The 2016 election highlighted the power of group identity to shape our electoral outcomes; but it also fostered an environment that has challenged us, as a nation, to break down barriers to communication and conversation. How do we create space to have dialogue across the various areas of identity? What do we make of free speech during a time where certain groups feel vulnerable as a result of national conversations over controversial topics? Are there some groups that don’t deserve to be protected, or who lack political legitimacy? These questions become critical to the preservation and advancement of our democracy as we move forward.

In addition, answers to these questions can serve as a lens for understanding political conflict, voting behavior, social movements, party identification, immigration, LGBT issues, political socialization, political communication, income inequality, and a myriad of other relevant political, social and economic areas.  We invite scholars of all methodological persuasions and subfields to submit paper and panel proposals that relate to the broad themes and questions that are informed by identity politics and other related topics.

This year, we ask you to submit your proposal via a Google Form at the link listed below. Please note, that proposals do not have to directly relate to the theme of the conference. If you encounter any problems, please address your questions to this year’s Program Chair and Vice President, Matthew Hipps, at Additionally, if you have any special undergraduate panels, workshops or other ideas, please indicate this on the Proposal Submission Form.

Submit your conference proposal

There will be a special call for undergraduate poster sessions, and additional graduate sessions coming shortly.

Please complete your conference proposal by Aug. 18, 2017.