection of researchers, particularly from those from groups underrepresented in the profession.

Related Group Chair(s): Troy Ellis Smith, Brigham Young University at Hawaii

The Center for the Study of Federalism at the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government invites proposals that examine the extent to which state constitutions complete the U.S. Constitution (see Donald S. Lutz, “The United States Constitution as an Incomplete Text”) and, as such, provide alternative means to secure individual rights. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022) ruling returned to the democratic processes of the states the authority to determine whether access to abortion is a right and, if so, the parameters of that right. We seek papers that investigate the challenges, benefits, and problems of relying on states’ political processes to define and secure individual rights. Papers may explore topics such as: the new judicial federalism and how Dobs might influence that; the potential implications of Dobs for other rights in state constitutions; the political and socioeconomic correlates of differential state constitutional rights provisions; the interplay of state constitutions and state high courts on abortion; the extent to which state electorates expand or contract individual rights; or the consequences on public discourse and civic participation of defining political issues as rights issues.

Related Group Chair(s): Justin B. Litke, The Catholic University of America

CSS welcomes a diverse array of proposals reflecting interdisciplinary approaches less emphasized in the discipline today. We are particularly interested in papers integrating approaches to political issues from philosophy, history, constitutionalism, and foreign affairs that yield insights on human nature.

Related Group Chair(s): Tom Copeland, Colorado Christian University and Jacob Wolf, Princeton University

Christians in Political Science seeks a range of papers across the discipline, including those American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Philosophy. Preference and priority will be submissions from CPS members, but membership is not a requirement for submission.

Related Group Chair(s): Peter Levine, Tufts University and Trygve Throntveit, Minnesota Humanities Center

“The Civic Studies Related Group invites proposals for panels, round tables, and individual papers that make a significant contribution to the civic studies field; articulate a civic studies perspective on some important issue; or contribute to theoretical, empirical, or practical debates in civic studies. We especially encourage proposals that emphasize actual or potential civic responses to current social and political crises, their origins, and possible consequences. Civic studies is a field defined by diversity yet connected by participants’ commitments to promoting interdisciplinary research, theory, and practice in support of civic renewal: the strengthening of civic (i.e., citizen-powered and citizen-empowering) politics, initiatives, institutions, and culture. Its concern is not with citizenship understood as legal membership in a particular polity, but with guiding civic ideals and a practical ethos embraced by individuals loyal to, empowered by, and invested in the communities they form and re-form together. Its goal is to promote these ideals through improved institutional designs, enhanced public deliberation, new and improved forms of public work among citizens, or clearer and more imaginative political theory. The civic studies framework adopted in 2007 (https://tischcollege.tufts.edu/civic-studies/summer-institute/framing-statement) cites two ideals for the emerging discipline: “public spiritedness” (or “commitment to the public good”) and “the idea of the citizen as a creative agent.” Civic studies is an intellectual community that takes these two ideals seriously. Although new, it draws from several important strands of ongoing research and theory, including the work of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom and the Bloomington School, of Juergen Habermas and critical social theory, Brent Flyvbjerg and social science as phronesis, and more diffuse traditions such as philosophical pragmatism, Gandhian nonviolence, the African American Freedom Struggle. It supports work on deliberative democracy, on public work, on civic engagement and community organizing, among others.

Related Group Chair(s): Catherine Herrold, Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs and Margaret Post, Clark University

The APSA Related Group on Civil Society, Policy, and Power invites proposals concerning the nongovernmental actors and spaces that shape politics and policymaking in the US and around the world. This universe includes policy advocacy organizations, trade and professional associations, unions, nonprofit service providers, grassroots groups, think tanks, grantmaking institutions, individual donors, and informal networks of social capital.

