Announcement of March 31, 2018 Deadline for Nominations for the 2018 Hayward R. Alker Student Paper Award

Dear colleagues,

The Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Conference Group of the American Political Science Association invites nominations for the Hayward R. Alker Award. The award recognizes the conference paper by a Ph.D. student that best demonstrates the uses of interpretive methodologies and methods for the study of the political.

Background

The award honors the memory of Hayward R. Alker, who was the John A. McCone Chair in International Security at the School of International Relations, University of Southern California, and also was a former President of the International Studies Association. He passed away on August 24, 2007. From his humanistic critique of mainstream political science, to the role he played in the development and promotion of interdisciplinary, historically grounded, linguistically and hermeneutically-informed approaches to political science, Hayward Alker was a tireless champion of interpretive methodologies. His commitment to nurturing and encouraging graduate students and young scholars makes this award a doubly appropriate way to honor his contributions.

Selection Criteria

The award will be given to a paper studying any aspect of political life that either (1) engages interpretive methodological issues or (2) reports the results of empirical research conducted using interpretive research methods. Usually, the award is given to papers presented at a conference during the academic year preceding the year of the submission deadline. Therefore, the award that will be presented at APSA 2018 is for work presented at a conference during academic year 2016-2017 (more specifically, between September 15, 2016 and September 14, 2017).

Reflecting Hayward Alker’s eclectic approach to political studies, the conference can be affiliated with any of the US–based political science associations (e.g., APSA, WPSA, MPSA, or other regional or state meetings). It can also be another association, such as ECPR, IPSA or the International Studies Association and its regional meetings, as long as the paper was written by a student enrolled in a US graduate program.

The award will be announced and presented at the annual APSA conference during the business meeting or reception of the Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Conference-related Group (IMM CG). The award committee is, however, under no obligation to make an award for a year in which submissions do not merit such recognition.

Submission Process

To be considered for the award to be given at APSA 2018, nominated papers must be received by March 31, 2018. Again, the award will be given for work presented at a conference during academic year 2016-2017 (between September 15, 2016 and September 14, 2017).

Authors may nominate their own work. We also encourage chairs of panels as well as discussants to nominate outstanding papers from their conference sessions. One copy of the nominated paper should be emailed as a pdf or Word file to the chair of the award committee.

Members of the award committee for 2018 are: Farah Godrej, Chair (University of California, Riverside), Aarie Glas (Northern Illinois University), and David Forrest (Oberlin College).

Please send nominated papers to Farah Godrej at godrej@ucr.edu .

2017 APSA Methods Cafe

APSA 2017:  Methods Café

Please see the attached flyer (PDF) for full information. 

Description: The 2017 APSA Methods Café gathers over 25 methods specialists (see flyer attached) in an informal setting conducive to small group discussions, networking, and mentoring support.

We extend an invitation in particular to doctoral students looking for assistance with any aspect of a research project, as well as to faculty with questions about researching and/or teaching these subjects. As a café visitor, you may arrive at any point, visit any table you like, and stay as long as you like.

We look forward to seeing you all in September!

Details:
Friday, September 1, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
2017 APSA Annual Meeting (room TBA)
San Francisco, CA

Host: Elizabeth Newcomer (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Organizers: Samantha Ann Majic (John Jay College, CUNY) and Timothy Pachirat (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Announcement of March 1, 2017 Deadline for Nominations for the 2017 Hayward R. Alker Student Paper Award

Announcement of March 1, 2017 Deadline for Nominations for the 2017 Hayward R. Alker Student Paper Award

 Dear colleagues,

The Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Conference Group of the American Political Science Association invites nominations for the Hayward R. Alker Award. The award recognizes the conference paper by a Ph.D. student that best demonstrates the uses of interpretive methodologies and methods for the study of the political.

