2018 APT Conference

Welcome to the 16th Annual Meeting of the
Association for Political Theory
October 18-20, 2018

Host Institution

The Departments of Political Science at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges are delighted to host the Sixteenth Annual Conference of the Association for Political Theory. The Haverford hosts are Craig Borowiak, Paulina Ochoa Espejo, and Tom Donahue. The Bryn Mawr hosts are Stephen Salkever, Joel Schlosser, and Jeremy Elkins. 
The conference is made possible through the generous support of Bryn Mawr College and the Haverford College Office of the Provost and Office of the President. Additional support has been provided by the Haverford College Department of Political Science and the Swarthmore College Department of Political Science and Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility
The conference will take place on both Bryn Mawr and Haverford campuses. Thursday and Saturday activities will be held at Haverford and Friday activities will be held at Bryn Mawr. Maps of the campuses can be found here (Haverford) and here (Bryn Mawr).
Our hosts have compiled comprehensive information about dining, transportation and lodging while at the Conference, which you will find here.  The final conference email, sent 10/12, is available on the web here.


Our final program can be found here in PDF form.  Print copies of the final program will be distributed at the conference.  For a listing of panels and special events only, see here.  

If you see any errors on the program, please contact our webmaster, Steven Kelts, at webmaster@apt-us.org.  It may be possible to issue errata to the program.



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.  Registration for the pre-conference workshop can be found here.

Important Deadlines

  • Deadline to withdraw from program: July 31st (Any confirmed participant who withdraws after this date will not be able to propose a paper as author or co-author for the 2019 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: August 24th (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 7th (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.



The conference hotel is the Philadelphia Marriott West, located in Conshohocken, PA, 3.6 miles from Bryn Mawr College and 5.4 miles from Haverford College. Maps and transportation for the Marriott can be found here.
A block of rooms has been reserved for APT conference participants at a rate of $129 (king) per night plus tax (currently 10%). The block will be held until Monday, September 17, 2018. Any remaining rooms after that date will be released to the general public. The local hosts were able to secure this affordable rate by guaranteeing that at least 60% of the blocked rooms would in fact be reserved and paid for. If we fall below that threshold, APT will have to cover the costs out of its operating budget. We therefore ask you, if at all possible, to make the conference hotel your first choice for accommodation during the conference. 
Rooms can be booked by following this APT-exclusive link or you can call the Marriott Reservations at 1 (800) 228-9290 and identify yourself as part of the APT Room Block group staying at the Philadelphia Marriott West, 111 Crawford Avenue, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. The deadline is Monday, September 17th, so early booking is encouraged.
Self-Parking for overnight hotel guests is complimentary. The hotel’s local number is: (610) 941-5600.


Travel To/From Hotels and Campus

There are a number of options for getting from the airport to the hotel or the college sites.  Taxis and shared ride services are available, as are public transit options.  Please be aware that some of these options may require a short walk; we have done our best to provide information about how to minimize such barriers to include all of our participants.  
Ride Sharing: As we did for the Colorado-Boulder Conference, APT is providing a Google Doc for attendees to coordinate shared rides (Uber, Lyft, taxi) amongst themselves from the airport to the conference hotel or college sites.  You can find this document with instructions here.
Public Transit: To get to the hotel from the airport, take the train to Philadelphia 30th Street Station.  That runs every half hour between 5:07AM and 12:07 AM (see schedule).  Transfer to the Manayunk/Norristown Line all the way to Conshohocken; from that station it would be a 12 min walk to the Philadelphia Marriott West.  There is also an active taxi stand at Conshohocken, as well as Uber and Lyft availability.  On weekdays, the Manayunk/Norristown line runs every 30 minutes or so until 6:30pm, after which it runs about once per hour until 12:30AM (see weekday schedule).  On Saturday, it runs about once every hour (see Saturday schedule).  Return schedules for these lines, on any day of the week, can be found here.
To get to either Haverford or Bryn Mawr from the airport, take the train to 30th Street Station (see above).  Transfer to the Paoli-Thorndale line to the Haverford or Bryn Mawr stations; from there it's a 10-15 minute walk to campus.  Uber and Lyft are also available.  On weekdays, the Paoli-Thorndale line runs every 30 minutes or less between 5:47AM and 9:30pm, after which it runs about once per hour until 1:30AM (see weekday schedule).  On Saturday, it runs close to every hour (see Saturday schedule).  Again, return schedules can be found here.

Paper Archive

Pre‐circulation requirement: All papers accepted for the conference must be submitted electronically to the archive on the APT website. 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.
Presenters on workshop panels must submit by October 1st, 2018, while those on regular panels must submit no later than October 8th, 2018.  These deadlines are to allow discussants and other conference participants sufficient time to read and prepare comments on papers.  As stated in acceptance emails, failure to upload a completed paper by these deadlines makes the author ineligible to submit a paper proposal for next year's conference.

Directions to Access the 2018 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 "2018 Haverford/Bryn Mawr" 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.  If you do not know your session or panel, please check the program.
• 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 at Haverford and Bryn Mawr in October.

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