Call for abstracts 16th Annual Doctoral Conference 2021

December 29, 2020

Central European University’s Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations invites paper proposals for its 16th Annual Doctoral Conference.

7–9 April 2021, via Zoom. 

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS / Deadline: 29 January 2021, 23:59 CET

Proposed papers will be assessed on the basis of merit. Proposals are expected to be stand-alone research papers. These can, and in most cases usually, form part of PhD thesis projects. 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 400-word description of the proposed paper
  • five keywords

All abstracts must follow a standard file name format (SURNAME_Given Name_Institution_ADC2021) and be rendered in .docx or .pdf. Please send your submissions to

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 2021, 18:00 CET.


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. Enriching this scholarship at CEU are our (sub)field specialisations in, and cross-pollination of ideas from, comparative politics, international relations, political economy, political theory, and public policy.


Thematically, the conference proposes an appreciation of (re)searching the ‘political’ in the face of 21st-century challenges. Resisting the scholarly urge to particularise these challenges now, we seek to provoke discussions about continuities and discontinuities in Politics as a discipline and politics as the very phenomena we study in varied contexts. This twin understanding opens up at least two possible directions of travel. First, methodological traditions in political science offer ever more sophisticated means of investigating complex and inextricably interlinked transformations in the social, economic and political realms. With these transformations also come intellectual transitions in, and alternative ways of, understanding power relations in a world that is at once in flux and impervious to political change. Second, our reading accommodates a wide array of contributions that attempt to illuminate puzzling empirical phenomena in the social sciences and to problematise the persistence of entrenched political ideas and practices, not least in the throes of our present crises in capital, climate, and COVID-19.

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