The Association for Political TheoryReminder: Deadline Approaching for 2013 APT Conference Proposals


Association for Political Theory Annual Conference, October 10-12, 2013

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Program Co-Chairs: Eric MacGilvray (Ohio State University) and Jennifer Rubenstein (University of Virginia)

Proposal deadline: Monday, February 18, 2013

The Association for Political Theory (APT) invites proposals for its eleventh annual conference, to be held October 10-12, 2013 at Vanderbilt University.  We welcome proposals from faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students who have completed all requirements except for the dissertation.  Proposals will be considered on all topics in the fields of political theory, political philosophy, the history of political thought, and cognate disciplines.  We also encourage faculty to volunteer to serve as chairs and/or discussants.

How to apply:  Abstracts of 300-400 words are due by midnight PST on Monday, February 18, 2013.  To apply online, click on the following link or visit the APT web site at  Please review the guidelines listed below before completing a proposal form.  Each participant may submit one 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.

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.  Chairs and discussants must have a Ph.D.

Pre‐circulation requirement: All papers accepted for the conference must be submitted electronically to the archive on the APT website no later than October 1, 2013.  Papers should be no more than 30 double‐spaced pages in length so that discussants may provide suitable feedback.  The archive will be password‐protected so that access is limited to members of APT.  Participants who fail to submit their paper to the archive by October 1, 2013 will be removed from the program.

Conference participants must be members of the Association.  Membership is free.  The paper archive is available to APT members only, so conference participants will need to join the Association in order to gain access to the archive.  Click here to submit a membership application.

Questions and assistance: For questions about the program or proposal guidelines, or if you have difficulty submitting a proposal, please contact one of the Program Committee Co‐Chairs, Eric MacGilvray( or Jennifer Rubenstein  (

To learn more about the Association and its annual conference please visit the APT website at

APT Initiative for 2013 Conference: Themed Panel Series on Emotion, Imagination and Experience in Politics

In recent years, political theorists and philosophers working in a wide range of areas have produced an explosion of exciting work about the role of emotion, imagination, and lived experience (including perception) in politics.  Examples include studies of the relationship between reason and the passions in the cultivation of civic virtue; the revival of interest in the sentimentalist moral philosophy of David Hume, Adam Smith, and others; attention to the role that affective concerns play in political deliberation; attention to the ways in which sensory perception shapes political participation; the use of empirical insights from social and political psychology to inform the design of political institutions; and the appeal to the imagination as a way of fostering cosmopolitan political commitments.

Although these diverse areas of study address a common set of concerns, they are too often pursued in isolation from each other.  The Program Co-Chairs therefore plan to organize an interdisciplinary series of panels on the theme of emotion, imagination and experience in politics.  The panels will be scheduled consecutively, with the exact content and mix of presentations to be determined by the proposals that we receive.  We hope to assemble panels that are coherent enough to foster discussion, but dissonant enough to enable participants to make new and fertile connections.  Although each panel will function as a stand-alone event, we hope that interested participants will attend the entire series, and that fruitful conversations will extend over the course of the conference.

If you would like your paper to be considered for the themed panel series, simply indicate this on the proposal form.  All proposals will automatically be considered for the general APT program as well.

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