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The Balsillie School of International Affairs will host a Global Political Economy dissertation workshop from April 28 to 30 2021. The workshop will give PhD students the opportunity to present work in progress to an interdisciplinary audience of faculty and students.

Framework: PhD students will present either a dissertation proposal or a draft thesis chapter. All participants (students and faculty) will read all of the submitted papers in advance. Half an hour will be devoted to each paper on each day of the workshop. On April 29, each paper will be introduced by a student discussant, and there will then be open discussion of the paper; the author will not be permitted to speak. On April 30, the author will lead off the discussion with a response to the previous day’s comments and critiques, and then the floor will be opened. Faculty will participate in the discussion on both days, but students will be encouraged to take the lead. The workshop will give students the opportunity to get feedback on their own work, to gain experience of discussing the work of others, and to make connections with students and faculty at other universities. There will also be a welcome event on the evening of April 28.

Eligibility: Students will need to be able to submit either an extended dissertation proposal or a draft thesis chapter by 12 April 2021. Applications from students in the second year of their PhD studies or higher will be prioritized. In assessing the applications, we will take a broad view of the scope of topics covered by GPE/IPE, but we particularly encourage applications from students who are explicitly engaging with GPE/IPE debates.

Application and Deadline: Please submit a 500-word summary of your proposal or chapter to Dr. Derek Hall at [email protected] by November 23. Include with your submission your contact details, the name of your academic program, and your current year level. If you may be able to cover some or all of your travel and accommodation costs (assuming an in-person event), please indicate this in your application. Decisions will be made by early 2021.

Funding: We hope to be able to provide funding for participants’ travel, accommodation and meals if it turns out to be possible for any of the event to be held in person. Travel funding for students from outside of North America will be limited.

Participating Faculty (preliminary list):
John Abraham, University of Waterloo
Derek Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University
Eric Helleiner, University of Waterloo
Trien Nguyen, University of Waterloo
Pierre Siklos, Wilfrid Laurier University
Anastasia Tataryn, University of Waterloo
Heather Whiteside, University of Waterloo
Randy Wigle, Wilfrid Laurier University


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