As intimated in a previous post, the A.P.S.A. will be asked to consider whether the siting of next year's conference in Toronto, Canada - in light of Canada's restrictions on free speech - should be reconsidered or at least cause for "engagement" with the host city/nation. A story about the petition appears in today's National Post. Details of the petition, as well as pointed questions, are provided by "The Marquette Warrior." I am among a number of the signatories of the petition.
What's further of interest to me is that the A.P.S.A.'s official response to the efforts by some activists to move the 2012 annual meeting from New Orleans included the stated intention to pursue "enhanced engagement with host cities on state and local issues of importance to the APSA." There was no mention here of "Provincial" or "National" issues, revealing that even the Association's efforts to pretend that the word "American" in its title can include all of North America - and perhaps South America as well - in an undifferentiated fashion, could only have been a wishful thought posing as a fait accompli. While the absence of any discussion whatsoever about siting the annual conference outside America (yes, America) appears to be a wish for a future in which nations cease to matter, in such details the Association cannot help but acknowledge the persistence of nations and differences between them. One would think an association devoted to the study of politics would not find such persistence embarrassing or regrettable. Or perhaps the ultimate ambition is to rename itself "The Global Post-Political Science Association." It's not clear what would be left to study.
UPDATE: More links on the petition are Here.