CONFERENCE DATES: Friday, October 15 – Sunday, 17 October, 2021

WHAT: The Smith Conference Committee at UW-Madison invites submissions for the 2021 IASS Annual Conference. The conference builds on the success of the IASS’s recent meetings in Scotland, Chile, Italy, Southern California, and the planned conference in Japan.

We aim to bring together scholars of Smith across disciplines and will consider individual and coauthored papers on Smith from any field and at any institution. We also welcome proposals for author meets critics sessions to discuss books published in the last two years (or forthcoming); proposers of such sessions should solicit interest in participating from the author and at least two critics prior to submission.

WHERE: We hope to be able to host an in-person conference in Madison but are planning for both a hybrid and online format as well. We aim to be able to include as much of our membership as possible. We will follow CDC, WHO, and UW-Madison protocols in determining the final format of the conference, which we plan to announce with acceptance decisions. 

TO DO: Abstracts or author meets critic panel proposals of approximately 500 words or less should be submitted via Google forms at  

The review committee will make every effort to notify authors of acceptance decisions by mid- June 2021.

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions about the status of your proposal, please email

For more information about the IASS, visit our website:

The 2021 IASS Conference is cosponsored by the departments of Political Science, Philosophy, and Integrated Liberal Studies (ILS), as well as the Center for Early Modern Studies, Center for Study of Liberal Democracy (CSLD), Center for European Studies (CES), Political Economy, Philosophy, and Politics (PEPP) Certificate, and the Political Theory Workshop. It is supported in part by generous donations from the Jack Miller Center, Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, the Center for European Studies, and the Institute for Legal Studies.

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