APSA Religion and Politics Section Hubert Morken Best Book Award – Call for Nominations

Dear APSA Religion and Politics Section Members,

We would like to invite nominations for APSA’s 2020 Hubert Morken Best Book Award. The Hubert Morken Award is given for the best book dealing with religion and politics published within the previous year. The criteria for the award include the originality of the argument presented, quality of the research, innovative methods, readability of the text and the policy or practical implications of the scholarship.

To be eligible for the award, books must have been published in 2019. The nomination should include a brief statement (250-750 words) summarizing the book’s contributions and why it is nominated for the award. This statement can be sent by email. As part of the nomination, publishers should send a copy of the nominated book to EACH member of the awards committee at the addresses below, making sure that the books arrive by the nomination deadline, March 15th, 2020.

Self nominations are welcome.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee chair,
Rina Williams (willi3ra@ucmail.uc.edu)

Committee Members Contact Information
Dr. Rina Williams
Dept. of Political Science
University of Cincinnati
Box 210375, Crosley Tower 1118
Cincinnati OH 45221-0375

Dr. Quin Monson
Political Science Dept.
Brigham Young University
745 Spencer W. Kimball Tower
Provo, UT 84602

Dr. Jonathan Agensky
Bentley Annex 211, 6 President St.
Department of Political Science
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

APSA Preprints

Dear Section Members,

APSA Preprints is a new platform dedicated to early research outputs in political science. Authors can upload unpublished content—including working/conference papers, presentations, and posters—to stake an early claim to their research, obtain a DOI, and solicit feedback from peers.

APSA Preprints accepts all types of political science research, broadly defined. Each preprint is uploaded to one of thirteen sub-fields. The best part? APSA Preprints is 100% free to browse and upload—and you can sign in using your APSA account.

APSA Preprints is a collaborative endeavor between the American Political Science Association and Cambridge University Press. Since its launch in August, 2019, users have uploaded more than 65 working papers, some of which have been downloaded more than 1,000 times. Some popular titles include “Who Will Defend Democracy? Evaluating Tradeoffs in Candidate Support Among Partisan Donors and Voters” (Nyhan et al.) and “Transparency in Practice and Qualitative Research” (Kapiszewski and Karcher).

To learn more about APSA Preprints and upload your working paper, presentation, or poster, visit preprints.apsanet.org.  Please contact preprints@apsanet.org if you have any questions.

Society For The Scientific Study Of Religion – Call for Papers

2020 Annual Meeting
October 23-25, 2020
Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh

Religion and Spirituality in a Frightening World

We are living in frightening times. The World Health Organization reports that rates of anxiety and depression continue to rise as people around the globe are bombarded by a wide range of circumstances that may evoke fear. What roles might religion—variously defined—and spirituality play in causing and ameliorating anxieties in today’s world?

Social scientists across disciplines who study religion and spirituality are remarkably well situated to add essential layers to our understanding of frightening social forces. For example, we cannot fully understand the rise of authoritarian nationalism, or efforts to resist it, without interrogating religion’s power as a social identity. We also need to understand when and how religion might bolster resistance to change. Many of today’s deepest divisions between and among humans are essentially different reactions to change. How does religion fuel—and try to bridge—divisions in attitudes about changing social norms, migration, new means of communication, and climate change? And how might religion contribute to perpetuating and challenging social and economic inequalities?

Meanwhile, religion itself is changing in myriad ways. How do forces such as declining rates of religious participation, state suppression of religion, and the increasing relevance of the internet to religious and spiritual practice affect religion’s capacity to help people and societies to cope? How well do 21st century religions and spiritualities work to support mental health, provide meaning in everyday life, build communities rooted in social trust, and promote prosocial behavior and civic engagement?

Submissions Open: February 1, 2020
Submissions Close: March 31, 2020
Decision Notification: April 30, 2020

Please submit proposals for individual papers, full panels, author-meets-critics sessions, and roundtables via the online portal at www.sssreligion.org, choosing the SSSR option on the submission form.

Please direct all inquiries to the SSSR 2019 Program Chairs Job Chen (Department of Psychology, Clemson University) and Sarah Wilkins-Lafamme (Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo) at program@sssreligion.org.

2020 APSA Annual Meeting

September 10 – September 13, 2020, in San Francisco, CA for the 116th APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition to address the latest scholarship in political science while exploring the 2020 theme, “Democracy, Difference, and Destabilization”  APSA and the 2020 Program Chairs Efrén Pérez, UCLA and Andra Gillespie, Emory University, look forward to your participation in panels and sessions prepared by APSA’s 56 divisions and numerous related groups at the 2020 APSA Annual Meeting. The 2020 Annual Meeting will take place at the Hilton Union Square, Parc 55, Westin St. Francis and Hotel Nikko.

Proposals submission deadline: January 14, 2020.

“In the United States, democratic institutions are generally thought of as bulwarks against manifold threats, both inside and outside of the American polity. Indeed, the assumption has been that our nation’s constitution is solid and prescient enough to thwart—or at the least contain—the more authoritarian impulses of citizens and elected officials alike. Donald J. Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States in 2016 has dramatically called into question this working assumption. Yet President Trump’s ascendance to executive power is more epilogue than prologue to the inclusivity of American democracy. In the decades leading to Trump’s momentous election, there were already countless signs of democracy displaying illiberal tendencies in the United States.” [more]

Call for Papers: NYU CESS Experimental Political Science Annual Conference

From Gwyneth McClendon:

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce the 13th Annual NYU-CESS Conference on Experimental Political Science, which will be held on Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at New York University.

We are now accepting paper proposals, as well as proposals for a graduate student poster session. We welcome the participation of field researchers, lab and survey researchers and those who analyze natural experiments, political psychologists, political economists, scholars of comparative and American politics and international relations, and methodologists who explore the relationship between experimental methods and observational data.

This year, in addition to our interest in the wide array of topics mentioned above, we are also particularly interested in submissions focused on the ethics of experimental research or focused on identity (as it relates to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, class and the like).

Proposals can be submitted online.

Conference website.

Paper proposals will be accepted until November 1, 2019. We aim to notify authors of our program decisions in late November.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Christopher Dawes, New York University
Gwyneth McClendon, New York University
Eric Dickson, New York University
Tara Slough, New York University/Columbia University