"PSA 15 brought positive results in both our professional and personal lives"
Mariele Troiano, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil
Renata Albuquerque Ribeiro, State University of Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Elia Elisa Cia Alves, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
The opportunity to attend the 65th PSA Annual International Conference brought positive results in both our professional and personal lives. For two of us, it was the first time in England and an opportunity to know the country, but for all three of us we are certain that the PSA Conference presented an important moment to discuss our work with researchers from renowned institutions in different countries.
From a specific point of view, panels related to our research were of great value. We had the opportunity to meet some important names in Environmental Politics such as Professor Graham Smith (University of Westminster) and Thomas O'Brien (Cranfield University) and Political Institutions such as Professor Will Jennings (University of Southampton). During our presentations, we could overcome the nervousness and the challenges related to the language difference, getting valuable comments on our work. In conversations with colleagues from other countries we heard comments like: "Brazil is a very interesting country and there are amazing political scientists there, it is a shame we don't read them." This perception became even clearer in the panel that discussed Political Science in the 21st Century, noting the lack of interest in topics that are not of the mainstream spectrum, the low participation of political scientists in events out of the Europe-US axis and the lack of commitment by many researchers to seek out literature that is not published in English. The Conference provided further opportunities for considering these challenges. Professor John Dryzek (University of Canberra) discussed the representation of global civil society in deliberative democracies, and there were panels that considered teaching in Political Science and International Relations, questioning the patterns and models established more than 50 years ago.
In the personal sphere, we had a pleasant surprise in getting acquainted with each other, establishing bonds of friendship and fellowship. We note that the challenges of academia are many, especially for women. But we realize that we are not alone, and it is gratifying to know that we can contribute to the advancement of teaching and research.