Initial Call for Paper/Panel Proposals


Annual Meeting of the





November 11-12, 2011


Millsaps College

Jackson, Mississippi


Governing in Crisis



The Mississippi Political Science Association calls for papers for our Fall 2011 Annual Conference, which will be held on the Millsaps campus November 11th and 12th, 2011. This year's conference theme is Governing in Crisis.  From political instability in countries such as Egypt, economic crisis in the Eurozone and the United States, the brazen terrorist attacks in Norway, to the riots and looting in the United Kingdom, governing around the world is in many ways a continual exercise in crisis management. 


This year the Mississippi Political Science Association invites participants to consider governing in crisis, broadly construed.  For example, papers might focus on an analysis of current or historical events; a particular region or country, a study of crisis management policy and procedures; or a theoretical discussion of the ethics of crisis management. Relevant research from all disciplines is welcomed and encouraged. All faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in political science or related fields (e.g., public administration), who are affiliated with universities, colleges, or community/junior colleges--in Mississippi and beyond--are invited to submit proposals. We especially invite research submissions from undergraduate and graduate students and both categories carry "Best Paper" awards.


This announcement encourages you to mark your calendars and consider submitting a proposal.



PROPOSING PAPERS, PANELS, AND ROUNDTABLES: Please fill out Form A below and submit via mail or e-mail to Dr. Leslie Fadiga-Stewart at Delta State University. All paper proposals must include an abstract. Panel proposals must include abstracts of all papers to be presented—these abstracts should be submitted together, if possible. Roundtable proposals should include a title, a list of participants, and a description of the topic to be covered. Notification of receipt of proposals will be sent immediately, with decision by conference authorities following soon afterward. Scheduling decisions will be made as the conference date draws closer.


DESIGNATING CHAIRS AND DISCUSSANTS: We encourage faculty and graduate students to serve as chairs of and/or discussants for panels, preferably for a panel that does not include the faculty member/grad student’s own paper. Those proposing entire panels should designate a chair; a discussant may be named, but we ask that you consider allowing a discussant to be drawn from a pool of interested individuals—to provide outside commentary true to the spirit of academic conferences. Please mark Form A indicating an interest in serving as a chair and/or discussant.


CONFERENCE/REGISTRATION FEES: Form B below should be mailed separately to Dr. Stephen Phillips at Belhaven College. We prefer that conference/registration fees be paid in advance of the meeting date, though individuals may register and pay when they arrive. No one will be allowed to participate in the conference without both fees paid.


OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: In addition to the several panels, the association may offer additional programs, such as a reception with a keynote speaker, mock trial demonstration, etc. These programs depend on budget and membership interest. There will also be prizes awarded for the best paper presented by a graduate student and the best paper presented by an undergraduate student.


LOCATION: The conference will take place at the Leggett Center in the Boyd College Center on the campus of Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. 


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: Several hotels are available in Jackson and two are nearby the Millsaps campus Cabot Lodge: (601) 948-8650 and Fairview Inn (601) 948-3429.


Directions to the event facilities and the hotels will be sent out before the conference. A second announcement will be made in mid- September. It will include specific details (e.g., directions to the campus facilities, hotel accommodations, exact dates when accepted papers should be submitted to discussants, etc.).




Mississippi Political Science Association
Annual Meeting

November 11-12, 2011

Millsaps College


Name: _____________________________ Affiliation/Title: __________________________________


Email address: ____________________________ Phone: __________________________________




1. Paper Proposal

Paper title:  ______________________________________________________________________

(Please attach abstract on a separate sheet)


2. Panel/Roundtable Proposal – circle one:           Panel              Roundtable



Title: ____________________________________________________________________________

Participants and affiliations:    _________________________________________________________  




Chair: ______________________________   Discussant: __________________________________

                                                                                             (see note on panel discussants above)

(If roundtable, please attach description of topic(s) covered on separate sheet)     

3. Serving as a Panel Chair/Discussant – circle one or both:            Chair                Discussant

Subfield/area you would like to assist: __________________________________________________

Please send this form and your abstract(s) by mail or e-mail (preferred) to:


Dr. Leslie Fadiga-Stewart

Delta State University

Highway 8 West

Kethley Hall 217, Box 3264,

Cleveland, MS 38733



Mississippi Political Science Association

November 11-12, 2011

Millsaps College


Name: ________________________________  Title: ______________________________________


Affiliation (school, dept.): _____________________________________________________________    

Address (we will use this address for your journal subscription):









Email:  __________________________________________________


Office Phone: _____________________________  Cell phone: _____________________________


Note: membership is required of participants who are also presenting papers or serving on panels.



                        Faculty:                                  $10      ______

                        Student                                  $ 7       ______

                        Retired/non-academic          $ 7       ______


Membership (required for participants):  

                        Faculty:                                  $25      ______

                        Student                                  $ 8       ______

                        Retired/non-academic          $ 8       ______


Total remittance:                                          $          ______



Send your form and remittance to:


Dr. Stephen Phillips

Belhaven College

1500 Peachtree

Box 604

Jackson, MS 39202




Mississippi Political Science Association