Are you preparing a grant proposal, a special issue, an edited book, or setting up a new research network? The EISA Exploratory Symposia offers an excellent opportunity to meet in groups to pursue collaborative work. In 2018, EISA will host its 7th Exploratory Symposia for members in the town of Rapallo on the Portofino Coast in Italy.



When and where?

From October 31 to November 3, 2018, EISA will organize its 7th Exploratory Symposia for members in Rapallo. Each group involves five scholars from different universities and countries who work together over the three days. The symposia take place in the Excelsior Palace Hotel (http://www.excelsiorpalace.it/en/) and the event opens with a welcome dinner Wednesday evening.

Who can apply?

EISA will fund up to six groups with a maximum of five participants each. The groups are selected on the basis of the quality of proposals received. We invite proposals from both newly established and already established research groups to engage in activities that will advance the field of International Studies in Europe. Exploratory Symposia are open to EISA members only. The symposia strive for diversity in terms of gender, seniority, and geography.

The Exploratory Symposia aims to facilitate two kinds of research groups:

(1) Newly established groups that would like to meet at an early stage of a research project to progress it.

(2) Already established research groups that would like to meet to work out how to further their research agenda.

We encourage in particular participants and section chairs of the Pan-European Conference (PEC) on International Relations and European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) to apply to continue their work through the Exploratory Symposia.


The participation fee is 100 EUR and applies to each participant. EISA covers accommodation and half board (breakfast and lunch) plus an opening dinner on Wednesday October 31, 2018. Travel costs and other costs are to be covered by participants. Please note that all participants must be EISA members.


There is no required format for the symposia. Participants will be expected to arrive in Rapallo on the afternoon of day one (October 31, 2018) and depart on the afternoon of day four (November 3, 2018). 

How to apply?

We invite proposals of approximately 3000 words. The deadline for proposal submission is May 1, 2018. Proposals should describe the group project, the purpose of the meeting, and provide the biographies of participants. Please note that groups must indicate in their application whether they wish to meet to discuss the establishment of a new research group OR whether they are advanced in their work and wish to discuss a publishing proposal.

Applications and queries must be emailed to EISA Board Member Maj Grasten at: mlg.dbp@cbs.dk.



The 6th EISA Exploratory Symposia, Rapallo, Italy, October 25–28, 2017

The 5th EISA Exploratory Symposia, Rapallo, Italy, November 2–5, 2016

The 4th EISA Exploratory Symposia, Rapallo, Italy, November 11–14, 2015

The 3rd EISA Exploratory Symposia, Rapallo, Italy, October 29 – November 1, 2014

The 2nd EISA Exploratory Symposia, Rapallo, Italy, October 31 – November 2, 2013

The 1st EISA Exploratory Symposia took place in Rhodes, Greece, October 24–27, 2012. The event was organized in collaboration with the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean.


EISA Exploratory Symposia 2017

We very much look forward to hearing more about the outputs from the 2017 Exploratory Symposia and to the further engagement of last year´s participants in EISA activities. We also hope that other EISA members will look out for the call for applications for this year´s symposia and take the opportunity to develop collaborative research.

A World Undone? Transnational Communities of Practice and the Crisis of Multilateral Organizations

The aim of this Symposium is to bring together scholars to work on a common research grant application. The objective for the project is to advance the research agenda on practice approaches in IR by way of asking why, how and with what consequences transnational communities of practice shape multilateral organizations in Europe.

Participants: Niklas Bremberg (Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)/Uppsala University), Nina Graeger (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)), and Magnus Ekengren (Swedish Defence University).

Human (In)Security in the Mediterranean (HiSMed)

The Symposium on HiSMed seeks to investigate new challenges affecting human beings and determining human insecurity and new forms of protection required for people on the move. It will provide a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of approaches to human (in)security and (im)mobility in the Mediterranean and their implications for moving people and for the EU and its member states.

Participants: Stefania Panebianco (University of Catania), Valeria Bello (UN University, Barcelona), Sarah Leonard (Vesalius College, Brussels), Polly Pallister Wilkins (Amsterdam University), Benjamin Tallis (IIR, Prague), Iole Fontana (University of Catania), and Benjamin Herborth (University of Groningen).

Law, Empire, and Global Political Economy

The purpose of this Symposium is to launch a new interdisciplinary research project that aims to bring together international relations, international law and international political economy in the analysis of the making of the international from a global histories perspective. Participants will write a grant application to support this project.

Participants: Duncan Wigan (Copenhagen Business School), Zeynep Gulsah Capan (Istanbul Bilgi University), Filipe Dos Reis (Erfurt University), and Maj Grasten (Copenhagen Business School).


EISA Exploratory Symposia 2016

Exploring EU Targeted Sanctions

Clara Portela, Thomas Biersteker, Francesco Giumelli and Marusa Veber who are already working on a grant proposal came together to discuss a broader set of objectives that they aimed at developing around their ongoing work on the effects and efficacy of EU sanctions. 

New World Making: China's One Belt, One Road Policy and its Global Implications.

L.H.M. Ling, Alan Chong, Karin Fierke, Imad Mansour and Ebby Abramson also met to further their collaborative writing. This Symposium facilitated a meeting of a group of scholars based at institutions in Asia and outside of Asia to explore what China’s policy means for the study and practice of international relations. 

The Politics of Translation in IR

Zeynep Gulsah Capan, Maj Grasten and Filipe dos Reis worked on finalising plans for their co-edited book examining the understudied use of the concept of translation in IR and IPE. Their Symposium built on existing collaborative work facilitated by a previous EISA EWIS event. 

What's the 'Critical in Critical International Relations Theories? Patterns of Changing Instrumentality 

Knud Erik Jørgensen, Benjamin Herborth, Pinar Bilgin, Victoria Basham and Hartmut Behr explored the scope for a new collaboration aimed at illuminating the distinct critical theory tradition that exists within international studies. They aim to write a book together for the ‘Trends in IR Theory’ series with Palgrave. 

Comparing Subaltern Foreign Economic Policies of Southern Mediterranean Countries: Changing Economic Dependencies, Security Predicaments and Migration Issue-Linkage Opportunities

Irene Fernández-Molina, Laura Feliu Martínez, Anna Khakee and Imad El-Anis came together to consider a range of potential publications examining how the foreign economic policies of 'subaltern states' from the southern Mediterranean adapt to, and balance, changing patterns of economic dependency, regional and domestic security, migration. 

Interrogating the Void: Lacanian Psychoanalysis in IR

Moran Mandelbaum, Juliet Brough Rogers, Andreja Zevnik and Catarina Kinnvall came together to consider the lack of Lacanian psychoanalysis in IR and assess its value to the discipline. They aim to produce a journal special issue based on their discussions.