Events at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting
For IMM events at the APSA 2020 Virtual Meeting, please see the IMM 2020 Program (pdf).
For the 2020 Methods Café, please is visit the Methods Café page.
For the 2020 IMM Business Meeting, please see the recent post here.
For Short Course listings, please see the APSA Short Courses page.
IMM gives three annual awards at APSA Annual Meetings. These announcements may be seen at the Awards link.
For event details aside from the APSA Annual Meetings, please visit the Events and Announcements page.
2019 and 2020 Program Chair: Nick Rush Smith, City College/CUNY
Call for Proposals
The Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Conference-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:
a) an empirical and normative prioritizing of the lived experience of people in research settings;
b) a focus on the meaning(s) of acts, events, interactions, language, and physical artifacts to multiple stakeholders; and
c) a sensitivity to the historically- and/or situationally-contingent, often-contested character of such meanings.
We call 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.
Deadlines for proposal submissions follow APSA rules. See the annual conference program and submission link at apsanet.org. For questions about a possible submission, please contact the group’s Program Chair at the email listed above.
2018 Annual Meeting: Methods Cafe
2016 Annual Meeting: Methods Cafe and IMM Program
Past Meetings: Agendas and Minutes
Business Meeting Minutes, 2019.
Business Meeting Minutes, 2018. Photo here.
Business Meeting Minutes, 2017
Business Meeting Minutes, 2016.
Business Meeting Minutes, 2015.
Business Meeting Minutes, 2014.
Business Meeting Minutes, 2013.
Business Meeting Minutes, 2012: APSA meeting canceled due to hurricane.
Business Meeting Minutes, 2011.
Business Meeting Minutes, 2010.
Business Meeting Agenda, 2009.