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Paper submissions are open for the 2021 APA Pacific Division meeting

Tuesday, August 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Shepherd
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The Pacific Division of the APA invites submissions of papers and posters for its 2021 annual meeting, to take place in Portland, Oregon, March 31 through April 5, at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower.

Each year the Pacific Division hosts approximately 75 invited sessions, 150 refereed papers, 15 APA committee sessions, and 75 sessions organized by affiliated groups. All areas of philosophy are represented.

Note: Currently, all three APA divisions are planning to hold in-person meetings in 2021. At the same time, we are also considering alternative formats, such as virtual meetings, as contingencies in the case that our usual meeting format becomes impossible. Though external forces like the ongoing pandemic affect and inform our plans, your participation is the most critical input for planning any meeting. If you are considering submitting a paper, we encourage you to do so.

Deadline and instructions

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 1, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Submissions are accepted only through the APA’s submission website. The submission system is new, and we have created a short video that covers the submission process.
Before submitting, please read through the paper submission guidelines. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will not be reviewed.

APA membership

To submit a paper or to participate in the meeting program, authors must be current members of the APA. Please be sure to renew your APA membership. Reduced dues rates are available to students, K-12 teachers, international members, and non-academic philosophers. If you've just joined, you'll need to create an account in the paper submissions system—one will not be created for you automatically.


Refereeing is done in September and the program is finalized in late November. Volunteers to serve as commentators or chairs are most welcome. To volunteer, please fill out the online form.

Stipends and travel assistance

Graduate students whose posters or papers are accepted for presentation may be eligible for a stipend of $400. Those who are interested should check the relevant box on the online submission form. Documentation of graduate student status will be requested from authors of accepted papers, and is due December 1.

The Pacific Division strongly encourages all eligible members to submit papers for the 2021 meeting, but we especially encourage submissions from women and other groups historically underrepresented in the profession. Data on the demographics of speakers and other participants is published on the Pacific Division website. There are travel assistance funds available for overseas philosophers and philosophers of color. For more information, visit the APA website and navigate to Meetings > Travel Assistance.

Types of submissions

The Pacific Division anonymously referees submissions in three categories: posters, colloquium papers, and symposium papers. All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 150 words and a synopsis of up to 750 words. Colloquium papers of 3,000 words are presented in one-hour sessions with a commentator's response, a short reply from the author, and general discussion. Symposium papers of 5,000 words are presented in two-hour sessions with responses from two commentators, the author's reply, and general discussion. Only a very small number of symposium papers are accepted.

For more information

Please visit the Meeting FAQ and the Guide for APA Meeting Participants for frequently asked questions about APA meetings, including information on accessibility accommodation and childcare.
For more information on the meeting, including information about the conference hotel, please visit the Pacific Division website.
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