EISA Exploratory Symposia, Rapallo (Italy), 30 Oct – 2 Nov 2013

The European International Studies Association (EISA) will be holding its second Exploratory Symposia in the town of Rapallo, Italy. The arrival and departure days will be respectively the 30 October and 2 November, with the meetings to take place on 31 October-1 November.

EISA Exploratory Symposia

The format of Exploratory Symposia will be some cross-national groups of researchers to meet over two to three days in order to discuss the early stages of research projects with a view to launch long-term research projects and subsequent publication. EISA offers this opportunity for six symposia with a maximum of five participants per symposium.

What kind of research groups are the Exploratory Symposia for?

Overall, the Exploratory Symposia aim to facilitate two kinds of research groups. The first refers to newly established groups that would be able to meet at an early stage of a research project. The purpose of meeting would be to draft a detailed proposal that could then be submitted to a funding organisation. The second refers to already established research groups which are encouraged to meet to work out a proposal for a special issue of a journal or a book proposal. They would be encouraged to publish their results in peer-reviewed journals or relevant book series, including EISA’s PSIR book series.

Note that groups should, in their application, indicate whether they wish to meet to discuss the establishment of a new research group OR whether they are advanced in their work and wish to discuss a publishing proposal. The prime criteria of decision-making in awarding an exploratory symposium are academic quality and potentials for advancing International Studies in Europe.

What is the format of the Exploratory Symposia?

The Exploratory Symposia will take place over about two to three days: arrival in the afternoon/early evening of day one, departure in the afternoon of day three or four. Funding of the Exploratory Symposia covers accommodation and half board (breakfast and lunch) plus opening dinner for up to five participants per group. The organizers will cover accommodation and half board (breakfast and lunch) plus an opening dinner Wednesday evening, yet participants must cover travel and other expenses.

Who may apply?

International Studies scholars throughout Europe. Some sections or panels of the Pan-European Conferences on International Relations, European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) or ECPR General Conferences as well as other International Studies events may be regarded as extraordinarily successful by participants. The respective section and panel chairs are encouraged to continue their work via the Exploratory Symposia. However, they must follow the same procedures as any other applicant. A proposal which comes from a previous panel/section has no a priori advantage over other proposals.

What criteria are used in selecting research groups?

Academic quality is the most important factor. Other criteria include having a fair geographical spread of participants, excellent potentials for turning the idea into reality (based on topic, reputation of participants etc.). An excellent scientific proposal will not fail even if most of the secondary criteria are not met; however, proposals which meet all the secondary criteria flawlessly but do not score better than ‘good’ with regard to scientific quality will not be considered.

What should the proposal include?

The proposal should specify the research question and locate the research question within the relevant scientific debate and within the relevant IR theories, though also disciplinary bridge-building enterprises are encouraged. There needs to be sufficient information on research design, theoretical orientations, methodology, data, ‘milestones’, a rough publication plan and a list of members of the research group. The proposal should include the main argument and innovative contribution that the research group wants to make. Proposals should provide sufficient information on these topics but be no longer than 3000 words.

Application deadline for the 2013 Exploratory Symposia is 28 June 2013. Applicants will be informed of the success or otherwise of their application by 15 July 2013. Applications can be sent by e-mail to the EISA Chair, Knud Erik Jørgensen, at this address.

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