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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS)

Graduate Network Conference

Berlin March 21-23, 2018


Funded by the HU's KOSMOS Workshop Project "Democracy and European (Dis) Integration: Challenges and Opportunities in Times of Turmoil"




Welcome to the site of the 10th Graduate Network Conference. We are looking forward to hosting the conference for the second time in Berlin. Scholars and graduate students from the following departments which form part of the Graduate Network will participate:

Central European University Budapest (CEU)

Political Science, IRES, and Department of Public Policy  

European University Institute Florence (EUI)

Department of Political and Social Sciences


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS)


Institut d’Études Politiques, Sciences Po Paris (IEP)

All departments


Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Florence (SUM)

Political Science Doctoral Program


London School of Economics (LSE)

Government, International Relations and European Institute


Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (UPF)

Department of Political and Social Sciences


Call for Papers

The 10th Graduate Network Conference will take place at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) in March 2018. The conference gives PhD students of the network universities the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects, and to refine their theoretical and methodological approaches. PhD students in all stages of their doctoral research are invited to submit an abstract. Papers in sociology and political sciences are equally welcome and may focus on theoretical, empirical and/or methodological questions.



The programme of the Graduate Network Conference combines panels and workshops. As soon as all candidates are selected, a list of the participants and their respective subject will be distributed. This gives everyone the opportunity to find people who are closest to their own topic. Panels will then be organised according to the subject, the methods used and to the wishes expressed by the participants.
During the panels each presenter will have about 20 minutes to present his or her paper. Papers that reflect the current stage of the PhD's research project are welcome but contributions may also focus on specific aspects/present some related findings. Each paper will then be discussed by another PhD student and there will be ample time for an open discussion afterwards.

A provisional list of panels and programme can be downloaded here:

  • Panels and Presentations
  • Conference Programme


Application instructions

All PhD students are invited to submit an abstract of maximum 300 words by 6 January 2018 the latest to egn.conference@wzb.eu. Abstracts should include the research question, the theoretical framework, and provide three to five keywords. A special emphasis should be put on the methods used in the paper. Please indicate your department and your year of study as well as your contact details. Successful applicants will be informed by 15 January 2018. Final papers of maximum 6000 words should be submitted by 14 March 2018 to the above address.


Graduate Network

The European Graduate Network brings together graduate students of sociology and political science from leading universities in Europe. The network encourages and facilitates collaborative research of the PhD students of the participating universities, emphasizing multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to political and social sciences such as political and social theory, political economy, comparative sociology, international relations, and public policy. The network aims to provide opportunities for PhD students to improve their research projects, to discuss advanced methodological tools and to practice presenting and discussing academic work. Currently, there are seven universities participating in this exclusive network: Central European University, European University Institute, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Institut d‘Études Politiques de Paris, London School of Economics and Universitat Pompeu Fabra.


After nine successful conferences taking place in different cities of the Network, the 10th Graduate Network Conference will be held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin once again. The conference gives PhD students of the network universities the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects, and to refine their theoretical approaches and methods. Thereby, the aim of the conference is to strengthen opportunities for exchange and cooperation between the participating institutions.

  • List of Representatives


Accommodation and Travel

BGSS has provided accommodation in walking distance from the conference venue. Participating PhD students will be staying at the Gästehaus Berlin-Mitte and Meininger Hotels Mitte. Participants staying at Gästehaus Berlin-Mitte should note that breakfast will be served at Baxpax Downtown Hotel, which is located right across the guest house.


Senior representatives from the partner institutions will be staying in at the Hotel Albrechtshof, also in walking distance to the BGSS building. Again, breakfast is included.


Practical information including a map with all conference venues can be consulted here.


The closest public transport station is Oranienburger Tor (U6 and Tram), the next S-Bahn-Station is Friedrichstraße. The public transport company BVG offers a query service for travelling around Berlin. Please consult that page for your connections from airports (Schönefeld or Tegel) and train stations (Hauptbahnhof) to the conference venue.


Conference Papers

Conference Papers and Presentations are going to be distributed by email among the participants.



Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences

Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 (0)30 2093 5340

For further information, please contact the organizers at egn.conference@wzb.eu.