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IPSA RC 41 & 15 Seventh International Workshop on "Political Geography and Geopolitics as scientific approaches: concepts, theories, methods", Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary, October 11-13, 2024


International Political Science Association

Research Committee 41 – Geopolitics

Research Committee 15 – Political and Cultural Geography


Seventh International Workshop on


Political Geography and Geopolitics as scientific approaches: concepts, theories, methods, and cases

11 – 13 October 2024

Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary


Call for Papers

Deadline – April 1st, 2024


The IPSA joint RC41 and RC15 Seventh International Workshop in Budapest, titled Political Geography and Geopolitics as scientific approaches: concepts, theories, methods, and cases is organized by the Corvinus Institute for Advanced Studies and the Lab of Geopolitics, Corvinus University of Budapest. Following the previous workshops in Moscow (2010), Jerusalem (2013), Austin (2019), Yerevan (2021), Moscow (2022), and Belgrade (2023), the 2024 Budapest Workshop will continue the traditional framework, limiting the participation to a smaller group of scholars to discuss contemporary theoretical and empirical puzzles of geopolitics and political geography. The two-day workshop is designated to bring together up to fifteen leading scholars on geopolitics and political geography to discuss the theoretical, methodological, and empirical development of the discipline.

Accordingly, the Budapest Workshop will be conducted in an open discussion format, with scholarly presentations divided into three panel sessions, with 3-5 panelists for each session. The presentation (10-15 minutes) will be followed by a brief set of oral comments by the designated discussant, after which the floor will be open to questions and comments from the audience (45 to 60 minutes).

The list of the workshop topics includes:

  • The place of concepts and theories in political geography & geopolitics
  • Reshaping methodological approaches in political geography & geopolitics
  • Representing, visualizing, and interpreting geopolitical data
  • Historical and archival research in political geography & geopolitics
  • Geotagged surveys and interviews in political geography & geopolitics
  • Spatial statistical analysis, spatial econometrics, and GIS technologies in political geography & geopolitics; wargaming / software and in vivo simulations
  • Application of specific theories and concepts in empirical case studies in political geography & geopolitics


Keynote speaker

Professor David Criekemans

University of Antwerp


Applying for the Workshop

Unlike other international conferences, the Workshop framework is designed to limit participation to a smaller and rather selected group of invitees, each bringing to bear his or her disciplinary expertise or area studies specialization. Anyone wishing to participate in the 2024 RC-41 and RC-15 Budapest Workshop is invited to submit an initial abstract. The abstract (between 300 and 500 words) should be sent to Nuno Morgado at nuno.morgado@uni-corvinus.hu and to Igor Okunev at okunev_igor@yahoo.com. Abstracts will not be accepted after April 1st, 2024. Notice of Acceptance will be sent to the participants by April 15th, 2024.

No Registration fee for the Workshop is required.

Acceptance is conditioned, however, upon the participant’s commitment to full, active attendance at all panel sessions and discussions throughout the three days of the Workshop, in addition to one paper presentation. Participants in the 2024 Budapest Workshop are expected to cover all personal transportation arrangements, accommodation, and expenses. Limited IPSA conference travel grants may be available upon special request to help defray partial air fare costs for junior scholars or in exceptional cases.


All papers presented at the Workshop will be published in a joint edited volume by Corvinus University of Budapest and the University of Belgrade.



February 20th, 2024          – Announcement & Call for Papers

April 1st, 2024                  – Deadline for Submission of Abstracts

April 15th, 2024                 – Notice of Acceptance

July 1st, 2024                       – Full Paper Submission

September 30th, 2024      – Final Program




7th Annual Graduate Conference in European History "Concepts of Space in recent European Historiography", Budapest, Hungary, 25-27.04.2013

“ H I S T O R I A N S I N S P A C E ”

Concepts of Space in recent European Historiography

7th Annual Graduate Conference in European History

April 25-27, 2013

Budapest, Central European University

Organized by the Central European University, Budapest in co-operation with the European University Institute, Florence and the University of Vienna.

Historicize space! This injunction has not always been on the agenda of historians. Traditionally, historians were tempted to take space for granted. The boundaries of the nineteenth century nation-state were regarded as the natural presupposition of much historical research. These established “mental maps” still continue to influence the structure of history writing today. However, historians were not entirely immune to the effects of the “spatial turn” and can probably no longer be accused to treat space as if it were “packed solidly on to the head of a pin,” as Edward W. Soja did in his Postmodern Geographies in 1989.

History is primarily about time, about what happened when. Concurrently, it should not be forgotten that events and processes took place somewhere. Historical phenomena have a setting, a location – their place. However, taking their cue from geography, anthropology and sociology, some historians have come to broaden established notions of space. The concept may not refer merely to “geographical” or “real space” which “contains” peoples, nations and cultures. Rather, it may as well point to socially and culturally constructed objects of inquiry and how these are perceived by individuals or groups. In other words, space is understood as being framed through social and cultural relations, as Henri Lefebvre showed already in his path-breaking The Production of Space (1974).

Thus, some historical phenomena are essentially marked by their spatial dimensions and can thus be better approached from the vantage point of spatiality alongside temporality. The 7th Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH) is inviting graduate students and young researchers to reflect on the rather ambiguous relationship historians entertain with the category of “space.”

We are welcoming abstracts which interrogate the various understandings of space, those which present new methodological approaches to the topic, and case studies which are placed within a wider theoretical context. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:

Historians and Space: methodological and theoretical approaches Representations of space Going Global: linking local, regional, national, transnational history Symbolic geography and cultural spaces: for example ‘Europe’, ‘Central Europe’, ‘Southeast Europe’ or the ‘Balkans’, the ‘Levant’, the ‘Orient’, etc. The spatial constitution of politics: empires and nation states (territoriality, kinship) Economic history: world systems, ‘core’ and ‘periphery’, ‘backwardness’ Spatial dimensions of everyday life: approaching gender, ethnicity, class, religion Urban spaces (morphology, planning; spaces of production, consumption and exchange, urban/rural divides) Geographies of knowledge: production and transfers Space and Memory Digital technologies and tools for writing spatial history, visualizations, Geographical Information Systems The working language of the conference will be English. Please send an abstract of no more than 400 words and a brief CV to gracehatceu.hu by January 20, 2013. Full papers will be pre-circulated and grouped into thematic panels of 3 to 4 contributions. We would like to ask all participants to prepare a presentation of no more than 15 minutes, in order to allow ample time for discussion and questions.

Final papers are due on March 31, 2013.