Background

The award honors the memory of Hayward R. Alker, who was the John A. McCone Chair in International Security at the School of International Relations, University of Southern California, and also was a former President of the International Studies Association. He passed away on August 24, 2007. From his humanistic critique of mainstream political science, to the role he played in the development and promotion of interdisciplinary, historically grounded, linguistically and hermeneutically-informed approaches to political science, Hayward Alker was a tireless champion of interpretive methodologies. His commitment to nurturing and encouraging graduate students and young scholars makes this award a doubly appropriate way to honor his contributions.

Selection Criteria

The award will be given to a paper studying any aspect of political life that either (1) engages interpretive methodological issues or (2) reports the results of empirical research conducted using interpretive research methods. Usually, the award is given to papers presented at a conference during the academic year preceding the year of the submission deadline. Therefore, the award that will be presented at APSA 2017 is for work presented at a conference during academic year 2015-2016 (more specifically, between September 15, 2015 and September 14, 2016).

Reflecting Hayward Alker’s eclectic approach to political studies, the conference can be affiliated with any of the US–based political science associations (e.g., APSA, WPSA, MPSA, or other regional or state meetings). It can also be another association, such as ECPR, IPSA or the International Studies Association and its regional meetings, as long as the paper was written by a student enrolled in a US graduate program.

The award will be announced and presented at the annual APSA conference during the business meeting or reception of the Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Conference-related Group (IMM CG). The award committee is, however, under no obligation to make an award for a year in which submissions do not merit such recognition.

Submission Process

To be considered for the award to be given at APSA 2017, nominated papers must be received by March 1, 2017. Again, the award will be given for work presented at a conference during academic year 2015-2016 (between September 15, 2015 and September 14, 2016).

Authors may nominate their own work. We also encourage chairs of panels as well as discussants to nominate outstanding papers from their conference sessions. One copy of the nominated paper should be emailed as a pdf or Word file to the chair of the award committee.

Members of the award committee for 2017 are:
 Kevin Funk, Chair (Spring Hill College)
Karen L. Baird (Purchase College, State University of New York) Jaime Lluch (University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras)

Please send nominated papers to Kevin Funk at kevin.funk@gmail.com.

For information on contributing to the funding of this award, please contact Dvora Yanow (dvora.yanow@wur.nl).

 

The Charles Taylor Book Award 2018 Call for Nominations

The Charles Taylor Book Award 2018

Nomination deadline: 1 April 2018

The Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Conference Group of the APSA calls for nominations for the Charles Taylor Book Award for the best book in political science that employs or develops interpretive methodologies and methods.

This award is named in recognition of the contributions of Charles Taylor to the advancement of interpretive thinking in the political and social sciences. In his 1971 essay “Interpretation and the Sciences of Man,” Taylor powerfully critiqued the aspiration to model the study of politics on the natural sciences, and cogently explained how “interpretation is essential to explanation” in the human sciences. This essay, along with Taylor’s “Philosophical Papers” and many other articles, book chapters, and volumes, have long been a source of inspiration for scholars seeking to develop and apply an interpretive approach to the study of politics.

The award will be given to a book exploring any aspect of political life that either engages interpretive methodological issues or reports the results of empirical research conducted using interpretive research methods. Eligible books will pursue one or both of these interpretive projects. The book may engage some variety of interpretive ideals or practices philosophically, in keeping with much of Professor Taylor’s work and consistent with the sense of methodology as a practical rationality rooted in a set of philosophical concerns and dispositions (e.g., ontological and epistemological assumptions). At the same time or alternatively, the book may take the form of an empirical study that pursues and explicitly reflects on methodological issues surrounding the conduct of the research. The nominated work may be either a single- or multi-authored book or an edited volume.

The award will be announced and presented at the annual APSA conference during the business meeting or reception of the Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Conference-related Group (IMM CG). To be eligible, books must have been published during the two-calendar-year period prior to the year of the APSA meeting, as defined by the book’s copyright date. To be eligible for the 2018 Taylor Award, the nominated book must bear a copyright date of either 2016 or 2017. The award committee is under no obligation to make an award in a year in which submissions do not merit such recognition.

