Membership and Registration Requirements for the SPE and APA:

  1. Please note that only active SPE members are able to propose SPE-APA Affiliated Group sessions, and all session participants must be SPE members at the time of the session.
  2. Those who are interested in presenting at and attending an APA conference will also be required to register for the relevant APA conference, which includes paying the registration fee. These fees make it possible for the SPE and the APA to continue their work of supporting the research and scholarship of its members, such as those who are interested in submitting an SPE-APA Affiliated Group Session Proposal.
  3. The SPE membership fee does not cover any of the APA registration fees.
  4. One does not need to be an APA member in order to register for the conference, although it may be more cost effective for some people since APA members receive discounts, and may qualify for fee waivers or grants to attend a conference. Presenting at an affiliated group session, however, would not be sufficient to qualify for some grants.

Before submitting a session proposal, please make sure you have the following information available. It will be necessary in order to complete the submission form:

  1. A 500 word abstract of your proposal: Your proposal may be for a colloquium (single paper presentation with one or more commentators), a symposium (multiple paper presentations), a panel discussion (a focused discussion by multiple scholars), or an author-meets-critics session that is anywhere from 1-3 hours long. You may also propose a single paper to be presented as a part of a session with other presenters, and you will be contacted about whether or not we would be able to accommodate your proposal.
  2. ​Full names (as it is to appear on the APA program) and affiliations (if any) of all the participants in your proposal. Please also ensure that all your participants are committed to attending the relevant APA meeting prior to submitting your proposal.
  3. Session Information:
    • You are proposing a symposium session, panel discussion, or author-meets-critics session?
    • Number of sessions requested (out of 2-3)?
    • Session topic/title?
    • Length of session(s) (1-3 hours)?
    • Date preference?
    • Time preference?
    • Estimated attendance?
    • Audio/visual equipment needs? (Please note that such requests can only be accommodated by the SPE, through the APA, for disability access reasons or if the SPE has the funds available to pay for the use of these equipment. In all other cases, presenters are welcome to bring their own equipment, and to ensure that they have handouts available just in case.)
    • Will papers be provided in advance online?
  4. Please note that time, date, and session length are not guaranteed until the APA finalizes its program. You can keep up-to-date with program information through this webpage:

Please also make sure to submit your proposals by the following due date in order to ensure that your proposal will be considered. Later proposals may also be welcome, but will be subject to session availability.

  1. Eastern APA - proposals due by June 1st.
  2. Central APA - proposals due by August 1st.
  3. Pacific APA - proposals due by October 1st.

For more information about APA conferences, grants, etc., please see the following, and associated, webpage and contact the APA with further questions: APA Meetings.

To submit a session proposal, please make sure you have carefully read and understood the above information, and complete the following SPE-APA Affiliated Group Session Proposal Form (linked below).