Political Networks Conference (POLNET)

Political Networks

The 2020 APSA Political Networks Section

13th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops

May 28 - 30, 2020

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, Massachusetts



After some deliberation both within the Organizing Committee and with PolNet section leadership, we have decided to cancel the 2020 conference.

Like a number of large US campuses, UMass Amherst has been moved to a ‘remote learning’ model until the end of the semester. Even in the unlikely event that large conferences are allowed back on campus by the end of May, we expect it will result in very low attendance and planning uncertainty, making it an unviable venture. Irrespective of the local situation, we not only have many applicants coming from abroad, but we all have families and friends who may be dealing with illness, to say nothing of the fallout on everyone’s work and life routines.

While there is no telling what things will be like by the end of May, in the interest of planning, logistics and finances we think it important to proceed with an abundance of caution and cancel the conference now, rather than have people wait in a situation of uncertainty for the foreseeable future.

This was a tough decision, but we are confident that you will understand why it is the right one.

We look forward to seeing you at a future meeting.