Conference Highlights

The 25th International Conference of Europeanists in Chicago promises to bring together a wide range of experts  to present and debate new research on various critical and timely topics. The conference also features exhibits and numerous sponsored special events. Here are some program highlights.

Keynote Speaker: Craig Calhoun

March 28 | 6:00 – 7:45 P.M., Grand Ballroom
"Populism, Nationalism, and the Fate of Democracy."

Craig Calhoun is President of the Los Angeles-based Berggruen Institute, which works globally to advance knowledge of great transformations shaping the human future. These range from AI and gene-editing to renewed nationalism and weakened international cooperation and indeed the possible transformation of capitalism. Calhoun was previously Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he remains Centennial Professor and before that President of the New York-based Social Science Research Council (SSRC). He was also University Professor of Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU. His books have been translated into 18 languages and include Does Capitalism Have a Future? (2013), The Roots of Radicalism (2012), and Nations Matter (2007), which predicted rising nationalist and populist challenges to cosmopolitanism grounded in a highly unequal global economy.

Discussant: Vivien Schmidt

Vivien Schmidt is Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Europe at Boston University.  Professor Schmidt has published widely in European political economy, institutions and democracy, as well as on neo-institutional theory (discursive institutionalism). Recent books include Democracy in Europe: The EU and National Polities (Oxford, 2006), named by the European Parliament as one of the ‘100 Books on Europe to Remember,’ Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy (Cambridge, co-edited with M. Thatcher, 2013), and the forthcoming Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone (Oxford 2018). Professor Schmidt is a former chair of the European Union Studies Association. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and attended the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris.


Presidential Symposium


Organized by the Program Committee, this series of special roundtables brings together prominent members
and experts in their respective fields to discuss pressing global issues


What Can Nationalism Research Teach Us about Contemporary Politics? OR Nationalism and Radical Politics

Thursday, March 29: 4:00-5:45 PM
Camelot Room (InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile)​
 Genevieve Zubrzycki, University of Michigan
Andreas Wimmer, Columbia University
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, American University
Bart Bonikowski, Harvard University

Authoritarianism and the Future of Democracy

Friday, March 30: 9:00-10:45 AM
Camelot Room (InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile)
Sheri Berman, Columbia University
Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University
Erik Bleich, Middlebury College

The Present and Future of Populism Research

Friday, March 30, 2018: 2:00 PM-3:45 PM
Camelot Room (InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile)
Anna Grzymała-Busse, Stanford University
Matthijs Rooduijn, University of Amsterdam
Justin Gest, George Mason University
Mabel Berezin, Cornell University

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