Professional Associations

Note: Over time, we hope to list professional associations that may be of interest to political theorists and social and political philosophers. Click on the name of the organization to open its website in a new window. Please send suggestions or report errors (broken links, for instance) to the APT Webmaster.

American Historical Association

American Philosophical Association

American Political Science Association

American Sociological Association

Modern Language Association

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)

"The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all aspects of the period . . . from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century. Established in 1969, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies advances study and research in the history of a time that has profoundly influenced our world. ASECS is a pioneer in interdisciplinary investigation, and it therefore welcomes as members those working in all areas of scholarly inquiry pertinent to eighteenth-century studies." (from their website)

American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy

"The American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy was founded in 1955 by a group of friends in the social sciences, law, and philosophy who shared an interest in a range of problems traditionally treated within the broad context of interdisciplinary exploration and discussion of those issues of political and legal philosophy that are of common interest to those fields. The society has two major activities: first, an annual meeting devoted to the discussion of one particular topic in political and legal philosophy, and second, the publication of a yearbook, Nomos, in which the results of the discussions are incorporated in a series of articles on the topic by members who have participated formally or informally in the discussions. " (from their website)

L'Association canadienne de philosophie / Canadian Philosophical Association

"The Canadian Philosophical Association was founded in 1958 to promote philosophical scholarship and education across Canada, and to represent the interests of the profession in public forums." (from their website)

Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought (APT)

"[The Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought] aims to promote the study of all branches of political thought.... [Specifically,] the foundation of the APT is intended to address two main dimensions of [the present state of the study of political thought in Britain and Ireland:] First, by providing a mechanism for advocating, to relevant policy makers, the concerns of those engaged in political thought, it aims to overcome the tendency for political thought to be marginalised or fall between different disciplines.... Second, it aims to facilitate scholarly interaction and collaboration amongst the whole range of practitioners in the field." (from their website)

Foundations of Political Theory

"Foundations of Political Theory is an Organized Section of the American Political Science Association. It exists to advance the linkage of political theory and philosophy with political science as a discipline. Foundations recognizes and encourages research and teaching that crosses intellectual and disciplinary boundaries. It stands at and seeks to support the intersection where philosophical, psychological, normative, and empirical approaches and problems meet." (from their website)

International Conference for the Study of Political Thought (CSPT)

"The International Conference for the Study of Political Thought (CSPT) is an international, interdisciplinary organization of scholars and informed citizens concerned to promote the study of past and present political thinking especially with respect to the proper ends of political activity and the means permissible for their attainment. Founded in North America in 1967, CSPT is now composed of a world-wide network of affiliated groups and scholarly organizations." (from their website)

International Association for the Study of European Ideas

"The Society and its journal, The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms, seek to promote the study of Europe's cultural past and present. Special stress will be laid on the inventive and creative aspects of the European mind in science, religion, philosophy, art, literature, sociology, politics, history, economics and psychology. European ideas will be shown to be the outcome of over four centuries of a continual cultural exchange between European nations." (from their website)

Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-net)

"The Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-Net) provides a unique forum to discuss ideas in public administration and policy. It is to some extent a counterbalance to mainstream theoretical approaches, including the economistic view of administrative reform.... The Network does not have a collective identity, but members do share in common the idea that public administration is as much about the social construction of society as it is about the administration of public services. Amongst the membership, there is not only great concern for the means of administration, but also for the ends, i.e., the effect of public programs on people's lives. Those in the Network are also interested in how research is conducted in the discipline and what views of human nature and knowledge are embedded in a particular public administration theory." (from their website)

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

"SPEP is the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, a professional association devoted to supporting philosophy inspired by Continental European traditions.... [O]ne of the largest American philosophical societies,[SPEP] strives to encourage work not only in the philosophical traditions of phenomenology and existentialism, but also in all those areas commonly associated with ‘continental philosophy,’ such as animal studies, critical theory, cultural studies, deconstruction, environmental philosophy, feminism, German idealism, hermeneutics, philosophy of the Americas, post-colonialism, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, queer theory and race theory.... SPEP is actively committed to philosophical pluralism and to the support of historically under-represented groups in the philosophical profession." (from their website)

Society for Social and Political Philosophy

"The SSPP was founded in December 2001 to promote debate and scholarship in social and political philosophy through meetings, events, and publications." (from their website)

Social Science History Association

"The members of the Social Science History Association share a common interest in interdisciplinary and systematic approaches to historical research. New members are welcome at any time. Distinguished researchers, new scholars and graduate students will all benefit from membership in SSHA, which is available online at Duke University Press. The Association publishes a quarterly journal, Social Science History and conducts an annual conference for the presentation of new research." (from their website)
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