Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Conference: "New Developments in the Study of EU External Action" | 05.10.2018, Bruges

Deadline: October 1, 2018

New Developments in the Study of EU External Action:
{ Friday, 5 October 2018 | 9:15-17:45 }

This conference, organised by the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, aims to take stock of some major approaches to the study of EU external relations, discuss current trends and explore further research avenues. Professor Ian MANNERS, University of Copenhagen will open the conference with a keynote address on “What kind of power is the EU in international affairs?”

Participation is free of charge. If you wish to attend, please register on the webpage below before 1 October 2018 (12:00).

For Programme & registration click here

Newsletter: Council for European Studies

To read the full issue, click here: 

Sovereignty is at the crux of current developments in Europe and at the center of political debate—of which the 2016 referendum on Brexit is just one example. The claim to regain national sovereignty vis-a-vis EU policy-making is common to populist movements throughout Europe today, and it currently dominates the rhetoric of the national governments of Hungary and Poland as well. Anxieties about sovereignty are also key to understanding the demands put forward by regional entities such as Scotland, Catalonia, and Lombardy.

For the detailed call for proposals, click here.
Olga Sezneva's work of fiction "The Cheese Story," has been published in the Food, Food Systems, and Agriculture feature of EuropeNow. 

Sezneva is a scholar, educator, writer, and art curator. She has taught sociology in the United States, Russia and the Netherlands, where she also conducted research projects on cities and memory, media piracy, and migration. Sezneva’s academic work has appeared in a number of international journals. In 2013, she joined the international artists collective Moving Matters Traveling Workshop, with which she writes and performs, and for which she curated two projects in Amsterdam in collaboration with the Hermitage and the Allard Pierson Museum. 


Antonio Estella's book, Legal Foundations of EU Economic Governance, is out from Cambridge University Press.

Estella is Associate Professor of Administrative Law and holds a Jean Monnet Chair "ad personam" of Law and European Economic Goverenance at the University of Carlos III of Madrid (Spain). He was a Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law from 2006 to 2010. He completed his PhD at the European University Institute (Italy, 1997). Estella has a Master's degree in European Community Law from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium, 1992) and graduated in law at the Autonomus University of Madrid (Spain) in 1991. He was a Visiting Fellow at Berkeley University of Oxford (Institute of European and Comparitive Law, 2014-15), and was elected a Senior Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford, in June 2014.

Grants, Fellowships, Awards

1. HERDER-CES Fellowship

CES and the Herder Institute invite eligible early career researchers (up to 5 years post PhD completion) in the field of historical research on East Central Europe to apply for the 2018-19 Herder-CES Fellowship.

The fellowship includes a one-month paid research stay at the Herder Institute in Marburg, Germany, as well as a round-trip ticket, paid accommodations, and a conference fee waiver to the 26th International Conference of Europeanists in Madrid, Spain (June 20-22, 2019). The fellowship format also provides the financial framework for the organization of a workshop at the Herder Institute in Marburg. Further, the successful candidate will have access to the outstanding collections and the research library of the Herder Institute and the research produced during the fellowship will be featured in CES' online journal,EuropeNow.

Note: This is an opportunity open exclusively to members of CES' Research Networks.

Applications Open: October 1

2. IMSISS-CES Visiting Scholar Fellowship

The IMSISS-CES Visiting Scholar Fellowship provides mobility funding to CES Research Network members to undertake a visit of up to 2 weeks at one of the three IMSISS consortium institutions: The University of Glasgow (UK), Dublin City University (Ireland), or Charles University Prague (Czech Republic).

IMSISS is an international consortium of universities and non-academic partners funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme to deliver an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies. The IMSISS consortium is coordinated by the University of Glasgow. CES is an associate partner of the consortium. 

Note: This is an opportunity open exclusively to members of CES' Research Networks.


Applications Due: September 28

3. MELLON-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship

CES and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invite eligible graduate students in the humanities to apply for the 2018-19 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies. Each fellowship includes a $27,500 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees.  

