Call for Proposals

2018 Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association

Hosted at the University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan | Wednesday, May 30 to Friday, June 1, 2018

Programme Co-Chair: Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant (Queen’s University, egg@queensu.ca)
Programme Co-Chair: Emmett Macfarlane (University of Waterloo, emacfarlane@uwaterloo.ca)
Vice Programme Co-Chair: Daniel Salée (Concordia University, daniel.salee@concordia.ca)
Local Arrangements Coordinator: Jim Farney (University of Regina, Jim.Farney@uregina.ca)


The Programme Committee invites proposals for participation in the 2018 CPSA Annual Conference. This year’s theme is “Politics in Uncertain Times,” as seen in the destabilizing activities of countries like Russia and North Korea; the unpredictability of important figures like US President Donald Trump; uncertainty surrounding significant policy and social issues like climate change, free trade, colonialism, and inequality; and the rising threat to liberal democracy posed by increasing populism, nativism, and support for authoritarian leaders. How can we explain or understand these phenomena? What prescriptions might be possible to combat them? What role might Canada play in confronting these issues, and in what ways is Canada vulnerable to their effects? Panels and papers addressing these questions are particularly welcome.

The Programme Committee also welcomes panels and papers that relate to the theme of “Gathering Diversities,” which is the 2018 Congress theme. Within this, papers, roundtables, and posters that focus on indigenous peoples or indigenous politics will be especially welcome. Regina is an apt location for an increased emphasis on indigenous politics within the CPSA and Canadian political science more broadly, and the CPSA’s ongoing focus on Reconciliation through the work of the CPSA Reconciliation Committee and other initiatives.

The Programme Committee has organized workshops that focus on specialized themes of interest to political scientists. Some of the workshops also address themes at the intersection of political science and other disciplines. These workshops are summarized HERE

We encourage researchers to consider different ways of getting involved at the conference:

  • Single papers. These papers are assigned by section heads to panels with other papers on related issues.
  • Multiple paper panels. These panels are pre-organized and include four papers on a single theme.
  • Multiple panel workshops. This format includes at least two organized panels with four papers; each paper coordinates on a single theme.
  • Roundtables. These are among the most flexible formats offered at the conference, and may look different from session to session. In roundtables, formal papers are often not prepared in advance. This format allows for extended discussion among a small group of panelists and is typically less formal than a traditional paper panel.  The organization can vary, but here are two common set-ups:
    • Traditional: usually with four participants; each one presents his/her ideas on a single theme;
    • Micro-paper format: it can include up to ten participants; each one presents his/her ideas on a single theme for a short amount of time.
  • Posters. These presentations are an excellent way to disseminate work that relies heavily on tables, graphs or figures; non-dissertation and dissertation work by graduate students; and work that has only preliminary results.  Posters are only open to students who are currently registered in a graduate program. They are assigned to topical sessions where the presenters have an opportunity to discuss their work with interested conference attendees. The Terms of Reference for the CPSA Poster Prize can be found HERE.
  • Graduate Student Three-Minute Thesis Competition. In this format, participants present their graduate research in three minutes (or less) to a panel of non-specialist judges.  This competition is only open to students who are currently registered in a graduate program. Students who participate in the competition should have made substantial progress on their graduate research and analysis. The Terms of Reference for the CPSA Prize for the Graduate Student Three-Minute Thesis Competition can be found HERE.
  • Discussing or chairing a panel.  Individuals wishing to serve in the role of discussant or chair should contact the relevant section head.  The­­­­­ list of sections and section heads can be found HERE.

All proposals are due by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017.


Instructions for Submitting a Proposal

TO ENSURE A POSITIVE CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE, PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE SECTION BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL.

Please note that, if by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017, you have not filled in all the required information, your proposal will be marked as incomplete and section heads may not process it.

WHO CAN SUBMIT.  We welcome proposals from faculty members, non-academics, and graduate students. 

SUBMISSIONS FROM STUDENT MEMBERS.
a. PhD students proposing papers must have their academic supervisor’s endorsement (the name of the academic supervisor must be indicated in the submitter’s profile setup).

b. Masters level students proposing papers must present their proposals in conjunction with an academic supervisor –i.e., a co-authorship with an academic supervisor is required (the name of the co-author must be indicated in the submitter’s profile setup).

The Programme Committee strongly encourages Masters level students at earlier stages of their studies to submit a Poster Proposal or Graduate Student Three-Minute Thesis Competition proposal.

NUMBER OF PROPOSALS. Individuals are limited to three proposals, of which two can be papers. This limit does not affect chairs and discussants.  More than three proposals can be made, but the Programme Committee will choose between them to follow this rule.

SUBMISSION TO A SPECIFIC SECTION. All proposals should be submitted to a specific section. There is also an option to indicate a secondary section.  Graduate Student Three-Minute Thesis Competition proposals should be directed toward the Teaching and Professional Practice section. The list of sections and section heads can be found HERE.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES. The Programme Committee welcomes proposals in both official languages.

