NEPSA 2021: APRIL 22-24



The New England Political Science Association invites proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables to be presented at its 2021 Annual Meeting, which will convene on April 22-24.

In NEPSA’s 72nd year, we continue to welcome a broad array of panel and paper proposals reflecting the various subfields of our discipline.  NEPSA has the following dedicated sections:

Politics and History

Public Law

Public Policy

Technology and Politics

American Politics

Comparative and Canadian Politics

International Relations

Political Theory

Due to the lingering uncertainty concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, NEPSA is not yet able to determine whether the Annual Meeting will be held in-person as planned, at Gurney's Resort and Marina in Newport, Rhode Island.  Although we are hoping to convene in-person, we recognize that events beyond our control may necessitate offering NEPSA 2021 as a combination of virtual and limited in-person events, or even as an exclusively virtual conference.


As we navigate these uncertain times, NEPSA encourages interested scholars to submit a proposal now, even though a final decision on conference format is not imminent.  We extend this invitation with the following assurance: once a final decision on conference format is made, if you are unwilling or unable to attend the conference in the announced format, you will be able to withdraw your proposal without penalty.


In addition, we are restating the promise made to faculty and graduate students upon the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Meeting: if you had a paper proposal accepted for the 2020 Annual Meeting, that proposal is automatically accepted for the 2021 Annual Meeting if you would still like to present it.


The “2021 CONFERENCE” drop-down menu above contains an entry for “resubmit 2020 proposals.”  If you would like to present your 2020 paper, please fill out this form. Please note that if you do not wish to present your 2020 proposal, you do not need to do anything to decline the invitation to present; we will only include a 2020 proposal in the 2021 Annual Meeting upon request.


Proposals for new individual papers, full panels, and roundtables – as well as offers to serve as panel chairs and/or discussants – may also be submitted through the appropriate entries in the “2021 CONFERENCE” drop-down menu above.  Except in special situations, individuals are restricted to two paper proposals.

The deadline for submissions to the 2021 conference is FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021.

For a PDF version of this Call For Proposals, which includes contact information for the Section Chairs, please click here.

For more information, please contact Steven Lichtman, Executive Director / Program Chair.

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