Sharing Knowledge and Expertise: IPSA at the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting

Sharing Knowledge and Expertise: IPSA at the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting

Publication date: Tue, 22 Aug 2023

IPSA will be present at the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting, held under the theme Rights and Responsibilities in an Age of Mis- and Disinformation in Los Angeles, U.S., from 31 August - 3 September.

IPSA Pre-APSA Annual Meeting Workshop (Free Online Event)

We are pleased to announce that IPSA will organize a Pre-APSA Annual Meeting Workshop entitled Digitalization of Scientific Associations: Challenges and Technological Solutions on 30 August from 9:00 to 10:30 Pacific Time (U.S. and Canada).

The Workshop gathers executives from scholarly associations, experts in digital solutions for associations and virtual platform suppliers to discuss how digitalization can help scholarly associations reach their missions and attain their objectives, whether it be through publications, membership, events and activities. The goal is for the virtual platform suppliers to discuss the best practices in the field, as well as the challenges and threats posed by digitalization and artificial intelligence (AI).

IPSA President Pablo Oñate will lead the online workshop with the participation of the following speakers: 

  • Kim Fontaine-Skronski, Executive Director, IPSA;
  • Steven Smith, Executive Director, APSA;
  • Nick Scott, Independent consultant in digital transformation for non-profit associations;
  • Mitch Malinsky, Head of Sales and Strategic Partnerships, Pheedloop.

How to attend?

The Workshop will be held on Zoom. The event is FREE OF CHARGE, but advance online registration is required:

When: Wednesday, 30 August, from 9:00 to 10:30 Pacific Time (U.S. and Canada).

IPSA Panel

The Role of Women in Local and International Politics from a Feminist Dimension
Friday, 1 September, 14:00 to 15:30 PDT
Chair: Irasema Coronado, IPSA Vice-President and WC2025 Program Co-Chair
Participants: Dianne Pinderhughes, IPSA Past President, Notre Dame University; Katherine Spillar, Executive Director, Feminist Majority, and Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine; Angie Bautista-Chavez, Arizona State University; Simonne Campos, Arizona State University

Chaired by IPSA Vice-President Irasema Coronado, the Role of Women in Local and International Politics from a Feminist Dimension roundtable will feature prominent scholars and activists with extensive expertise in women's empowerment around the world. Their collective experience spans several critical areas, including leadership, inequality, homelessness, migration, and ensuring equitable access to essential resources. Stories and examples will be presented, drawing from experiences in diverse locations, from Afghanistan and Iraq to the U.S.-Mexico border. Speakers will address the challenges and opportunities facing women leaders in an era of polarization, misinformation, and disinformation.

Roundtable participants include IPSA’s Past President Dianne Pinderhughes, who will provide an overview of feminist approaches in the contemporary political landscape. Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of Feminist Majority and Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine, will share inspiring stories of bold and courageous activists working tirelessly for women's rights. Angie Bautista-Chavez of Arizona State University will highlight the accomplishments of Latina feminist leaders in non-governmental organizations. Simonne Campos, also from Arizona State University, will highlight the plight of homeless women in Los Angeles, drawing attention to the pressing issues of inequality and homelessness. Finally, Irasema Coronado will offer insights into the challenges faced by immigrant women as they navigate informal and formal political spaces.

Panels Organized by IPSA Research Committees (RCs) 

Tackling Causality and Causal Inference across the Social Sciences
Thursday, 31 August, 12:00 to 13:30 PDT

Chair: Tobias Hofmann, Free University of Berlin
Speakers: Svend-Erik Skaaning, Aarhus University; Jorgen Moller, Aarhus University; Stephanie Dornschneider-Elkink, University College Dublin; Ludvig Norman, Stockholm University; Derek Beach, Aarhus University; and Marcus J. Kurtz, Ohio State University

The theoretical and applied papers on this panel address a variety of challenges of causality and causal inference and offer practical solutions for empirical work in political science as well as scholarship in the humanities and related social and behavioural sciences. The panel is sponsored by IPSA Research Committee (RC01) - Concepts and Methods in collaboration with APSA Divisions 8 (Political Methodology) and 46 (Qualitative Methods).

Power, Information and Disinformation
Saturday, 2 September, 10:00 to 11:30 PDT

Chair: Renee Marlin-Bennett, Johns Hopkins University
Speakers: Kevin Riehle, University of Mississippi; Amal A. Abdrabo, Alexandria University; Ziwen Zu, The University of Hong Kong; and Yunchen Zhu, The University of Hong Kong

The widespread impact of information and disinformation on billions of people worldwide makes the control and manipulation of information a prominent issue of our time. The panel, organized by IPSA Research Committee (RC36) - Political Power,  will explore the multifaceted aspects of power dynamics over information in this rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Other Highlights 

Film: History in the Profession: APSA Oral History Project: Dr. Dianne M. Pinderhughes
Friday, 1 September, 10:00 to 11:30 PDT
Chair: Kimberly Mealy, APSA

In this roundtable, IPSA Past President Dianne M. Pinderhughes will discuss her career as a political scientist, what it means to be a Black political scientist, her research on voting rights, political participation, comparative race, ethnicity and politics, and group dynamics. She will also reflect on the importance of mentors and on her leadership roles at APSA, IPSA and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS).

Past as Prologue: Anchoring Race, Ethnicity and Politics to the Howard School
Saturday, 2 September, 10:00 to 11:30 PDT
Chair: Paula D. McClain, Duke University
Speakers: Errol A. Henderson, Pennsylvania State University; Krista Johnson, Howard University; and Pearl T. Robinson, Tufts University
Discussant: Dianne M. Pinderhughes, IPSA Past President

This panel aims to anchor the contemporary debates within the field of Race, Ethnicity and Politics (REP) on race and human rights, with a focus on the Howard School of Race and International Relations. The Howard School, composed of black scholars affiliated with Howard University from the 1930s to the 1950s, includes Alain Locke, Ralph Bunche (the first black man to receive a Ph.D. in political science), Merze Tate (the first black woman to receive a Ph.D. in political science), W.E.B. Du Bois, Eric Williams and others. These scholars provided anti-imperialist critiques of white supremacist claims, theses and paradigms that were foundational to the incipient discipline of political science. 

For more information about the 2023 Annual Meeting, please visit the APSA Annual Meeting website.