17th Annual Doctoral Conference 2022

17th CEU Annual Doctoral Conference
6- 8 April 2022


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


We live in a time of uncertainties. The impact of the covid-19 pandemic puts into question previous habits, assumptions, theoretical frameworks, methods, leaving us with a sense of dismay and disarray, facing the fragility of old and comfortable certainties. But the awareness of such precariousness produces an open space for new practices and ideas. Therefore, we recognize that times like this could be the most fertile and fascinating times for scholars, and for young scholars especially, who are working on theoretical, empirical, or methodological issues, and are willing to share and confront their outputs. Thus, we welcome scientific contributions reflecting on individual, national, transnational, and global challenges driven by the loss of certainties and by unprecedented changes.

Central European University's Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations invites paper proposals for its 17th Annual Doctoral Conference. The conference provides a professional, stimulating, and international environment for PhD students and early career researchers in political science to discuss their works in progress, establish informal networks, and initiate future collaborative research. We aim to assemble submissions that reflect the plurality of research projects and approaches in the field of political science.


SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS / Deadline: 28 January 2022, 23:59 CET 


Contributions will be assigned to a thematic panel. The following are the research areas our panels address but are not limited to: comparative politics, democratisation, energy transition and climate politics, higher education policy, international relations, memory politics, methodology, political economy, political theory, public policy, social movements.



Proposed papers will be assessed on the basis of merit. Proposals are expected to be stand-alone research papers. Proposals should discuss the general aim of the research; how the research fits into the scholarly literature; the conceptual/theoretical framework and/or methodological/empirical approaches used; and the(preliminary) results, if applicable.

Abstracts should include:

  • a working title
  • the author's full name, position & institutional affiliation
  • a maximum 400-word description of the proposed paper
  • five keywords

Acceptance decisions will be made on a rolling basis by the organising committee. Applicants will be notified via e-mail about the decisions until 8 February 2022, 18:00 CET.


Applicants whose abstracts are accepted for presentation need to submit full conference papers or presentations. Paper submissions should be ideally in the region of 4000-6000 words. Presentation submissions should include detailed notes.


SUBMISSION OF PAPERS / Deadline: 17 March 2022, 23:59 CET

All abstracts and conference papers must follow a standard file name format (SURNAME_Given Name_Institution_ADC2022) and be rendered in .docx or .pdf. Please send your submissions to adc2022@ceu.edu.


The conference format (hybrid or online) is to be confirmed.