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 five workshops are (full descriptions may be found by clicking on the links below): This year, we are also offering a workshop on Thursday starting at 10 sponsored by the American Political Science Association. A description of this workshop follows below:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:30-10:30 — Publishing in EPT Roundtable
10:45-12:15 — Roundtable on “Solidarity and Climate Justice” featuring local activists and analysts, but designed to engage the larger EPT group in collective discussion
1:45-3:15 - Roundtable on “Decolonizing Environmental Political Theory” (select readings will be circulated in advance)
3:30-4:10 - Creativity and Social Transformation (more details to come)
4:10-5:00 - Planning for next year.
Workshop organizers: James Rowe (email@example.com) and Sarah Marie Wiebe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
Ethnography in the Context of Transparency Angst:
Wednesday @ WPSA afternoon seminars are intended to gather a group of ‘interpretivists,’ broadly cast, to talk about methodological topics of interest. The fifth meeting of the seminar will once be organized by Peregrine Schwartz-Shea (University of Utah) and Samantha Majic (John Jay College/City University of New York).
Following 2016’s very successful and invigorating conversation about Alice Goffman’s On the Run, we will discuss another ethnography that has been getting scholarly and public attention: Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016, NY: Crown Publishers). For example, on the dustcover of the hardback, former APSA president Robert Putnam of Bowling Alone fame writes: “This sensitive, achingly beautiful ethnography should refocus our understanding of poverty in America on the simple challenge of keeping a roof over your head.”
Whether Desmond’s book will face the same criticisms that were focused on Goffman’s text and person remains to be seen but in the context of what might be called the transparency angst or replication hysteria roiling some parts of the social sciences, we can repeat the same questions as in 2016:
1) Is ethnography trustworthy? Is it—and by extension, other interpretive—research
is insufficiently transparent;
And by April 2017, as well, we should have some of the draft Community Transparency Statements (CTSs) produced by the QTD Process (Qualitative Transparency Deliberations). See https://www.qualtd.net/page/about. In particular, there is a working group on Ethnography and Participant Observation.
To help us plan the session, please let us know by March 1 if you will attend: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org . We would also be happy to answer questions about the session.
Previous meetings of the Interpretation and Methods seminar @ WPSA
Engaging with the Public about Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary America
This session will convene a panel of political scientists active in public engagement around issues of race and ethnicity in America. Panelists will discuss how they participate in public conversations about race and ethnicity and share approaches for conveying academic research to non-academic audiences through venues including public lectures, media interviews and appearances, and blogging. Panelists also will discuss ways in which race and ethnicity (including as both relate to immigration) have been framed in the media and other public fora within the past year. The roundtable is sponsored by the APSA Public Engagement Program and will include an overview of program resources available for both scholars already active in public engagement and those new to this area.