ECD Events

Fieldwork and COVID19: Assessing the Impact of Covid19 on Early Career Scholars pt. 2


20 December 2021

4pm - 5:30pm (CET)

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Organisers / Chairs:

Tamas Peragovics, Central European University

Marieke de Goede, University of Amsterdam and Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research.



Esmé Bosma, University of Amsterdam

Katarina Kušić, Aberystwyth University

Sarah Perret, King’s College London

Anatoly Reshetnikov, Central European University


The aim is to foster a broad discussion on how the Covid-19 crisis and related lockdown measures is affecting early career scholars in international studies across countries. This may include but also goes beyond disrupted fieldwork. We seek to collect best and worst case practice examples of academic institutional responses. We will discuss what new research avenues and practices are emerging in the midst of crisis, and will start a reflection on the changing nature of academic work and career trajectories.


Questions that participants are invited to speak on are:

  • How have the Covid19 crisis and measures impacted your research and PhD work? What have you struggled with most (for example: disrupted fieldwork, anxiety and uncertainty, illness of self or others, kids at home, isolation, lack of contact with supervisors, cancellation of conferences, etc etc)?
  • Have you had to change your research methods or questions because of the Covid-19 crisis? How did this work? Did anything good/ creative come out of it that you would like to share with others?
  • Has your institution or research school been supportive? Can you give examples of what they have done that you experienced as supportive; can you give examples of where you think the institution made mistakes that others can learn from?
  • Looking to the future, how do you assess the impact of Covid19 on early career scholars? What do you worry about? What would you like to flag as important points of attention to research leaders and established scholars going forward?
  • How can we make sense of the sea of changes going on right now in academic work and practice? Are there new approaches to what academic work means or entails under pandemic conditions? Is there a reassessment of the value of research trips, postdoctoral positions, publications etc. Is there some consciousness of a new kind of academic modality or lifeform crystallizing, or are we looking to return to the pre-pandemic status quo?

Past ECD events


Fieldwork and COVID19: A Collective Discussion on Disrupted Fieldwork pt.1

Organised on 14 December 2020.

This roundtable provided an opportunity for junior and senior scholars to come together in an informal round to talk about ways in which the global pandemic has, and will, influence early-career fieldwork research. We focused specifically on fieldwork and the impact of COVID19 on our practices of and approaches to fieldwork and collectively discuss how we can adapt to the new context.


Virtual IR Café on Militarism

Organised by the Early Career Development group of the EISA on 26 November 2020, this was the first in a series of IR Café events.

While war, militarism and the use of force are core themes in IR, they are sometimes taken for granted as concepts and areas of research. This IR Café discussed militarism and how we have approached the military in our research and political work.


ECD Group Demystifying Publishing and Early Career Advancement

The event is part of the 13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 11-14 September 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria.

The objective of this panel is to demystify the publishing process as well as other challenges associated with early career advancement in the discipline of International Relations.


De-mystifying Glass Ceilings – Equality and Privilege in IR

The event is part of the 13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 11-14 September 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Gendered, raced and other power relations play an important role in academic daily working life. As part of the ‘Demystifying’ series, the ECD group had a meeting to discuss strategies and measures, which have been adopted at different departments across Europe and share challenges and victories


ECD International Relations Café – Deconstructing concepts from an international point of view

The event is part of the 13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 11-14 September 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria.

The aim of this café is to bring together scholars at all stages of their careers in a more informal and interactive environment to learn, debate and discuss questions central to International Relations.


Beyond Horizons of Visibility: An IR to Come (roundtable)

The event was a part of the BISA44th Annual Conference, 12-14 June 2019, London, UK.

Elisabeth Schweiger and Tamas Peragovics convened for the Early Career Researchers Development Group a roundtable at the Annual Conference of the British International Studies Association on Beyond Horizons of Visibility: An IR to Come.