26th International Conference - Submission Portal

Sovereignties in Contention:
Nations, Regions and Citizens in Europe

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
June 20-22, 2019  

Sovereignty is at the crux of current developments in Europe and at the center of political debate—of which the 2016 referendum on Brexit is just one example.  The claim to regain national sovereignty vis-a-vis EU policy-making is common to populist movements throughout Europe today, and it currently dominates the rhetoric of the national governments of Hungary and Poland as well.  Anxieties about sovereignty are also key to understanding the demands put forward by regional entities such as Scotland, Catalonia, and Lombardy.
These fights for new forms of sovereignty – or the restoration of old ones – are surprising, even bewildering, to those who imagined that the process of European integration would render the concept of sovereignty obsolete.  Yet recent developments clearly show that sovereignty again has become a crucial concept in political, social and cultural fields.  It is increasingly invoked not only by regions, nations, and Europe itself, but also by minority populations, marginalized groups, and even individuals as the reason justifying their claims of self-governance, emancipation, or political empowerment.

To submit a proposal to the 26th International Conference of Europeanists, please choose the type of proposal you wish to submit below.

Papers are presented by their author(s) and address a particular topic. 

Sessions involve a moderator and discussants, and can take three forms:

  • 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.

Mini-Symposia are a thematic cluster of 3-5 sessions of any of the above types grouped together.




We strongly encourage participants to submit in the widest range of disciplines and, in particular, proposals that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. Fully organized panel proposals will be given top priority in the selection process by the Program Committee. Although it is not mandatory that papers be related to the conference theme, papers that do so are especially welcome. For more information on the conference theme, please read the full 26th International Conference of Europeanists - Call for Proposals.

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Important Dates for the 2019 CES Conference

August 10 2018: Submission Portal Opens.

October 5, 2018: Submission Portal Closes.

November 15, 2018Travel grant applications open.

December 15, 2018: All submitters will be notified regarding the status of their proposals.

January 9, 2019: Program preview is available online and registration opens.

January 26, 2019: Preliminary schedule released for the 26th International Conference of Europeanists.

March 5, 2019: Early-bird registration ends.

April 22, 2019: All scheduled participants must register for the conference. Those who do not will have their names withdrawn from the program.

May 15, 2019: Checks no longer accepted as payment for conference registration. Cash, credit, debit, wire, and PayPal still welcome. Also, no refunds of registration payment offered after this date.

June 10, 2019: Deadline for presenting authors to upload papers.

June 20-22, 2019: 26th International Conference of Europeanists in Madrid.

Visit Glasgow

The 24th International Conference is hosted in the city of Glasgow. While you're attending the conference, take time to explore the many attractions in the area! The West End of the city, where the conference is located, has lots to offer, but this guide is a good place to start. The websites from two of our generous sponsors below also offer excellent resources for planning your explorations in the Glasgow area. 

Restaurant discounts are available to Conference Delegates at Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen Ashton Lane, Òran Mór, The Grosvenor Café, and Bar Soba. Full details on food discounts are available here

2017 Conference Program Highlights

The 24th International Conference of Europeanists in Glasgow promises to bring together a wide range of experts  to present and debate new research on critical, timely topics such as Brexit vote, the immigration crisis, the stability of the Eurozone, the resurgence of populist political movements, and the opportunities and challenges of technological advances in artificial intelligence and data gathering. The conference also features a set of exhibits, digital and print advertising, and numerous sponsored special events. Here are some program highlights and events that we're already looking forward to!

Keynote Speaker: Judy Dempsey

July 12 | 6:00 – 7:45 P.M., Bute Hall, University of Glasgow
“Europe. Wake Up! Sleep Walking is Over.”

Until 1945, Europe was a wretched battlefield. Wars, rivalries and ambitions had robbed the Continent of stability, of prosperity, of peace and of a special identity. The end of World War Two changed the dynamics.
The establishment of what is today’s European Union bestowed an extraordinary sense of hope, of peace, of reconciliation and of democracy, all along supported by the United States.
This is what the Europe now has to defend – not only against outsiders, but from within. Europe is torn between doubters, populists and sceptics who even question the EU’s relevance and those, like Emmanuel Macron, Wolfgang Schaueble and a handful of others who stand up for a Europe that is based on values, on progress, on facing the future, although they may differ about the direction. They share two things. The transatlantic relationship, the bedrock of post-1945 Europe, cannot be taken for granted. Europe can no longer piggy back on American security. And Europe cannot close down shop to globalization or digitilization.
If Europeans don’t embrace change and are not prepared to defend their values, they will undo what the founding fathers set out to achieve when it was founded 60 years ago in Rome. Non-democratic countries will be gleeful. It would usher in the decline if not eclipse of the West as we know it. Sleep walking has run its course.

Judy Dempsey is a nonresident senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor-in-chief of its blog, Strategic Europe. For further information, please visit Carnegie Europe.

