APSA 2017: A preview of things to come in San Francisco for WPSA 2018

By Mario Guerrero

Very rarely do the stars align and we get conferences back-to-back in the same city. This past weekend, political scientists around the world converged on San Francisco to discuss their latest research, network, and you know… sweat.

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And not the figurative type of sweat you may expect in an academic setting. Full on sweat from your brow, slowly seeping into your carefully selected wardrobe at the biggest academic conference of the year. APSA 2017 was met with record temperatures in SF, meaning that we’ve now had a hurricane, hotel fire, and historic heat wave all befall APSA in just the last decade.

Although APSA seems to be ground zero for an incredible set of circumstances, you can be certain there’s one conference that’s guaranteed to at least be cooler, and in more ways than one. The Western!

The annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association is being held this coming March 28-31, 2018. And incredibly enough, it’s also in San Francisco! Instead of Union Square, come join us for one of the coolest conferences around just down the street at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. In March, the average high temperature in the city is a paltry 62°F or 16°C.

Proposals are due September 15. This year’s theme is “Contested Truth” where we seek to find the analytical and conceptual contours of facts and truth in politics, including how and why political leaders, analysts, and commentators utilize alternative truths and for what ends. This is an exciting time to discover and discuss new “truths” in our discipline, debating what we have long considered to be “truths” in our discipline being turned on their head in this new era of politics. Click here to submit your proposal for the Western.

And only to reemphasize our guarantee of a “cool conference”, can we also mention how #WPSA18 won’t be a re-creation of the Hilton lobby?

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