CEU's Dis/Continuities Conference Connects Early Career Researchers to Address Politics in the 21st Century

From April 7-9, CEU’s Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations hosted the 16th Annual Doctoral Conference (ADC), Dis/Continuities: Politics in the 21st Century, convening PhD students and early career researchers to discuss their works in progress, establish informal networks and initiate future collaborative research. Organized by CEU doctoral students Ain ul Khair, Antonio Salvador M. Alcazar III, Franziska Wagner, Krisztina Szabó and Renan Silva, the conference offers an overview of the diversity of PhD research within the doctoral program in political science and from those who have joined the conference from other universities.

“For me as a first-year PhD student it was great to see what others are doing and how their research has developed. It gives you inspiration of potential avenues and contacts for questions related to your track or research,” notes Wagner, who was heartened to see the conference come alive after months of work. She found that the digital format opened the ADC to more external participants this year - not only outside of Vienna, but particularly beyond Europe.

Keynote speaker Ruth Wodak

During the three days of the conference, sessions of research presentations were punctuated by four keynote speeches: Crisis Communication and Crisis Management during COVID-19: A Case Study by University of Lancaster Emeritus Distinguished Professor and University of Vienna Professor, Ruth Wodak; Continuities in State-Building, Inequality and Violent Unrest, by University of Osnabrück Professor Alexander de Juan; Why Decoloniality Matters: Decolonial Approaches to World Politics, by SOAS University of London Senior Lecturer Meera Sabaratnam; and Dis/Continuities of 21st Century Political Economy in Advanced Capitalist Nations, by University of Vienna Post-Doctoral Researcher Matthew Bergman.

“For PhD students, it is always very inspiring to attend keynote lectures by prominent scholars and to engage in lively debate and discussion on diverse topics from different subfields of political science,” reflects co-organizer Szabó. Additionally, a professionalization workshop with Journal of International Relations and Development editors, CEU Associate Professor Xymena Kurowska and University of Vienna Professor Saskia Stachowitsch offered insights into publishing.

As an organizer, Wagner found that this year’s submissions reflected a substantive and regional diversity of political science research, with diplomacy and security remaining a stable topic, as well as research on the EU from many angles. Emerging topics related to the climate crisis were of interest among early career researchers, as well as the role of civil society. Also in alignment with the ADC’s theme, a large number of submissions addressed the importance of rethinking established concepts in the field.

Watch selected keynotes from the 2021 Dis/Continuities Conference below:

“Crisis Communication and Crisis Management during COVID-19: A Case Study” by Ruth Wodak

"Why Decoloniality Matters: Decolonial Approaches to World Politics" by Meera Sabaratnam

"Dis/Continuities of 21st Century Political Economy in Advanced Capitalist Nations" by Matthew Bergman