Reflecting the conference theme, we are especially interested in papers that address relationships between civil society and mis- and disinformation. Such work might address civil society’s role in a) identifying and countering mis- and disinformation, b) promoting and disseminating factual information, c) advocating for policies designed to limit mis- and disinformation, d) organizing individuals and communities as a response to the spread of mis- and disinformation, and e) defending the rights of individuals and groups who have been targets of mis- and disinformation campaigns, and other topics related to the conference theme.

But civil society can also perpetuate the problems associated with mis- and disinformation, and we thus encourage work that examines civil society’s role in a) spreading mis- and disinformation, b) using mis- and disinformation to incite violence, and c) deploying political tactics to block efforts to curb mis- and disinformation.

We welcome submissions that address civil society and mis- and disinformation in local, regional, national, and international contexts and encourage work that addresses the topic as it relates to marginalized people around the world.

Papers need not directly engage the conference theme; we welcome the full range of original contributions. We invite interdisciplinary work and empirical studies from methodological traditions, as well as works of political theory, from scholars who represent the diversity of the profession (including by rank, subfield, identity, and perspective).

We are interested in work using original data sources and diverse methods to bring civil society organizations into the study of political institutions and processes. Proposals might focus on how non-governmental actors have shaped policy agendas, political dynamics, and state-building historically and at present. Alternatively, proposals might focus on how the state has shaped the size, power, activities, and scope of the non-governmental sphere. Research that views civil society in comparative perspective is especially relevant, as is research focusing on peoples and places that mainstream political science has neglected.

We encourage paper submissions and organized panel submissions. Panel submissions must include at least four papers, a panel chair, and a discussant. Where appropriate, the program co-chairs may add papers to these panels. We ask that all members submitting proposals also volunteer to serve either as panel chairs or as discussants. Because the conference includes new presentation formats, we encourage proposals for one of these new formats. Please also submit proposals to a second APSA division/group so that we have the opportunity to co-sponsor panels.”

Related Group Chair(s): Jeffrey Paller, University of San Francisco

Cities are at the forefront of global transformation, as the convergence of a global pandemic, deepening political polarization, and mass organized protests demanding social justice and systemic change usher in a new era for more than seven billion people. The city is the site of intense change, where residents are rethinking, restructuring, and reconnecting with others. While reimagining the future, people across the world navigate inherited legacies of inequality and hierarchy. Cities are forced to rethink their design, transport systems, governance apparatuses, workplaces, and public spaces. But cities have been here before, and lessons from the past offer insights into the world’s future. What is the future of cities? How can past experiences of urbanization inform patterns of urban growth today? How can the study of cities inform new forms of politics and political science? The Comparative Urban Politics related group welcomes panel and paper proposals addressing any aspect of the politics and governance of cities in a comparative context. Panel proposals that include perspectives from both the developed and developing world, have broad appeal across the discipline, and draw from significant fieldwork will be favored. Since we only have one panel on the APSA program, it is advisable to submit your proposals to other Sections as well.

Related Group Chair(s): Erik Jones and Antonella Seddone

“Italian politics: political debate and response to the new global challenges
Conference Group on Italian Politics (CONGRIPS)
Erik Jones (European University Institute) and Antonella Seddone (University of Turin)
The CONGRIPS call for papers is aligned with APSA’s general theme for the 2023 Annual Meeting: our rights and responsibilities – both as citizens and as political science scholars – in a world of mis- and disinformation. This is especially pertinent in the Italian case where high levels of political instability and parliamentary turmoil have made it difficult to respond to the new global challenges – principally the Covid pandemics, the Ukraine war, climate change and the cost of living crisis. The context has provided a fertile breeding ground for the exercise of the new digital forms of political communication and has helped further the political polarization present in the Italian political debate.
CONGRIPS is especially interested in papers that address issues relevant to the political debate in Italy: the new forms of political communication and social media, how debate is conducted, the articulation of political argument, the dynamics of information, disinformation and ‘fake news’, political polarization and competition, the actors (esp political parties) and their tactics, the relevance of particular political types (e.g. populism) and the articulation of policy and partisan issues, and the consequences at political and social levels.
Papers may be theoretical or empirical in nature, focus on Italy alone or highlight Italy in comparative or international perspective.
Applications should be submitted via the APSA process.
Informal inquiries can be made to the
CONGRIPS program chairs, Erik Jones (erik.jones@eui.eu) and Antonella Seddone
(antonella.seddone@unito.it).”