Discussant: Anand Menon

Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London. He also directs the Economic and Social Research Council Initiative on the UK in a Changing Europe. Previously, he has held positions at Sciences Po, Columbia University and NYU. He has written on many aspects of contemporary Europe including the EU politics and institutions and European security. He is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the European Union (OUP, 2012) and author, amongst other things, of Europe: The State of the Union (Atlantic Books 2008).  He has written widely on European integration for publications including the Financial TimesProspectThe GuardianThe Daily TelegraphThe Times and Le Monde. He is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and an associate fellow of Chatham House. 



Keynote Speaker: Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell of Glenscorrodale

July 13 | 6:00 – 7:45 P.M., Bute Hall, University of Glasgow
“Transforming approaches to Conflict and Development. Where now for Europe?”

Lord McConnell's keynote will look at recent failures in the multilateral system and public disillusionment with institutions and leaders across Europe and beyond. It will address the future of multilateral institutions including the European Union, advocating new approaches to development and peacebuilding to meet today's global challenges. He will argue that conflict prevention needs a new direction for the 21st Century, understanding causes and embracing different identities, within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Jack McConnell was First Minister of Scotland from 2001 to 2007 and UK Special Representative for Peacebuilding 2008-2010.
Lord McConnell is a Board member of the UK/Japan 21st Century Group and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. He acts as an international consultant and guest lecturer to companies, universities and others; is Trustee or Patron of several charities engaged in development and conflict prevention, including as Chair of the McConnell International Foundation, with a particular interest in the life chances of vulnerable young people. He currently serves as Vice President of UNICEF UK, and he is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the UN Global Goals.

From 1999 to 2011, Jack McConnell was the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw. He was Scotland’s Minister for Finance 1999-2000 and Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs 2000-2001. Lord McConnell was a leading member of the Scottish Constitutional Convention from 1989 to 1998; President of the Legislative Regions of Europe 2004; and was appointed to the House of Lords in 2010. He grew up on the Island of Arran in Scotland and was a Mathematics teacher in Secondary (high) Schools before entering Parliament.

Discussant: Anton Muscatelli

Anton Muscatelli has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow since 1 October 2009. From 2007-2009 he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. An economist, his research interests are monetary economics, central bank independence, fiscal policy, international finance and macroeconomics.
Professor Muscatelli chairs the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe, a non-political group set up to provide expert advice to Scottish ministers on protecting Scotland’s relationship with the EU. He is also a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers. He was a member of the steering group of the Lord Stern Review into university research funding, commissioned by Jo Johnson MP, Universities minister. Professor Muscatelli is a Trustee of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Europe, a member of the Board of Glasgow Life, and Chair of the Commission on Economic Growth for the Glasgow City Region. He is a Director of USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme) and President of the David Hume Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Centre for Universities and Business.
He is a member of the Board of the Scottish Funding Council which provides funding and oversight of Scotland’s Colleges and Universities. From 2008-10 he was Convenor of Universities Scotland and Vice-President of Universities UK.  He is also a member of the Board of Director of the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities and from September 2017 he will be the Chair of the Russell Group which represents 24 of the UK’s leading universities.
He has been (2007-10) a special adviser on monetary policy to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee. He has previously acted as consultant to the European Commission and the World Bank.


Civic Reception 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Thursday, July 13 at 8:15 pm

The Civic Reception for the 24th International Conference of Europeanists will be held at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Thursday, July 13 at 8:15 pm, following Lord McConnell's keynote address. The reception is open to registered participants only and is funded with a generous grant from the Lord Provost and Glasgow City Council offices. 

Roundtable Event: Borders in Post-BREXIT Europe 


Friday, July 14 

1:00-2:00 pm 



Carnegie/Senate Room

Sponsored lunch for invited guests and roundtable ticket holders

2:00-4:00 pm 

Court/Senate Room

Roundtable Discussion

Following the UK’s decision to withdraw from the European Union and as BREXIT negotiations get under way, we seek to explore the challenges (and possible solutions) faced by governments (national and devolved), businesses and citizens around the issue of borders. With our distinguished panel, we will be discussing issues like customs and movement of people, goods and services between the UK and the EU, on the Ireland of Ireland and beyond.



Catherine Stihler, MEP (Labour, UK)

Matt Carthy, MEP (Sinn Féin, IE)

Dr Katy Hayward, (Queens University Belfast, NI)

Welsh Government representative (TBC)

Scottish Government representative (TBC)

Kirsty Hughes, Director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations

The event will be live streamed.


**Please note that this event requires a FREE ticket. Non-ticket holders will not be able to attend. Ticket Registration will be available as the conference approaches. 

This event is sponsored by the European Parliament Information Offices in Edinburgh and Dublin
and the Council for European Studies

Building Bridges: New Points of Intersection Between Art and the World 

Thursday, July 13 at 9:00 am

The debates over European identity as well as the continuing refugee crisis are but two examples of how the dynamic matrix of Europe requires continual engagement by the brightest minds. European artistic and cultural influences are integral parts of the greater understanding of both American and European history, as well as the tradition of sustaining and transforming cultural memory and identity.This symposium will be devoted to enhancing methodological design choices and best teaching practices to work within structures of power and using the arts as an accelerator to influence agendas, thereby creating bridges between culture, policy and shifts of thought that bring about lasting transformation.