TYPES OF PROPOSALS

Single Paper. A single paper proposal must include:
- the title of the paper;
-  a 250-word abstract, which should outline the argument or inquiry to be developed, identify the method of analysis to be used (if applicable), and show the theoretical significance of what is proposed in relation to existing scholarship in the field.

Once the single-paper proposal has been submitted, the submitter will be able to access it until FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017. To make any necessary changes, the submitter must select ‘Review/Edit my Proposals’ from the ‘Proposals Menu.’ If the paper proposal is accepted, the submitted abstract will be made available in the programme.

Multiple Paper Panel.  The panel proposal must include:
- the title of the panel;
- a 250-word abstract providing an overview of the panel;
- the name, e-mail, affiliation, rank, paper title and 250-word abstract for each of the four presenters; and
- the name, e-mail, affiliation and rank for the chair and discussant(s). 

The abstract for each paper should outline the argument or inquiry to be developed, identify the method of analysis to be used (if applicable), and show the theoretical significance of what is proposed in relation to existing scholarship in the field. Once the multiple-paper panel proposal has been submitted, the submitter will be able to access it until FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017. To make any necessary changes the submitter must select ‘Review/Edit my Proposals’ from the ‘Proposals Menu.’ If the proposal is accepted, the submitted abstracts will be made available in the programme.

Panel organizers are responsible for securing any required financial assistance from their own sources for all special guest speakers on the panel proposal. 

Multiple Panel Workshop. The workshop proposal must include:
- the title of the workshop;
- a 250-word abstract providing an overview of the workshop; and
- the details for each panel on the workshop. 

The workshop must include at least two pre-organized panels with four papers each.  For each panel, the submitter must include:
- the title of the panel;
- a 250-word abstract for the panel;
- the name, e-mail, affiliation, rank, paper title and 250-word abstract for each presenter; and
- the name, e-mail, affiliation and rank for the chair and discussant(s).

The abstract for each paper should outline the argument or inquiry to be developed, identify the method of analysis to be used (if applicable), and show the theoretical significance of what is proposed in relation to existing scholarship in the field. Once the multiple-panel workshop proposal has been submitted, the submitter will be able to access it until FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017. To make any necessary changes, the submitter must select ‘Review/Edit my Proposals’ from the ‘Proposals Menu.’  If the proposal is accepted, the submitted abstracts will be made available in the programme.

Panel organizers are responsible for securing any required financial assistance from their own sources for all special guest speakers on the panel proposal. 

Roundtable Proposal.  A roundtable proposal must include:
- the roundtable title;
- a 250-word abstract providing an overview of the roundtable; and
- the name, e-mail, affiliation and rank for each presenter and the chair.

The abstract should include a description of the argument or inquiry to be developed and the theoretical significance of the proposed topic in relation to existing scholarship in the field. Once the roundtable proposal has been submitted, the submitter will be able to access it until FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017. To make any necessary changes, the submitter must select ‘Review/Edit my Proposals’ from the ‘Proposals Menu.’  If the roundtable proposal is accepted, the submitted abstract will be made available in the programme.

To allow sufficient time for each presentation and a good discussion during the session, it is recommended that a maximum of four presenters participate on a roundtable.

Roundtable organizers are responsible for securing any required financial assistance from their own sources for all special guest speakers on the roundtable proposal. 

Micro-paper Roundtable Proposal. These proposals can include up to ten participants and a chair. Each participant is permitted a maximum of five minutes to present, leaving sufficient time for good discussion during the session. Please follow the submission instructions for a Roundtable Proposal above.

Roundtable organizers are responsible for securing any required financial assistance from their own sources for all special guest speakers on the roundtable proposal. 

Poster Proposal.  A poster proposal must include:
- the poster title, and
- a 250-word abstract.

The abstract should outline the argument or inquiry to be developed, identify the method of analysis to be used (if applicable), and show the theoretical significance of what is proposed in relation to existing scholarship in the field. Once your poster proposal has been submitted, you will be able to access it until FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017. To make any necessary changes, the submitter must select ‘Review/Edit my Proposals’ from the ‘Proposals Menu.’ If the proposal is accepted, the submitted abstract will be made available in the programme.

The Terms of Reference for the CPSA Poster Prize can be found HERE.

Graduate Student Three-Minute Thesis Competition Proposal. These proposals must:

  • include a title, and
  • include a 250-word abstract;
  • be submitted through the Teaching and Professional Practice section of the CPSA Programme.

The abstract should outline the main argument, method of inquiry, method of analysis (if applicable) and theoretical significance of the MA thesis, MRP, or doctoral thesis that will form the content of the presentation. Once the Graduate Student Three-Minute Thesis Competiton proposal has been submitted, the submitter will be able to access it FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017. To make any necessary changes, the submitter must select ‘Review/Edit my Proposals’ from the ‘Proposals Menu.’ If the proposal is accepted, the submitted abstract will be made available in the programme.

The Terms of Reference for the CPSA Prize for the Graduate Student Three-Minute Thesis Competition can be found HERE.

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