Related Group Chair(s): Austin Horng-En Wang, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Chien-Kai Chen, Rhodes College

“The 2023 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting will be held from August 31- September 3, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. The conference theme is “Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation.”

CGOTS invites paper and panel proposals on Taiwan’s domestic politics, cross-Strait issues, and international relations consistent with the theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation.”

Political communication can be fraught with mis- and disinformation that can skew the political landscape and impact the attitudes and actions of political actors. Misinformation broadly refers to disseminating false, misleading, or unsubstantiated information without intent to deceive. Disinformation goes further to deliberately mislead with biased information, manipulated facts, or propaganda. Both can include fake news, conspiracy theories, and rumors and be spread by ordinary individuals, influencers, governments, public-relations firms, internet bots, or human-curated fake social media accounts. Mis- and disinformation are not new, but these phenomena are becoming increasingly prevalent and problematic worldwide. Advances in communication technologies mean that they can spread faster and broader than fact-based information. Polarized publics are especially eager consumers. A further innovation is producing “deep fakes” that make distinguishing fakes and facts harder.

On one hand, spreading information–whether false or true–can be expressed in the terminology of rights. Efforts to address mis- and disinformation take place in the context of the internationally recognized human rights of freedom of thought and expression. Engaging in mis and disinformation can be seen as exercising the right to freedom of thought and speech. In this vein, limiting or regulating information flows can be portrayed as overstepping or infringing upon these rights and controlling people’s actions. Governments may use tackling mis- and disinformation to justify infringing these rights. At the extreme, critics have linked information-monitoring to the kinds of oppression we see from authoritarian governments.

On the other hand, exercising the right to freedom of expression without embracing responsibility for providing accurate, evidence-based, and truthful information hurts trust and many rights other than free speech. Covid-19-related misinformation, for example, undercuts the right to health. Election-related disinformation can corrode the right to free and fair elections by discouraging voting, eroding trust in democratic norms, and corrupting institutions. Falsehoods that amplify hatred against racial and ethnic, religious, or political minorities violate the right to non-discrimination, freedom of religion, and even self-determination. In this vein, we could perhaps have a right to the truth that supersedes the “right” to lie. Nonetheless, even apparent attempts to fight mis- and disinformation could be employed against political opponents, repress critical journalists’ freedom of the press, and hurt markets.

For the 2023 Annual Meeting, we encourage participants to consider questions about “Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation” in Taiwan, especially those that highlight diversity in methodological approaches and topics. We also welcome proposals attentive to various domestic and international challenges Taiwan encounters in a world of mis- and disinformation. Entering the final year of President Tsai Ing-wen’s second term, studies examining changes in the political landscape in Taiwan and its future direction is particularly desired. We encourage scholars to raise and study the following questions under the Taiwan context, including how citizens react to the Mis- and Disinformation in Taiwan; how to better understand the diverse social clusters and their respective political views and demands in Taiwan; how to utilize and demonstrate various methodological approaches to advance scholarly understanding of Taiwan politics; how to comprehend cross-Strait relations under Tsai’s second term and the future administration; and how to incorporate the concept of diversity in scholarly research of Taiwan politics.

We also welcome proposals that utilize innovative and diverse approaches to understand how Mis- and Disinformation in Taiwan affect the attitude toward allies and competitors. Research investigating the dynamics of U.S.-Taiwan-China relations, the effect of Mis- and Disinformation on Taiwan’s domestic and international politics, the impact of Mis- and Disinformation on Taiwan’s outward and inward trade and investment patterns, the potential changes between the cross-Strait relations in the era of misinformation, and the public perception on Taiwan’s foreign policy is highly desirable. These questions help the political science academe to understand Taiwan in the global context better and raise Taiwan’s international visibility.”

