Conference FAQs

Europe’s Past, Present, and Future: Utopias and Dystopias

June 21-25, 2021 

Organized by the Council for European Studies

Registration is now closed.

Important Dates for the 2021 CES Conference:

  • September 15, 2020: Submission Portal opens.
  • November 16, 2020: Submission Portal closes.
  • January 8, 2021: All submitters will be notified regarding the status of their proposals.
  • February 1, 2021: Early-bird registration opens.
  • February 28, 2021: Session scheduling requests are due
  • March 8, 2021: Preliminary schedule released for the 27th International Conference of Europeanists. Click here to view.
  • April 30, 2021: Early-bird registration ends.
  • May 15, 2021: All scheduled participants must register for the conference. Those who do not will have their names withdrawn from the program.
  • May 25, 2021: The final print program will be available online.
  • June 1, 2021: Checks and wires no longer accepted as payment for conference registration. Credit, debit, and PayPal still welcome. Also, no refunds of registration payment offered after this date.
  • June 21-25, 2021: 27th International Conference of Europeanists.

CES is committed to decreasing its environmental footprint and uphold green practices. For this reason, the printed Conference Program will no longer be available at our premises. Participants wishing to have a printed conference program are responsible to make necessary arrangements independently.

General Questions

What is the theme of the 2021 International Conference of Europeanists?

For the 27th International Conference of Europeanists, we welcome papers that relate to the theme of “Europe’s Past, Present, and Future: Utopias and Dystopias.” For the 2021 Conference, CES calls for proposals that discuss the recent and ongoing changes in the boundaries of European citizenship, the fragile institutional arrangements of the European social model, the postcolonial analysis of Europe in the world, the population dynamics that define who is European, Europe’s changing relationships with other regions and parts of world society, including the Global South, and the configuration of global hegemony. Visit the full Call for Proposals to learn more.

What kind of scholarship does the Conference look to highlight?

CES embraces high-quality scholarship reflecting a variety of viewpoints, and encourages submissions from a wide range of disciplines (political science, sociology, history, economics, literature, etc.) and interdisciplinary fields (cultural studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, etc.).

Does the Program Committee encourage particular types of submissions?

The CES Conference Program Committee strongly encourages the submission of fully-formed session proposals of any kind.

What format do the sessions take?

The conference convenes a variety of panel formats including roundtable discussions, paper panels, and book panels. We accept submissions for panels in any of these formats and encourage innovation. The most typical session is a paper panel, consisting of four paper presenters, one chair, and one discussant. We also strongly encourage participants to organize mini-symposia comprised of 2 or more sessions around a shared topic or theme.

What are the differences between the types of sessions?

  • Paper panels consist of 4-5 papers organized around a common theme with comments provided by a chair and a discussant.
  • Book panels (also known as “Author Meets Critics”) bring together 4-6 scholars to debate a recent publication in the field and are moderated by a chair.
  • Roundtables assemble 4-6 scholars to discuss a common theme, idea, or topic with moderation provided by a chair.
  • And mini-symposia are a thematic cluster of 2-4 sessions of any of the above types grouped together.

Do I have to present at the conference to attend?

Absolutely not! CES welcomes attendance by all scholars of Europe, regardless of their participation in conference sessions.

Are there limits on how many sessions I can participate in?

Yes. Participants may present in a maximum of two paper sessions and one book panel/roundtable. Participation as a chair or a discussant does not count towards this limit.


Where do I go to submit a proposal?

You may submit proposals online via our Conference Submission Portal between September 15, 2020 and November 16, 2020. 

I’m a member of a CES Research Network. Where do I submit my network-affiliated proposal?

All proposals, including those from members of CES Research Networks, must be submitted via the Conference Submission Portal. Please make sure to indicate which network your proposal should be affiliated with at the beginning of your proposal.

What types of proposals may I submit for the CES conference?

You may submit proposals for individual paper presentations and panels (including paper panels, book panels, and roundtable discussions). Also, the Conference Committee welcomes the creation of “mini-symposia,” consisting of two to four panels on a related theme. Please note that each panel proposal must include both a chair and a discussant.

What do I need to submit a paper proposal for the CES conference?

You’ll need a paper abstract (no more than 250 words) and author information, including name, institutional affiliation, rank, and e-mail address, for all presenting and non-presenting authors. Your paper proposal will be evaluated based on the abstract; thus, you will not be required to submit the full paper prior to being accepted to the conference.

What do I need to submit a session proposal for the CES conference?

For book panel and roundtable proposals, you’ll need a chair and roughly 4-6 discussants. You’ll need the following to submit a paper panel proposal:

  • A session abstract (no more than 250 words)
  • A chair
  • A discussant
  • 4-5 paper proposals, including paper abstracts (also no more than 250 words) and presenting author information.

What length should my proposal abstract be?

Please keep proposal abstracts for both sessions and papers to no more than 250 words.

How many papers should be in my session?

Panels should have four (4) papers at minimum and five (5) at maximum. Any sessions with more than five (5) papers may be asked to break their panel into two sessions or remove extra papers. Please note that book panels and roundtables do not need any papers.

Should I send a copy of my paper with the proposal?

No. The Conference Committee receives a great number of submissions and therefore requests that applicants send abstracts, not full papers.

May I submit more than one proposal?

You may submit two individual paper proposals and one additional proposal to participate as a book/roundtable panelist.

