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80th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference
Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16, 2023
In-Person at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL

All Panels, Roundtables, Lightning Talks and Working Groups will Feature a Hybrid Format (for In-Person or Virtual Participation). Poster Sessions will be In-Person Only.


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Call for Papers, Roundtables and Complete Panel Proposals

The Conference Program Chairs and Section Heads invite you to submit proposals that reflect the best thinking in the discipline, informed by theory, research, and practical application for the 80th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference, April 13-16, 2023. The conference will feature a hybrid session format for all Panel/Paper sessions, Roundtables, Lightning Talks and Working Groups. Sessions will be broadcast online in real time. Panels may consist of individuals participating in-person, online, or a mixture of both. Please note that Poster sessions and Receptions and Networking Events are available for in-person participation only. Each format is described in detail here.

​​​​​The proposal deadlines are as follows:

October 7, 2022: Papers, Roundtables and Complete Panels
December 2, 2022: Subfields, Undergraduate Sections and Working Groups​​

How to Submit a Proposal
Please note the submission guidelines before you submit your proposal.

Proposals must be submitted electronically and you must be logged into your MPSA account to access the proposal submission system. If you do not have an account, or are unsure, please click here. If you need to reset your password, please click hereAfter logging into your account, click the “Click Here to Submit a Proposal” button. Please note, all users must complete their profile before submitting a proposal. If you have not already completed your account profile, you will be prompted to do so before you can access the proposal system. Every user must submit their own proposal using their own account. If you are a faculty advisor, please do not submit a proposal for one of your students when you are logged in with your personal account.

About the MPSA Annual Conference

The MPSA Annual Conference is one of the largest political science conferences in the discipline with over 1,000 panels, a large exhibit hall, and a variety of networking and professional development activities. The conference historically averages more than 5,000 attendees from 100 countries representing 90+ political interest areas and brings together scholars, researchers and decision makers in the political science community to exchange information and address the latest scholarship in political science.

The conference has the international and multidisciplinary research collaboration opportunities you seek and the networking opportunities and professional development sessions tailored to help you take the next step with your research.

Hybrid Session Formats and Real Time Sessions
The 80th Annual MPSA Conference will feature a hybrid session format for all Panel/Paper sessions, Roundtables, Lightning Talks and Working Groups. Sessions will be broadcast online in real time. Panels may consist of individuals participating in-person, online, or a mixture of both. Please note that Poster sessions and Receptions and Networking Events are available for in-person participation only. Each format is described in detail here.

Presenter Registration Status Flexibility
If you register for in-person attendance and are unable to travel, you can change your registration status to virtual if you are participating on a session featuring a hybrid format (Panel/Paper sessions, Roundtables, Lightning Talks and Working Groups). You may also switch your registration status from virtual to in-person as needed.

If you have a participatory role (presenter, chair, discussant) on a Poster session, you will not be able to switch your registration status from in-person to virtual as this session type is available for in-person participation only.

More information on how to make changes to your registration status will be available in 2023.

Complimentary Registrations for Discussants Participating Online Only and Not Otherwise on the Program
Discussants are always needed! Volunteer to serve as a discussant to demonstrate your support of your colleagues in the discipline. Discussants play an essential role at the conference by providing expertise and feedback to scholars looking to move their research forward.

The MPSA will offer a complimentary registration to those who meet all of the following criteria:

1. Those who are attending the conference online (a complimentary registration is not available for those participating in-person)
    AND
2. Participating as a discussant only (not otherwise on the program)

If you are eligible to receive a complimentary registration, you will be emailed a link to register at no charge.

Professional-level members and submitters may volunteer to be a discussant on any session format. To volunteer, sign in with your MPSA username and password in the proposal system. After logging in, click ‘Volunteer to be a Chair or Discussant for a Section’. You must be logged in with your MPSA username and password to volunteer. Learn more about conference participation roles here.