Related Group Chair(s): John Boswell, University of Southampton and Marta Wojciechowska, King’s College London

“Critical Policy Studies in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation

Misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories, and other distortions of public information are not new, yet they continue to create challenges for policymakers and public policy scholars. Misinformation challenges application of rationalistic tools of public policy (like cost-benefit analysis, evidence-based policy or others). It can also challenge the implementation of selected policies, due to skepticism or disbelief on the side of the affected publics. In the age of mis- and disinformation critical, interpretative and ethnographic methodologies are particularly relevant. They rely on rebuilding the trust between policymakers, professionals and broader publics as well as demonstrate the role of values in policy-making. They can be used by scholars to demonstrate the contradictory, and sometimes exclusionary, consequences arising from apparently neutral decisions and policies. However, prevalence of mis- and disinformation also raises questions about the role and responsibilities of critical scholars in countering such distortions.

Critical Policy APSA related group welcomes individual papers and panel submissions that respond to the Annual Meeting 2023 theme and that focus on questions of rights and responsibilities in an age of mass- and disinformation. The topics may include the role of critical and interpretative methodologies in countering/or analysing distortions of information, responsibilities of critical policy scholars, critical analysis of policies and strategies to address distortion of information in the public sphere, and others.

Related Group Chair(s): Edana Beauvais, Simon Fraser University and Jane Mansbridge, Harvard University

The Democratic Innovations group welcomes proposals for papers related to any aspect of democratic innovations for the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. We encourage scholars to consider the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting Theme, “Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation.” The 2023 theme encourages scholars to consider the following questions: “Given the potentially pernicious and polarizing effects of mis- and disinformation, how can we conceive of and undertake helpful research and scholarship? More specifically, how can we rethink complex governance structures and grapple with the reality of power dynamics in an accurate and critical way, while taking a diversity of voices, perspectives, and methodological approaches into consideration?” Papers that address these or other questions drawing on the theme “Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation” are especially welcome. We encourage submissions from a diverse range of scholars and encourage interdisciplinary scholarship.

Related Group Chair(s): Rob DeLeo, Bentley University

The Disasters and Crises Related Group (DCRG) brings together scholars from all subfields within political science along with researchers from outside the discipline to foster collaboration and diffusion of ideas on hazards, disasters, and crises. The DCRG invites proposals for its related group panel at the 2023 American Political Science Association meeting the theme of which is Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation. Potential topics include how multiple actors – private firms, informal resident networks, faith based organizations, civil society organizations, and local, regional, and national governments – collaborate (or fail to do so) during threats; investigations of use of information before, during, and after disaster; analyses of the extent to which information promotes policy learning in the aftermath of disaster; explorations of the ways in which different levels of government interact with state capacity to influence disaster outcomes; examinations of the ability of institutions to transform during shocks; and studies of the role of disaster in shaping policy change. We encourage proposals using a variety of methodological approaches including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods.

Related Group Chair(s): Mary Witlacil, Colorado State University

“We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association to be held in Los Angeles, California, August 31-September 3, 2023. The Environmental Politics and Theory Related Group welcomes proposals for individual papers and panels on a wide range of environmental issues from diverse theoretical perspectives. We especially look forward to proposals that speak to the intersection between environmental politics, political theory, and the 2023 APSA theme of mis-/disinformation. It is clear that mis- and disinformation are becoming pervasive elements of the contemporary political landscape. We invite you to reflect on how false or misleading information disrupts environmental politics, reinforces anti-environmental perspectives, and enables climate denial. Further, who is alienated or marginalized by the perpetuation of mis- and disinformation in environmental politics? When false information enables climate denial, in what ways do freedom of expression and the right to free speech inhibit climate justice and the right to a livable planet? Finally, how has anti-science rhetoric during the pandemic fueled a broader skepticism toward “experts,” and how does this affect environmental politics and efforts to address climate change in light of scientific evidence?

