IPS Winter School


International Political Sociology (IPS) as a field of study is guided by the understanding that International Relations (IR) benefits from being open to contributions from other Social Sciences. From the outset, IPS was conceived as a space for more productive collaboration between IR specialists, political sociologists, political theorists and social science scholars who share an interest in the issues of the modern international. Distancing itself from the statist assumptions of traditional sociologies, IPS is especially concerned with the challenges arising from contemporary transformations in the global order. IPS problematizes the tendency many IR approaches have to marginalize social processes, studying power and politics as objects in constant re-elaboration. By questioning assumptions and encouraging criticism, IPS has established itself as one of the leading approaches to the study of world politics. This new field has thrived thanks to the establishment by the International Studies Association (ISA) of the journal International Political Sociology, which has stood out as a vehicle for innovative research. More broadly, a vibrant IPS community has formed in the last 10 years, meeting annually at IPS workshops, IPS section panels at ISA conferences, and other events.

The IPS Winter School

The IPS Winter School offers graduate students and early career academics an opportunity to immerse themselves in an intensive academic experience in current theory, methods and research in international political sociology. Activities include courses, tutorials, workshops, roundtables and informal discussions in an environment that will facilitate academic exchange and socialization among participants.


The IPS Winter School is an initiative of scholars who have been engaged in the development of IPS for the past 10 years. Organised by the Institute of International Relations at PUC-Rio, the IPS Winter School takes place annually in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2017 edition of the IPS Winter School was made possible thanks to the generous funding and support of the Coordenação para o Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal do Ensino Superior (CAPES), an agency of the Brazilian Ministry of Education and the Institute of International Relations at PUC-Rio.

Purposes and objectives

Through its general and thematic courses, the IPS Winter School will familiarize participants with IPS’ most innovative research, pressing issues, relevant questions and debates. Transferable skills training will offer graduate students and early career academics advice on issues such as writing, publishing, securing a permanent position and successful academic career advancement. Courses and workshops will also enable participants to establish a good working relationship with renowned academics both in Brazil and abroad. Finally, through its public events, the IPS Winter School hopes to strengthen the dialogue between IR specialists and other social scientists at local, national and international levels.

Target audience:

The IPS Winter School is open to all postgraduate students and early career academics who wish to engage with IPS’ innovative agenda, approach and methods in order to broaden their research skills and benefit from the experience and teaching of renowned international academics.

IPS Winter School Organizing Committee

Prof.  João Pontes Nogueira , PUC-Rio
Prof.  Roberto Yamato , PUC-Rio
Ms.  Claudia Darze , PUC-Rio
Ms.  Clara Costa , PUC-Rio
Mr.  Vinicius Kede , PUC-Rio