EPSA 2022 – Online Diversity Panels, June 20th


  • 2-2:45pm CET (2 panels)
  • 3-3:45pm CET (3 Panels)
  • 4-4:45pm CET (2 Panels)

Zoom link

Slot 1: 14:00-14:45

Slot 2: 15:00-15:45

Slot 3: 16:00-16:45


Career Advice for Women (Moderators: Miriam Golden, Heike Klüver) LGBTQIA Meetup (Moderators: Stuart Turnbull-Dugarte, Tarik Abou-Chadi, Tom O’Grady, Rachel Bernhard) Navigating disability in academia
(Moderators: Stefanie Reher, Alona Dolinsky)


First Generation Scholars (Moderators: Carolina Garriga, Miranda Simon) Academia and parenting (Moderators: Patrick Bayer, Orit Kedar,
Zeynep Somer-Topcu)
Challenges and opportunities for People of Color (PoC) (Moderators: Daniel Saldivia Gonzatti, David Leal)


Intersectionality and Minorities without Collective Identities (Moderators: Denis Cohen, Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca)

Details of the sessions:

2-2:45pm CET

#1: Career Advice for Women
Organizers and Chairs: Miriam Golden (EUI) and Heike Klüver (Humbolt)

This meeting will be moderated by two senior faculty members, one of whom has many years of professional experience in the United States and the other in Europe. The moderators will answer any questions you have regarding professional and career development. Questions might concern any stage of the career path; conflicts or concerns about interactions between personalandprofessionallife; interactionswithcolleagues,superiors,orhierarchicalinferiors (e.g. students); job hunting; research collaborations; etc. The panel will allow participants to ask questions of neutral outsiders whose feedback is based on many years of professional experience.

#2: First Generation Scholars
Organizer and Chair: Carolina Garriga (Essex)

This panel serves to welcome all first-generation scholars. Participants will discuss current issues and professional concerns of first-generation political scientists, brainstorm on potential solutions to these concerns, and set goals for future EPSA and other professional meetings.

3-3:45pm CET

#3: LGBTQIA group meeting
Organizers and Chairs: Tarik Abou-Chadi (Oxford), Stuart Turnbull-Dugarte (University of Southampton), Tom O’Grady (UCL), Rachel Bernhard (UC Davis)

This panel serves to welcome all LGBTQIA-identifying scholars. Participants will discuss but are not limited to the following topics: current climate issues and professional concerns of LGBTQIA-identifying political scientists, goals for future EPSA and other professional meetings, including mentorship programs, happy hours, and other programming; and a more informal Q&A.

#4: Parenting in Academia
Organizers and Chairs: Daniela Donno (University of Cyprus), Patrick Bayer (University of Strathclyde), Orit Kedar (Hebrew University), Zeynep Somer-Topcu (UT Austin)

We will have a conversation about the challenges for parents in academia, with emphasis on parents for young children. We’ll brainstorm about strategies at home and in our departments and the profession. We’ll discuss themes such as prioritizing and trade-offs, administrative duties, travel and networking, and the like.

#5: Intersectionality in Academia and Minorities without Collective Identities
Organizers and Chairs: Denis Cohen (University of Mannheim) & Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca (Australian National University)

Efforts to promote diversity in academia rightfully seek to empower members of structurally underrepresented groups. Some minorities may, however, struggle with the very act of self- identifying with any specific minority group. As members of two or more structurally underrepresented groups (defined, among others, in terms of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, linguistic groups, or socio-economic background), individuals with intersectional identities are minorities within each underrepresented group they belong to. Similarly, individuals with ascribed identities (e.g., people of visible ethnic minority background socialized in majority cultures) may not self-identify with any minority group but nonetheless experience social exclusion, othering, and discrimination. As a result, individuals with intersectional and ascribed identities not only face unique challenges and disadvantages navigating the academic life. They are also less likely to find peers in similar situations and therefore feel isolated and find it harder to build networks for mutual support and empowerment.

To address these challenges, and to promote inclusivity and diversity in political science, this panel aims address the following issues:

  1. Recognition: Give voice to those affected and collect their experiences, grievances, and struggles.
  2. Visibility: Develop strategies to make affected individuals and their struggles more visible (e.g., data collection and measurement).
  3. Collective action: Discuss bottom-up and top-down strategies for empowerment and community-building.

4-4:45pm CET

#6: Navigating disability in academia
Organizers and Chairs: Stefanie Reher (University of Strathclyde) and Alona Dolinsky (University College of Dublin)

We invite scholars at any career stage, including students, who are interested in or affected by issues regarding navigating disability and health issues (including mental health conditions) in academia. We plan to have an exchange about our experiences of barriers for disabled people in academia and discuss potential solutions and actions (with good practice examples). Secondly, we plan to discuss more specifically what EPSA can do to be more inclusive as an organisation and support the political science community in improving access, inclusivity, and equality.

#7: Challenges and opportunities for People of Color (PoC)
Organizers and Chairs: Daniel Saldivia Gonzatti (WZB Berlin Social Science Center) and David Leal (UT-Austin)

The session deals with the challenges and opportunities for People of Color (PoC) in political science and academia more broadly. Specifically, the event aims to tackle racial discrimination in academic structures, both ethnic or racialized discrimination, by pursuing three goals: the exchange of racism experiences in European political science; the collection of good practices and projects in place by institutions to promote PoC in academia and to tackle racism in these structures; and to motivate a working group trying to translate the efforts and ideas of the networking group into a more formalized format with elaborated guidelines and recommendations for institutional actors.

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