77th Annual MPSA Conference

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Proposals are now accepted for the 77th Annual MPSA conference, April 4-7, 2019 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL.  

  • Paper, Roundtable, Complete Panel Proposals Due: October 5, 2018
  • Subfield and Working Group Proposals Due: December 7, 2018

Session formats for 2019 include (1) Complete Panel/Paper Session, (2) Lightning Talk, (3) Poster, (4) Lecture, (5) Roundtable, (6) Junior Scholar Symposium, and (7) working group. Please click here to view detailed session format information and session role descriptions (paper presenter, chair, discussant, etc.). Please click here for presenter guidelines.

The preliminary schedule will be posted on the MPSA website in mid-January under the Annual Conference tab with specific days and times of sessions.  At that time, you will be able to search on your name and print the pertinent information, if needed.

You do not need to be a member of the MPSA to submit a proposal, but you must be logged into the MPSA website. If you think you may have an existing account (e.g. attended the conference, submitted a proposal, been a member), please click here to retrieve your existing username and password . If you do not have an account for the website, you may create one by following this link. Please contact our membership staff with questions or concerns about your username and password.

MPSA has over 80 sections to which you may submit a proposal. Please click here to view a complete list of sections and their descriptions.

Instructions for Submitting Proposals
Proposals should be submitted directly to the appropriate section heads of the 2019 Program Committee using the online form. Do not send the same proposal to more than two section heads. Submitting a proposal to two section heads does not increase the chance of having the proposal accepted.

If you are offering to serve as a chair or discussant, please indicate your fields of expertise and provide a statement of your interest. Individuals may participate on no more than three panels, poster, JSS, or lightning talk sessions. Participants may give two paper presentations (only one may be single authored), and serve as a chair and/or discussant on a third session. Roundtables are exempt from participation limits. Groups not affiliated with MPSA that wish to sponsor sessions should contact the MPSA (conf@mpsant.org) to arrange this.

The 2019 conference will take place over four days, on a Thursday morning through Sunday afternoon schedule of sessions. By submitting a proposal, individuals agree to be available to participate in sessions during any of the four days of the conference. Requests for specific days or times for participation are not accepted, except for reasons related to religious observance or unusual family circumstances. Though MPSA does value teaching, approximately 80% of attendees teach and we cannot schedule around teaching schedules. Special scheduling requests must be submitted to conf@mpsanet.org no later than November 21, 2018.

The Midwest Political Science Association reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal received from an individual or individuals desiring to participate in the annual meeting.