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WORKSHOPS

On the day before the start of the annual meeting, four WPSA-affiliated groups hold workshops to share research and address issues of common interest. The four workshops are (full descriptions may be found by clicking on the links below):

1) Environmental Political Theory
2) Feminist Theory
3) Interpretive Methods and Methodology
4) Latina/o Politics

If you are associated with a group of scholars who would like to hold a workshop during the WPSA meetings, please contact Elsa Favila at favilaej@csus.edu.

Announcing the Fifteenth Annual
ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICAL THEORY WORKSHOP
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - Draft Schedule
Subject to Change and Refinement

9:30-9:45 – Greetings and Announcement of 2017 EPT Paper Award

9:45-10:45
— Roundtable on publishing in EPT:

Joel Kassiola presenting opportunities to contribute to the
forthcoming Handbook on Environmental Political Theory (Palgrave)
Discussion with academic journal editors, Theory and Event

11:00-12:30 — Intersections of science and politics:

Discussion with Dr. Ignacio Chapela (Berkeley) and Dr. Naomi Oreskes (Harvard)

LUNCH 12:30-2:00

2:00-3:15 – Art and EPT, guest TBA

3:15-4:10 - Creativity and Social Transformation: Presentation and discussion with local artist-activists

4:15-5:00 – Conference sustainability and planning for next year

GROUP DINNER, 6:30pm, at Greens

BEFORE/AFTER DINNER: Enjoy a walk around and enjoy Ft. Mason art galleries, museums, and waterfront. Join us at The Interval for cocktail hour.

BACKGROUND

EPT Workshop: First proposed in 2001 at the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Environmental Political Theory(EPT) group gathers together activists and scholars, who are interested in what political theory can contribute to larger policy debates and intellectual discussions about environmental issues. Since 2002, this group has held a daylong workshop in conjunction with Western Political Science Association annual meetings. Participants in the
EPT Workshop have created a lively intellectual community, and each workshop features a diverse gathering of university administrators, younger faculty members, senior academics, full-time environmental activists, and graduate students. We come together mostly from all across the U.S. and Canada, but EPT workshops also typically have a number of international participants. The EPT workshops themselves focus upon research
agendas, academic pedagogy, public policies, and ethical concerns. Their goals are connecting theory with practice. The number of participants at EPT events have been growing in recent years, and participants consistently are enthusiastic about the significant benefits of developing this important intellectual community. To join the EPT listserv please visit the following page: http://www.cddc.vt.edu/ept/.

FEMINIST THEORY WORKSHOP
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - TBA

 

WPSA 2018 PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION ON
INTERPRETIVE METHODS AND METHODOLOGY

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Participants in this workshop gather to discuss research approaches that foreground questions regarding the meanings that political actors make of events, processes, movements, problems, institutions, and power-relations. Political scientists and political theorists from all subfields with interests in ethnographic fieldwork, participatory-action and socially-engaged research, discourse analysis, and other qualitative methods are warmly encouraged to attend. Part of our 2018 WPSA workshop will be devoted to discussing the book Meaningful Resistance: Market Reforms and the Roots of Social Protest in Latin America by Erica S. Simmons (Cambridge University Press 2016), so participants should read this book prior to the workshop. The workshop offers an opportunity for scholars engaged in interpretive projects to share ideas and experiences about methodological questions, dilemmas, and successes, in the hope of fostering a more intellectually diverse culture among those who study political phenomena.

 

LATINA/O POLITICS WORKSHOP
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 -TBA


 

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