NSF Workshop on
Interpretive Methodologies in Political Science
Where: University of Toronto
When: September 1-2, 2009 (Tuesday and Wednesday prior to APSA meeting)
Eligibility: Advanced doctoral students and junior faculty; priority will be given to US applicants and applicants enrolled in US institutions. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Application deadline: April 22, 2009; applications will continue to be reviewed as long as space is available; support letters for doctoral students due April 27.
Financial support: Hotel at APSA conference rate for Monday and Tuesday nights; partial travel subsidy available based on need
The Workshop is intended for political science scholars doing empirical research who want to develop and improve their understanding and practice of interpretive research, through critical discussions with other participants and Workshop presenters. It is designed to connect leading scholars from a variety of empirical subfields, all experts in some aspect of interpretive methodology or method, with doctoral students and junior faculty who are pursuing such studies and who may lack opportunities for training or mentoring in their home departments. Political theorists (whether doctoral students or junior faculty) doing empirical research are also invited to apply.
Workshop activities will enable participants to better understand and articulate what is distinctive about interpretive methodologies and, specifically, what those methodologies can bring to the understanding of political issues. We expect the Workshop to equip all participants with the philosophical and methodological savvy to be able to articulate the distinctive perspective that interpretive approaches bring to causality, generalization, research design, and evaluative criteria. The Workshop will introduce participants to significant advances in the methodological components of interpretive research with which they may be unfamiliar, including a rich array of analytic possibilities. It will provide an opportunity for collective engagement among political science scholars, including the defining of new challenges for the discipline. Critical discussions with other participants and Workshop presenters/facilitators is intended to support participants in the development of their own research.
This workshop is made possible through the generous support of the National Science Foundation and the University of Utah (US), University of Toronto (Canada), and Vrije Universteit (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).