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Call for Proposals—MIPSA 2014

Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting
Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan
October 23-24, 2014s

The Executive Board of the Michigan Political Science Association is pleased to announce that the organization's 2014 annual meeting will take place October 23-24 on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. The conference has not been in this area of the state for several years and we are excited to be bringing the conference back to Southeastern Michigan.

This year;’s conference promises to be very engaging as we are planning on a wide variety of panels and topics, special lectures and panels on the 2014 election cycle, and many other opportunities.

Keynote Address

“Campaign Finance Policy and Why it Matters for Political Science”
R. Sam Garrett, Congressional Research Service

The address will be following a reception and dinner at historic
Meadow Brook Hall

Known as “The Great Estate,” Meadow Brook is a National Historic Landmark. It was the historic home built by one of the automotive industry’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, Meadow Brook represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America. 2014 is the 100-year anniversary of the Dodge company and will be celebrated throughout the year at the Hall. Tours of the hall will also be available after the keynote speech.

Interactive Plenary Discussion
“The 2014 Elections in Michigan”
Nolan Finley, Detroit News
Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press
Christy McDonald, Detroit Public Television

During lunch on Friday the 24th Television’s popular MiWeek program for an interesting and interactive discussion about the 2014 elections in Michigan and many other topics including the Detroit bankruptcy. , we will welcome the participants of Detroit Public

Program and Events

The 2014 MIPSA program will consist of a keynote address, panels, roundtables, poster sessions, and a 2014 campaign event featuring experts “in the field” focusing on the electoral landscape in Michigan.

In addition to panels and roundtables proposed in response to the call, special panels or roundtables have been already proposed on the following subjects:

  • The Middle East and the Arab Spring
  • Biology and Politics
  • Public Administration
  • Michigan Tribal Politics
  • The Future of Detroit
  • Canadian Politics
  • Michigan Politics
  • Urban Politics
  • Judicial Politics

If you have a paper in mind that would fit one of these topics, please include that in your submission. If you have a proposal that is not covered by one of these areas, feel free to suggest a panel topic or put together your own panel or roundtable proposal. 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 here (a notice will go out soon when registration is open). The pre- registration fee (professionals: $65; students: $20) covers Thursday’s reception and dinner, Friday’s luncheon, panel refreshment breaks, and admission to all panels. Pre-registration must be completed by October 10; onsite registration will be available but will not include admission to the reception or dinner on Thursday or lunch on Friday. Space for dinner on Thursday is limited, so please register early to guarantee a space.

Registration at the conference opens at 2:00 pm on Thursday afternoon, October 23. Thursday afternoon will also feature two poster sessions – one centered on research and one focused on teaching. The teaching poster session that will highlight innovative courses and innovative teaching methods. Instructors will be at their posters to discuss their courses and methods while conferees are mingling and enjoying refreshments. Research posters will feature authors discussing their work in the traditional poster session format.

A reception and dinner will take place Thursday evening at Meadow Brook Hall. The keynote address will follow dinner. Tours of Meadow Brook Hall will also be available Thursday night after the keynote address for a nominal fee (see the registration page).

Friday will feature four panel sessions (with multiple panels in each session), as well as a luncheon and campaign 2014 event.


Presentation, panel, roundtable, and poster proposals are welcome on any topic that involves government, politics, or public policy at the international, national, state, or local levels. The deadline for receipt of proposals is August 15, 2014.

Proposals for papers, posters, full panels, roundtables, and for chairs and discussants may be submitted using the forms located here.