APSA Annual Conference

The Australian Political Studies Association’s (APSA) Annual Conference is the Association’s most significant event. It provides an opportunity for political scientists from around Australia and overseas to gather in a collegial atmosphere to present and discuss current research. The networking opportunities are invaluable, particularly for early career researchers.

2021 APSA Conference: Politics in the Age of Uncertainty 

The APSA 2021 Annual Conference will be hosted by the Discipline of Politics & International Relations in the School of Social Sciences, Macquarie University. The conference theme is ‘Politics in the Age of Uncertainty’. The Conference Local Organising Committee, in consultation with the APSA Executive Committee, has decided to hold the conference in virtual format via zoom, due to on-going travel restrictions regarding COVID-19.

Theme: ‘Politics in the Age of Uncertainty’ recognises the upheavals of contemporary politics in light of, but not limited to, COVID-19, and invites an explicit focus on the causes, manifestations and consequences of the new political, technological and ideological constellations of our time.

When: Monday 20 September – Wednesday 22 September 2021 (Postgraduate Workshop on Sunday 19th September 2021). 

Where: Virtual conference via Zoom

Key dates and deadlines:

  • Abstract submissions open: 1 December 2020
  • Abstract submissions close: 3 May 2021, 11:59pm AEST
  • Authors notified of results: 4 June 2021

All abstracts must follow the instructions and format listed on the conference website and be submitted to apsa2021@mq.edu.au by Monday 3 May 2021, 11:59pm AEST.

Notification of Outcome of Abstract Submission

Authors who have submitted an individual abstract or a panel/roundtable proposal will be notified of whether their abstract has been accepted or declined by 4th of June 2021. The registration and payment links will be advertised in due course. After authors have been notified of the outcome of their submissions, authors will have until 10th July 2021 to register and pay at early bird rates. From 11th July 2021, standard registration rates apply. Cancellations with refunds will be made available until 20th July 2021, after which time there will be no refunds of the conference fees.

Registration Fees (all prices in AUD and inclusive of GST)

In recognition of the increased uncertainties regarding jobs in the higher education sector, the organising committee has revised the fees to encourage participation from ‘unwaged’ researchers, as well as Early Career Researchers and postgraduate students.

  • Members – Early Bird Registration $110
  • Members – Standard Registration $141
  • Non-Members- Early Bird Registration $141
  • Non-Members- Standard Registration $172
  • ECRs*, Unwaged**, Student Member Early Registration $31
  • ECRs, Unwaged, Student Non Member Early Registration $47
  • ECRs, Unwaged, Student  Member Standard Registration $62
  • ECRs, Unwaged, Student  Non Member Standard Registration $79

*Early Career Researchers whose PhDs were conferred on or after 3 May 2016, or have a PhD conferral date with a period of career interruptions that would be commensurate with a PhD conferral date on or after 3 May 2016 (as per the ARC’s definition: https://www.arc.gov.au/policies-strategies/policy/eligibility-and-career-interruptions-statement)

**Researchers on non-permanent, fixed term or casual contracts.

All other enquiries regarding the APSA Annual Conference 2021 should be emailed to the Conference Secretary, Ms Kelli-Lee Drake at apsa2021@mq.edu.au.

Organising Committee

The organisers of APSA2020 are from the Discipline of Politics and International Relations in the Macquarie School of Social Sciences, which includes::

  • Dr Sung-Young Kim (Chair)
  • Dr Jumana Bayeh (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Francesco Stolfi (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Ian Tregenza (Co-Chair)
  • Ms Kelli-Lee Drake (Departmental Administrator)

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