2014 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting and Exhibition

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  • The Amer­i­can Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Asso­ci­a­tion (APSA) is hold its 2014 Annual Meet­ing and Exhi­bi­tion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. on August 28 – 31, 2014 and is kindly invit­ing you to participate.

    Con­fer­ence Theme: Pol­i­tics after the Dig­i­tal Revolution

    For the APSA 2014 Annual Meet­ing, we ask polit­i­cal sci­en­tists to con­sider pol­i­tics and the study of pol­i­tics in an age now long char­ac­ter­ized by the wide­spread use of dig­i­tal technologies.

    Within both democ­ra­cies and non-​democracies, dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies are dis­rupt­ing con­ven­tional modes of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Gov­ern­ments and cor­po­ra­tions are col­lect­ing colos­sal amounts of data about cit­i­zens. Tools for link­ing, search­ing, and analy­sis across mas­sive datasets have trans­formed pol­i­cy­mak­ing and pol­icy eval­u­a­tion. The state’s capac­ity for sur­veil­lance has never been greater.

    But what data does the state col­lect? What data does the state per­mit cor­po­ra­tions to col­lect and share? What data gets released to the pub­lic, and under what cir­cum­stances? In prac­ti­cally every cir­cum­stance, dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies raise famil­iar ques­tions about the rela­tion­ship between gov­ern­ments and pri­vate indi­vid­u­als. Yet, tech­nol­ogy also enables cit­i­zens to bypass tra­di­tional chan­nels of polit­i­cal communication.

    Long­stand­ing bar­ri­ers to polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion are less rel­e­vant in an age of social media. In democ­ra­cies, polit­i­cal cam­paigns are exploit­ing the abun­dance of data and flu­id­ity of com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­vided by the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion. Around the world, cit­i­zen jour­nal­ists are using mobile phones and the social media to com­mu­ni­cate polit­i­cal events as they unfold, in the face of gov­ern­ment action to cen­sor infor­ma­tion and repress its sources. At the same time, across states, infor­ma­tion war­fare is pre­sent­ing new secu­rity chal­lenges to exist­ing power configurations.

    The dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion has also changed the way we study and teach pol­i­tics. Internet-​based sur­vey research and exper­i­men­ta­tion has rad­i­cally quick­ened the tempo and broad­ened the scope of stud­ies of pub­lic opin­ion, polit­i­cal atti­tudes, and behav­ior. Pro­ce­du­rally, polit­i­cal sci­en­tists can share evi­dence and com­mu­ni­cate knowl­edge more widely and eas­ily than ever before.

    APSA Divi­sion Calls and Chair Con­tact Information

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    APSA Related Group Calls and Chair Con­tact Information

    Pro­fes­sional groups engaged in the study of polit­i­cal sci­ence, and unaf­fil­i­ated with APSA, are invited and encour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in Annual Meet­ings as “related groups.” The pur­pose for includ­ing these groups in the meet­ing is to pro­mote teach­ing and research in polit­i­cal sci­ence or the pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment of polit­i­cal sci­en­tists. Related groups are most valu­able to APSA as they add diver­sity and offer a broad spec­trum of civic and polit­i­cal issues.

    Related groups also spon­sor pan­els and round­ta­bles at the Annual Meet­ing. Sub­mis­sions to the related groups fol­low the same dead­lines as the divi­sions and use the same online sub­mis­sion sys­tem. Pro­ceed to the list of related group calls

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