Applications Open: October 1

4. European Studies First Article Prize

The European Studies First Article Prize honors new writers of articles about European history, society, economics, or culture, published within a two-year period. Humanities and social sciences articles will be considered. A multi-disciplinary First Article Prize Committee, appointed by the CES Executive Committee, will choose the winner. Each prize winner will receive $250 and recognition on CES' website and publications.

Applications Due: October 1

CES News

1. Opposition to Gender Studies Ban in Hungary

"We have been notified about your government’s proposed law to abolish accredited gender studies programs in Hungary. According to The Hungarian Journal, 'the part of the amendment which concerns gender studies provides no explanation whatsoever. Two universities are concerned: Hungary’s biggest state-funded university, ELTE, and the Central European University. If the amendment becomes official, it will mean that nobody can attend gender studies courses in Hungary and get a degree in the subject.'”

For the full letter, click here.

Research Network News

1. Immigration Research Network (IRN) Best Paper Award

Comparitive Migration Studies, under Peter Scholten, is generously supporting the IRN by sponsoring the annual IRN Best Paper Award. This sponsorship began in 2017 and entails a 500 euro prize, as well as the opportunity to have an expedited review process if the article is submitted to CMS.

In 2017, the prize was awarded to Marc Helbling (University of Bamberg) and Richard Traunmueller (Goethe-University, Frankfurt) for their paper entitled, "What Is Islamophobia? Disentangling Citizens' Feelings Towards Ethnicity, Religion and Religiosity Using A Survey Experiment."

In 2018, the prize was awarded to Lars Leszczensky (Mannheim Centre for European Social Research), Rahsaan Maxwell (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), and Erik Bleich (Middlebury College), for their article entitled, "Explaining National Identification Among Muslim Adolescents: Evidence from Four European Countries."

Featured Opportunity

1. Assistant Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington
Russian Foreign Relations, Department of International Studies

The Department of International Studies in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University seeks an assistant professor specializing in Russian foreign relations to begin August 1, 2019. Applicants must hold a PhD by the start of the appointment. Applications from all disciplines are welcome. The selected candidate will conduct research on the foreign relations of the Russian Federation, teach courses in the department, and be part of the university’s vibrant and distinguished Russian Studies community. The candidate’s research languages must include Russian.

Click here for more information



Thursday, July 5, 2018

LANG: Italian Summer Classes, Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan


Tuesday from 10:30am to 12:00am – 8 weeks – Hours 12 – Cost $170
Starting: July 10 | Dates: July 10, 17, 24, 31 – August 7, 14, 21, 28


Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm – 8 weeks – Hours 12 – Cost $170
Starting: July 11 | Dates: July 11, 18, 25 – August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm – 8 weeks – Hours 12 – Cost $170
Starting: July 11 | Dates: July 11, 18, 25 – August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Tuesday – from 6:30Pm to 8:00PM – 8 weeks – Hours 12 – Cost $170
Starting: July 10 | Dates: July 10, 17, 24, 31 – August 7, 14, 21, 28

Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm – 8 weeks – Hours 12 – Cost $170
Starting: July 11 | Dates: July 11, 18, 25 – August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Monday, June 18, 2018


Deadline: October 5, 2018

26th International Conference of Europeanists - Call for Proposals

Sovereignties in Contention:
Nations, Regions and Citizens in Europe
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
June 20-22, 2019

Sovereignty is at the crux of current developments in Europe and at the center of political debate—of which the 2016 referendum on Brexit is just one example. The claim to regain national sovereignty vis-a-vis EU policy-making is common to populist movements throughout Europe today, and it currently dominates the rhetoric of the national governments of Hungary and Poland as well. Anxieties about sovereignty are also key to understanding the demands put forward by regional entities such as Scotland, Catalonia, and Lombardy.

These fights for new forms of sovereignty – or the restoration of old ones – are surprising, even bewildering, to those who imagined that the process of European integration would render the concept of sovereignty obsolete. Yet recent developments clearly show that sovereignty again has become a crucial concept in political, social and cultural fields. It is increasingly invoked not only by regions, nations, and Europe itself, but also by minority populations, marginalized groups, and even individuals as the reason justifying their claims of self-governance, emancipation, or political empowerment.

