ECS Speed Mentoring


ECPG 2019 Early Career Scholars Program

Conveners: Conny Roggeband and Saskia Bonjour

ECPG seeks to support and inspire early career scholars of politics and gender & sexuality. Its Early Career Scholar Program aims to strengthen networks among new and experienced members of the profession and to provide early career scholars with knowledge and strategies to find their way in academia.

This year, the program consists of two sessions:

  • Understanding and resisting institutional racism, sexism and homophobia in academia (Wednesday 3 July, 12h-19h)

  • Speed Mentoring (Friday 5 July, 18h30 – 19h30)

Understanding and resisting institutional racism, sexism and homophobia in academia

The meritocratic ideals of academia obscure the reproduction of inequalities in academia, even among scholars of politics and gender & sexuality. These structural inequalities present particular challenges for scholars who are relatively new in academia and who often work in precarious conditions. This session seeks to empower early career scholars to deal with these issues, first by providing them with knowledge about institutional sexism, racism, and homophobia in academia, and second by sharing experiences and strategies.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Marieke van den Brink (professor of Gender & Diversity at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)

  • Nadia Brown (associate professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Purdue University)

  • Akwugo Emejulu (professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick)

  • Christina Wolbrecht (professor of American Politics at the University of Notre Dame)

Speed Mentoring

Early career scholars reflect on specific aspects of their career with accomplished and experienced scholars in speed mentoring sessions. Whether you just finished your PhD, are a newly hired assistant professor working towards tenure, or are a tenured assistant professor seeking the next step in your career, these speed mentoring sessions offer the opportunity to seek advice from established scholars. Themes of questions may include, but are not restricted to: improving your track-record; time-management; working towards tenure or going from one temporary contract to another; administrative responsibilities; meeting publication targets; facing competition; increasing public or international visibility; juggling work and private life.


Dear Early Career Scholars,

We are looking forward to welcoming you for the ECPG Early Career Scholars Programme (ECSP) at the University of Amsterdam! After the ECSP, we would be happy to show you around at some local restaurants and bars and provide tips for other activities during your stay.

We will be sharing information about these and other social activities via Facebook ( You can use the group to share your questions or connect with other early career scholars before and during the conference. Feel free to also contact us via email.

See you soon in Amsterdam,
Anne Louise ( & Natalie (