NYSPSA Annual Conference
The principal activity of the New York State Political Science Association is its annual two-day scholarly conference during the spring months. Membership in the association is open to political science students and professionals inside and outside New York State, and a year's membership is automatic with registration for the conference. Calls for papers for the conference are available in September. The event usually draws 200 to 250 panelists and round table participants, and features a book display and an academic job placement service. The site of the conference rotates each year between upstate and downstate university host campuses.
The theme for our 68th Annual Conference hosted by St. John's University on April 25-26, 2014 will be:
Culture and the Future of Liberal Democracy
Recent years have highlighted growing challenges to liberal democracy, in the U.S. and around the world. While institutions are important, it is clear that they are inadequate to sustain a sound and stable liberal-democratic state or society; culture is at least as important. "Culture" takes many forms: political culture, popular culture, elite culture, minority cultures, traditions, social structures, religion, etc. Culture interacts with instutions to affect political outcomes; it is also shaped by institutions, public policies, and events. In 2014 we devote particular attention to the role of culture in the future of liberal democracy.