Call for abstracts

With great sadness, the Organising Committee (Sung-Young Kim, Francesco Stolfi, Ian Tregenza, Bettie Ha, Kelli-Lee Drake) on consultation with APSA have cancelled the APSA 2020 Conference at Macquarie University. We would like to thank the President of APSA, Prof Rodney Smith, and members of the APSA Executive Committee for their strong support. We thank all the individuals who submitted abstracts, panel and roundtable proposals, our distinguished keynote speakers Professor Linda Weiss and Prof Adrian Pabst, our sponsors, our conference organising partner, ICMS. Finally, we thank the members of the Department of Modern History, Politics & International Relations and the Faculty of Arts for their help and enthusiasm.
For further information, see the letter from the APSA President, Rodney Smith:
Submissions relating to political studies generally, and especially addressing the theme, are encouraged and can be made via the Abstract Submission Portal. We welcome innovative proposals for panels, roundtables and of course, submission from individual presenters.

All abstracts must follow the instructions listed below and be submitted online by midnight AEST Monday 4 May 2020, 11:59pm AEST. Please note that the closing date for abstract submission will not be extended and abstracts will only be accepted if the presenting author has registered and paid by the presenter registration deadline of Friday 10 July 2020.

All enquiries regarding abstracts for APSA 2020 should be emailed to

Key Dates and Deadlines

Abstracts open

February 2020

Abstract submission closes

Monday 4 May 2020, 11:59pm AEST

Authors notified of results

Friday 5 June 2020

Presenter deadline to register

Friday 10 July 2020

Adrian PabstAdrian Pabst is a political philosopher and commentator. He is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent where he currently serves as Head of the School of Politics and International Relations. A New Statesman Contributing Writer, he is the author of several books, most recently The Politics of Virtue: Post-liberalism and the Human Future (2016, with John Milbank), Liberal World Order and Its Critics: Civilisational States and Cultural Commonwealths (2018) and The Demons of Liberal Democracy (2019).

In 2018-19, he was the Sir Peter Lawler Visiting Fellow at the PM Glynn Institute, ACU’s public policy think-tank, where he researched a book on the Labor tradition, its ethos, political outlook and policy platform. The book is entitled Story of Our Country: Labor’s vision for Australia (2019) and was launched by four Labor politicians. Currently he is working on a short book about the post-liberal moment and, together with the British Labour MP Jon Cruddas, on a book about rights and freedoms in the face of new threats to human dignity.

Linda WeissLinda Weiss gained her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Professor Emeritus in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Honorary Professor of Political Science at Aarhus University in Denmark. She has lectured widely and held visiting positions in France, Spain, Denmark, UK, Italy, Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan, and North America. She specialises in the comparative and international politics of economic development in advanced and industrialising countries, with a focus on state capacity and public-private sector relations in a globalised environment. She has authored or co-authored six books and numerous articles, several in foreign language translations. Major works include Creating Capitalism (Blackwell); States and Economic Development (Polity), Myth of the Powerless State (Cornell), States in the Global Economy (Cambridge), and America Inc? Innovation and Enterprise in the National Security State (Cornell). The latter integrates political economy with security scholarship and will soon have a Chinese edition. She is the recipient (with Elizabeth Thurbon) of the AIPEN 2019 award for best journal article (‘Power Paradox…’, published in RIPE. Since being appointed to an Emeritus, she divides her time between research, playing in an amateur cello ensemble, and creating Roman-Byzantian mosaic art with stone and glass.

  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.
  • Presenting author to be the first named author on the abstract.
  • Notification will be emailed only to the presenting author.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 200 words (excluding the title, authors and affiliations) and should follow the instructions within the abstract submission portal.
  • Commercial presentations are not permitted.
  • There is no fee for submitting an abstract.
  • Abstracts should not contain any tables or figures. References in the text have to be cited at the end of the abstract and are included in the 200-word count.
  • The use of abbreviations and acronyms should be kept to a minimum.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by midnight AEST, Monday 4 May 2020, 11:59pm AEST for consideration by the Committee. Authors will be notified of provisional acceptance of abstracts by Friday 5 June 2020 including the presentation type it has been accepted for.
  • For an abstract to be formally accepted, included in the list of abstracts, the presenting author must be registered and paid to attend the Conference by Friday 10 July.

Authors will need to select up to three of the following themes for their abstract submission depending on which is the most applicable.

