Joint Sessions of Workshops 2013 at the University of Mainz

The Department of Political Science at the University of Mainz is hosting the 41st Joint Sessions of Workshops in March 2013. The local website is here: Joint Sessions of Workshops 2013 local website.

Feb 132013
A workshop director asks if she can book an excursion for her whole group via the online form. The short answer is no. The three excursions may be booked and will be billed by the local tourist board on an individual basis.

But if you want to go us a larger group, they might still be able to accommodate you – just drop them an email or give them a ring. Moreover, there is the synagogue tour, which is organised not by the board but by our colleague Alfred Wittstock. If you have set your sight on this one, please get in touch with Jasmin Fitzpatrick ( to see if there are enough places available for your group.

Joint Sessions Excursions Booking Update 1
Feb 022013
The Jewish presence at Mainz  probably goes back to Roman times. In the 900s, Mainz – Magenza in Hebrew – became one of Europe’s foremost centres of Jewish spiritual and academic life and retained that position for a century.

During the Middle Ages, relations between the Jews, the city, and the archbishops were tumultuous to say the least, but from the late 18th century, the situation greatly improved, and Jews gradually gained full civil rights and became well integrated. The community flourished, and in 1912, they built a new synagogue in the the Art Deco style in the heart of the “Neustadt” area, a new development beyond the limits of the medieval city, to accommodate their growing numbers.  All this came to an end in the 1930s, when the Jewish population of Mainz was driven into exile or murdered, and their synagogues destroyed.

Few Jews returned to Germany after the war.  During the  1990s, however, Jews from Central and Eastern Europe began to settle in Germany, and Jewish communities began to grow again. In Mainz, work on a new synagogue and community centre began on the site where the Art Deco building had stood. The new synagogue, designed by Manuel Herz, is a strikingly modern structure that nonetheless reflects traditions which are many centuries old.

One of my colleagues, who is head of the Israel Studies unit here at Mainz, has kindly agreed to organise a guided tour of the synagogue for the participants of the ECPR Joint Sessions. If you are interested, drop us a line.

Jan 312013
If you haven’t sorted out your accommodation by now, you have a problem. All the rooms we had pre-booked through the Mainz tourist board are gone. There seem to be a few rooms left in Wiesbaden, but they are going fast. On the local website, we have listed a some hotels which run their own systems, but most seem to be fully booked, too. Of course, there are sites like expedia, but last time I checked, that looked rather bleak, too. So, let me reiterate: If you haven’t booked a room yet, do it NOW.

If you can’t find something adequate in Mainz or Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Rüsselsheim and some of the smaller towns in the area are commutable. But it is important to act now. BTW, as of late, I feel like a travel agent.

Jan 242013
Apparently, there was a glitch in the excursions booking system, but that should be ironed out by now. One audacious member of the team took the trouble to book an excursion for herself, so we can confirm that everything works just fine. If you have no plans for Thursday afternoon yet, why not book an excursion here? My favourite is the subterranean sparkling wine experience (guaranteed to be good even if the weather is not).
Jan 212013
It may look like a trivial matter, and that’s because it is an (almost) trivial matter: We have finally found a room for each and every of the 33 workshops, from “Interpreting Foreign Policy” to “What We Talk About When We Talk About Europe”. Go to our quasi-interactive list of rooms and buildings to find out where your workshop will be held (and how to get there).

p.s. The registration area and book exhibition are located in the Arts & Humanities building.

Jan 102013
With just two months to go until the 41st Joint Sessions of Workshops at Mainz, the local team is getting super-excited, if not slightly panicky. We have finally found funding for two drinks/finger-food receptions: a welcome bash at the university on Monday evening (5-7), and another reception on Wednesday night at Mainz City Hall following the Rokkan Lecture and price-giving ceremonies on Wednesday night. Would you please put this in your diaries? We would hate to miss you!

As always, you can follow us on facebook, on twitter (hashtags #ecprjs2013 and #ecpr), on this blog, or simply via the conference website. If you know someone who is going to the conference yet is blissfully unaware of  this whole social media shebang, be a chap and pass on the word.

Dec 182012
Was your paper proposal successful? Congrats from our end, we’re looking forward to having you with us! If you haven’t done so, can you please confirm your participation with your workshop directors? We need exact numbers (exact numbers, this is Germany, after all) as soon as possible so that we can plan ahead.

We would also urge to book your room now, as hotels in the Rhine-Main region can be very busy.

Nov 262012
From the Great Pyramid to Berlin’s shambolic airport experience, public building projects have a tendency towards overspending, confusion, and delay. Rather unsurprisingly, the new Social Science building in Mainz is no exception, and so we will in all likelihood hold the 41st Joint Sessions not in this shiny new temple of knowledge but rather in the slightly more dated buildings surrounding it. The ones congregating in the building will be the electricians, decorators, and plumbers.

Bowing to the inevitable, we have updated our interactive map (below) and put information about the buildings’ locations on the website. We’ll keep updating the website with more local information over the next months.

View ECPR Joint Sessions 2013 Mainz in a larger map

Nov 072012
The deadline for paper proposals has now passed. While everyone was watching the drama across the Atlantic, we’ve been quietly celebrating that many, many of you submitted your paper proposals for the 41st Joint Sessions of Workshops in March, sometimes quite literally at the 11th hour (or even  a little later). Thanks to everyone who submitted their paper and/or helped to spread the word!

Local organisers are not involved in the selection process, but we expect that paper proposers will be informed whether their papers have been accepted  in early December. We’ll keep you posted.