[Podcast] The Geneva Challenge 2021: Challenges of crisis management

This episode of the Geneva Challenge Podcast answers questions from the participants related to the upcoming submission of their proposals, and explores the theme and the vision of the context more elaborately. 

This episode is hosted by the Project Coordinator of the contest, Mukta, where she provides answers to different questions. Which one is on your mind?

(2:38) Question 1: If one of the team members wants to quit and we want to replace them with another member, is it possible? If yes, what’s the procedure?

(5:15) Question 2: How can we get connected with the community? Is there a way to get to know other participants?

(6:36) Question 3: What are the next steps of the Challenge, from where we are today?

(8:52) Question 4: What is the evaluation process? On what basis will the submissions be evaluated?

(11:30) Question 5: What are some key pointers teams should keep in mind while working on their proposals?

Please find the rules and regulations of the contest here: https://www.graduateinstitute.ch/sites/internet/files/2020-12/Rules%26Regulations_2021_0.pdf

Please take a look at the project proposals from previous years here: https://www.graduateinstitute.ch/geneva-challenge/last-editions

For any additional question, write to us at geneva.challenge@graduateinstitute.ch đź“©

Happy listening!

Music: Scott Holmes Music, Inspiring Corporate (CC BY-NC 4.0)

[Podcast] Gender-based violence and intersectionality

In this episode, professor Nicole Bourbonnais, Carolina Earle, Gaya Raddadi and Trang Tran discuss the recent incidences of recorded gender-based violence across the world, what it means for them personally and how intersectionality of gender issues affect the perception of gender-based violence.

Gender-based violence and intersectionality – podcast episode

Music: Stay Warm, by Scott Holmes (CC BY-NC)

Picture by Hugo Brendam (all rights reserved, by courtesy of the author). This episode is therefore not shared under an open license.

Contact: gisa.podcast@graduateinstitute.ch

[Careers Podcast, ep. 2] What if the future of work was… well, no work at all?

Might sound like a fantasy. Or maybe it sounds a little dystopic. But Alexandre Maaza stopped by to make a pretty convincing argument for a future where we may need to change our perceptions of work, salaries and everything that goes with it.

Hosts: Michelle Olguin and Alexandre Maaza

Music: Settling in – Dexter Britain, Regard – Unwritten Stories (CC BY)

Introducing “ABD Stories”

Some fifty doctoral students graduate each year from the Graduate Institute. If pursuing doctoral studies always implies strategic choices with regards to the research topics, the path towards a thesis also remains a journey bespeckled with experiences and encounters. Because each path towards a PhD is unique, this podcast series is dedicated to the vagaries of doctoral students’ lives in Geneva.


Paroma Ghose defended her PhD thesis in June 2020. In the first episode, she tells us about how she studied the lyrics of songs by rappers in France between 1981 and 2012, in order to write a history of the “Other”, or what she termed the “Fifth Estate”, in France.

Check it out on the podcast’s page and subscribe from your favourite app. More research podcasts are also available on our website.

An anomaly among anomalies: Colonial membership at the League of Nations

Rather than a grouping of sovereign states, the League of Nations, the precursor organisation to the United Nations, admitted several colonies and Dominions as member-states. Perhaps the most unusual addition to the League was that of British India, that was described as an ‘anomaly among anomalies’.

In today’s podcast, we will discuss under what terms colonies could be member-states of an international organisation, as well as why an Empire would want to admit them. And finally, we will cover the precedents that the inclusion of India caused at the League, and how they left their footprint in the structure of the UN. 

Thomas Gidney discusses his PhD thesis on how colonies could become admitted as member-states of international organisations, and the role they play in British imperial policy.

An anomaly among anomalies: Colonial membership at the League of Nations

Picture: LONTAD project
Music: England, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Pictures of the Floating World