Call for Applications for ECPR-OSCE/ODIHR Summer School on Political Parties and Democracy 2019


Deadline:  31 May 2019
Open to: MA/PhD researchers, practitioners and civil society leaders in the field of political parties, elections, representative democracy and closely related areas (e.g. corruption) from and working on OSCE participating States such as Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, North Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan
Venue: 19 –  25 August 2019 in Warsaw, Poland

Description

Organised under the auspices of the Standing Group on Central East European Politics and with the support of the Standing Group on Political Parties of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), the School will bring together an international team of academics and practitioners to train and instruct a group of 20 MA/PhD researchers, practitioners and civil society leaders in the field of political parties and democracy. The School is sponsored by ECPR, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw and the Centre for the Study of Parties and Democracy

The main aims of the School include:

  • to provide instruction and discussion on a wider range of analytical perspectives in the study of political parties, party systems, elections and democracy;
  • to develop a multinational forum for both junior scholars and practitioners to critically discuss their research projects and the development of the subfield;
  • to assist PhD researchers to develop their dissertation projects at the cutting edge of the field, contributing to innovation in conceptualisation, measurement, analysis and theory;
  • to prepare PhD researchers for the requirements and criteria of international academic publishing, and to encourage them to submit their work to academic journals;
  • to help practitioners to understand the main academic findings regarding party politics and democracy promotion;
  • to build on the most recent developments and challenges of political party development and democracy promotion presented by the Global Agenda for the Renewal of Representation;
  • to stimulate international collaboration in the field of parties, party systems, elections and democracy and to encourage PhD researchers and practitioners to take part in such collaboration.

Eligibility

The School is open for MA/PhD researchers, practitioners and civil society leaders in the field of political parties, elections, representative democracy and closely related areas (e.g. corruption) from and working on OSCE participating States such as Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, North Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The maximum number of participants is 20. Organizers will attempt to achieve both a gender and a regional (i.e. Central and South-Eastern European as well as post-Soviet region) balance.

Cost

There are no fees. B&B accommodation (8 nights starting on August 18th), tuition, lunches and two reception-dinners are sponsored by the organisers.

Travels arrangements/expenses will be organised/covered by the participants. However, a very limited number of participants (maximum 2 from ECPR institutions) will have the opportunity to get their travel reimbursed on a merit-base.

All participants of the School will be accommodated in shared twin rooms at Ibis Warszawa Stare Miasto (Old Town), 10 minutes walk for the OSCE/ODIHR premises. Those interested in individual accommodation might be able to get it by paying the rate difference.

Application

Your application should be appropriately filled in (please do answer all the questions!) and submitted to both  Fernando.Casal.Bertoa@nottingham.ac.uk and ​ k.grzybowska-walecka@uksw.edu.pl by Friday 31 May 2019 (inclusively), containing a 500-word abstract (and up to 5 keywords) of your proposed paper. No other documents (e.g. CV, passport) are needed at this stage.

Shortlisted participants might be contacted for a skype interview before final acceptance.

VERY IMPORTANT: Applications by citizens from and/or working in other countries, those incomplete (e.g. missing questions, no abstract or keywords) or submitted after the deadline, as well as from those who have already obtained their PhD, will NOT be considered.

In order to apply, register HERE.

The official web-page.