2016 APT Conference

Welcome to the 14th Annual Meeting of the
Association for Political Theory
October 20-22, 2016

Host Institution

The Department of Political Science at Ohio State University is delighted to host the Fourteenth Annual Conference of the Association for Political Theory.  The hosts for the conference are Eric MacGilvray (chair), Ben McKean, Michael Neblo, and Inés Valdez from the Department of Political Science, and Piers Turner from the Department of Philosophy.  The conference is made possible by generous support from the Department of Political Science, the Department of Philosophy, and the Center for Ethics and Human Values.

A map of the conference hotel and venues can be found here.

A schedule of buses to and from the conference hotel to the Ohio Union can be found here.


The final program for the 2016 Conference can be found in PDF form here.  A mobile-friendy html version of the program can be found here.

If you see any errors on the program; have any title, affiliation, or e-mail changes to report; or have other difficulties, please contact our webmaster, Steven Kelts, at webmaster@apt-us.org.


Conference participants must be members of the Association. Membership is free. If you are not yet a member, please submit a membership application before registering. If you are a member already, please login before continuing to the registration page. You can register by going here.

Important Deadlines

  • Deadline to withdraw from program: September 1st (Any confirmed participant who withdraws after this date will not be able to propose a paper as author or co-author for the 2017 Conference.  This policy was approved by the governance committee to address an increase in late withdrawals in the recent past.  Each year APT must turn down 200 proposals, and late withdrawals leave open spots on the program that could have been filled by one of our colleagues.)
  • Deadline to register and pay for all participants appearing on the program: September 1st (After this date, we will offer any unconfirmed spots on the program to alternates.)
  • Deadline to register and pay for all other conference attendees: September 15th (After this date, the registration fee will automatically increase by $50. This deadline is necessary for planning the conference, especially the meals.)

If you have any difficulties registering for the conference please contact our webmaster, Steven Kelts, at webmaster@apt-us.org.

Travel and Lodging

Click here for travel and hotel information.

Paper Archive

Pre‐circulation requirement: All papers accepted for the conference must be submitted electronically to the archive on the APT website. Presenters on regular panels must do so no later than September 30, 2016, and presenters on Workshop panels must do so by September 23, 2016. Papers should be no more than 30 double‐spaced pages in length so that discussants may provide suitable feedback. The archive will be password‐protected so that access is limited to members of APT. We will remove from the program all participants who fail to submit their papers to the archive by these deadlines. These deadlines are to allow discussants and other conference participants sufficient time to read and prepare comments on papers. While we have been flexible with this deadline in the past, we will be enforcing it this year barring unforeseen circumstances out of the control of the presenter.

Access the 2016 APT Conference Paper Archive.

To upload your paper to the archive, please go to https://www.apt-us.org/ and login to your account. You should then go to: https://www.apt-us.org/filedepot# and look for the 2016 Columbus folder in the list of folders on the left, at the bottom.
• Then, on the right, you can scroll down to find the session you are in, and in turn the file for your particular panel.
• Click on the link to your panel's folder. You then click on the New File button in the upper left of the Filedepot window (it's just under the Filedepot text).
• This should bring up a pop-up window that will allow you to choose the file to upload. You can also give the file a Display Name, enter Tags for searches that people may do of the archive, and provide a Description and Version Notes. All of these are optional.
• Once you have filled everything out, just hit Upload File and your paper should appear in the panel folder.  Often FileDepot gives an error message (“Please Wait”) and does not refresh a screen – if this happens, simply hit your back button, refresh your screen, and you’ll likely see that your paper has been uploaded properly.
If you have any problems with uploading, please contact our webmaster, Steven Kelts, at webmaster@apt-us.org.


We look forward to seeing you all in Columbus in October.

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