SCHEDULE AN EVENT AT OUR ANNUAL MEETING
The WPSA annual meeting not only offers the opportunity
for traditional research presentations and roundtable discussions, but
also a place for interested groups to schedule special events and workshops.
On the Wednesday right before the conference begins, there is limited
space available to accommodate groups who wish to hold workshops or offer
short courses. In addition, if you are part of a research community that
is interested in holding a meeting in the spring, we may be able to accommodate
your group by coordinating a mini-conference within our annual conference.
Past mini-conferences have been highly praised for providing more coherent
panels, better feedback from discussants, and fewer no-shows among panelists.
There is also the opportunity to host receptions, business meetings, and
other special events. Because we are a small organization, we are able
to give close, personal attention to special events. For information about
these opportunities, please contact Richard Clucas (email@example.com) or Julio Castilleja (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Workshop and Mini-Conferences Policies
The WPSA is generally flexible in scheduling special events to accommodate
the needs of individual groups. The main requirement we have is that we
expect participants in special events to register for the regular conference.
This is true for both Wednesday workshops and mini-conferences. We do
not charge groups directly to hold their special events. However, we are
only able to cover the costs associated with hosting these events by having
participants register for the conference. Of course, if the group wants
to order food and beverages, they will be charged for the costs of what
For mini-conferences, we currently require that the organizers schedule
at least two panels. If a group only wants to schedule a single panel,
we ask that the organizers submit their proposal through the regular panel
proposal process. While we do allow mini-conferences that are only two
panels, we have found that a two-panel mini-conference may be as easily
accommodated in the regular program. Mini-conferences that have at least
three panels tend to be more dynamic. We also encourage the organizers
of mini-conferences to use this opportunity to pursue something that is
larger and more substantial than in is possible in regular panels, such
as organizing an edited volume or an omnibus dataset. Mini-conferences
are also a good way to launch an effort to build a new research community.
Waiving Fees for Special Guests
The WPSA’s formal policy is that all participants at the annual
conference pay the registration fee. The fee is even charged to association
officers, including the President and Executive Director. One of the rare
exceptions is for some special guest speakers. There have been some occasions
in which a panel or workshop organizer has wanted to invite someone from
the political world to meet with their panel or group. Inviting a special
guest can add a lot to the success of the conference, so we encourage
it. However, we do not want to waive the fee to someone who should be
paying it like all the other participants. We want to be fair. Our general
policy is that a special guest will not be asked to pay the conference
fee if the individual: (1) is not a member of the association, (2) is
not a political scientist, (3) has been invited to attend the conference
as a guest to share their insider knowledge, (4) would not otherwise attend,
and (5) won't likely participate in other meeting events except those
to which they have been invited. If you want to invite a guest speaker,
please contact Richard Clucas, Executive Director, at email@example.com.