Iceland Call for Proposals


ATTENTION: As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt our lives, we have understandably been receiving many inquiries concerning our annual conference and 50th anniversary celebration in Reykjavik, Iceland scheduled for June 22-24.  We are well aware that the uncertainty over whether the conference will be held or not presents real challenges for participants, and thus hope to make a definitive announcement soon.

The CES has convened a COVID Planning sub-committee of the Executive Committee to ensure that the decision will be taken in a way that mitigates its potentially severe financial impact on the future of CES.  We are gathering additional information this week and will send another update to our members and conference participants by next week. The situation is complex, and we ask for your patience while we ensure that we do the best for our shared organization. As a reminder, anyone who registers for the conference can request a refund up until June 1st.

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

Stay healthy and best wishes!

Erik Bleich, CES Chair
Nicole Shea, Director

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

University of Iceland | Reykjavik, Iceland
June 22-24, 2020  

Preliminary Program for the 27th International Conference of Europeanists is now available!

Preliminary Conference Program_Iceland 2020

This preliminary program is subject to change and CES can not be held liable for any reservation/booking made based on the information provided.


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As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Council for European Studies, we reflect on the various ways in which Europe as a place, an idea, a people, an Empire, a utopia, and a dystopia has manifested itself. 
Iceland marks the ideal spot for this reflection, given its centrality to trans-Atlantic space, a core concept to the founders of CES. Iceland also represents the utopia of the European social model, and, at the same time, it was at the dystopian heart of the financial crisis. Finally, Iceland sits precariously at the juncture of tectonic plates, perhaps a geological metaphor for ongoing shifts, slides, clashes, and ruptures in the deep structure of Europe. 
The year 2020 marks the moment for this reflection, given 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. Having supported fifty years of research, CES is poised to advance these debates in various ways through cross-disciplinary global scholarship that deals with Europe in a comparative perspective.
CES thus invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers on the study of Europe, including its various expansions and contractions over CES’ fifty-year history. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and particularly welcome panels that combine disciplines, nationalities, genders, scholarly career stages, and other pertinent identities. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, CES is committed to engaging participants from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities, particularly from the Global South, by awarding a limited number of travel grants covering airfare and accommodation (in full or in part) to researchers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. [1]
We strongly encourage participants to submit their proposals as part of an organized panel, with a Chair, 3-5 Panelists, and a Discussant. Mini-symposia and full panel proposals will be given top priority in the selection process by the Program Committee. Participants may find it useful to connect with like-minded scholars through the growing number of CES research networks, which can be found on the CES website. Participants may present in a maximum of two sessions. 
Proposals may be submitted until Monday, October 21, 2019 (extended deadline). Participants will be notified of the Committee’s decisions by December 20, 2019. 

The final print program will be available online on May 29, 2020.

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Erik Bleich, Chair
Middlebury College

Jason Beckfield, Co-Chair
Harvard University

Adrian Favell, Co-Chair
University of Leeds

Rósa Magnusdottir, Co-Chair
Aarhus University

Sigrún Ólafsdóttir
Local Organizing Committee Chair
University of Iceland

CES’s annual International Conference of Europeanists would not be possible without the generous contributions from our sponsors and partners. We earnestly thank the following institutions, publishers, and universities around the world for their support!


[1] International Sociologial Associate country categories B and C