Annual Conference

 September 18-20, 2020

Banff, Alberta

Submit a Paper Proposal | Submit a Panel Proposal

The 13th Annual Meeting of the Prairie Political Science Association will be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada, Treaty 7 Territory and the traditional lands of the Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot, and Tsuut’ina Nations, from September 18-20, 2020.

The spectacular Kinnear Centre at the Banff Centre and its professional staff and meeting organizers offer an unparalleled conference experience in a breathtaking setting. On-site accommodation, sophisticated audio-visual equipment, day-long catering and child care services help you maintain your focus. Easy interaction with colleagues in cafes, bars, and restaurants at the Centre and in Banff promote the exchange of ideas.

Our keynote speaker for Friday evening is Laura Stephenson, Professor of Political Science at Western University in London, Ontario. Dr. Stephenson is the co-director of the Consortium on Electoral Democracy (C-Dem) and an investigator of the 2019 Canadian Election Study and has conducted research into elections at all three levels in Canada (with the Making Electoral Democracy Work project and the Toronto Election Study and Canadian Municipal Election Studies).

Dr. Stephenson will speak on “Studying Elections in Canada.” Given that this has been a hectic year for elections in Canada, her talk will be illuminating. The Canadian Election Study is a rich source of data on political behaviour and attitudes, measuring preferences on key political issues such as free trade with the US, social spending, and Quebec’s place in Canada; political actors, such as parties, party leaders and the government; and social concerns, such as women’s place in the home, support for immigration, and attitudes toward gays and lesbians; as well as political preferences and engagement. These data provide an unparalleled snapshot and record of Canadian society and political life.

Generally, the conference program offers the following sections: Provincial Politics, Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Political Thought, International Relations, Law, Policy and Public Administration, and Teaching and Professional Practice.  This year we will add American Politics to capture the contentious nature of the Trump presidency and the upcoming presidential election. Single paper proposals may be submitted online using the link above.

The PPSA conference has often been used to bring together groups of researchers working on a common project. Proposals for single panel or multi-panel workshops on a particular theme are welcome. Panel proposals may be submitted online using the link above. Be prepared to provide panel titles, paper titles and abstracts, and the names and emails of authors and chair/s.

To allow us to plan, please provide details of any children requiring daycare at the time of submitting a proposal.

Deadline for both paper and panel proposals will be April 15, 2020.

Extensive exercise facilities, a pool, and access to the great outdoors add another dimension to what is always a welcoming, productive, and enlivening conference. You might also wish to take in one of the remarkable cultural events at the Centre while you are visiting.