Envisioning a new normal

Potsdam has some history when it comes to constructing new political visions. During the final days of the Second World War, the Potsdam Conference was where the leading Allied Powers, represented by Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee, and Harry Truman, held the final of its three summits on postwar order. Among other things, they discussed how to administer Germany after its unconditional surrender, revise borders, transfer German populations in Europe, and end the war in the Pacific. The meeting, in a sense, was a historical transition point from the crisis of the war years towards a new era marked by radically different notions of the international in political, economic, and social terms.

We are delighted to invite you to
the 16th EISA Pan-European conference on international relations (PEC),
to be held in Germany at University of Potsdam,
5-9 September 2023.

Cemal Burak Tansel

EISA President

Dagmar Vorlíček

Programme Chair

Matthias Leese

Programme Chair

Andrea Liese

Local Organiser

Thomas Sommerer

Local Organiser

Important Dates

23 January 2023

Abstract Submission Opens

20 March 2023

Abstract Submission Deadline

20 April 2023

Acceptance Emails Sent

20 April 2023

Registration Opens

17 May 2023

Registration deadline for participants in the programme

28 June 2023

Online programme published

Virtual Section

PEC23 will be organised on-site in Potsdam along with a virtual section, which will take place the day before the main conference (5 September 2023). We are excited for a face-to-face conference setting and will be working closely with our local organisers at Potsdam University to create a safe and inclusive meeting space for our members. We will closely follow the public health and safety guidance issued by local authorities and the University throughout the conference.

While we are looking forward to meeting our members in Potsdam, we also think it is imperative to increase access options for colleagues who may not be able to physically travel to attend PEC23 in person. The overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received from virtual PEC participants underlined the importance and viability of offering a virtual meeting and discussion space. In order to welcome as many colleagues as possible, we therefore decided to organise a 1-day virtual section to complement the on-site conference. Those who wish to participate digitally will be able to submit their abstract proposal exclusively to the virtual section once the general call opens in January 2023. Unfortunately, due to infrastructural limitations, virtual participants will not be able to stream in-person panels and roundtables during the main event. As such, we will institute a significantly reduced registration fee for members who prefer to attend the virtual section. In-person attendees will have access to all main events in Potsdam, including the Grand Reception and the General Assembly.