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

Graduate Network Conference



Welcome to the site of the 4th Graduate Network Conference. We are looking forward to hosting the conference for the first time in Berlin. Scholars and graduate students from the following departments which form part of the Graduate Network will particpate:

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 fourth Graduate Network conference will take place at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) in March 2012. 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. Additionally, workshops on different aspects of social and political sciences are offered.

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



Application instructions

All PhD students are invited to submit an abstract of maximum 300 words by 8 January 2012 the latest to gradnetwork.bgss@hu-berlin.de. 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 2012. Final papers of maximum 6000 words should be submitted by 1 March 2012 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 three successful conferences in Florence (2007), Budapest (2008) and Barcelona (2010), the fourth Graduate Network Conference will be held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 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.


Accommodation and Travel

BGSS has provided for accommodation in walking distance from the conference venue. All participating PhD students from EUI and Sciences Po will be staying at the Gästehaus Berlin-Mitte, while all participants from LSE, SUM, CEU and UPF will stay at the Hotel Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Haus. We have booked double rooms and breakfast is included. From both hotels it is easiest to walk to the conference venue.


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


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 transoprt 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 can be accessed at the conference's iversity platform, for which all participants have received the password via mail. In case of any questionsm, please contact the address given below.


Conference Booklet

A booklet for the conference providing all necessary information on travel, accommodation and schedule as well as the BGSS contact details can be downloaded here:


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 Christoph Raiser at gradnetwork.bgss (at) hu-berlin.de