Conference 2020

***July 15, 2020***

APPSA Research Exchange submission due date extended from July 15 to July 17, 2020. Send submissions to appsa2020@stfx.ca. See below for more details about the research exchange.

June 21, 2020

Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association Research Exchange

In lieu of an in-person conference, the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association (APPSA) will host a research exchange in October 2020. Research exchanges give scholars the opportunity to share their work and receive feedback on that work from peers as well as to provide constructive commentary to their peers. APPSA invites paper submissions addressing the broad theme of “provincial and regional politics.” This incudes—but is not limited to—provincial and territorial politics in Canada, federal politics and policy analyzed at the sub-national level, as well as regional politics beyond Canada.

Selected participants will submit their completed paper (maximum 8,000 words) by October 19, 2020. Research exchange participants are also responsible for providing comments on two submitted papers, as assigned by the organizers. Feedback on these assigned papers will be due by October 29, 2020. Upon the completion of the exchange, each participant will have provided comments on two papers and will have received feedback on their own paper from two peers.

The deadline for applications is July 17 [REVISED], 2020. Please provide a paper title and a short abstract (maximum 250 words). We ask that all MA students interested in participating include a short approval letter from their supervising faculty. Applications should be sent to appsa2020@stfx.ca. Successful applicants will be notified July 24.

A small fee ($25) will be charged for participation. All proceeds will go to the APPSA operating account for use during future APPSA in-person conferences.

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May 19, 2020

After much deliberation and discussion, we have chosen to cancel the 2020 Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association Annual Conference scheduled for October 23–25, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has generated considerable uncertainty, particularly with regard to the health risks and travel restrictions that may be in place in the fall. While StFX does plan to open for students in September 2020, incoming public health protocols will significantly complicate our ability to plan the conference and will prevent us from holding the events that make conferences such enriching academic experiences.

In coordination with the APPSA community, we have decided to delay the scheduled line-up of conferences for one year. StFX looks forward to hosting the APPSA Annual Conference in October 2021.

We continue to examine the possibility of limited interim online options to facilitate academic presentations. A decision regarding online options is expected in early June 2020.

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April 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it in Canada and across the globe. This interruption extends to the annual cycle of national and international academic conferences. Because many of our favourite spring and summer conferences have announced cancellations, the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association (APPSA) would like to provide a brief update on our annual conference, currently scheduled for Fall 2020.

At this time, APPSA’s conference organizing committee is cautiously optimistic that an in-person event can move forward. Facilities on the St. Francis Xavier University campus have been booked from Friday, 23 October to Sunday, 25 October 2020.

However, it must be noted that there is uncertainty with regard to whether an in-person conference will indeed be feasible six months from now. If the current social-distancing recommendations and travel restrictions hold into the fall, APPSA will not be able to proceed. Even if the rules of travel and social interaction are relaxed this summer, they could be reapplied at any time should another COVID-19 wave emerge. 

As such, the APPSA conference organizing committee is moving to plan a nimble, adaptable event. To protect APPSA’s financial position, we will work with vendors to avoid costly obligations in the case that the in-person conference requires cancellation on short notice.

While we are optimistic that conference participants will be able to join us at StFX in October, we must be realistic in recognizing that pandemic conditions may disrupt even the best laid plans. With this in mind, planning will continue in the hopes of having a successful 2020 APPSA conference in some form or another.

Watch for the Call for Papers, which we anticipate circulating by the end of May.