Since 2003, the RIAS  has organized regular seminars for doctoral students pursuing research in its areas of interest. The next instalment of this twice-annual PhD seminar will take place on 8-10 December 2021. Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the possibilities for travel to and from the Netherlands, the seminar will again take place entirely online.

We kindly invite applications from current doctoral candidates whose research covers any aspect of U.S. culture, media, society, politics, or foreign relations, current or historical. We welcome proposals for research papers (e.g. a dissertation chapter), or for papers that give an overview of the project in its entirety.

The seminar operates on a unique format aimed at soliciting in-depth discussion and feedback. Participants will present their paper and contextualize it within their research project in 15 minutes. Each presentation is followed by a group discussion of approximately 45 minutes.

Applicants are invited to submit their proposals, consisting of a 300-word abstract and a CV, no later than Friday 15 October 2021. These should be addressed to the seminar coordinators, Dr. Dario Fazzi and Dr. Cees Heere and sent to

In order to support a culture of diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage proposals from students that reflect the diversity of our field in terms of gender, ethnicity, and disability.

Selected participants will be expected to have a paper (approximately 6,000 words) ready for pre-circulation by 12 November 2021. 

For further questions, please contact the seminar coordinators at the above address.