Call for Proposals—MIPSA 2016

Forty-Eighth Annual Meeting
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
October 20-21, 2016

The Executive Board of the Michigan Political Science Association is pleased to announce the 2016 annual meeting will take place October 20-21, at Central Michigan University. This year’s conference promises to be very engaging as we are planning a wide variety of panels and topics, special lectures, workshops, and many other opportunities for professional development and engagement.

Program and Events

The 2016 MIPSA program will consist of a keynote address, panels, roundtables, and a poster session. Presentation, panel, roundtable, and poster proposals are welcome on any topic generally related to issues of power and distribution of resources related to the polity, public policy, or governance at the international, national, state, or local levels. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, September, 16, 2016.

Proposals for papers, posters, full panels, roundtables, and for chairs and discussants may be submitted using the form located at the conference web site. If you have a paper or panel in mind, please include that in your submission. The program committee wishes to be as inclusive as possible and will consider all proposals to create a wide-ranging and diverse program.

Printed papers are not required at the MIPSA meeting (although they are welcome). Our emphasis is on carefully prepared oral presentations that stand by themselves (with slides or other audiovisuals when appropriate). There will be discussants at the discretion of the panel chair. When panel chairs have chosen not to utilize a discussant, they will themselves play an active role as facilitators of discussion among panelists and between panelists and the audience.

The conference is also a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their own work. There will be separate panels for student research. These panels will also have panel chairs and discussants, and will be treated like any other professional conference panel. If you know of any students who would like to gain experience and a chance to hone their presentation skills, please let them know about this opportunity and encourage them to submit a proposal.

Because of the association’s role in promoting education, discussion, and cooperation among Michigan political scientists, educators, and practitioners, presentations already made or scheduled at other conferences are welcome here. Many of our attendees will not have had the opportunity to attend those other presentations, and the presenter should receive additional valuable feedback.

To enhance opportunities for interaction, a variety of non-program activities are planned. Thus, there will be a reception and banquet on Thursday night and a luncheon on Friday. We will also have complimentary (and leisurely) refreshment breaks between panel sessions on both Thursday and Friday.

Schedule and Registration

Participants may register online at the MIPSA web site ( through an electronic form. The pre-registration fees cover Thursday’s reception and dinner, Friday’s luncheon, panel refreshment breaks, and admission to all panels. The fees are:

  • Professionals: $65

  • Students: $20

Pre-registration must be completed by September 26, 2016; onsite registration will also be available.

We plan to include two poster sessions—one centered on research and one focused on teaching. The teaching poster session will highlight innovative courses and teaching methods. Instructors will be at their posters to discuss their courses and methods. Research posters will feature authors discussing their work in the traditional poster session format.

Friday will feature four panel sessions (with multiple panels in each session), as well as a luncheon and Keynote Address.