This special symposium is a collaboration between CES and Christie's Education, featuring panels on: 
  • "Art and Sustainability in the Anthropocene." Panelists: Melissa Fleming, Visual Artist; Martha Schwendener, The New York Times and NYU; Patrizia Costantin, Manchester School of Art; Weiyi Chang, University of British Columbia; Chair: Julie Reiss, Christie’s Education New York.
  • "The Arts: Transferable Skills and Professional Transformation." Panelists: Matthew Fountain, Freedom Bakery; Bernandine Brocker, CEO and Founder of Vastari; Marenka Thompson-Odium, University of Glasgow. Chair: Rebecca Lyons. Christie's Education London.
  • "Provenance Research Across Cultures and Disciplines: Some New Approaches." Panelists: Nick Pearce, University of Glasgow; Jane Milosch, Smithsonian Institution; Christa Roodt, University of Glasgow; Donna Yates, University of Glasgow. Chair: Nick Pearce, University of Glasgow.
  • "Word for Word: The Art of Translation." Panelists: Sophie Collins, Editor of Currently Emotion: Translations; Claudia Daventry, Independent Researcher; Vanni Bianconi, Creator of Babel Translation Festival and Editor of Specimen: The Babel Review of TranslationsChair: Patrick Errington, University of St. Andrews.

EuropeNow Film Festival

July 12-14, 2017

EuropeNow is thrilled to announce its collaboration with the World of Film International Festival Glasgow to make the EuropeNow Festival, featuring films from across the globe that address sustainability and transformation in Europe.
The festival is part of the Council for European Studies’ 24th annual International Conference of Europeanists in Glasgow from July 12 to 14. Screenings, talks, Q&A sessions, and roundtable discussions will take place at the CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, as well as other venues around the city, complementing the panels and other discussions that will be taking place throughout the conference. 

This year, the festival will also give an inaugural audience award for Best Feature and Best Short based on voting during individual screenings. The awards will be announced on July 14, and winning films will be featured on EuropeNow.

Filmmakers can submit their films through the official WoFF submission page on Film Freeway from now through April 16.

25th International Conference of Europeanists - Call for Proposals

Europe and the World: Mobilities, Values and Citizenship
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
March 28-30, 2018
Organized by the Council for European Studies


Call for Proposals

The intensification of migrant flows and capital mobility in Europe in an era marked by economic instability and security crises has generated widespread political backlash that poses fundamental threats to Europe's core institutions. Understanding these developments necessitates the careful study of the wide-ranging and powerful processes of mobility, both from within and outside of Europe, that are reconfiguring identities and citizenship regimes across European nation-states. Because mobility processes are shaped by economic, cultural, and geopolitical factors and the challenges they raise span the domains of political governance, party politics, economic policy, security, and collective self-understanding, this topic requires interdisciplinary engagement across the social sciences and humanities. Many of the challenges facing Europe raise questions about the position of Europe in the world. What is specific about the European political crisis and what features does it share with comparable developments in the United States and Asia? To what degree are these changes fueled by transnational cooperation and the diffusion of strategies among political actors? What are the possible consequences of the ongoing migration patterns and the associated rise of populist politics for democratic institutions and the welfare state? How are mainstream parties on the left and the right responding to the challenges from the radical right, both in terms of electoral strategy and policy? How can tensions between essentialist views of ‘European values’ and the reality of mass migration be addressed through creative policies aimed at social and cultural inclusion?
In light of these concerns, the aim of the conference is to discuss the dimensions and dynamics of the nexus between existing and emergent (im)mobilities, values, and citizenship. While proposals on all topics related to Europe will be considered, special attention will be given to research that emphasizes the cultural, social, and political challenges related to Europe’s experience with internal and external migration. Projects that place the predictors, consequences, and lived realities of these developments in a comparative and international perspective are especially welcome. Specific topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
• Subnational, national, and European collective identities
• Practices of citizenship
• Social, cultural, and intellectual exchange
• Civic engagement and global responsibility
• Values, citizenship, and immigrant incorporation
• Governance

• Mobility and social exclusion
• Politics of heritage and memory
• Education and global citizenship
• International migration
• Pilgrimage, exploration, and migration
• Borders and security
• Anti-immigration politics
We welcome proposals in all these areas, including cross-thematic and interdisciplinary papers. Proposals may be submitted from August 8 to October 2, 2017. Priority will be given to panel submissions. Participants will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by December 15, 2017.
Information on how to submit proposals will be posted on the CES website and disseminated through its newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the CES Newsletter. For information on how to submit a proposal, please consult the Submission Help page.


Jan Willem Duyvendak, Chair
Council for European Studies
University of Amsterdam
Bart Bonikowski, Co-Chair
CES Conference Program Committee
Harvard University
Carla Santos, Co-Chair
CES Conference Program Committee
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

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