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BCPSA Annual General Meetings (AGMs)

The BCPSA Annual General Meeting is a two day conference usually held on the first Thursday and Friday in May.  The Association’s business meeting usually occurs on Thursday after lunch and the BCCAT Political Science Articulation meeting usually occurs on Friday. Paper Panels, Roundtables and Workshops are scheduled over the two days.

The AGM  is hosted by a different member institution each year.

Paper Proposals

The BCPSA welcomes proposals on a wide variety of topics from any theoretical perspective and across the breadth of the discipline.

The BCPSA conference programs vary from year to year. Nevertheless, they typically include panels on: BC and Provincial Politics, Canadian Politics, Indigenous Politics, Local, Urban, and Regional Politics, Democracy and Representative Politics, (democratic practices and reform, political parties and elections, interest intermediation and social movements), Gender  Politics, Comparative and International Political Economy, Public Policy, Comparative Politics (cases vary), Globalization and International Relations, and Political Philosophy and Theory.

Special Panels and Workshops

The BCPSA Annual Meeting can be used to bring together groups of researchers working on a common project or to bring expertise together to collaboratively explore a specialized area of interest. Recent initiatives have included a 2016 special session by led by John Swift and Lilian Morton Tul’nuxw Shqwaluwun: to Know Hearts and Minds, Journeying to Recognize Self and Each Other and the 2017 Workshop on Gender Sensitive Parliaments.


The BCPSA welcomes proposals to display poster representing individual or collaborate research. This may also be a venue to highlight the ongoing undergraduate research undertaken at smaller universities and colleges.

Who May Participate?

Participation is open to all political scientists and others with a scholarly interest in politics, including those from outside Canada. The BCPSA welcomes participation from graduate students. Doctoral candidates may submit their proposals and papers directly to the conference organizer; MA students are asked to submit their proposals and papers through a supervising faculty member. Undergraduate students are asked to submit their proposals and papers through a supervising faculty member but may only participate if accompanied by supervising faculty.