Early Career Researchers Workshop (ECW) 2022

Early Career Researchers Workshops (ECW) are linked to the next EISA Pan-European Conference taking place in September.


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. Early career workshops offer a collegial, supportive and safe environment for PhD candidates and Early career scholars to present their work and test their ideas and research findings.


ECW 2022 will be organized before EISA PEC 2022 conference, on 31st August 2022,  in Athens, Greece.

All ECW participants are part of the PEC conference,  therefore need to register and pay the registration fee.




It is with a great pleasure that we announce the Early Career Researchers Workshops that have been selected for 2022:


Enacting and Disrupting Transnational Spaces :

Data Visualisation as an Exploratory Method.

Organized by: Liam McVay (King's College London), Joshua Walmsley (King's College London)

Contact: liam.mcvay@kcl.ac.uk; josh.walmsley@kcl.ac.uk


Research methods can be understood as performative, in that they enact social and political worlds. Methods of data collection and analysis generate particular visions of reality, producing and solidifying distinctions, reifying differences or (false) oppositions, and reproducing power relations. This is particularly pertinent in a growing body of IR research that employs divergent methods of data visualisation; social cartography, topological approaches and network visualisation. The objective of this workshop is to take stock of the relationship between such research practices and the technologies we use, as well as between aesthetics, politics, and critique, to challenge ossified approaches to data visualisation and shed light on the mediation between researcher, research object and technologies of digitisation, analysis, and representation. Participants working in and across the traditions of IPS, ANT, historical IR, feminist, and postcolonial theory will collectively explore the messy relationship between researcher, the object of research, and technological devices that come to shape their representations of the social world, engaging data visualisation/modelling methods as a form of knowledge creation and not merely as a mediation between vision and reality.

Deadline: July 1st


Concepts in International Relations:

History, Politics, and the Ethics of a Situated Analysis

Organized by: Taylor Borowetz (SOAS University of London)

Contact: tb50@soas.ac.uk


Taking concepts to be the fundamental building-blocks of an inquiry into political or historical events and processes brings with it a range of challenges. This workshop begins with one: concepts are not only tools we apply while doing research but exist in the phenomenon we study. How do we deal with the fact that we use concepts that are implicated in our objects of analysis? This distinction, however, is not clear-cut either. We are not translating between two distinct and discrete settings; we’re implicated in them. The question of method and analytical strategy cannot be neutral when it entails the researcher deciding what they see. This workshop invites any early career researcher being pulled between the concepts they are interested in within their case or source material and the analytical categories they aim to apply and sophisticate. We will explore what, practically, navigating this tension might look like.

Join us, along with Julia Costa López and Stefano Guzzini, to think through these questions of agency, positionality, and authorship, and for a chance to reflect on the discursive work that your scholarship does. Participants are invited to prepare a short submission on a methodological or conceptual issue as described above that they’re currently grappling with in their project.

Deadline: Abstracts welcome until June 30th.


Unpacking Chinese Health Diplomacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Sharing Heritages, Narratives and Visuality Along the Health Silk Road

Organized by: Giulia Sciorati (University of Trento), Flavia Lucenti (University of Bologna)

Contact: giulia.sciorati@unitn.it; flavia.lucenti2@unibo.it

More information : https://ecw22chinahealth.com/


“Unpacking Chinese Health Diplomacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Sharing Heritages, Narratives and Visuality Along the Health Silk Road” is a one-day workshop, which brings together scholars on International Relations (IR), with a focus on Chinese foreign policy. It explores the impact of China’s soft diplomacy during the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic on countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative. Specifically, it focuses on the so-called Health Silk Road, i.e., a series of diplomatic initiatives within the BRI framework explicitly targeting cooperation in the health sector, which intensified following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to advance debates on China’s position in the international system, devoting special attention to the country’s relationship with developing countries and the fluidity of its soft diplomacy within the BRI framework, which has been at the center of China’s health diplomatic tools. The workshop adopts a mixture of constructivist theory and visual IR.

The format is that of the roundtable, to encourage the development of a dialogue in a supportive environment between peers, although it includes researchers at different levels of their careers. The workshop, which currently involves eight main speakers (two senior scholars and six early career researchers), is open to additional participants who have an interest in the topic.

Deadline: July 15th




If you are interested in joining and participating in one of these workshops or you want to have more information on the content of each workshop , please contact the workshop convenors for more information as soon as possible. Contact details are included above.