ECD Events


ECD Hub: L(a)unch and Networking

30 August 2024

The Early Career Development (ECD) group is very pleased to launch the ECD Hub, a new activity that will take place yearly at the EISA’s Pan-European Conferences! If you are a PhD student or an early career scholar, come join us for an informal lunch to get to know better the ECD Group’s activities, EISA opportunities for early career development such as grants and awards, as well as to have an opportunity for meaningful networking with peers.Lunch Break.





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Past ECD events


Post-Doc funding in the European Union

Organised 10 February 2022 

The event focused on Marie Curie and EUI post-doctoral fellowships and ERC Starting Grant calls. It aimed to provide Early Career Researchers with support for the next steps in their careers, giving helpful practical tips on the main stages of the application process as well as offering opportunities for discussion and Q&A.


Post-Doctoral funding in the UK

Organised on 1st November 2021 

The speakers offered details about available fellowships and funding schemes in the United Kingdom and sharedpersonal experiences of applying and (sometimes) securing grants. Moreover, the event focused on giving helpful practical tips on the main stages of the application process and offered opportunities for discussion and Q&A.


ECD IR Café: Critical International Relations

Organised within PEC 2021 Conference on 16 September 2021

the Café brought leading voices around a virtual table to ponder, relay, and engage with assumptions, epistemologies and political praxis that are actively working against/from within/in parallel with the porous boundaries of classic understandings of our discipline.


Demystifying Publishing: Going Beyond the Mainstream

Organised within PEC 2021 Conference on 15 September 2021

The scope of this panel is to demystify the publishing process as well as other challenges associated with early career engagement and advancement in the discipline of International Relations (IR). The point is not simply to shed light on current publishing processes, but also to discuss coping strategies that enable the pursuit of research agendas under the pressing conditions of today’s publishing and academic environment.


Silences are Political! Unpacking Silences as International Politics

Organised on 3 February 2021

Silences are powerful political acts in international politics. They can obscure, discriminate, and marginalise, denying voice and visibility. They are thus political and need to be inquired. Yet, they are sometimes taken for granted as concepts and areas of research. This Café aimed to discuss silences in international politics.


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

Organised on 20 January 2021

The aim was 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. We discussed 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.


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.