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2018 WPSA MEETINGS
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
AT THE HYATT REGENCY HOTEL IN EMBARCADERO

MARCH 29-31, 2018

The DEADLINE for submission of paper proposals/program participation forms will be September 15, 2017.

If you are interested in shaping the content of the program by serving as a section chair, please contact:

Jane Junn
2018 WPSA Program Chair
University of Southern California
Email: junn@usc.edu

Theme: Contested Truth

Political scientists are faced with the task of teaching, learning, analyzing, and writing about politics in a new era of contested truth. While politics has always been conducted in the midst of arguments over facts, recent developments in information technology and political leadership in the United States and across the globe highlight the contemporary relevance of contested truth in advanced democracies as well as dictatorships and other authoritarian regimes.

From the invention of “alternative facts” to the invocation of unsubstantiated claims among other contested truths, I invite you to participate by presenting a scholarly paper or a work of pedagogical method. What are the analytical and conceptual contours of facts and truth in politics? How and why do political leaders, analysts, and commentators utilize alternative truths and to what ends? Why and how do students and citizens analyze the contestation of fact, and what strategies can they utilize to contribute to political truth?

Please note: All participants in the program are required to preregister for the 2018 WPSA meeting by December 31, 2017.

 

 

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