From Maastricht to Brexit by Richard Bellamy and Dario Castiglione

Proposing a Workshop

Submitting a Workshop proposal

Any scholar belonging to an ECPR Full Member institution can propose to direct a Workshop. Associate members may co-direct with a scholar belonging to a Full Member institution. Scholars who have been a Workshop Director cannot apply to Direct a Workshop at the two following Joint Sessions.  

Owing to the large amount of work involved in organising a Workshop, we recommend two directors (though two is the maximum allowed). The two directors must come from institutions in two different countries.

Workshop proposals should be submitted online; the call is open 1 October – 1 February. The proposal must contain: 

  • Directors' details
  • an outline of the academic content
  • typical participant profile
  • types of Papers anticipated.

Workshop proposals can be formally endorsed by one or more Standing Groups. Aspiring Workshop Directors should contact Standing Group convenors to seek such endorsement, and must confirm the endorsement when submitting the online form.

Selection of Workshops

The Joint Sessions generally contains 20–30 Workshops. We do, however, receive many more proposals than we can accommodate, and therefore have to make a selection, based on two criteria:

  • academic quality
  • good balance between different approaches and sub disciplines in political science, and balance of topics over time, year on year.

Each proposal is sent for review to two experts in the field, and is also evaluated by the ECPR Executive Committee portfolio holders.

Standing Group-endorsed proposals are treated preferentially. Of two equal-quality proposals, priority is given to the one endorsed by a Standing Group.
If a particular Standing Group endorses multiple proposals, only one can be accepted. We also seek to give space to different Standing Groups over time.

To find out more

Email Marcia Taylor or call +44 (0)1206 63 00 45


"History is past politics, and politics is past history" - E.A. Freeman

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