I am still working on my dissertation (expected May 2015). One of my problems thus far as a graduate student is that I have twice been denied admittance to the APSA conference; perhaps the most prestigious conference for political scientists in the world. In my opinion, and the committee or chair who refused me, my work “does not fit” with the category to which I applied.
I am happy to hear that APSA has accepted petitions to open up a new section. I believe that at least one of my papers would have made the new section, if it were available. Basically, in order to solve political issues, we need to open up research doors and not restrict a student of political science’s research agenda to established categories. Here is proof of such success from an email I just received:
I’m happy to report that the system works, if a bit creakily. An administrative mixup at APSA prevented the news from reaching me until recently, but after I submitted a petition with 307 signatures in January, the APSA committee on organized sections approved the creation of an organized section on Political Epistemology. Our first business meeting has been set for Saturday, August 30, 1-2 PM, at the Marriott Capital Boardroom in DC (during APSA).
According to the preliminary bylaws I submitted with the petition, we will fill seven positions by election: President and six other Executive Council members, who will then elect from their number a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Communications Officer. Since we do not as yet have dues-paying members who might vote online (dues have yet to be established), the seven positions will be filled at the meeting. Equally important, we can discuss section goals, ideas for awards, the possibility of a journal, and whatever else.
I recognize that everyone will not be able to make it to the meeting, so I’d like to encourage you to send me any thoughts about the section that you’d like shared with those who will be there. I’ll be sure that your comments are circulated. And if you’d like a copy of the bylaws, just let me know.
Thank you for helping to make this new venture possible. Perhaps it will help focus political scientists’ attention on the role of ideas in political behavior and the normative implications of that role.