Kate at CPSA in Ottawa

In early June 2015, Kate Mattocks (City University London) had the opportunity to attend the Canadian Political Science Association’s annual conference, held this year in the nation’s capital, Ottawa. Here’s how it went…

I was able to attend CPSA thanks to the PSA’s overseas conference grant scheme. The conference took place over three days, under the umbrella of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, which brings together 70 national learned associations that all hold their annual meetings at the same time. With almost 9000 people participating in total, it was a really engaging and invigorating few days for scholarship in the social sciences and humanities.

The paper I presented, on the panel Bureaucratic Independence and the Politics of Accountability in Public Institutions, was “Marching backwards into the future: investigating the CRTC’s role in contemporary Canadian television broadcasting regulation” and looked at regulatory independence in the context of recent Canadian broadcasting policy reforms.

It was particularly interesting to attend some of the interdisciplinary events that were open to all Congress attendees. Some highlights were a panel on integration and citizenship in Europe and North America with Irene Bloemraad and Thomas Faist, and a graduate student panel on “Imagining Canada’s future.” The CPSA’s schedule was also a packed one; highlights were the keynote by Marian Sawer (Australian National University), “Connecting political science and politics: the challenge of diversity,” and several excellent panels that I attended.

Overall, the CPSA conference was a great opportunity for me both professionally and personally and a really enjoyable few days. Thank you again to the PSA for the opportunity to attend such a fantastic conference.