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 preliminary program can be found here in PDF form.  This will be updated frequently with more information, but panel times will not change without notification to/permission from each participant.

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: 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. Presenters on regular panels must do so no later than October 8th, 2018, and presenters on Workshop panels must do so by October 1st, 2018. 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.  Confirmed participants who fail to submit their papers to the archive by these deadlines will not be able to propose a paper as author or co-author for the 2019 Conference.  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.


We look forward to seeing you all at Haverford and Bryn Mawr in October.

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