As always, we are thrilled to read proposals that discuss new or emerging trends in environmental political theory, as well as those that comment on the broader state and trajectory of environmental politics and theory. What prevailing assumptions, arguments, and frameworks are in need of rethinking in order for environmental scholarship and politics to move forward? In what ways might political, economic, and social systems need fundamental restructuring to address the environmental crises of our time? Moreover, might the academic disciplines that study environmental politics and theory need to be rethought and restructured as well to meet the challenges of environmental scholarship in a time of crisis? Finally, in what ways might scholars reconnect with the world of practice and political action, and how might practitioners of environmental politics reconnect with neglected constituencies, movements, and ways of thinking (including, but not limited to, indigenous and postcolonial ones)?

In keeping with APSA’s goal of increasing diversity, inclusion, and access throughout the profession, we also strongly encourage proposals from scholars who belong to historically underrepresented groups, especially those from minority racial and ethnic communities, low-income and working-class backgrounds, non-Anglophone countries, and the LGBTQ+ community”

Related Group Chair(s): David Walsh, Catholic University of America

The Eric Voegelin Society, for its 39th annual international meeting in 2023, to be held as part of the APSA annual meeting, invites papers in the general field of political philosophy with particular attention to the work of Eric Voegelin and the broad range of interdisciplinary and comparative concerns reflected in his scholarship. This includes: resistance to tyranny, classical philosophy, Christian thought, philosophy of history, the interface of religion and politics including radical Islam, modernity, post-modern thought, terrorism, ideological politics with its authoritarian and totalitarian manifestations, and contemporary challenges (both foreign and domestic) to liberty, free government, rule of law, the integrity of the American constitutional order and federal system including liberty, individual rights, and the tradition of Anglo-American
constitutionalism–all prominent interests of the Society.

>>>>>>>>Send a 200 word precis with any proposal, a title, author’s
name, affiliation, and Email address.

Contact: Prof. David Walsh, Meeting Director, Eric Voegelin Society
walshd@cua.edu

Related Group Chair(s): Nicholas Garfinkel, Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies and Anthony Deardurff, Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

Misinformation, Disinformation, & the First Amendment

Related Group Chair(s): Xiaoyu Pu, University of Nevada, Reno and Quansheng Zhao

China faces many challenges in domestic politics and foreign policy such as Covid-19, global economic instability, the Ukraine war, and US-China tension. We are calling for proposals that critically examine some of the challenges China faces in a new era. Paper proposals that are theoretically informed and empirically based are most welcome. We welcome diversity of approach and interdisciplinarity from a wide-ranging collection of researchers.

Related Group Chair(s): Bonnie Field, Bentley University

The Iberian Politics Related Group welcomes, in particular, proposals that address issues related to the theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation” with a focus on Iberian politics. For example, what is “the potential impact of dis-information and misinformation upon political behavior, attitudes, institutions and rights and responsibilities” in Iberia? We will also consider papers and panel proposals on other topics central to understanding politics in Iberia. We welcome papers and panels that put Portugal and/or Spain in comparative perspective and that will be of interest to a broad and diverse community of scholars. We invite papers from all areas of political science, and those that take an interdisciplinary approach. We value all research methodologies. We welcome proposals from a wide range of scholars.

Related Group Chair(s): Rick Witmer, Creighton University

The Indigenous Studies Network seeks proposals that address the adaptability and resilience of Indigenous people, organizations, and governments in the US and around the world. We are especially interested in the politics and activism of Indigenous actors as they pursue political encounters on their own terms. Indigenous contributions that are both proactive and reactive are encouraged. This includes proposals that add to our understanding of complex governance structures and power dynamics, including the social, economic, cultural and political context of Indigenous actors.

