History and Aims
The ECPR’s first Graduate Student Conference was held at the University of Essex in 2006. Graduate Student Conferences are held in alternate years to the General Conference, and have similarly been held in a range of European cities.
In addition to sections and panels, there are round tables, symposia, a plenary lecture and an interesting social programme. The ECPR Graduate Student Conferences represent an excellent opportunity for graduate students to come together from all over Europe to share their work and experience by presenting papers or by simply observing.
2014 Edition in Innsbruck
The 5th ECPR Graduate Conference 2014 will take place at the University of Innsbruck, Austria on July 2 – 5, 2014, organized by the Department of Political Science at the Innsbruck School of Political Science and Sociology.
The ECPR Graduate Student Conference is specifically tailored to the needs of graduate students looking to gain valuable political science conference experience, network, and further their personal and academic development in political and social sciences. Ideally suited to ‘first-time’ delegates, the conference combines a comprehensive academic and social programme over three days. The Graduate Student Conference is only open to graduate students who are studying for a Master’s degree, a PhD, or who hold junior postdoctoral positions.
The academic programme consists of lectures, roundtables and themed Sections and Panels covering all the main areas of political science, political theory, international relations and European studies. Each Panel will include 3 – 5 Papers to be presented and discussed. Attendees can present and discuss their work or simply observe and become involved in other elements of the programme. Individuals may perform each conference function (Section Chair, Panel Chair, Discussant, Paper giver) only once within the academic programme and Panel Chair(s) may not present a Paper in the same Panel that they are Chairing.
The conference consists of 27 sections:
- Area Studies — Latin America: Cleavages, Constitutions, Elections, European Politics, Executives, Government, Interest Groups, Parliaments – Vladimir Alvarado Acuña and Gibran Cruz-Martinez
- Area Studies — The MENA Region: Extremism, Federalism, Governance, Human Rights, Political Competition, Political Participation, Political Violence, Transitional States – Mehtap Kara and Konstantina Androniki Kostami
- Comparative Politics: Cleavages, Constitutions, Elections, European Politics, Executives, Government, Interest Groups, Parliaments – Rosa M. Navarrete and Ilke Toygur
- Critical Approaches: Critical theory, Feminism, Marxism, Neo-Marxism, Post-Modernism, Post-Structuralism – Adrià Alcoverro and Ekaterina Tarasova
- Democracy and Democratisation: Extremism, Federalism, Governance, Human Rights, Political Competition, Political Participation, Political Violence, Transitional States – Nina Guerin and Eda Keremoglu
- Development Studies: Conflict, Constitutions, Democracy, Democratisation, Development, Globalisation, Institutions, Transitional States – Alejandro Boucabeille and Matthias Scantamburlo
- Electoral Politics: Comparative Politics, Elections, Party Manifestos, Political Competition, Political Leadership, Political Parties, Political Sociology – Sabrina Mayer and Martin Schultze
- Environmental Politics: Business, Euro, IMF, Investment, Trade, Welfare State, Worldbank – Benedikt Kamski and Daniel Meierrieks
- EU Politics: European Politics, European Union, Governance, Integration, National Identity – Christoph Gräfling and Brigitte Pircher
- Gender Politics: Feminism, Gender, Political Theory – Sabine Gatt and Eva-Maria Hochhauser
- Globalisation, Citizenship and Migration: Citizenship, Globalisation, Identity, Immigration, National Identity, Race – Adam Fusco and Jelena Loncar
- Governance and Leadership: Citizenship, Democracy, Institutions, Local Government, Political Participation, Political Theory, Public Administration, Representation – Pedro Abellan-Artacho and Bernabé Aldeguer Cerdá
- International Relations: Conflict Resolution, Constructivism, Europe (Central and Eastern), Institutions, International Relations, Realism, Security, War – Argyro Kartsonaki and Zoi Vardanika
- Media and Politics: Advertising, Broadcast, Campaign, Internet, Social Media, Television – Luzia Helfer and Antonis Kalogeropoulos
- Party Politics: Campaign, Candidate, Cartel, Catch-all, Coalition, Party Manifestos, Party members – Vit Simral and Michal Vit
- Peace and Conflict Studies: Ethnic Conflict, Globalisation, Negotiation, Political Violence, Security, UN, War – Nadine Ansorg and Julia Strasheim
- Political Economy: Business, Euro, IMF, Investment, Trade, Welfare State, Worldbank – Eliška Drapalova and Sanja Hajdinjak
- Political Methodology: Analytic, Methods, Qualitative, Qualitative Comparitive Analysis, Quantitative, Regression – David Benček and Audrey Ann Faber
- Political Power & Foreign Policy Analysis: Democracy, Democratisation, Government, Human Rights, Knowledge, Nationalism, Political Methodology, Social Justice – Alexander Kalgin and Alina Vladimirova
- Political Psychology and Political Education: Conflict, Elites, Gender, Integration, Knowledge, National Identity, Religion, Representation – Reysa Nasroen and Frank Reichert
- Political Sociology: Citizenship, Civil Society, Cleavages, Democracy, Elites, Religion, Representation, Social Capital – Joseba Fernández, Martín Portos García and Lorenzo Zamponi
- Political Theory: Democracy, Democratisation, Government, Human Rights, Knowledge, Nationalism, Political Methodology, Social Justice – Yoel Mitrani and Guilel Treiber
- Public Administration: Executives, Governance, Government, Institutions, Local Government, Policy Analysis, Public Choice, Public Policy – Thomas Danken, Katrin Dribbisch, Rebecca-Lea Korinek and Anne Lange
- Public Policy: Environmental Policy, Foreign Policy, Governance, Institutions, Interest Groups, Local Government, Policy Analysis, Public Administration – Valesca Lima and Simona Zimmermann
- Regionalism & Federalism: Federalism, Local Government, National Identity, Nationalism, Public Administration, Public Policy, Regionalism, Welfare State – Simon Bransden and Ieva Vezbergaite
- Security Studies: Conflict, Cyber Politics, Extremism, Human Rights, Integration, Nationalism, Political Violence, Terrorism – Jan Ludvik and Michal Smetana
- Open Section – Sven Jeschke and Gilg Seeber
A full list including section abstracts and panels can be found on the ECPR website.
Funding opportunities up to €250 are available for travel and accommodation to individuals affiliated with ECPR member institutions (subject to meeting the required criteria). The funding application process will open next year and details will be available on the website in due course.