CNPS Conference


2nd Biennial Conference of the Caucus for a New Political Science

February 24 – February 26, 2019 |  Isla Grand Beach Resort, South Padre Island, Texas

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Neoliberals and neoliberalism purport to extend “freedom” to individuals on a global scale, but in practice this freedom extends primarily to transnational corporations and the billionaire class. As business and wealth are deregulated and set free to plunder the planet, ordinary citizens, workers, women, and minority groups are increasingly subject to overt state violence, multiple forms of surveillance, and direct forms of expropriation, such as declining real wages, regressive taxation, eviction, foreclosure, detention, and incarceration. The intensification of surveillance, exploitation, and repression by ostensibly democratic regimes, the increasingly authoritarian rhetoric and actions of world leaders (e.g., Trump, Erdogan, Duda, Duterte, Rajoy), and the rise of right-wing populism raise political, organizational, and ideological questions that seem to elude traditional forms of electoral politics. Consequently, in an age of neoliberal authoritarianism, the question of tactics is again at the forefront of progressive and left political debate.

The CNPS Conference seeks papers from a variety of political science subfields, and from other disciplines, that directly or indirectly engage this theme from outside the limitations of electoral politics that directly or indirectly engage this theme with an eye to the question of tactics in an age of authoritarian neoliberalism. The Conference of the Caucus for a New Political Science provides an ideologically progressive and methodologically diverse platform for advancing a critical political science that fundamentally redefines the purposes, categories, and politics of political science.

The Conference organizers will receive paper and panel proposals in the following broad areas:

Capitalism & Globalization

The State & Political Power

Class & Class Conflict

Race & Ethnicity

Gender & Sexuality

Political Ecology & the Environment

Social Movements & Protest

Ideology & Culture

Pedagogy, Politics, & the Profession of Political Science

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Submit Proposals for a Paper or Panel to:

Deadline for Paper & Panel Submissions: June 15, 2018.

Notification of Acceptance: August 31, 2018.

Conference Website:

To Submit a Proposal for a Paper or Panel Send:

1. Name of Proposer, Title, Affiliation, and Contact Information (mailing address, email address, and telephone number).

2. Title of Paper and 150 word Abstract.

For full panel proposals, please submit ONE proposal with all of the required information for all papers.

All panels will be 2 hours in length and limited to no more than 3 papers (25 minutes each) and 1 discussant (15 minutes) to insure that participants have adequate time to present their papers and discussants and the audience have sufficient time to discuss the papers.

We are hoping to have some genuine intellectual discourse and not just a 5 minute “line on the CV” type of conference.

Registration Fee: $150 due by October 15, 2018 (for all panelists).

Late Fee: $200.00

Only Personal Checks, Money Orders, or Cash (at conference) can be accepted. For registration fee, please mail Checks or Money Orders made out to “Conference for a New Political Science” to:

Caucus for a New Political Science

ATTN: Clyde W. Barrow, Treasurer

2112 W. University Drive, Suite 1251

Edinburg, Texas 78539

Registration fee will be waived for all students (graduate and undergraduate) upon presentation of a valid Student I.D.

Opening Dinner (at hotel) & Keynote Speaker (TBD) February 25 6:00-8:00pm:  Please inform conference organizers whether you will attend the Opening Dinner.  Additional dinner fee applies only to a second guest not registered for the conference.

Additional $45.00 for 2nd Guest


Please mention the CNPS and make hotel reservations directly with:

Isla Grand Beach Resort

500 Padre Boulevard

South Padre Island, Texas 78597

Tel: 956-761-6511

Room Rates: Cabanas $99 per night / Condominiums $199 per night

Rooms must be reserved by January 23, 2019 for conference rate.

For more information about the hotel, see,


It is recommended that conference attendees arrive at Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas, which is served by Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines. A non-stop shuttle is available from the airport to South Padre Island for $50 roundtrip. Auto Rentals are also available at airport. Go to: