17th Annual Doctoral Conference 2022

 Politics of Uncertainties april 6-8

There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen, Anthem


In the call for abstracts which we published last December, we acknowledged that we live in times of uncertainties. From that moment onwards, many things changed, and, after only a few months, it feels as we are living in a different, possibly even more troubled, world. We wrote how the covid-19 pandemic was putting into question previous habits, assumptions, theoretical frameworks, leaving us with a sense of dismay and disarray, facing the fragility of old and comfortable certainties. Meanwhile, other certainties were lost along the road, and yet, together with Leonard Cohen, whose words we chose as epigraph for this year’s ADC, we remain convinced that the awareness of such precariousness can be fertile, as it produces an open space for new practices and ideas.     

After a full-online 16th edition of the ADC, this year we return onsite, at our Vienna campus in Quellenstraße 51! Still, we decided to guarantee the hybrid mode for the whole conference, so that presenters, discussants, as well as the audience, can join via Zoom.  

 This year the conference will take place between 6-8 April in a hybrid format, consisting of 22 panels and hosting 5 keynote speeches. Our panels are organised around a wide array of research areas: authoritarianism; conflict and cooperation; deliberative democracy; democratisation; global governance; heterodox approaches in IR and policy studies; higher education policy; media and digitalisation; memory politics; peace and security studies; political discourse and political behaviour; political economy; political theory; postcolonial theories; research methods; refugees and migration.   

You can find a link to the full program (subject to change) at the bottom of this page.   

During the three days of the conference we will have 5 keynote speeches:   

  • Sufficiency, Uncertainty and Future Generations by Prof. Paula Casal (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)   
  • Categories, Certainties, and Uncertainties by Prof. dr. Dvora Yanow (Guest Professor, Sub-department Communication, Technology and Philosophy, Wageningen University, The Netherlands)   
  • Reflections on East Central Europe in the Post-Communist Period: What Have We Learned, and What Did We Miss? by Prof. Rachel Epstein (Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver)   
  • Political Implications of Technological Change by Prof. Aina Gallego (Universitat de Barcelona)   
  • Hybris in the Face of Uncertainty: Five Thousand Years of Eurasian Selves and Others in Monuments by Prof. Iver B. Neumann (University of Oslo)   


In order to access the conference either on-site or online, registration is necessary. Registration is open until the 4th of April.  

For access to the campus, you will need a 2.5G pass (negative PCR test not older than 48hrs, OR recovery OR full vaccination -both doses of AstraZeneca/vaxzevria, Biontech/Pfizer, Moderna, as of 3rd Jan. single dose of Johnson is not accepted, only with booster). Sinopharm, Sinovax, Covishield, Covaxin, Covovax, Novavax are accepted for campus access too.  

Please check the following link for the latest covid regulations and entry to CEU: https://www.ceu.edu/covid-19

Time of the event: 6-8 April 2022  
Adress: Quellenstraße 51, 1100 Wien 
In case of any question, you can contact the organizing committee by e-mailing adc2022@ceu.edu