Hosting a Conference

Interested in Hosting a Conference?

The Association is always in need of future conference hosts. Hosting a conference is a great way to promote political theory in your department or program, among your students, and within your college or university. Between 200 and 250 scholars of political theory will show up on your campus, interact with your students, present their latest work, and contribute intellectually to your home institution.  
The responsibilities of hosts are limited to financial and organizational matters. The Association, through its Program committee and Chairs and Discussants committee, reviews proposals and assembles panels. Registration fees are collected by the APT Treasurer.
Typically host institutions and the Association share the expenses of a conference. Actual amounts required vary, depending on the size, character, and location of the conference. The local coordinator's main work, aside from securing financing, is arranging for rooms for meetings, plenary sessions, coffee breaks, and meals, as well as for hotel accommodations, shuttles (if needed), and catering. Most of the work can be done well ahead of time.
If you are thinking about hosting a conference, consider speaking to some of the previous hosts:
Lisa Disch and Arlene Saxonhouse at the University of Michigan;
Eric MacGilvrary at Ohio State University;
Michaele Ferguson and Steve Vanderheiden at the University of Colorado;
Rick Avramenko, Dan Kapust and others of the University of Wisconsin, Madison;
Emily Nacol, Brooke Ackerly, and James Booth of Vanderbilt University;
Jill Frank, Dan Sabia, and Justin Weinberg of the University of South Carolina;
or Eileen Hunt Botting and Ruth Abbey of the University of Notre Dame.

How to get more information:

If you would like to explore the possibility of hosting a conference, please contact the Co-Presidents, Jeanne Morefield and Michael Goodhart (; The Association has a preference for rotating meetings around North America, so it is helpful to begin discussions well in advance in order to allow for a schedule that is mutually beneficial to all. Meetings are generally scheduled sometime between early October and mid-November. We ask that hosts attempt to avoid conflicts with religious holidays, major campus events and with other major conferences, if possible.
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