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The Association for Political Theory Annual Conference

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
November 11th-13th, 2021

2021 Association for Political Theory Call for Papers

Proposal Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021 by 5pm (EST)!



The Association for Political Theory Annual Conference

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

November 11 – 13, 2021


Program Committee Co-Chairs:

Giunia Gatta (Bocconi University, Italy)

Jonathan Havercroft (University of Southampton, UK)


The Association for Political Theory (APT) invites paper proposals for its annual conference to be held November 11th – 13th, 2021, on the campus of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We will consider papers on all topics in political theory, political philosophy and their cognate disciplines, from scholars working in any field at any institution. Any scholars who are ABD or who hold a terminal degree in their fields may apply; we also encourage faculty members to volunteer to serve as chairs and/or discussants.

Following the success of our 2020 virtual conference, we are looking forward to being able to meet in person this year. We recognize that with the strains on higher education budgets, travel restrictions, and the challenges of the coronavirus it may be impossible for you to know now whether you will be able to travel to the conference in November. Please know that we are working with our local hosts on possibilities for remote participation in the 2021 conference should it be necessary for attendees.



How to apply:


(1) Proposers must be members of the Association.  Membership is free; if you are not yet a member, please submit an application by clicking here.


(2) Abstracts of up to 400 words are due by 5pm (EST) on Monday, February 22, 2021 at the following page. 


You must log in to your account to submit a proposal.  Each member may submit one proposal and may be a co-author on one proposal submitted by someone else. The APT conference does not accept full panel or roundtable proposals.


(3) Selection Process: all abstracts are anonymously reviewed and rated by members of the Program Committee. Authors are notified of their acceptance/rejection or wait list status by the end of April.


Workshop Panels

Once again, the APT will hold a number of workshop panels on Thursday afternoon. Workshop panels consist of three presenters and a chair. Instead of a traditional discussant, the panelists and pre-registered audience members will read all papers and prepare written comments for the presenters before the conference. At the conference, participants will spend approximately 30 minutes workshopping each of the papers.


Presenters at workshop panels must be able to arrive for the conference by Thursday afternoon, November 11.  Please also note that participants in workshop panels may not be able to attend some other pre-conference programming (such as pre-conference workshops, First Book Manuscript Workshop, etc.).


If you are interested in presenting at a workshop panel, please indicate this when you submit your proposal.

Additional Thursday programming will be announced closer to the date of the conference.  As usual, there will be a welcome reception on Thursday evening, Nov. 11.


Chairs and Discussants:

If you are proposing a paper and wish to participate as a chair and/or discussant on another panel, please indicate your areas of expertise in the relevant box on the proposal form. If you are willing to participate as a chair and/or discussant without making a paper proposal, please fill out the form available by clicking here. Chairs and discussants must have a Ph.D.



Pre-circulation requirement:

Presenters on Thursday workshop panels must submit their papers electronically to the paper archive on the APT website no later than October 14, 2021. All other presenters must submit their papers to the archive no later than October 21, 2021. The archive will be password-protected so that access is limited to members of APT. Presenters who do not meet these deadlines will not be able to propose a paper for the following year’s conference.


If you have any difficulties submitting a proposal, please contact APT at

To learn more about the Association and its annual conference please visit the APT website at

We look forward to seeing you at UMass Amherst in November!


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