Related Group Chair(s): Andrew Macpherson, University of New Hampshire

There is no commonly agreed upon definition of misinformation or disinformation yet intelligence services routinely use deliberately misleading information to achieve their objectives. The public may be influenced by covert information actions, and the media is keen to report on them, yet what is academia’s role in addressing intelligence agency disinformation activities? Do intelligence agencies themselves have a role to play in ensuring citizens’ rights and responsibilities regarding “Mis- and Disinformation”? The APSA Intelligence Studies Group encourages authors to submit papers addressing national security disinformation activities. We seek scholarship including, but not limited to, original research, definitional and operationalization issues, theory development, case studies, and research methodologies based upon diverse interdisciplinary, epistemological, and methodological perspectives and approaches.

Related Group Chair(s): Thea Riofrancos, Providence College

“The Interpretive Methodologies and Methods (IMM) related group calls for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals that explore interpretive methodological issues or that apply interpretive methods (e.g., political ethnography, grounded theory in Strauss’s more phenomenological tradition, discourse analysis) in ways that demonstrate their “comparative advantage” for empirical research across all subfields of political science. Especially welcome are proposals that reflect on how political science itself is situated in the webs of meaning and historical context that it studies. Interested presenters may contact the 2023 IMM program chair, Thea Riofrancos (triofran@providence.edu).

About IMM

The Interpretive Methodologies and Methods related group provides a forum for the discussion of methodological and methods issues related to interpretive research, as well as issues arising from their position within contemporary political and other social sciences.

Interpretive methodologies and methods are informed by philosophical traditions such as hermeneutics, phenomenology, pragmatism, and symbolic interaction. Notwithstanding their differences, these traditions presuppose that the meaningfulness and historical contingency of human life differentiates the social realm from the natural one, with implications for how research is conducted. Although diverse in their modes of identifying or generating and analyzing data, research processes in the interpretive tradition are typically characterized by: an empirical and normative prioritizing of the lived experience of people in research settings; a focus on the meaning(s) of acts, events, interactions, language, and physical artifacts to multiple stakeholders; and a sensitivity to the historically- and/or situationally-contingent, often-contested character of such meanings.”

Related Group Chair(s): Michael Strausz, Texas Christian University and Kenneth Mori McElwain

“Over the last decade, natural disasters, geopolitical uncertainties, demographic challenges, and growing socioeconomic inequalities have steadily eroded Japanese confidence in formal and informal institutions. The COVID-19 pandemic has arguably accelerated these trends by casting doubts about the competence of elected officials, the civil service, and mass media. In this context, the 2021 election to the House of Representatives marks a major turning point in Japanese politics. It is the first national election since the emergence of the pandemic, and the first without Abe Shinzō at the LDP’s helm in almost a decade.

For the APSA 2023 meeting, we invite scholars in all areas of the discipline to investigate questions related to perceived and actual changes in the quality of Japanese democracy, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We welcome research that looks at government actions and public reactions to domestic and international pressures, including (but not limited to):
 Analysis of the 2022 HoC election and its aftermath, including voter behavior, electoral strategy, and party realignment
 The role of national versus local governments in response to COVID-19
 Trust in established institutions and actors, including political parties, the civil service, academic experts, and the mass media
 Japan’s foreign and security policy in response to challenges to the liberal international order and continuing tensions in East Asia”

Related Group Chair(s): Dina Bishara, Cornell University

“The Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to labor and employment relations, including changes to remote work, increased pressures on frontline workers, and increased restrictions on labor organizing in some parts of the world. These issues continue to influence employment relations in the post-pandemic era.

APSA Labor Politics promotes scholarship on labor-related issues. We invite papers and panels to be submitted on any theme related to labor, work, unions, or employment. We encourage diverse perspectives on these topics from any range of academic specialties, including but not limited to human rights, political economy, public policy, interest groups, social movements, comparative politics, state politics, immigration, theory, gender, race, ethnicity, history, and law. We seek to connect diverse scholars and particularly welcome international and comparative scholarship along with international and junior scholars.