Recent developments and the material challenges that complicate them – globalization, the digital revolution, mobility – call upon us to reflect on the motives, polities, concepts, and rhetorics of sovereignty more profoundly and, given the complexity of the challenges, to seek fresh approaches that transcend disciplinary boundaries. “Sovereignties in Contention in Europe: Nations, Regions and Citizens” aims to provide an opportunity to bridge the gap between different models for the study of sovereignty: from a governmental and institutional perspective to looking at bottom-up processes, from socio-economic and legal aspects to questions of identity, nationhood, and historical memory.

We particularly welcome proposals in these areas, including cross-thematic and interdisciplinary papers, as well as proposals in other areas relevant to contemporary Europe.
Proposals may be submitted from August 10 to October 5, 2018. Priority will be given to panel submissions. Participants will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by December 14, 2018.

Information on how to submit proposals will be posted on the CES website and disseminated through its newsletter. To subscribe to the CES newsletter visit: For information on how to submit a proposal, please consult the Submission Help page or our newsletter.

Monday, June 4, 2018

CFA: The European Summer School in Prague: Deadline Extended!

Deadline for applying to the 16th annual European Summer School has been extended until 15th June!

The European Summer School in Prague is an intensive 10-day learning programme focused on European integration. It is organized by one of the leading think-tanks in Central Europe, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, in co-operation with Prague College and the Charles University Faculty of Social Sciences. This year’s European Summer School runs under the title “Europe in Transition: Exploring EU’s Futures”. What will the EU look like in the upcoming decade? Should it become the United States of Europe, or is a multi-speed Europe a better scenario? How will the departure of Great Britain shape the future of the Union? And is the EU prepared to tackle any emerging challenges? Find out in Prague, at the 16th annual European Summer School!

Below you can find the highlights of this year’s exciting programme:

· 10 lectures and seminars focused on the future developments of the EU.

· Special guest lecture by Tomáš Sedlácek, award-winning economist and former adviser to first Czech president Václav Havel.

· Debating workshop.

· Excursions to the Senate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the British Embassy in Prague.

· A field trip, a guided tour of Prague and plenty of other leisure activities.

The European Summer School under the title "Europe in Transition: Exploring EU’s Futures" will take place in Prague July 14th – 24th, 2018.

More information can be found on our website, or on our facebook page:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CFP: Europe in Discourse II: Agendas of Reform: Athens, Greece

Deadline: June 10th, 2018

The time is now appropriate to discuss solutions rather than problems: Britain’s decision to leave the EU reinforced disintegrative agendas across Europe, making it painfully clear that European integration cannot be taken for granted. The pro-European French President Emmanuel Macron promises to re-launch Europe. He expresses hopes for Europe to find “new ambition”, and pledges closer cooperation with Germany. For her part, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken of her agenda to draw up a "common road map" for Europe, and deepen social and economic reform across Europe. Although reform is a common denominator in the discourse of political and state actors throughout Europe, it is unclear what exactly this entails or how it can be achieved. There is no agreement on the Agendas of Reform that are emerging. What lies ahead for Europe depends on how effectively these agendas will be formulated and implemented.

The 2nd Europe in Discourse Conference Agendas of Reform invites papers from a broad range of fields and perspectives on the following topics:Values-based Reform, from Enlargement to LegitimizationCompleting the EMUEU Security and DefenseThe Franco-German RelationshipThe Transatlantic DimensionThe European Union and IslamGreece and the European Union
Since Agendas of Reform follows the 1st Europe in Discourse Conference, contributions on the so-called “poly-crisis” of the EU, the refugee crisis and European populism on the right and the left are also welcome.

