23rd International Conference of Europeanists

Resilient Europe?

Philadelphia, PA • April 14-16, 2016

to be held at DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
Organized by the Council for European Studies

After months of anticipation, the Council for European Studies (CES) is eager to welcome you to the 23rd International Conference of Europeanists! The conference will be held at the DoubleTree hotel in Philadelphia, from April 14 to April 16, 2016, and will be attended by over 1000 of the world’s leading experts on Europe and European affairs. The information provided on this page will assist you in navigating the conference, so you can get the most out of your experience!  



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Special Events

A number of especially stimulating events and presentations have been scheduled to further enrich your conference experience.  Thus, we encourage you to make the most of your time at the conference by attending the following special events.

  Plenaries and Special Sessions


Keynote by Paul Krugman: Can the European Project be saved?
Friday, April 15, 6:00 to 7:45 PM – Ormandy Ballroom
Keynote Lecture: Paul Krugman, CUNY Graduate Center, Princeton, NY Times
Chair: Mabel Berezin, Cornell University
Discussant: Martin Sandbu, Financial Times

Plenary: Europe on Edge: Ruptures and Resilience in European Capitalism
Thursday, April 14, 6:00 to 7:45 PM – Ormandy Ballroom
Chair: Orfeo Fioretos, Temple University
Suzanne Berger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harold James, Princeton University
Charles Maier, Harvard University
Vivien Schmidt, Boston University

Special Session: Key Trends and Initiatives Addressed by EU institutions in Times of Crises
Friday, April 15, 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM – Assembly G
Chair: Alberta Sbragia, University of Pittsburgh
Peter Haslinger, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe
Alessia Lefebure, Alliance
Nina Lemmens, DAAD New York
Steven Sokol, American Council on Germany
Stephen F. Szabo, Transatlantic Academy

Special Session: Immigration and Security: Debates and Challenges in Contemporary Europe
Friday, April 15, 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM – Orchestra Room
Chair: Richard D. Kelemen, Temple University
Jolyon Howorth, Yale University
Riva Kastoryano, Sciences Po, CERI
Jytte Klausen, Brandeis University
Jonathan Laurence, Boston College

Special Session: Permanent Volatilities? Nationalist and Internationalist Challenges to Europe
Friday, April 15, 2:00 to 3:45 PM – Symphony Ballroom
Chair: Mabel Berezin, Cornell University
John Bowen, Washington University in St. Louis
Valerie Bunce, Cornell University
Michèle Lamont, Harvard University
Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University
Ioannis Vrailas, EU Delegation to the UN

  Film Screenings

  Film Screening: MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival
Thursday, April 14, 4:00 to 5:45 PM – Orchestra Room
Speaker: Nicholas Mason, Founder

Film Screening: Harnessing the Power of Intercultural Film to connect European, International and Migrant Youth
Saturday, April 16, 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM – Orchestra Room
Speaker: Arnd Wächter, Crossing Borders Education

  Fellows Forum
  Graduating Into Success: Academic and Non-Academic Milestones of Past CES Fellows
Thursday, April 14, 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM – Orchestra Room
Chair: Nicole Shea, Council for European Studies
Sheri Berman, Barnard College
Benjamin Breen, Columbia University
Elissa Helms, Central European University
Carl Strikwerda, Elizabethtown College
Jerry Webman, Oppenheimer Funds


  General Reception
Friday, April 15, 7:45 to 9:30 PM – Symphony Ballroom

CES Fellows Reception (by invitation only)
Thursday, April 14, 7:45 to 8:45 PM – Orchestra Room