We would be especially interested in papers discussing topics such as the effects of remote work on organized labor, organizing efforts by frontline and public health workers, the emergence of networks of solidarity, advocacy efforts, issues related to employment and labor market policies, changes in union politics, and political organizations, informal and precarious work, and unemployment. “

Related Group Chair(s): Jeronimo Cortina, University of Houston

Consistent with its organizing theme, the Latino Caucus in 2023 will organize panels focused on the professional development of Latina/o scholars and emerging Latino politics research. In addition, in keeping with the theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation” for the 2023 annual meeting, the Caucus is particularly interested in receiving suggestions for papers and panels that focus on current debates regarding issues of political communication and mis-and disinformation targeting the Latino community. Other related topics related to the conference theme and its location include the political dynamics among African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos. Our 2023 program will also have the Annual APSA Latino Politics Workshop/Short Course, the Latino Political Science Awards reception (co-sponsored with the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas, and our annual Business Meeting and elections. The Latino Caucus welcomes diversity of approach and interdisciplinarity from a wide-ranging collection of researchers. For more information, please visit and select “APSA 2023 Call for Papers and Conference Program.” Suggestions for Caucus activities and conference sessions may be sent to jcortina@central.uh.edu

Related Group Chair(s): Richard Hasen, UCLA and Emily Zhang, UC Berkeley

“The Law and Political Process Study Group was formed in the 1980s by two law professors and a political scientist to promote communication and mutual support among members of both disciplines interested in legal and policy questions related to American election procedures. The group’s primary activity has been to sponsor or co-sponsor panels at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association.

The group’s growth has coincided with the growth of election law as a curricular subject in law schools and the structuring of electoral institutions as a research subject in political science. Many of the most prominent scholars in the field in both disciplines have appeared on the group’s panels, as well as scholars in economics and other related disciplines, and “practitioners,” whether in government, journalism, or electoral politics.

Although the group does not define its subject matter rigidly, the topics most commonly addressed on its panels have been campaign finance, redistricting, voting rights, political parties, and political corruption. Papers include analyses of legal and policy aspects of such issues, as well as empirical studies related to them.

The group’s most direct purpose has been to promote research in the areas of interest by providing an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation and criticism of such research. An indirect but equally important purpose has been to build communication networks among scholars in different disciplines but with common interests.

The group recognizes the importance of and welcomes diversity of approach and interdisciplinarity from a wide-ranging collection of researchers.

Related Group Chair(s): Rachel Bernhard, Nuffield College, University of Oxfors and RG Cravens, California Polytechnnic State University

The LGBTQ Caucus invites proposals that address the 2023 conference theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation” by connecting the study of sexuality and gender to theories of information and communication, and in turn, to both the spread and erosion of rights for LGBTQ individuals around the world. We are especially interested in proposals that bring what LGBTQ scholars know about public health messaging around AIDS and monkeypox; connections between misinformation, hate speech, and targeted violence; systemic inequalities and disparities in health, housing, education, employment, and family life; domestic and cross-national coalitions and activism; and identity construction, evolution, and policing to bear on current political events and controversies around the world. Qualitative and/or qualitative methods are welcome, as are political theory and pedagogical praxis-oriented pieces.

Related Group Chair(s): Michael Promisel, Coastal Carolina University

The McConnell Center Related Group invites papers reflecting on the topics of virtue, statesmanship, and the education of political leaders. In particular, we invite reflections on this topic drawn from the thinkers and practitioners in the history of political thought.

