I hope you have had a great summer. As you will see below we have a long list of items to discuss in the section meeting during the APSA conference (Thursday, Sept 1 at 6.15-7.15 followed by a reception at 7.30-9.00).
Before listing the agenda items, I encourage each of you to
--renew the section membership
--subscribe your institution to our journal (Politics and Religion)
--volunteer for award committees (please let me know if you want to serve in book, dissertation, or paper award committees).
1 - Politics and Religion has a 2.5-year backlog.
To solve the problem we need more pages (we now have 3 issues per year * 7 articles per issue).
a) 4 issues per year * 8 articles per issue = $4 increase in dues
b) 4 issues per year * 7 articles per issue = $2 increase in dues
2 - Journal Editor
As I emailed before, the following is the link to the CVs and Proposals of the three candidates for the journal's editorship:
The meeting participants will decide whether to rank the proposals per se, or to mix candidates by constructing new co-editorships, especially for balancing the expertise on American Politics and CP/IR.
3 - Announcements:
Budget Report (Ahmet Kuru)
Journal Report (Ted Jelen)
2011 Program (Stephen Mockabee)
Mentoring (Brian Calfano)
Chair-elect (Iza Hussin)
Book Award (Committee Chair David Campbell)
Co-winners (Elizabet Hurd and Vincent P. Munoz)
Honorable mention (Mira Morgenstern)
Dissertation Award (Committee Chair Tarek Masoud)
Co-winners (Brandon Kendhammer and Samuel Goldman)
I know that many of you are wondering what is happening about our 2011 Annual Meeting. This is the position at present.
I regret that we will not be meeting in San Francisco as originally planned.
A very protracted labor dispute between the service workers of UNITE HERE Local 2 and San Francisco hotels has been taking place and there is no sign of an end. Without any resolution clearly in sight, the APSA Council determined that we could not guarantee that the facilities and environment necessary for our scholarly deliberations would be available.
Acting on Council direction, the Association therefore notified the host hotels in San Francisco that, under these circumstances, we would not be able to hold our meeting there. We have subsequently reached a withdrawal agreement with the San Francisco hotels that will allow us to relocate without paying penalties – for which our staff deserve thanks. We are planning to return to San Francisco soon.
As I write to you, an alternative site for the 2011 Annual Meeting has not yet been selected. Let me emphasize that we are holding guaranteed space while we explore several possibilities. My preference is to find a new location on the west coast and so minimize disruption to everyone's plans. We anticipate that arrangements for a new site will be completed relatively soon now. The allocation of panels for the 2011 meeting will quickly follow.
The decision to move the meeting has not been an easy one, but there was little alternative if we were to ensure the success of the meeting for all participants. The APSA will announce the new venue as soon as the decision has been made. I look forward to seeing you there in 2011.
The 2011 APSA Annual Meeting Program Chairs offer the following theme:
Jeremy Bentham called them “nonsense upon stilts” but at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the discourse of rights has never been more pronounced or contested. Around the globe, people mobilize--and in courts, lawyers argue--on behalf of human, civil, political, ethnic minority, aboriginal, women’s, gay, alien, children’s, transgender, corporate, (sub)national, environmental, and animal rights. Some of these are established rights that advocates seek to expand for those previously excluded from their ambit. Others are new rights. At the same time, the abrogation of such rights as habeas corpus and the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” by governments in established as well as new democracies in the decade since September 11 have engendered new alliances of progressives and rule of law liberals to defend the restoration and refurbishment of rights. Movements to expand, create, defend, and entrench rights into national and international law generate counter-claims, put rights under pressure and, some argue, problematically privilege courts, legal and centralized national institutions over other more democratic or popular mechanisms of policy formation and self-governance. We propose that the discipline bring its empirical and normative lenses to reflect on the domestic, comparative, and international dimensions of the complex politics of rights....