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." 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Conference: ScieConf - Submission deadline until 6 April 2018

International Scientific Conference (6th ScieConf) proposes an effective and well established presentation and publication opportunity for PhD students, young researchers and practitioners (scientists).

We invite authors of especially cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary studies to submit their paper. The whole list of discussed topics is available at web page.
Important Dates
Normal Submission Deadline: April 6th, 2018
Notification of Authors (acceptance notification): May 25th, 2018
Official online Conference dates: June 25 - 29, 2018
Submission Procedure

Authors are invited to submit their papers before given deadline, using conference submission system. The paper must be written in English and it must be original, unpublished works considering all ethical publication standards.

The conference adopts single blind peer review process. Each submitted paper is reviewed by international Scientific and Technical Committee, which ensures the highest publishing requirements. Each paper has assigned at least 2 Reviewers.
Publication Procedure

All accepted papers will be published in:
In online conference archive with ISSN and DOI.
Each paper will receive a DOI identifier as well.
ScieConf ensures archiving of published papers and online visibility - DOI and CrossMark are included.

More information about the conference is available at If you have questions contact us at:

Monday, February 19, 2018

CFA: Venice School of Human Rights

Deadline: March 15, 2018

The Venice School of Human Rights was born in 2010 with the goal of studying today's challenges in the field of human rights. It allows its participants coming from all over the world to list these challenges and examine their reasons and possible solutions they can deploy. The EIUC Venice School at the same time, combines theory and practice and its faculty involves both academics and practitioners. The Venice School intends to highlight that the respect for human rights is the responsibility of all, that "Human Rights are our responsibility". 

The Programme

After a first common session, participants will be divided in the three thematic clusters following the choice made upon enrollment. Clusters will focus on Business & Human Rights, Human Rights Defenders and Women, Peace and Security.

Cluster on Business & Human Rights: recent trends and developments

Under the leadership of Giulia Di Tommaso, an international lawyer with over twenty years of global experience in Legal and Public Affairs on a wide range of business issues, the course explores the interdisciplinary components of the Business and Human Rights agenda and provides thoughtful insights on the most recent developments from experts representatives from Academia, International Organizations and Institutions (EU, UN, FAO, OECD), and the private sector

Cluster on Human Rights Defenders
Under the responsibility of George Ulrich, Program Director of the European Master in Human Rights and Democratization (EMA), the cluster on Human Rights Defenders will review a cross-section of instruments, policies and coordination mechanisms that have been devised to protect and facilitate the work of human rights defenders. It will also explore possibilities for reinforcing the work of human rights defenders through a targeted engagement with international, regional and national human rights mechanisms as well as civil society organisations operative in areas intersecting with the work of local human rights defenders giving particular attention to contexts of imminent threat to human rights, notably conflict and post-conflict situations and situations of repressive governance, as well as sexual and gender-based violence.

Cluster on Women, Peace and Security in a growing extremist and militarised world: Agenda, implementation gap and the transformative approach & potential of CEDAW

The cluster under the leadership of Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides, Chairperson of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EU Agency) and former Vice-President of the European Inter University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation will provide a state of the art critical appraisal on the Women, Peace and Security agenda in a growing extremist and militarised world and stimulate reflection on achievements, key challenges and ways ahead. Participants will have the opportunity to refine their knowledge on both empirically and theoretically informed analyses and highly benefit from discussions with experienced field activists, leading scholars and world-class decision-makers.

Opening and Closing Lectures

The Opening Lectures of the School will be held by Manfred Nowak, EIUC Secretary General and Dalia Leinarte, Chairperson of the CEDAW Committee. Manfred Nowak, Professor of international law and human rights at the University of Vienna, has been the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and member of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Dalia Leinarte, Professor of Family History at Vilnius University is the Director of the Gender Studies Centre at Vilnius University and Member of the working group for Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

The Closing Lecture of the School will be held by Ambassador Mara Marinaki, the Principle Gender EEAS Advisor on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Ambassador Mara Marinaki is a law graduate from the University of Athens, and holds an LL.M in International Law from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.

Early Bird: 15 March 2018
Registration deadline: 23 April 2018
Course dates: 9 – 16 June 2018

Target: The Venice School is addressed to graduate students from all academic backgrounds, students from the different regional masters in human rights and democratisation, to E.MA alumni as well as to human rights practitioners willing to deepen and improve their knowledge in human rights issues.

For more information, contact us at or visit

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

CFA: 16thAnnual Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union


The European Union Center of California at Scripps College is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting online applications for the 16thAnnual Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union, which will take place on April 5 & 6, 2018 on Scripps Campus in Claremont, CA.

Students may pursue a wide range of topics that reflect their interest, expertise, and past research. Topics may deal with any aspect of European integration or transatlantic relations. Papers can be about the EU, a particular country within the EU, or the EU’s relationship with outside countries.

Students will present and discuss their research in a panel format followed by questions and a discussion moderated by a faculty member. The conference will include a keynote address. At the conclusion of the conference, faculty participants will nominate and select the “best papers” of the conference. Selected papers will be published in a special volume of conference proceedings. Previous publications can be viewed via the digital version, In addition to publication in the Conference Journal, the EU Center of California and some of its partner institutions will be offering awards for the top two papers with summer study tours to Europe.

The Center will cover hotel room for 2 nights and conference meals for accepted participants. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel.

Applications are due February 16. Additional information is available at: Please see the attached conference poster. You may contact us at  (909) 607-8103 or