  1. Australian Politics
  2. International Relations
  3. Regional Studies
  4. Indigenous Politics
  5. Gender and Sexuality
  6. Policy and Governance
  7. Comparative Politics
  8. Environmental Politics
  9. Media Politics
  10. Political Theory
  11. Religion and Politics
  12. Innovation and Industrial Governance

Whilst every effort will be made to accept an abstract for the presentation type selected in the submission process, the Organising Committee reserves the right to allocate a different presentation type if more appropriate and if program space is limited.

Panel presentations

Panel sessions will be 90 minutes in length and can include up to 5 presentations. The below presentation types are applicable to panel presentations;

1. Panel Presentation – Full abstract for proposed panel submitted by coordinator
2. Panel Individual Presentation – Individual abstract as speaker within a proposed panel


Roundtable sessions organised around specific themes sessions will be 90 minutes in length and include up to 4 presentations delivered in a discussion format. The below presentation types are applicable to roundtables;

3. Roundtable Presentation – Full abstract for proposed roundtable submitted by coordinator
4. Roundtable Individual Presentation – Individual abstract as speaker within a proposed roundtable

Individual presentations

Individual presentations are those presentations that are not part of a proposed panel or roundtable. These are individual presentations that will be allocated by the Organising Committee into a relevant panel. The below presentation type is applicable to individual presentations;

5. Individual Presentation - Individual abstract to be allocated to a panel by the Organising Committee

Panel & Roundtable proposal abstracts

Panel & roundtable proposal abstracts should include the below;

  • 200 word outline/overview of the panel or roundtable
  • List of each Panel or roundtable member including affiliation. Please include their names as part of your abstract text. You should also list them as authors and presenters on the previous page.

Panels can have a maximum of 5 presenters. Roundtables can have a maximum of 4 presenters.

The coordinator of the proposed panel should submit this abstract and select one of the below presentation type;

  • Panel presentation - Full abstract for proposed panel submitted by coordinator
  • Roundtable presentation - Full abstract for proposed roundtable submitted by coordinator

Panel & Roundtable individual presentation abstracts

Individual panel speaker abstracts & individual roundtable speaker abstracts should include the below;

  • 200 word abstract of presentation
  • Title of the panel or roundtable you are submitting to speak within including name of coordinator

The individual presenter of the proposed panel or roundtable should submit this abstract and select one of the below presentation types;

  • Panel individual presentation - Individual abstract as speaker within a proposed panel
  • Roundtable individual presentation - Individual abstract for speaker within a proposed roundtable

Individual Presentations

Individual Presentation abstracts should include the below;

  • 200 word outline/overview of the abstract

The individual presenter of the abstract should submit this abstract and select the below presentation type;

  • Individual presentation - Individual abstract to be allocated to a panel by the Organising Committee.
  • Limited references should be used (e.g. Smith 1999) and only if necessary.
  • Only those abstracts formally accepted will be published in the Conference Proceedings as submitted.
  • Should you require changes you can make amendments via the Abstract Submission Portal until Monday 3 May 2020. Please ensure you check your data carefully before submitting as changes or additions will not be accepted after the Call for Abstracts closes.
  • Any initially accepted abstract, for which the presenting author has not paid registration by 10 July 2020, will be withdrawn from both the program and published Proceedings.

The submission of an abstract indicates an understanding of the following rules for participation in APSA 2020.

  • All author(s) approve submitting this work for presentation.
  • The author(s) agree(s) to materially confine their presentations to information in the abstract if accepted for presentation. If an author has more than one abstract accepted, each presentation will be materially confined to the information in the abstract selected for the specific session.
  • The presenting author will be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. The presenting author will immediately notify the Conference Secretariat if they are unable to present an abstract or if the presenting author changes.
  • Submission of the contact details provided are those of the presenter of the abstract. He/she will be notified about the status of the abstract and is responsible for informing the other authors about the status of the abstract.
  • Submission of the abstract constitutes consent of all authors of the abstract to publication (e.g., APSA website, programs, and other promotions).
  • All authors of the abstract warrant and represent that they either are the sole owners of, or have all necessary rights to, sublicense all the information and content in the abstract provided to APSA and its organizers, and that publication of the abstract does not infringe any rights, including but not limited to, intellectual property rights, or of any third parties.
  • APSA 2020 reserves the right to remove from any publication any abstract that does not comply with the above.