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Association canadienne de science politique

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September 17, 2018

2019 Call for Proposals

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October 26, 2018

James Lightbody – IN MEMORIAM

The Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta is deeply saddened to announce Dr.James Lightbody's death on October 17, 2018. An expert on urban politics, Jim was Chair of the Department from 2012-15 and served in the Department for 47 years. Jim was a regular voice in the public, commenting on elections, public policy and city politics. He advised local and provincial governments for many years, and was a court acknowledged expert in Alberta and Ontario. His expertise and wit informed his teaching and supervision. Jim had many devoted students, quite a few using what they learned in the public service and politics.

Professor Catherine Kellogg
Interim Chair
Department of Political Science

University of Alberta
Faculty of Arts
Well-known political scientist Jim Lightbody passes away

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September 12, 2018

Indigenous Content Syllabus Materials
A Resource for Political Science Instructors in Canada

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August 28, 2018

Alan Cairns (1930-2018) – IN MEMORIAM

On behalf of the CPSA Board of Directors, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of professor Alan Cairns, in his passing. A significant figure in the history of the UBC Department of Political Science, he will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on for many years to come.

The CPSA will post tributes to professor Alan Cairns on its Web site. Please send your messages to

Alan Cairns Tributes »

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August 28, 2018

CPSA Statement on Proposal to Ban Gender Studies Programs

The Canadian Political Science Association shares the concerns noted by other scholarly associations regarding the attack on academic freedom represented by the Hungarian government's proposal to ban Gender Studies programs within its higher education institutions. The proposed law to abolish accredited MA programs in Gender Studies in the Central European University (CEU) and Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) calls into question the Hungarian government's commitment to the principles of democracy and to the spirit of free intellectual inquiry. Excellence in scholarship depends on the freedom to explore all aspects of social and economic inequality, including their gender dimensions. Gender studies programs have an important contribution to make to illuminating important patterns of social and economic interaction, policy impacts, and the exercise of political power. Societies thrive when institutions of higher learning exercise full academic freedom. The Canadian Political Science Association calls upon the Minister of Education to restore the accredited MA programs in Gender Studies in the interest of protecting the principles and practice of academic freedom and intellectual pluralism.

For more information, go to:

EUA condemns Hungarian government plan to ban gender studies
La Hongrie veut interdire les « études de genre » à ses universités
Le gouvernement hongrois interdit les études de genre


June 28 2018

Draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy

The agencies will be accepting feedback on the draft policy until September 30, 2018.


June 28 2018

Education Auditorium – May 30, 2018 University of Regina

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June 1 2018

2018 Programme Committee

THANK YOU for the time, effort and energy you put on the conference, and for your interest and steadfast commitment to the Association!


June 1, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 CPSA prize recipients!

The CPSA Board of Directors thanks the members of the juries for their valued comments and service to the Association. The Board also wishes to thank the scholars and students who submitted their thoughtful articles, books and posters to these contests. The Board is grateful to Abacus Data, MITACS and the University of Toronto Press, whose generosity has made these prizes possible.
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May 31, 2018

Congratulations to the New Board Members!

We express our appreciation and gratitude to outgoing directors
Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Christopher Alcantara, Frédérick Bastien, Fiona MacDonald, and Erin Tolley.
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May 9, 2018

CPSA Survey

Political Scientists Whose Primary Place of Employment Is Outside Academia


November 6, 2017

2018 Prizes

Deadline: December 11, 2017

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August 17, 2017

Professor Robert Young – In Memoriam

The Canadian Political Science Association has lost a dear friend and valued colleague, with the death of Bob Young. Bob was President of the CPSA in 2003-04, and had a long and distinguished career at the University of Western Ontario. He was one of the nation’s leading scholars on Canadian federalism and also the significance of multilevel governance for public policy at the municipal level. He held a Canada Research Chair in Multilevel Governance and received a number of awards and distinctions for both research and teaching. He published extensively on federalism, provincial politics, municipal politics and social policy. He was also an important contributor to projects at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University. He was a regular participant at CPSA meetings and in addition to his outstanding contributions to research and service, will be fondly remembered for his good humour and as a witty conversationalist. We send our condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.

Janet Hiebert,
CPSA President

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of Bob Young’s wife, Louise Gadbois, I would like to invite you to celebrate the life of our friend and distinguished colleague, Bob Young, on November 10, 2017 from 4-7 pm. at Bellamere Winery and Events Centre, 1260 Gainsborough Road, London, Ontario. Please RSVP to Sara Alfred at no later than October 23rd, 2017. We look forward to seeing you at this important event.

Donald E. Abelson, Ph.D
Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science
Western University

Professor Robert Young Tributes »


June 30, 2017

The “Finding Feminisms” special issue (50:2) of the Canadian Journal of Political Science is available online for members via MyCPSA or at Cambridge University Press.

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