January 13, 2015
By S. Matthew Liao
University of Colorado Boulder, October 22-24, 2015
Proposal deadline: Friday, February 13, 2015
Program Co-Chairs: Lilly Goren (Carroll University) and Peter Josephson (St. Anselm College)
The Association for Political Theory (APT) invites proposals for its thirteenth annual conference, to be held October 22-24, 2015, at the University of Colorado Boulder. Proposals from faculty members, independent scholars, and graduate students who have completed all requirements except for the dissertation are welcomed. Proposals on all topics in the fields of political theory, political philosophy, the history of political thought, and cognate disciplines will be considered. Faculty members are encouraged to volunteer to serve as chairs and/or discussants.
How to apply: Applicants must be members of the Association; membership is free. Please visit http://apt-us.org/membership-application to submit a membership application before submitting your proposal. Because all application forms must be approved, please do not wait until the deadline to apply for membership. Abstracts of 300-400 words are due by midnight PST on Friday, February 13, 2015. To submit your proposal, go to: http://apt-us.org/conference-proposal-form. Please review the guidelines listed below before completing a proposal form. Each participant may submit one single-authored paper proposal and one co-authored paper proposal. Please note that the APT conference does not accept panel or roundtable proposals. Each participant is required to submit a proposal form, even if the proposal is for a co-authored paper.
Workshop Panel Format: This year there is an experiment with a new format for a few of the panels. A workshop panel will consist of four presenters and a chair, but instead of the traditional discussant, the panelists will read all of the other papers on the panel and prepare written comments for the presenters. Conference attendees will also be able to volunteer to participate in the workshop panel by notifying the chair that they too will commit to reading the papers and preparing comments. At the conference, the participants will spend approximately 30 minutes workshopping each of the papers. You will be able to indicate if you wish us to consider you for this new panel format on the proposal form. These experimental panels will be designated only after the papers have been evaluated and the program has been put together; thus your willingness to participate can have no effect on the success of your paper proposal.
Chairs/Discussants: If you wish to participate as a chair and/or discussant please indicate your areas of expertise in the relevant box on the proposal form. Serving as a chair or a discussant does not preclude you from presenting a paper on another panel. If you wish to participate as a chair and/or discussant without making a paper proposal, please fill out the form available at: http://apt-us.org/chair-discussant-volunteer-form. Otherwise just checking the box on the proposal form is sufficient. Chairs and discussants must have a Ph.D.
Pre-circulation requirement: Presenters must submit their papers electronically to the archive on the APT website no later than October 1. Participants who fail to submit their paper to the archive by the deadline will be removed from the program. Papers should be no more than 30 double-spaced pages in length (approximately 10,000 words) so that discussants may provide suitable feedback; discussants will be instructed that they do not have to read or comment on papers longer than this. The archive will be password-protected so that access is limited to members of APT.
Questions and assistance: For questions about the program or proposal guidelines, please contact one of the Program Committee Co-Chairs, Lilly Goren (lgoren (at) carrollu.edu) or Peter Josephson (pjosephs (at) anselm.edu). If you have difficulty submitting a proposal, please contact the APT webmaster at webmaster(at) apt-us.org.
To learn more about the Association and its annual conference please visit the APT website at http://www.apt-us.org.