IMM Conference Group @ APSA

Events @ the annual American Political Science Association Conference

For event details aside from the APSA Annual Meetings, please visit the Events and Announcements page.

For Short Course listings, please see the APSA Short Courses page. The IMM@APSA group also gives three annual awards; these announcements may be seen at the Awards link.

2019 Program Chair:

Nick Rush Smith, City College/CUNY

Call for Proposals

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.

Deadlines for proposal submissions follow APSA rules. See the annual conference program and submission link at For questions about a possible submission, please contact the group’s Program Chair at the email listed above.

2018 Annual Meeting: Methods Cafe and IMM Program

2017 Annual Meeting: Methods Cafe and IMM Program

2016 Annual Meeting: Methods Cafe and IMM Program


Past Meetings: Agendas and Minutes

Business Meeting Minutes, 2018. Photo here.
Business Meeting Minutes, 2017
Business Meeting Minutes, 2016
Business Meeting Minutes, 2015
Business Meeting Minutes, 2014
Business Meeting Minutes, 2013
Business Meeting Minutes, 2012: APSA meeting canceled due to hurricane.
Business Meeting Minutes, 2011
Business Meeting Minutes, 2010
Business Meeting Agenda, 2009