BISA PGN Postgraduate and ECR Conference Highlights

Postgraduate and ECR Conference, 9th and 10th of April 2019
To all of our fantastic participants, guest speakers and Professor Kimberly Hutchings, as well as the institutional support given to us by the Politics and IR Department of Portsmouth, we at the BISA PGN would like to send a big thank-you for contributing to making our Postgraduate/ECR Conference a resounding success.
The Conference was driven by the overarching theme of “Celebrating a Diversified and Pluralistic IR? In Defence of Multiple Narratives of International Relations” and gathered a wide-range of thought-provoking international contributions which reflected the diversity of perspectives within the discipline. It was a privilege for us to have Professor Kimberly Hutchings deliver her fascinating keynote address on “Decolonizing Global Ethics: Thinking with the Pluriverse”. Punctuated by a series of professional and research development workshops and networking opportunities throughout the two days, the conference attracted nearly 50 delegates, who engaged in a broad range of research from violence, security and conflict in IR, to re-visiting conventional IR theories/concepts, and the role of transnational connectivity and civil societies. 
We would also like to congratulate two of our participants, Marija Antanaviciute (Queen Mary, University of London) and Alexander Stoffel (London School of Economics), the joint-winners of our Three Minute Thesis Competition (conceived by the University of Queensland, Australia), whose prize was sponsored by Palgrave MacMillan. 
Above all, this event was a great way for us to connect with the membership and, for some, this was an introduction to the activities of our PGN community. Here are some testimonials from our participants on their experience of the PGN conference. In the meantime, stay tuned for another PGN Conference next year!
“Thank you to the whole BISA PGN committee for an outstanding work in preparing and organising the conference. I really appreciated presenting my own work to a very friendly and understanding audience. All the comments I received were very constructive, which was particularly important for me as it was my first time presenting my research outside of my university. I was also very happy to have the opportunity to chair a panel.
The keynote lecture by Professor Hutchings was so timely and thought-provoking – thanks for inviting her to the conference. Overall I extremely liked the format of the conference – alternating between panels and professional development sessions – The lunchtime and evening reception on the first day were also great opportunities to exchange with peers. It was a pleasure to participate this year, and I will for sure be coming back next year!” 
Olivia Nantermoz-Benoit is a PhD Candidate at the London School of Economics examining the practices of international justice-making following mass atrocities.
“This was my first BISA conference, and my first Postgrad/ECR-style conference, and I found it to be a really positive experience. I enjoyed being around colleagues at similar stages of their education/career, and I thought the overall quality of the panels and discussion was high. The environment also felt welcoming and inclusive, and audiences seemed engaged and interested. I hope to be able to participate in future BISA event like this one.” 
Regan Burles is a PhD Candidate at the University of Victoria in Canada, examining the concept of international political order within the English School debates.

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