Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations
What next? Exit from or exit to order and hegemony
University of Catania, Department of Political and Social Sciences, 10–15 June 2019
This Summer School focuses on the reform of the order, institutions, and power relations of the world political system.
In the past, scholars explained international stability and order as the outcome of alliances and the balance of power among dominant states.
Hegemonic theory scholars showed how hegemonic coalitions produce policies, manage crises, and provide security and collective goods to the whole system. This was true for the current world system until the present time of contrasting developments like interdependence and fragmentation, regionalism and fascination with sovereignty.
Such contrasting developments challenge the predictability of the systemic conditions that will bring the world out of its increasing disorder, and take it out to the next hegemonic (or not) hegemonic order.
In past international systems, systemic conditions and the political, economic and social needs of states shaped hegemonic order. IR scientists developed a variety of reflections, empirical studies and policy prescriptions to capture the reality, and formulate perspectives about the future.
In this Summer School, prominent scholars will help participants develop new knowledge about the political actors, institutions, coalitions, and policies reshaping the world political order.
The School connects you to an international network of researchers and lets you interact with junior and senior IR scholars. You will present and discuss your own research and get feedback and exchange from Instructors and fellow participants.
Registration €250 per student
How to participate
The Summer School is open to PhD and Master's students from political science, international relations, public administration or related areas. As a basic requirement, all applicants should have completed an introductory course in political and administrative sciences or international relations at the BA-level.
You will present a 6,000–8,000 word research paper or book chapter, and discuss another participant's paper. In exceptional circumstances, we may also accept project proposals or research plans.
How to apply
Please email the following to Daniela Irrera by 8 April 2019
- Recommendation letter from a supervisor
- Research paper abstract of max. 500 words
After the Academic Convenors have evaluated all applications, the decision on admissions will be made on 18 April 2019. You will then need to register and pay via the ECPR website. A link will appear when registration opens on 6 May 2019. To register, you will need a MyECPR account.
Registration fee €250
- Participation in eight lectures/courses, as detailed in the Daily summary
- Morning coffee and coffee breaks in the afternoon
- Dinner on 9 June
- Dinner on 14 June
- Certificate of Attendance, provided at the end of the Summer School
If you have attended the whole Summer School, presented a Paper and taken part in discussions, you will be awarded a certificate for 3 ECTS credits.