Related Group Chair(s): Cary J. Nederman, Texas A&M University

“CFP Politica Related Group for 2023 APSA conference

“Rights and Wrongs in Medieval Political Thought”

One of the most striking developments in the study of medieval political and legal theory during recent times has been the realization that, long before John Locke, so-called natural or individual rights were widely proposed and defended during the European Middle Ages. The term “natural rights” denotes the doctrine that human beings possess a set of powers, freedoms, and/or competencies that are inherent to their existence and, therefore, should enjoy complete and exclusive dominion over their mental and bodily facilities. Sometimes termed “subjective” rights, they are both inalienable and imprescriptible. An important feature of a fully articulated conception of natural rights is its potential political bearing. Given that natural rights may not be curtailed or eliminated without the denial to a person of his or her very humanity, any government that attempts to suppress or curtail them loses a claim on the obedience of its citizens. This takes us into the problems of distinguishing between good and bad regimes and of determining the limits of the exercise of political power vis-à-vis the liberty of individuals. Thus, the idea of subjective rights has direct bearing on such topics as tyranny, the consent of the governed, and the proper moral and/or religious role played by government—all familiar themes in medieval political thought. Politica welcomes individual papers that explore this theme within the broad contours of medieval political thought. “

Related Group Chair(s): Ruth Dassonneville, University of Montreal

The Political Forecasting Group invites panel and paper proposals for the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting, which will be held in Los Angeles from August 31 to September 3, 2023. We welcome forecasting research from a variety of subfields, including comparative politics, international relations, and elections. We are open to a diversity of methodological approaches and warmly welcome young scholars and members of underrepresented groups to submit a proposal to the Group. If you have questions or need more information, feel free to contact the group organizer (Ruth Dassonneville).

Related Group Chair(s): John J Dinan, Wake Forest University

Publius welcomes proposals analyzing contemporary developments in American federalism from a variety of perspectives and taking a variety of approaches.

Related Group Chair(s): Mark Lutz, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Society for Greek Political Thought is an interdisciplinary organization devoted to the study of classical political thinking in all of its forms: The Society promotes the study of ancient Greek philosophy, drama, poetry, history, and other works on politics and morals. The Society especially welcomes papers on the study of the Socratic revolution in political and moral thought. In addition, the Society welcomes scholarship discussing how ancient Roman, medieval Islamic, and early modern thinkers, among others, who adopted, revised, or vigorously contested elements of classical Greek political thought.

Related Group Chair(s): Joel Selway, Brigham Young University

The Southeast Asian Politics Related Group (SEAPRG) invites proposals for the 2023 American Political Science Association conference, currently scheduled to meet in Los Angeles. The conference theme is “Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation.” How mis- and disinformation have affected Southeast Asia politics has forced us to reconsider our concepts, refine our theoretical expectations, and reassess how we collect our empirical data – whether here in the United States, regionally in Southeast Asia, and/or globally. SEAPRG calls for proposals that address key political issues in Southeast Asia including the effects of mis- and disinformation. We are open to all methodological approaches. Proposal for individual papers or well-organized panels/roundtables are both welcomed, though we note a preference for panels/roundtables that reflect diversity and inclusion.

Related Group Chair(s): Joseph Prud’homme, Washington College

The Walter Bagehot Research Council seeks paper proposals for its 2023 panel on the theme, “Is Representative Government in Crisis?” We seek to explore the range of representative institutions that are currently seen by a rising number of scholars as being beleaguered by a range of forces. What are the causes of this moment of peril? Is it, in fact, as momentous a period as some now assert? How can representative governments thrive in the 21st century? We encourage paper submissions that approach these topics from a diversity of methodological approaches; and we are especially interested in interdisciplinary work exploring these issues.

Related Group Chair(s): Alison Gash, University of Oregon

For the 2023 annual meeting, the Women’s Caucus invites paper submissions that align with the conference theme. We invite papers that highlight the role of gender in a diverse society and/or capture the study of gender across subfields and methodological approaches. We also welcome submissions that focus on gender in the profession and how gender equity issues manifest in political science, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.