#TouchBaseTuesday - Event Summary

On 18 October 2022, the Postgraduate Network Committee held its first event to present the newly appointed committee and the calendar for the upcoming academic year 2022/23. Following is a brief summary.

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In this introductory event, we discussed issues concerning postgraduate and early career researchers regarding their research and professional development. We were joined by Juliet Dryden, Director, BISA and Tom Vaughan, former Chair, PGN committee for two consecutive years 2019-2021 who shared their experience being an integral part of BISA and all the upcoming opportunities for PGRs and ECRs including the 2023 annual BISA conference to be held in Glasgow, Scotland.

In an interactive exercise, the participants prepared a thought board with suggestions on the kind of areas that the PGN committee can focus on. We got some wonderful ideas for events on networking opportunities, writing workshops, career advice, creating platforms for debates on different research areas and so on.


The participants took part in a fun quiz round on the theme of international politics, and we are proud to announce the winners as follows:


Gabriel Rached is a post-doc research fellow at Universit√† degli Studi di Milano working on Global Shifts and the insertion of emerging countries in the international order. His research focuses on new features for Regional Cooperation and the contemporary challenges of Multilateralism. He holds a PhD in International Political Economy (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) on Multilateral Organizations and Economic Development.


Banshanlang Marwein is a Doctoral candidate at the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His ongoing thesis centres around the question of Small States as troops contributors to UN Missions with special emphasis on Bangladesh's participation. Marwein is a Guest Faculty in the Department of Political Science, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Marwein received his Master's in International Relations from Sikkim University, Gangtok and was awarded a Master of Philosophy in International Organisation from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2017. His research interest lies in dissecting the puzzles of global governance at the United Nations with a specific focus on peacebuilding via UN peacekeeping and deconstructing the political economy of Northeast India. His works have appeared in various national and international publications. Marwein has presented several papers and talks at National and International Conferences in India and abroad.