2021 Pre-Conference Week

Monday, June 14 – Friday, June 18

This pre-conference week has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the World Society Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Pre-Conference Week events are reserved for registered conference participants. Information about registration for these events will be available soon.

Monday, June 14

10 am-11:30 am EDT: Networking with Breakout Sessions (private event for fellows) 

Mandatory for all dissertation completion and pre-dissertation fellows, but open to all other conference participants

This event brings together current and past CES fellows from around the world to discuss their research and connect with colleagues from a wide range of prestigious universities and academic institutions.

1 pm-2:30 pm EDT: Through the Science Lens: New Approaches in the Humanities

Mandatory for all dissertation completion and pre-dissertation fellows, but open to all other conference participants


  • Dominic Boyer, Rice University 
  • Arden Hegele, Columbia University
  • Jennifer Edmond, Trinity College

Moderator: Nicole Shea, CES/Columbia University

This Mellon-sponsored panel explores the intersections between science and the humanities as ways of branching out from traditional degrees via the digital, medical, and climate humanities. The session further provides insights into the generic utility of the humanities skill sets in organizational and industry settings.

1 pm-2:30 pm EDT | Territorial Politics and Federalism Research Network Business Meeting

Chair: Willem Maas – York University

Tuesday, June 15

10 am-11:30 am EDT: “Crises of Democracy” Mellon-CES Keynote Discussion

Mandatory for all dissertation completion and pre-dissertation fellows, but open to all other conference participants


  • Eileen Gillooly, Columbia University 
  • Jane Ohlmeyer Trinity College 

Moderator: Nicole Shea, CES/Columbia University

This interview-style event will focus on ways to engage researchers and a consortium of humanities scholars spanning four continents and shows how research grants, driven by the Arts and Humanities, provide nuanced and long-term perspectives and means of positive resistance, as well as effective responses to the crises of democracy.

10:30-2:30 pm EDT: European Integration and Political Economy Research Network Speed Mentoring Event

Chair: Dermot Hodson – Birkbeck, University of London

At this speed mentoring event, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about career development, publication plans, the job market, etc., to one of the following EIGPE network executive members: Donato Di Carlo (EUI), Dermot Hodson (Birkbeck College), Alison Johnston (Oregon State University), Erik Jones (John Hopkins, SAIS), and Vivien Schmidt (Boston University). Each speed mentoring session is 20 minutes. You can book your 20 minute time slot by adding your name (choose only one slot with only one mentor) to this google document. Once you do so, please e-mail a copy of your CV to d.hodson@bbk.ac.uk and Alison.Johnston@oregonstate.edu to confirm your choice and to receive log in details for the online meeting. The registration deadline is June 13, 5 pm EDT.

1 pm-2:30 pm EDT: Knowledge Production and Placemaking: Theories, (Digital) Tools & Practices

COST European Commission panel


  • Pekka Tuominen, University of Helsinki
  • Marijke Martin, University of Groningen
  • Karin Hallas-Murula, Architecture Historian, Estonia
  • Nevena Dakovic, University of Arts, Belgrade

Moderator: Zsuzsanna Varga, University of Glasgow

The panel offers a compressed insight into Cost Action 18204 (2019 – 2023), which analyzes the versatile relation between ongoing digitization, local knowledge production, and placemaking in selected European cities, resulting in a series of policy-driven recommendations. The main goal of this panel is to highlight the European Commission COST initiative (a Horizon 2020 funding stream), particularly through the work of Action 18204, and to pay attention to European grant making priorities, among them the securing of European grants and the strengthening of research and strategic partnerships via COST.

Wednesday, June 16

10 am-11:30 am EDT: How to Pitch to Publishers 


  • Andrew Kinney, General Editor, Harvard University Press
  • Jaya Aninda Chatterjee, Editor for World History, Geopolitics, and International Relations, Yale University Press
  • Mary Al-Sayed, Editor for Anthropology and History (World history; history of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America), University of Chicago Press
  • Dominic Byatt, Publisher, Politics and International Relations, Oxford University Press

Moderator: Orfeo Fioretos, Temple University

In this panel, editors from four academic presses will discuss best practices for pitching books to publishers, including (but not limited to) writing and submitting an academic book proposal, how to find the right academic publisher for your project, trending topics in academic publishing, and tips for preparing elevator pitches in anticipation of CES’ five-minute pitch sessions for attendees of the 27th International Conference of Europeanists. 

Thursday, June 17

9 am-10:30 am EDT: To Teach or Not to Teach: Dealing with the Sensitive Topics in Education

Chair: Alma Jeftić – University of Belgrade; Daphne Winland – York University

10 am-11:30 am EDT: European Cultural Policy: Practical Approaches


  • Randall Halle (University of Pittsburgh) in conversation with Maria Silvia Gatta (European Commission)

Participants in this workshop will gain insights into the parameters of cultural policy in Europe with a focus on the EU. They will also develop a foundation for their own analyses of European cultural policy. The session will be an engaged exploration of the different institutions and their initiatives. The workshop is helpful to researchers in the humanities and social sciences who want to understand the mechanisms of cultural production in Europe and the political decision making that determine them. Participants will also have an opportunity to engage in Q&A with a member of the European Commission.

1 pm-2:30 pm EDT: Journal Editor Roundtable 


  • Julie Lynch (Socio-Economic Review)
  • Michael Bernhard (Perspectives on Politics)
  • Helen Wood (European Journal of Cultural Studies

Moderator: Hélène Ducros (EuropeNow)

This session focuses on research expectations with different academic disciplines, best practices for getting an article published and trending topics. Our editors will provide journal-specific information and answer questions related to writing assessments, editorial decisions, and impact-driven publication strategies.

Friday, June 18

9 am EDT: 27th Int’l Conference Q&A Session

Speaker: Rusudan Zabakhidze, Council for European Studies

10 am-11:30 am EDT: Abstract Writing for Emerging and Early-Career Europeanists

Organized and led by the CES Critical European Studies Research Network


  • Hélène Ducros, Council for European Studies
  • Nicholas Ostrum, Xavier University of Louisiana

When submitting papers to journals or conferences, researchers need to include a strong abstract that is a succinct yet effective statement of purpose, argument, and disciplinary intervention. This workshop recognizes that abstract writing is hard. It will engage with the role the abstract is expected to fill; introduce participants to the different types of abstracts that various journals are likely to require; discuss the components abstracts should include (and not include); share writing style tips that will strengthen an abstract; and propose some key “tests” through which to run an abstract to ensure it presents the work in the most convincing and interesting way possible.

This workshop is designed for graduate students, postdocs, and early career academics. Although it is open to all CES members who seek clarification on what publishers and organizations are looking for in the abstracts they solicit, participants whose primary language is not English are particularly encouraged to join. Please note: this workshop is capped at 15 people.

11 am-3 pm EDT: 8th Annual Graduate Workshop on Comparative Historical Research on Europe

Chair: Harris Mylonas – George Washington University