Early Career Researchers Workshop (ECW) 2020

14th Pan-European Conference on International Relations 2020, Malta


Call for Participants is now open until 14 April 2020. Please send your expressions of interest in participating and more information

The European International Studies Association (EISA) is inviting proposals for Early Career Researchers Workshops (ECW) linked to the next EISA Pan-European Conference in Malta (16-19 September 2020).The workshops will be held on 15 September 2020, prior to the main conference. ECWs are one-day workshops organized by and for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers who finished their PhD less than three years prior to the application deadline. Eight to twelve participants use the workshop to present and discuss their work. Each workshop should include one or two senior discussants. Organized around an overarching theme or question, the workshops can be used for several purposes, including gaining experience in academic conference presentation, developing new ideas, building up a research proposal, and/or preparing publications.

EISA will provide funding for up to three ECWs this year. Financial support covers up to €4000 for the workshop. Funding is primarily for covering travel costs of participants. If allocated funds allow for it, the organizers can request using them to cover accommodation costs for individual participants. Workshop conveners will receive the ECW grant as a lump sum. They will need to provide an account statement and receipts for workshop expenditures within three weeks after the event.


Decolonizing Affective Attachments in Global politics 

Convenors: Sarah Tafakori (S.Tafakori@lse.ac.uk) from London Schoool of Economics and Political Science, Sabiha Allouche (s.allouche@exeter.ac.uk) from University of Exeter


This workshop poses the overarching question: to what extent is the ‘turn to affect’ predicated upon an orientation towards Western and Eurocentric epistemes? To put it another way, how far have the geographies and histories of the Global South been excluded from affect and emotion studies?

We propose, then, that although the ‘affective turn’ has been discussed as a phenomenon across the humanities, social sciences and sciences for the past decade or more, consistent intersectional and postcolonial interventions are needed.   We encourage submissions which explore aspects of these and other problematics of affect, through bringing to bear a critical attention to issues of racialized and gendered inequality, and to questions of universality and particularity, as they are articulated at local, national and global levels.




Firefighters and Arsonists: Decolonizing epistemologies, methodologies and practices in humanitarian action

Convenors: Janine Bressmer (janine.bressmer@graduateinstitute.ch) from Graduate Insititute in Geneva


This workshop takes a decolonial perspective on humanitarian action (as ethos and practice) to critically question its troubled histories and productively re/imagine the ways we both study and practice aid delivery in contemporary global politics. Participants are asked to engage with questions on methods and ethics in humanitarian research, the politics of 'humanitarian knowledge production', and on the potential of seeing beyond the binary logic of aid as either a normative endeavour or political project.




A Conversation between IR theory and STS: Knowledge Production and the Role of Networked Technology

Convenors: Lilly Muller (lilly.muller@kcl.ac.uk) from King´s College London, Johanna Rodehau-Noack (j.rodehau-noack@lse.ac.uk) from London School of Economics and Political Science


With the growth of new and emerging technologies that not only facilitate and accelerate data generation, analysis and dissemination but also enable new ways of determining risks and recognising threats, the processes that shape knowledge production are shifting and new socio-technological imaginaries of in/security emerge. Against the background of an ever-increasing acceleration of technologies and a normalisation of ‘technical solutions’ to inherently socio-political problems, this workshop discusses the interplay of knowledge and technologies that construct in/security on a range of issues – from cybersecurity to financial market collapse and conflict prevention. The workshop, convened by Lilly Pijnenburg Muller (King’s College) and Johanna Rodehau-Noack (LSE), especially invites contributions that put International Relations theory and Science and Technology Studies into conversation on the topic of researching knowledge production on security risks and threats.