Annual Doctoral Conference 2017

Politics in Illiberal Times
Annual Doctoral Conference

3-4 April 2017

About the conference

CEU’s Annual Doctoral Conference (ADC) has been organized every year since 2006, providing opportunity to PhD students from CEU and partner institutions to present and discuss their research papers, test their ideas, while gaining valuable feedback from first class discussants. The 2017 ADC  is organized under the theme "Politics in Illiberal Times", and it accepts applications form PhD candidates of the academic fields of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. 

Date and Time: The ADC 2017 is held on Monday -Tuesday, 3-4 April 2017.

Venue: Panel sessions and other events are held on the first floor of CEU's Nador 15 building (1051 Budapest, Nador street 15).

The event is hosted by the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations at CEU.

[Watch a video about the ADC2016 from last year!]


In 2017 the ADC offers 12 thematic panels in a wide range of topics, with the flagship panel focusing on “Politics in Illiberal Times”. In addition to the thematic panels, ADC will host a keynote lecture on the EU’s political economy from professor Laszlo Bruszt, an exciting talk on the threats to public interest journalism by CMDS’s Dean Starkman, and a book launch about migration by CEU alumna Olena Fedyuk, co-organized by CEU's Migration Research Group. On the first day, a poster session will also be held from a number of visualisations by CEU PhD Students. Click on the picture below to download the full program of the confernece.

Panels and papers

The twelve conference panels offer over 50 research papers presented during the two days of the conference. After the presentations by the PhD candidates, renowned discussants from CEU and partner universities will provide feedback and engage in discussion about the presented research.

This year the Annual Doctoral Conference welcomes six guest panel discussants from partner universities, from Madrid, Edinburgh, Leiden, Aberyswyth and Budapest.

We also welcome guest panelists, 14 PhD students from 9 partner institutions, presenting their research alongside CEU’s PhD candidates.

List of panelists and papers - to download the full list of panel participants and the titles of the papers that will be presented and discussed in each panel, please click here. 

Short summaries (proposals) of each conference paper are available for reading from a shared drive. You can search these summaries by the names of the authors. To browse paper summaries, click here.

Full research papers are available for conference participants only. To request access to the papers of a specific panel, please write an email to

Funding for external participants

CEU provides a full or partial reimbursement of the accommodation and travel expenses for a limited number of external participants who travel to the conference from outside Budapest. Decision about reimbursement will be made on a competitive basis, and will depend on the number of external applications. More information about this will be available after the selection procedure.

Participating as Audience

The Annual Doctoral Conference is a public event, but members of the audience are kindly asked to register in advance. To register for any session of the conference, please fill out this form.

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