Do I have to become a CES member in order to submit my proposal for the Conference?

No. However, CES members pay a discounted rate for Conference registration. For more information, see the Members page of this website.

When will I know if my paper has been accepted?

Decisions on proposals submitted for the 2021 Conference will be sent out by January 8, 2021.

Submission Portal

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Where do I go to submit a proposal?

You may submit proposals via the Conference Submission Portal between September 15, 2020, and November 16, 2020. For complete instructions on how to access the Open Water Portal please visit our Submission Help Page.

What do I need to submit a proposal?

All proposals require title, abstract, and author information, including name, institutional affiliation, rank, and e-mail address. For session organizers, this information will be required at both the session and paper level, i.e. you will need both a session abstract and title as well as the abstracts, titles, and author information for all associated papers.

Can I save a draft of my panel submission and change it later?

Yes. There is a “Save” button at the bottom of each page throughout the portal, as well as a “Save and Next” button. If you need to interrupt your submission procedure, you can always pick up where you left off without having to start from scratch. The next time you log into the portal, click on the “In Progress” tab on the left-hand corner to resume editing. This will allow you to return to your saved proposal.

What happens if I finalize my panel or paper too soon? How can I edit it?

If this happens, please contact CES Staff will assist you to resolve the issue.

My proposal has been accepted for the 2020 conference and I would like to participate with the same submission in the 2021 conference. Do I have to submit it again?

Yes, we kindly request the participants to resubmit all accepted proposals for the canceled 2020 conference on the 2021 submission portal.

Registration and Membership

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Where do I go to register for the CES conference?

Registration for the 2021 International Conference of Europeanists will open in February and you may register for the 2021 conference via our Online Registration Form. All conference participants must register by May 15, 2021, or their presentation information will not appear in the conference program.

Can I get a discount for registering early?

Absolutely. CES offers an “early-bird” discount of $50 at all registration levels to those who register for the conference by a certain date (April 30, 2021). More information about registration rates for the 2021 Conference can be found here.

What does my registration fee include?

Registration fees for the International Conference of Europeanists include admittance to all three days of the conference, including all sessions, all evening plenaries, and all evening receptions. Click here for more information on conference fees.

The institution with which I am affiliated is a member of the Council’s Academic Consortium. Am I exempt from paying the individual registration fee?

No. All conference attendees, with the exception of graduate student volunteers, must formally register for the conference. This includes CES committee members and faculty associated with supporting institutions. Click here for more information on conference fees.

Do I have to present at the conference to attend?

Absolutely not! CES welcomes attendance by all scholars of Europe, regardless of their participation in conference sessions.

I will not be presenting any work at the Conference. May I attend the event without registering?

We welcome participants who are not presenting work, but registration is required. You can register on-site, or you can register in advance at the early bird registration rate. Click here for more information on conference fees.

I just want to attend my colleague’s session. May I register for a single day at a reduced rate?

No, unfortunately, single-day registration is not permitted for the International Conference of Europeanists. To encourage sufficient audience attendance for all presentations and foster a genuine interdisciplinary intellectual community, CES insists that all attendees register for the entire conference. Click here for more information on conference fees.

Preparing for the Conference

What is a scheduling request?

All scheduling requests are due in to CES by February 28, 2021. A scheduling request will let CES know if there is a particular time when you can or cannot present. For example, if you will not be at the conference on a particular day, please do contact CES so staff can do their best to not schedule your presentations for that day. If you have no such restrictions, you do not need to contact us.

Is there a word limit for papers at the CES Conference?

While there is no particular word limit for papers, all presenters should be prepared to speak for about 10-15 minutes. This number is a rough guideline and presenters should make sure to confirm this with their session’s chair, who has the final say on the timing of presentations.

How and where do I upload my paper?

Paper upload information will be made available closer to the conference and all papers should be uploaded roughly 2-3 weeks prior to the conference. Please note that paper upload is optional, so it is possible that not all authors have uploaded their papers, which would mean some are unavailable in the online program.

Is there any CES-specific conference protocol I should be aware of?

To help ensure a smooth conference experience for everyone, CES has put together a few quick tips for navigating the International Conference of Europeanists. Those who are new to CES’ conferences will find them particularly helpful, but even long-standing CES members will find a few useful reminders. The updated Quick Tips sheet for 2021 will be available closer to the conference date.

I am no longer able to attend the conference. What should I do?

E-mail CES directly at to let them know of your withdrawal from the program as soon as you know you won’t be able to attend. If applicable, also drop your session organizer a note to let them know so they have time to find a replacement.

At the Conference

I am a graduate student interested in the Conference. Are there volunteer opportunities available?

Yes. CES will be looking for non-presenting graduate student volunteers as the Conference approaches. In exchange for a one-day volunteer commitment, non-presenting graduate students may attend the Conference for no charge. If you are interested in serving as a student volunteer, please check the appropriate box on your registration form or contact us directly at for more information.

How long should my presentation be?

Presentations run between 10-15 minutes long depending on the number of panelists.

May I display a recently published book at the Conference’s book exhibit?

Yes. Publishers, authors and marketing professionals may purchase book exhibit space at the CES conference. Book exhibit rates and order forms are provided on our Advertising & Exhibits page.

Does the Council for European Studies accept advertising in its conference program? If so, what are the rates?

Yes, CES does accept advertising in its conference program.  Advertising rates and order forms are provided on our Advertising & Exhibits page.

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