To be considered for the 2018 award, three copies of the nominated book must be received by April 1, 2018. Please send an email to the committee chair, Sarah Wiebe, at swiebe@hawaii.edu, notifying her of the nomination. Authors may nominate their own work; we will also accept nominations from readers and publishers. One copy of the nominated book should be sent to each member of the award committee.

Members of the award committee for 2018 are:

  • Sarah Wiebe (chair), 2424 Maile Way, Saunders 640, Office 633B University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI, 96822
  • Kristen Monroe, American Academy in Berlin, Am Sandwerder 17-19, 14109 Berlin, Germany.
  • Nick Cheesman, c/o Sor.Rattanamanee Polkla, Community Resource Centre Foundation, 1518 Soi Jaransanitwong 75, Bangplad, Bangplad, Bangkok 10700, Thailand

 

 

Previous award winners:

2017: Sarah Wiebe, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley. (UBC Press, 2016)

2016: Daniel Kato, Queen Mary University of London, Liberalizing Lynching: Building a New Racialized State (Oxford University Press, 2015)

2015: Davina Cooper, University of Kent, Everyday Utopias: The Conceptual Life of Promising Spaces (Duke University Press, 2014).

2014: Paul Amar, UC-Santa Barbara, The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism (Duke University Press, 2013).

2013: Sharon Sliwinski, University of Western Ontario, Human Rights in Camera (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

2012:  No books considered.

2011:  No award presented.

2010:  Michael Loriaux, Northwestern University, European Union and the Deconstruction of the Rhineland Frontier (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

2017 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition Interpretive Methodologies & Methods Call for Papers

2017 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition
August 31 – September 3, 2017
San Francisco, CA

IMM Program Chair: Lee Ann Fujii (lafujii@chass.utoronto.ca), University of Toronto

The Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Conference-related Group provides a forum for the discussion of methodological and methods issues related to interpretive research, as well as issues arising from their position within contemporary political and other social sciences.

Interpretive methodologies and methods are informed by philosophical traditions such as hermeneutics, phenomenology, pragmatism, and symbolic interaction. Notwithstanding their differences, these traditions presuppose that the meaningfulness and historical contingency of human life differentiates the social realm from the natural one, with implications for how research is conducted. Although diverse in their modes of identifying or generating and analyzing data, research processes in the interpretive tradition are typically characterized by:

a) an empirical and normative prioritizing of the lived experience of people in research settings;

b) a focus on the meaning(s) of acts, events, interactions, language, and physical artifacts to multiple stakeholders; and

c) a sensitivity to the historically- and/or situationally-contingent, often-contested character of such meanings.

We call for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals that explore interpretive methodological issues or that apply interpretive methods (e.g., political ethnography, grounded theory in Strauss’s more phenomenological tradition, discourse analysis) in ways that demonstrate their “comparative advantage” for empirical research across all subfields of political science. Especially welcome are proposals that reflect on how political science itself is situated in the webs of meaning and historical context that it studies.

APSA call for papers link

Announcing award winners – 2016!

The following award winners received their awards at the IMM Business Meeting during the annual conference.

 

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2016 Charles Taylor Book Award

Daniel Kato, for Liberalizing lynching: Building a new racialized state. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Honorable mentions:
Richard Ned Lebow, for Constructing cause in international relations. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Jaime Lluch, for Visions of sovereignty: Nationalism and accommodation in multinational democracies.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.

Award Committee

Robin L. Turner, Butler University, Chair

Christian Bueger, Cardiff University, Co-chair

James C. Scott, Yale University

Here are the citation and two photos from the ceremony: committee chair Robin Turner presents the award to Daniel Kato; Daniel Kato [on right] and Honorable Mention winner Jaime Lluch.

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2016 Grain of Sand Award

Presented to Mary Hawkesworth,  Rutgers University

Award Committee: IMM Executive Committee members

Here are the citation and two photos from the ceremony: Peri Schwartz-Shea reading the citation and Dvora Yanow presenting the fossilized grains.