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Association canadienne de science politique

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June 1, 2020


Dear Members: Here is the link to the cancelled 2020 CPSA Conference online programme. The Board of Directors decided to publish the programme even though the conference itself was cancelled for a number of reasons. First, because we wanted to honour the work put into the 2020 programme by Fiona MacDonald and Scott Matthews, the co-chairs of the programme committee, the local organizers, the section heads and the CPSA Secretariat - once again, we thank them all for the work putting this together. Second, we know acceptance at conferences is important for students and junior professors particularly. Publishing the programme provides a mechanism to both document and disseminate the research they are doing, even if only by title and abstract. Third, both journal editors and publishers have been in touch to say they find the CPSA programmes useful for finding out who is working on what and follow up on possible upcoming research that may be of interest to the wider political science discipline in Canada. Finally, the theme of the Congress, ‘Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism’ and CPSA conference ‘Confronting Political Divides’ are very important to address, made even more so at this specific juncture in history. For all these reasons, we hope you will benefit from accessing the 2020 CPSA Conference online programme. Yours, Barbara - Barbara Arneil President CPSA

April 15, 2020

2020 Election - CPSA Board of Directors

March 27, 2020

CPSA Statement Cancellation of the 2020 CPSA Annual Conference

In light of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the considerable uncertainties and difficulties many of us will likely face in the coming months, the CPSA Board of Directors confirms that the 2020 Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association at Western is cancelled. We are doing so with great disappointment and a heavy heart, but also feel it is the most reasonable decision at this point.

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March 16, 2020

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 2020 CPSA Conference

  • The CPSA will provide a full refund of registration fees should the 2020 Congress be cancelled and will refund registration fees for anybody who does not wish to attend due to COVID-19.
  • The CPSA will follow the lead of the  Government of Canada Public Health Agency, working in consultation with the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences and Western University and monitor the situation closely. 

Government of Canada Advice on Mass Gatherings 
Western University Statement
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences 
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CPSA Board of Directors



February 27, 2020

The report will be considered by the membership at the CPSA AGM 

-June 3, 2020, Western University-


February 21, 2020

The International Turn in Canadian Political Science: Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of the International Political Science Association and the Profession. Yasmeen Abu-Laban, University of Alberta

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Jan 21, 2020

If you are a graduate student and your proposal has been accepted to participate in the 2020 CPSA Conference at Western, you can apply for a Congress Graduate Merit Award (CGMA)!$500 prize amount.



Jan 21, 2020

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2020

Review of applications will commence March 2, 2020, and will close when the position is filled.

The anticipated position start date is July 1, 2020.

Paid training start date: Thursday, May 14, 2020

Call (pdf)


Nov 29, 2019

The CPSA Board of Directors supports professor Melanee Thomas and the current petition in her defense and reaffirms the importance of academic integrity and evidence-based research - two pillars central to the enterprise of political science.”


July 8, 2019

CIRS 1250 – June 4, 2019, University of British Columbia

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June 19, 2019




June 10, 2019

CPSA Statement in Support of the of the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA)

Read the Statement HERE.


June 5, 2019

Welcoming New Board Members

We are thrilled to welcome three new Board members and to announce the re-election of professor François Rocher. Meet them and get to know our new Board presided by Barbara Arneil!

We would also like to thank outgoing directors Janet Hiebert, JP Lewis, and Sarah Shoker for their contributions and years of participation on the Board.


May 20, 2019

Should the CJPS become an open access journal?

Open access (OA) is rapidly gaining support in the scientific community. As of 2021, the CJPS will no longer be eligible for SSHRC’s Aid to Scholarly Journal grant unless its scholarly content is minimally accessible for free within 12 months of publication. The CJPS, the CPSA and the SQSP are vulnerable because transitioning to OA would reduce revenues from the journal’s subscription fees and royalties, which represent a significant proportion of their income. A CPSA-SQSP committee has prepared a preliminary report -available HERE making recommendations on the path ahead for the CJPS in this changing context.

The committee will present its report and receive feedback from the Association’s members at a ROUNDTABLE during the CPSA Annual Conference in Vancouver, June 5, 2019, 10:30am to 12:00pm.

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