We also accept papers on the following topics:Historical, geo-cultural, geo-economic and geopolitical aspects of European identitiesEurope: super-diverse and globalizedImages of crisis and recovery in EuropeConceptual blending, discourse and metaphors about EuropePopulist discourses and the EUThe Refugee crisis in EU discoursesEuropean diversity through religion and cultureDiscursive constructions of bordersPolitical discourse in the European UnionMedia constructions of European identities

⇒ Download the Call for Papers

Presentation Formats and Abstracts
Proposals are welcome as oral communications and themed panels.Oral Communications
Proposals for participation in the 2nd International EID Conference on Agendas of Reform should be submitted as oral communications consisting of a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute discussion. Abstracts for oral communications should not exceed 300 words and list five keywords.Proposals for oral communications should be submitted online via the Conference website by May 25th, 2018.Themed Panels
Proposals for panels must be submitted online as a single document, single-spaced in 12-point type. Panel proposals should include an overview of the theme, a title of the panel, and abstracts of 4 – 5 papers, each to be delivered within 30 minutes (a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute period for questions). The names of panel presenters should be omitted from the document to enable double-blind review. However, panel organizers should include their own name. Acceptance notifications will be sent only to panel organizers.Panel proposals should be submitted online via the Conference website by May 25th, 2018.

Evaluation Process
All abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed and ranked by the Conference Scientific Committee. In their review, the Committee will consider the degree to which the presentation makes a contribution to the development of the discipline, points to future research agendas, or presents innovative or interdisciplinary approaches, including novel collaborations or syntheses across sub-disciplines or with other related disciplines. A proposal may be given higher priority if clearly linked to one or more of the conference themes.Notification
Notification of acceptance of oral communications and panels will be sent by June 15th, 2018.One-Presentation Rule
Presenters are entitled to submit only one abstract as a first author. Speakers agreeing to present papers in panels also follow the one-presentation rule, i.e. someone who is first author or presenter cannot also be first author or presenter for another paper.

Agendas of Reform will bring together communication scholars, linguists, discourse and political analysts, journalists, politicians, policy makers, and legal, financial and economic experts to talk about the future shape of Europe. We believe that the results of this interdisciplinary dialogue on Europe can both illuminate and inform the agendas—and decisions—of those who “do” Europe.

For more information please visit their website:

Thursday, May 10, 2018

CFA: Semester Abroad Program, Budapest

Application Opens in August

New Borders in a Borderless Europe: Refugees, Minorities, and National Identity

JANUARY 23 –MAY 31, 2019

The idealized vision of a united Europe is coming under assault. Migrants and refugees are challenging Europe’s “open-door” policy; some ethnic minorities demand equality while others seek independence; and ultra nationalist groups and populist parties are bursting into the political mainstream.

According to estimates, over one million refugees and migrants entered Europe since 2015. The refugees’ plight has sparked an acute humanitarian crisis which led to new political and social divisions within the Europe Union. It initiated an intense debate on how individual countries and the European Union ought to handle the crisis both inside the continent and on its external borders.

Why Budapest? The crisis has directly affected countries like Greece and Germany as a point of entry or intended destination, respectively. Hungary, on the other hand, despite its EU membership, vehemently opposes the resettlement of refugees in the continent as practiced by the Western European members of the Union. However, many organizations within Hungary’s vibrant civil society have been advocating alternative humanitarian approaches to the government’s hardline policy.

This distinctive semester equips students with a unique lens to closely examine topics such as the emergence of nationalist movements and political parties which aim to challenge the vision of a united Europe. Should Europe remain a borderless Union, or rather, should new veiled borders be erected to keep out foreigners who do not share the continent’s religious and racial identities? How can Europe maintain its democratic and pluralistic ethos given these challenges?

Themes such as the politics of national identity, role of minorities, migrant absorption policies, border security, racism and xenophobia, opposition to the integration of refugees, cultural preservation and international cooperation are explored. Further, existing tensions between sovereignty and local nationalism on the one hand, and transnationalism on the other, as well as the growing controversy over the future viability of the European Union form the intellectual foundations of this academic program.

The program includes three academically challenging courses taught by senior Hungarian professors and a professional internship.

The internship enables students to work 24 hours per week during the semester at non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with missions related to the program’s academic objectives.

During the Spring 2017 and 2018 programs, students travelled to Serbia to visit refugee camps and meet with refugees, United Nations officials, and international aid workers involved in assisting the refugees. A similar trip is planned in 2019.

Students are housed in modern, fully-furnished apartments, located in downtown Budapest with easy access to public transportation, restaurants, groceries, and shopping.

For more information click here: "New Borders in a Borderless Europe: Refugees, Minorities, and National Identity."