Located in a historical resort of the Swiss Alps, the GLOBE winter school in International Relations provides a unique environment for PhD students intending to situate themselves within the IR discipline. Our focus on recent epistemological advances in non-positivist scholarship delivers expertise through tailor-made roundtables, PhD presentations, walk & talk sessions and collective readings.

DescriptionSpeakersTarget audienceLearning objectivesProgrammeFeesApplicationAccommodation
11 – 15 February, 2019
Leysin, Switzerland
For whom?
Early and advanced PhD students, Postdoctoral students
How much?
PhD students: CHF 400.- Postdoctoral students: CHF 450.-
3.5 ECTS

Dr Benjamin de Carvalho, Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Olso (NO)

Dr Ole Jacob Sending, Director of Research at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Olso (NO)

Dr Oliver Kessler, Professor for International Relations, University of Erfurt (DE)

Dr Luis Lobo-Guerrero, Professor of History and Theory of International Relations, University of Groningen (NL)

Dr Isaline Bergamaschi, Lecturer at Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE)

Dr Julien Jeandesboz, Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE)

Dr Jean-Christophe Graz, Professor for International Relations, University of Lausanne (CH)

Dr Lucile Maertens, Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations, University of Lausanne (CH)

Early and advanced PhD students, as well as Postdoctoral students in international relations, political science and closely related fields

At the end of course, students will be able:
  • To use feed-back received from peer junior and senior researchers to further develop their own research project;
  • to develop a reflexive and critical knowledge of the field of international relations;
  • to strengthen their early integration into the international scientific community;
  • to promote exchanges and confrontations of ideas with peers of all standings.

This winter school builds up from the idea to create innovative PhD network workshops with colleagues from Groningen, Lausanne, Oslo, Bruxelles, and Erfurt (GLOBE).

This year, with the overall theme of ‘Digital Epistemics in International Relations’, the tailor-made roundtables are organised so as to explore and tackle questions related to new objects of enquiry such as big data, algorithms, AI, automation, blockchain, and other epistemic objects of digital connectivity. This is a unique opportunity for PhD students and early post-doc researchers to engage with various facets of epistemological foundations of the advent of the digitalisation in international relations. While the roundtables are organised around this theme with readings suggested by speakers, the breakout sessions of PhD/post-doc presentations are conceived as an open space to share ideas and receive feed-back on projects that don’t need to match theses themes.


PhD students fees: CHF 400.-

Postdoctoral students fees: CHF 450.-

  • Tuition fees
  • 4 nights in shared room in the Villa La Joux
  • Full board from Monday’s lunch through Friday’s lunch
  • 1 daily pass for the cable car at Leysin (ski slopes, panoramic restaurant)

You can apply online, by clicking on the blue button below. Your application should include:

  1. A CV, with your academic records
  2. A motivation letter
  3. An abstract of your thesis and an abstract of the paper/chapter you plan to present at the winter school. (submitted as one document)

When your application is complete, please mark the “complete” checkbox, under the “Course registration” section. It will then be reviewed and we will confirm the successful pre-registration as soon as possible.

Once accepted, candidates will be asked in January to submit the paper/chapter they plan to present.

The winter school takes place in the Villa La Joux, in Leysin, in the Swiss Alps. The Chalet is situated within walking distance from the last train stop called “Gare du Grand Hotel”, of the Aigle-Leysin train.

The fees for the winter school includes the four full board nights. Bed linen are included but you are asked to take towels as well as indoor shoes with you.

Check in: February 11th, 10am
Check out: February 15th, 2pm

Registrations is now closed