International Political Sociology (IPS) as a field of study is guided by the understanding that International Relations (IR) stands to benefit by opening itself up to contributions of other Social Sciences. From its start, IPS has been conceived as a space for more productive collaboration among IR specialists, political sociologists, political theorists and scholars across the social sciences that share an interest in the problems of the modern international. Distancing itself up from statist premises of traditional sociologies, IPS is especially concerned with 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 critique, 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 distinguished itself as an outlet for innovative research. More broadly, a vibrant IPS community has formed over the past 10 years, gathering annually in IPS workshops, IPS section panels at ISA conferences, and other events. The IPS Winter School hopes to contribute to the field’s development, both in the number of members and in broadening the global reach of its community of scholars, with special attention to the IR community of scholars in Latin America.

The IPS Winter School

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


The IPS Winter School is an initiative of scholars who have been engaged in IPS’s development for the past 10 years. Organized by the International Relations Institute of PUC-Rio, the IPS Winter School takes place annually in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2017 edition of the IPS Winter School is made possible by 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 International Relations Institute of PUC-Rio.

Aims and Objectives

Through its general and thematic courses, the IPS Winter School will familiarize participants with IPS’s most innovative research, pressing issues, relevant questions and debates. Training in transferable skills will offer graduate students and early career academics advice on issues such as writing, publishing, getting a permanent position, and successfully moving on in the academic career. Courses and workshops will also allow participants to establish a good working relationship with renowned academics, both from Brazil and abroad. Finally, through its public events, the IPS Winter School hopes to strengthen the dialogue between IR experts and other social scientists at a local, national and international level.

Target Audience

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


IPS Winter School organizing committee

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

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