APSA Chinese Politics Mini-Conference 2021 Call for Papers

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APSA Chinese Politics Mini-Conference 2021 Call for Papers 

You are invited to submit an abstract for a proposed day-long conference on the domestic and international politics of China at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), which will be held from September 30 to October 3, 2021 in Seattle.

Since 2016, the APSA Annual Meeting has featured a daylong Chinese Politics “mini-conference.” This mini-conference has been a resounding success, as measured by the average attendance of each panel and the number of institutions represented among the co-organizers. Over a hundred scholars attended the 2019 mini-conference and nearly a hundred joined virtually in 2020 when it moved online due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. Between 2016 and 2020, 29 co-organizers represented over 24 different institutions. We anticipate a large audience and wide-ranging institutional participation again in 2021.

For the 2021 Chinese Politics Mini-Conference, we aim to build on this strong foundation and to continue fostering intellectual connections and a sense of community in our expanding field. We seek papers that are theoretically innovative, empirically relevant, and methodologically diverse, and we will work to assemble panels that bring different scholarly perspectives into dialogue and push broader debates forward. To these ends, we will disseminate the Call for Papers as widely as possible, reaching a diversity of scholars at different ranks and across generations and types of universities. 

The Chinese Politics Mini-Conference is open to papers focused on any aspect of China’s domestic politics or international relations, including papers that involve comparisons between China and other cases. After reviewing all abstracts as a committee, we will group accepted papers into coherent panels. We will inform everyone who has submitted a proposal whether they have been selected for the mini-conference by early January 2021. If your proposal is selected, we will submit your proposal to APSA. If your proposal is not selected, you will be notified a few days before the APSA deadline. In the latter case, you will still have the option to submit to APSA on your own. We will notify panelists whether APSA has accepted our full conference proposal as soon as we hear in March 2021.

To submit a proposal for the conference, please follow this link (https://bit.ly/ChinaAbstract) to a Google Form to complete the requested information, including contact details and an abstract, by December 15 (midnight EST). If you are willing to serve as a discussant or chair, the form will allow you to make that indication. Please contact Roselyn Hsueh (rhsueh@temple.edu) if you have any questions and/or trouble accessing the Google Form.

Please disseminate this Call for Papers widely, including to colleagues outside of North America, who may otherwise not be aware of the mini-conference. We look forward to hearing from you.


Roselyn Hsueh (Temple University), Xian Huang (Rutgers University), Kyle Jaros (University of Notre Dame), John James Kennedy (University of Kansas), Xiaoyu Pu (University of Nevada), and Susan Whiting (University of Washington)