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The 13th Interpretive Policy Analysis conference

The 13th Interpretive Policy Analysis conference aimed to build on the long tradition of previous IPA conferences which have served as a focal point for students and scholars of IPA to meet and learn from each other, share their work, and collectively shape the evolving agendas of interpretive research.

The conference aimed to host panels and papers reflecting the full diversity of theoretical approaches and topics which constitute the broad umbrella of IPA.

The 2021 virtual conference included panels that have been a key feature of previous IPA conferences, including Author Meets Critics panels, Practitioner panels, Mentoring panels, and Professional Practice panels. A number of Methodology Workshops for Early Career Researchers also took place.

Online methods clinic

The IMM and APSA’s Women’s Caucus in Political Science co-sponsored a monthly online Methods Clinic convened by Prof. Peregrine Schwartz-Shea (University of Utah, em.) and Prof. Dvora Yanow (Wageningen University).

The Methods Clinic was a monthly online drop-in session for scholars interested in interpretive research. The Methods Clinic met via Zoom on the third Friday of the month at 4pm Central European Time (GMT+1)/8am Mountain Time (US) for 70 to 90 minutes.

Scholars were encouraged to bring questions for informal discussion. Topics could include specific issues in research design, writing, quality criteria, engaging with reviewers, or others. Occasionally, the focus was centered on specific topics, readings, a “New Books in Interpretive Political and Social Science” podcast, or an invited researcher. Topic requests were welcome (e.g., ethnography, discourse analysis, metaphor analysis). If possible, small group discussions of shared interests were held during last 20 minutes.

Access the recordings of these methods clinic here.