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Standing Group on Citizenship: Early Careers Lounge

Get talking. Get inspired!

Inaugural session

Wednesday 18 May, 10:00 – 11:00 BST / 11:00 – 12:00 CEST


Frank Reichert, The University of Hong Kong
Hannah Bliersbach, Leiden University


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Our Standing Group on Citizenship is thrilled to present its Early Careers Lounge – a brand-new series of FREE virtual meet-ups for PhD students and early career scholars interested in citizenship, civic education, political participation, migration and related topics.

The series aims to create an inspiring space for regular sessions that enable researchers in the field to chat and exchange ideas in an informal and supportive environment.

How it works

The inaugural session will feature two fantastic speakers from the Standing Group on Citizenship who will provide a brief insight into their current research, followed by a Q&A session.

You will then be invited to join breakout rooms to network, talk about your research, and share feedback to help us shape the future Early Careers Lounge sessions.

Join this event to:

  • Expand your academic network
  • Discuss your research project
  • Share ideas and get inspired

Our speakers

Frank Reichert received his doctorate from the University of Kiel, Germany, for his thesis on minority students’ collective identities and political participation. He has held positions at universities and research institutions across Germany, Australia, and Hong Kong and was a 2016 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow of the National Academy of Education (USA).

Frank has received several international awards for his research, which focuses on citizenship and citizenship norms, civic knowledge and education, political behaviour, and collective identities.

In some of his recent publications, he examined digital citizenship, teachers’ civic participation and their beliefs about civic education, student participation in the anti-extradition law amendment bill social movement in Hong Kong, and the assessment of digital competences.

Hannah Bliersbach is a PhD student at Leiden University and researches naturalisation. Her work examines the real-life experiences of those acquiring new citizenship and their path through the formal naturalisation process. She is also interested in the perception of discretion enacted by case workers and how case workers navigate these discretionary powers. 

About the Standing Group

The Standing Group on Citizenship investigates citizenship and its personal, cultural, social, economic and political implications through interdisciplinary research from multiple theoretical perspectives. It addresses how citizenship continues to formulate relations between polities and individuals through rights, duties, participation and identities. In the context of increased diversity, less participation and growing political distrust, the Standing Group also explores and researches how schools prepare citizens for their civic life in citizenship education. Find out more.

How to join

The event is FREE and open to PhD students and early career scholars interested in research addressing the various branches of citizenship. 

Registration is required but you will only need to register once for the entire series.

You will need a My ECPR account to register. Don't yet have one? You can create it here, even if you are not affiliated with an ECPR Member institution.

  1. Register for the series
  2. All forthcoming sessions will be automatically added to your Itinerary
  3. Access the session through My Events in My ECPR
  4. A link to join will appear in your itinerary 15-minutes before the start of the session

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