CFP Western Political Science Association, deadline 9/20/19

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The deadline for paper and panel proposals for the 2020 annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association is Friday, September 20 (for undergraduates to propose a poster, the deadline is October 15).  If you have not submitted a proposal, please consider doing so. The annual conference provides a great opportunity to share research, learn about recent findings, and network with friends and colleagues, all within a very collegial environment.


The meeting will be held at the J.W. Marriott in Los Angeles, California, from April 9 to 11, 2020. The conference hotel is at L.A. Live, an entertainment district in one of downtown Los Angeles’s most vibrant neighborhoods, with great restaurants, watering holes, and other attractions nearby. With a Metro Rail station within easy walking distance, the location is easily accessible to other parts of the city, allowing participants to get around without relying on automobiles. 


The participation form and information regarding the conference is available on the WPSA website:  Paper and panel proposals are accepted on all topics and across all subfields within the discipline.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Proposals Welcome on “The Boundaries of Belonging”


There is nothing new about political disagreement and division in society, or about defining who does or does not belong, but the divisions across the United States and in other countries have grown so deep and broad that some observers say our current context is unique. Hate groups are on the rise, as are voices that are anti-immigrant, anti-intellectual, and anti-government. Belonging—a sense or feeling that you are an important member of a group, or the lack thereof—has become so central to politics across the globe that it has become perhaps the defining issue of the day.


Given the significance of this issue, the Western Political Science Association has decided to adopt a theme for its April 2020 meeting on “The Boundaries of Belonging.”


While proposals are welcome on all topics in political science, we are particularly encouraging proposals that enhance our understanding of the politics related to belonging, broadly defined. Among the many questions we hope to see addressed are: Why have we seen conflict over belonging rise at this particular time in our collective history? Who decides who belongs and what are the consequences of those decisions? What is gained or what might be achieved when the question of belonging is engaged? Scholars in all subfields of the discipline are welcome to submit proposals on subjects related to this theme.

Proposals for full panels, as well as for individual papers, are welcome. A broader overview of the theme, along with details about the conference, the Call for Papers, and proposal instructions are available on the WPSA website: