When I attended my first political science conference in 2017 I was sad to realize that people didn’t cosplay. When I walked through APSA I saw no one dressed up as their favorite president or congressperson. Instead I saw an army of suits.
For context, I regularly attend anime and comic conventions where attendees dress up as their favorite characters. I’ve even attended a few political party conferences where activists dressed up as the candidates. I vividly recall seeing several Bernies back in the 2016 election cycle.
After speaking to others, it is clear that I am not the only one sad at the state of the discipline. I intend to do my part in fixing this by organizing a panel of the politics at fantasy and science fiction next year.
The goal is to get together a series of papers that use popular media to discuss political science. I myself plan to use Frank Herbert’s God Emperor of Dune to discuss the importance of exit in democratization. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the following form. The tentative plan is to have the panel at either WPSA or MPSA 2020.