Early Career Scholars Workshop


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. Participants may register for either or both.

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

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

Both sessions will take place at the conference location (Roeterseilandcampus, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, Amsterdam). 

Scholars who are either pursuing their PhD or have defended their PhD less than five years ago are warmly invited to participate in the ECPG2019 Early Career Scholar Program. 

Understanding and resisting institutional racism, sexism and homophobia in academia

Wednesday 3 July, 12h30-19h

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.

We will start the afternoon with an introduction, which will inform us on the scholarly state of the art with regard to the scope and mechanisms of institutional discrimination in academia. The focus here lies on the empowerment that comes from being knowledgeable about the presence and structural causes of institutional racism, sexism and homophobia in academia.

Next, participants are invited to elaborate and reflect on the issues raised in an open space format in which we invite all to raise topics for discussion and exchange experiences. Instead of working with predefined issues, participants can propose agenda topics that will be discussed and elaborated in small break out groups of people attracted to the same conversation. Each group will report back their key insight and concerns for discussion in the concluding roundtable. 

We will close the afternoon with a roundtable, where senior scholars will draw on their experiences to reflect on the afternoon and propose ways forward. We will continue the conversation over drinks and nibbles. 

Confirmed Speakers

Ov Cristian Norocel is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (Belgium). He researches right-wing populism across Europe from an intersectional perspective

Marieke van den Brink is professor of Gender & Diversity at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. She has led  the international research project 'Gendering the Academy and Research: Combating Career Instability and Asymmetries'.

Nadia Brown is associate professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Purdue University. She is co-founder of Women Also Know Stuff  and convener of the pre-conference short course #MeToo Polisci at APSA2018.

Akwugo Emejulu is professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. She has convened the last three annual conferences on Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe.

Christina Wolbrecht is professor of American Politics at the University of Notre Dame. She is co-founder of Women Also Know Stuff.