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16th Annual Doctoral Conference 2021


Dis/continuities: Politics in the 21st Century

Central European University’s Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations invites paper proposals for its 16th Annual Doctoral Conference. The conference provides a professional, stimulating, and international environment for PhD students and early career researchers in political science to discuss their works in progress, establish informal networks, and initiate future collaborative research. We aim to assemble submissions that reflect the plurality of research projects and approaches in the field of political science. Enriching this scholarship at CEU are our (sub)field specialisations in, and cross-pollination of ideas from, comparative politics, international relations, political economy, political theory, and public policy.

Thematically, the conference proposes an appreciation of (re)searching the ‘political’ in the face of 21st-century challenges. Resisting the scholarly urge to particularise these challenges now, we seek to provoke discussions about continuities and discontinuities in Politics as a discipline and politics as the very phenomena we study in varied contexts. This twin understanding opens up at least two possible directions of travel. First, methodological traditions in political science offer ever more sophisticated means of investigating complex and inextricably interlinked transformations in the social, economic and political realms. With these transformations also come intellectual transitions in, and alternative ways of, understanding power relations in a world that is at once in flux and impervious to political change. Second, our reading accommodates a wide array of contributions that attempt to illuminate puzzling empirical phenomena in the social sciences and to problematise the persistence of entrenched political ideas and practices, not least in the throes of our present crises in capital, climate, and COVID-19.


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Some broad research areas our panels may address include, but are by no means restricted to:

  • Civil society in policymaking
  • Climate politics
  • Critical IR theory
  • Development studies
  • Experiments, QCA & survey methods in political science
  • Heterodox approaches in IR and policy studies
  • Higher education policy
  • Memory politics
  • Political economy in the global South
  • Political theory
  • Politics in/of Europe, including but not limited to the European Union
  • Process-tracing case studies

ADC 2021 conference programme available here.


Important Dates:

  • Deadline for submitting abstracts: 29 January 2021, 23:59 CET
  • Notification of acceptance decisions on a rolling basis: until 8 February 2021, 18:00 CET
  • Deadline for submitting full conference papers: 17 March 2021, 23:59 CET

For further details, please consult our call for abstracts or reach out to the Organising Committee at

7 - 9 Apr 2021 Online
Call for Papers open until 29 Jan 2021