Opportunities to Get Involved at the Conference

Offer to Serve as a Chair or Discussant
Please consider volunteering your expertise to demonstrate your support of your colleagues in the discipline. Professional-level members and submitters may volunteer to be a discussant or chair via the MPSA proposal system. Second-year graduate students may volunteer to serve as a discussant on undergraduate sessions. To volunteer, sign in with your MPSA username and password in the proposal system. After logging in, click ‘Volunteer to be a Chair or Discussant for a Section’. You must be logged in with your MPSA username and password to volunteer. Learn more about conference participation roles here. The MPSA will offer a complimentary registration to those who meet all of the following criteria: those who are attending the conference online (a complimentary registration is not available for those participating in-person) AND participating as a discussant only (not otherwise on the program). If you are eligible to receive a complimentary registration, you will be emailed a link to register at no charge.

Schedule a Meeting or Reception
MPSA intends to hold some networking sessions, meetings and receptions. Attendees are also invited to propose meetings, receptions and networking events for the conference. If your group needs to arrange for a meeting, reception, or catered meal in conjunction with the 2023 MPSA Annual Conference, complimentary meeting and reception space is available to our professional colleagues on a first-to-ask, first-to-receive basis. If your group needs to arrange for a function at the conference, please complete this form and email it to Bonnie VanDeventer, Conference Administrator at vandeventer@mpsanet.org by February 1, 2023. Meeting rooms will be assigned on or before February 28, 2023.

Coordinate a Working Group
Working group participants agree to attend, as audience members, a small group of related sessions at the conference. A volunteer coordinator for each working group proposes a topic or theme, selects the sessions for the group to attend, promotes the working group, recruits participants, and facilitates communication among participants. A working group may also organize sessions of their own and/or hold a meeting for additional discussion and interaction. MPSA staff handles scheduling logistics (i.e., ensuring that participants are free during those sessions which the working group is attending) and maintaining rosters. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals and cohorts to stimulate focused thought and discussion around a specific theme, topic, or specialization without the hassle of logistics. Sign up through the proposal submission form, or contact MPSA Professional Development Manager Lewis Hoss, Ph.D. at hoss@mpsanet.org to learn more.

Hold a Conference-within-a-Conference
Individuals holding a Ph.D. may submit a proposal to convene a conference-within-a-conference, or multiple organized sessions related to a single theme, topic, or area of study. Proposals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The convenor(s) are responsible for recruiting participants, organizing them into sessions, and facilitating communication and cooperation within the group. MPSA staff will assign meeting space, provide for the logistical needs of the group, maintain a roster of participants, help to promote the event, and work with the convenor(s) to accommodate scheduling requests. This is an excellent opportunity for cohorts to gather around specific areas of study that may not be well-represented in the normal conference sections, or to develop specific projects like an edited volume. To propose a conference-within-a-conference or for other inquiries, please contact MPSA Professional Development Manager Lewis Hoss, Ph.D. at hoss@mpsanet.org.

Learn More About MPSA Volunteer Opportunities
MPSA offers many opportunities to volunteer! Join a committee, volunteer to be a mentor, offer to participate on a professional development roundtable, and more! Learn more here.

View picture highlights below from the 79th Annual MPSA Conference which was held in a hybrid format – April 7-10, 2022!

MPSA Code of Conduct at Events

The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) is committed to providing a safe, harassment-free, hospitable and productive meeting environment for everyone attending our events, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, religion or belief. All conference participants must agree to abide by the MPSA Code of Conduct at Events as well as the MPSA Streaming and Recording Policy.

About the MPSA

Home of the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), one of the top-ranked academic journals in the discipline, the purposes of the MPSA are to promote the professional study and teaching of political science, to facilitate communications between those engaged in such study, and to develop standards for and encourage research in theoretical and practical political problems.

As such, MPSA is a nonpartisan association. It does not support political parties or candidates.

Questions?

About Your Account: Contact MPSA membership staff at mpsainfo@mpsanet.org.
About the Conference: Contact MPSA conference staff at conf@mpsanet.org.

Future MPSA Conference Dates

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