China and International Relations (CHAIR) Graduate Research Workshop at the University of Pennsylvania
I am the founder of an annual workshop for advanced graduate students from across the United States studying China and international relations: the China and International Relations (CHAIR) Graduate Research Workshop. The idea is to bring together the next generation of China and IR experts to network, promote scholarly exchange, and create a sense of community in moving the field forward. The topics of the workshop mostly cover international security and conflict, but also include international political economy. Generously supported by the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania, the workshop offers travel and accommodation for all presenters and has successfully brought together students from New York, New Jersey, D.C., Boston, and beyond. For the schedule and list of presenters for the 2015 and 2016 workshops, see below.
The workshop is a full-day event on the first weekend of November, allowing those who presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in September to present a revised version of their paper and those preparing to present at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in the spring to receive feedback on an early draft. The format of the workshop is inspired by active workshops such as NEWEPS, requiring participants to carefully read all other papers before the workshop and limiting presentations (opening comments) to under 5 minutes. Designated discussants include faculty members and post-doctoral fellows, allowing presenters the opportunity to engage with more experienced researchers in a relatively informal setting.
CHAIR is an excellent avenue to meet other graduate students and faculty working in the field, receive feedback on research projects, exchange ideas, and even create opportunities for co-authorships. Younger generations of graduate students at Penn have helped institutionalize the workshop, and together, we hope to continue and expand the network of workshop members to naturally incorporate junior faculty members who were previously presenters at the workshop.
For more information on this year's CHAIR Graduate Research Workshop, check out the facebook page.