Conferences and Events

The APSA 2021 Annual Conference is to be Hosted by Macquarie University

The Australian Political Studies Association is pleased to announce that our next Annual Conference will be hosted by Macquarie University in September 2021.  The APSA Executive Committee and the Macquarie University Local Organising Committee, led by Sung-Young Kim, hope that circumstances will allow the Conference to be held at the new Arts Precinct at Macquarie University.  If this proves impossible, the Conference will move to a hybrid or virtual format.  Whatever the format, we are determined to hold our Annual Conference in 2021, having had to cancel this year’s Conference.  More details will follow but we very much hope to see you all in 2021!

Rodney Smith
APSA President


Decision to Cancel the 2020 APSA Annual Conference and Plans for an Online Postgraduate Members Event 

After careful consideration, the Executive Committee of the Australian Political Studies Association has decided to cancel the 2020 APSA Annual Conference, which was planned for Macquarie University on 21-23 September. We made this decision in close consultation with the APSA Conference Local Organising Committee at Macquarie University. The reasons for this decision are the now familiar Covid-19 related factors that have led to the cancellation of other major social science and humanities conferences in Australia and internationally this year.

The APSA Executive Committee also decided that it was not viable to attempt simply to delay the Conference by a few months or to stage a full-scale online 2020 Conference.  Instead, at this stage, we plan to hold the next full APSA Annual in September 2021.

The APSA Executive Committee is aware that our postgraduate members may particularly miss the opportunities that would have been presented by the 2020 Conference.  We are therefore planning to support our postgraduate members by organising an official online APSA postgraduate conference.  APSA postgraduate members who submitted abstracts by the APSA Conference deadline and whose abstracts are accepted will have the opportunity to circulate and present their papers and have them discussed by their peers and more senior members of APSA in an online event.   More details about this event will be circulated shortly.

Finally, the APSA Executive Committee would like to thank publicly Sung-Young Kim and the rest of the APSA Conference Local Organising Committee from Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University for all their hard work in preparations for the 2020 Conference.  We very much hope to work with them on a future APSA Annual Conference.

Professor Rodney Smith
President of the Australian Political Studies Association


APSA 2020 Conference: Statement on COVID-19

The Organising Committee at Macquarie University are taking advice from the Local and National Health Authorities in regards to COVID-19. At present, we continue to look forward to hosting the APSA 2020 Annual Conference at Macquarie University in September 2020. We are paying close attention to new developments with the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, and we’re following the guidance of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Australian Government, Department of Health.

Should the situation change, the organisers will advise all delegates, exhibitors and partners through email communication and the website.

The call for abstracts for APSA 2020 is currently open. At this point in time, the submission deadline will remain as Monday 4 May 2020.

Potential conference delegates are requested not to make any bookings for flights and accommodation or make payments for registration until they are notified by the Organising Committee on the acceptance of their abstract.


APSA Annual Conference 

2020 APSA ConferencePolitics in the Age of Disruption and Realignment 

When: Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 September 2020 (PhD workshop to be held on Sunday 20 September 2020) 

Where: Hosted by Macquarie University, NSW, Australia  (The conference will take place in the new Arts Precinct building. )

Detail: The theme, ‘Politics in the Age of Disruption and Realignment’ recognises the rapidly changing nature of contemporary politics, and invites an explicit focus on the causes, manifestations and consequences of the new political, technological and ideological constellations of our time. 

Call for Abstracts: 

Submissions relating to political studies generally, and especially addressing the theme, are encouraged and can be made via the Abstract Submission Portal. We welcome innovative proposals for panels, roundtables and of course, submission from individual presenters in the following broad thematic areas: 

  • Australian Politics
  • International Relations
  • Regional Studies
  • Indigenous Politics
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Policy and Governance
  • Comparative Politics
  • Environmental Politics
  • Media Politics
  • Political Theory
  • Religion and Politics
  • Innovation and Industrial Governance 

All abstracts must be submitted online through the conference website by midnight AEST Monday 3 May 2020, 11:59pm AEST. Please note that the closing date for abstract submission will not be extended and abstracts will only be accepted if the presenting author has registered and paid by the presenter registration deadline of Friday 10 July 2020.

All enquiries regarding abstracts for APSA 2020 should be emailed to



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