What is/are "WEPS"?
Small workshops and conferences have an important place in the intellectual and practical development of scholarship, especially empirical work that addresses key questions in political science. The `WEPS’ model, which started as a collaboration among empirical political economy scholars in the northeast (NEWEPS), has played a leading role in the development of forward-looking scholarship. As a collaborative endeavor with nearby departments the workshop helps to build faculty and graduate student relationships. Important things these meetings share:
- Open paper calls
- Priority on papers that are ripe for feedback; mostly advanced grad student papers on the agenda
- Priority for regular participation (after helping others on their papers, one deserves attention to their own work)
- No presentations; participants expected to have read everything in advance. Discussant begins with 5-10 minutes of comments before open discussion around the table for 45 minutes. Graduate students prioritized on feedback list for the first 15 minutes.