2020 Association for Political Theory Call for Papers
Proposal Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2020
The Association for Political Theory Annual Conference
University of Massachusetts Amherst
November 12th-14th, 2020
Program Committee Co-Chairs:
Jennie Ikuta (University of Tulsa) and
Kennan Ferguson (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
The Association for Political Theory (APT) invites paper proposals for its annual conference to
be held November 12th-14th, 2020, at the campus of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
We will consider papers on all topics in political theory, political philosophy and their cognate
disciplines, from scholars working in any field at any institution. Any scholars who are ABD or
who hold a terminal degree in their fields may apply; we also encourage faculty members to
volunteer to serve as chairs and/or discussants.
How to Apply:
(1) Proposers must be members of the Association. Membership is free; if you are not yet a
member, please submit an application at:
https://associationforpoliticaltheory.org/Member_Sign_Up by January 31, 2020.
(2) Abstracts of up to 400 words are due by midnight PST on Monday, February 10, 2020 at:
You must log in to your account to submit. Each member may submit one proposal and may be
a co-author on one proposal submitted by someone else. The APT conference does not accept
full panel or roundtable proposals.
(3) Selection Process: all abstracts are anonymously reviewed and rated by members of the
Program Committee. Authors are notified of their acceptance/rejection or wait list status by the
end of April.
Once again, the APT will hold up to four workshop panels on Thursday Nov. 12. Workshop
panels consist of three presenters and a chair; instead of a traditional discussant, the panelists and
pre-registered audience members will read all papers and prepare written comments for the
presenters before the conference. At the conference, participants will spend approximately 30
minutes workshopping each of the papers.
Presenters at workshop panels must be able to arrive for the conference by Thursday afternoon,
November 12th. Please also note that participants in workshop panels may not able to attend
some other pre-conference programming (such as pre-conference workshops, First Book
Manuscript Workshop, etc.).
If you are interested in participating on a workshop panel, please indicate this when you submit
Additional Thursday programming will be announced closer to the date of the conference. As
usual, there will be a welcome reception on Thursday evening, November 12th.
Chairs and Discussants:
If you are proposing a paper and wish to participate as a chair and/or discussant on another panel,
please indicate your areas of expertise in the relevant box on the proposal form. If you are
willing to participate as a chair and/or discussant without making a paper proposal, please fill out
the form available at: https://associationforpoliticaltheory.org/C_D_Volunteer_Form. Chairs and
discussants must have a Ph.D.
Presenters on Thursday workshop panels must submit their papers electronically to the paper
archive on the APT website no later than October 22, 2020. All other presenters must submit
their papers to the archive no later than October 29, 2020. The archive will be passwordprotected
so that access is limited to members of APT. Presenters who do not meet these
deadlines will not be able to propose a paper for the following year’s conference.
If you have any difficulties submitting a proposal, please contact APT at
To learn more about the Association and its annual conference please visit the APT website at