Iceland 2023 Call for Proposals

Twenty-Ninth International Conference of Europeanists

University of Iceland | Reykjavik, Iceland

June 27-29, 2023

The Council for European Studies (CES) invites proposal submissions for the 29th International Conference of Europeanists on the theme of Europe’s Past, Present, and Future: Utopias and Dystopias. The conference will be held at the University of Iceland on June 27-29, 2023. Iceland sits precariously at the juncture of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, perhaps a geological metaphor for ongoing rifts, shifts, slides, crashes, and ruptures in the deep structure of Europe.

Amidst war in Europe and the global COVID-19 crisis, Iceland provides the ideal place for such reflection, given its centrality to trans-Atlantic space, a core concept to the founders of CES. It arguably represents a utopia of the European social model, and yet, at the same time, the dystopian heart of the financial crisis in 2008, and the liminal tension of Cold War politics, now resurgent in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  

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 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.

Program Committee Co-Chairs: 

  • Jason Beckfield, Harvard University
  • Adrian Favell, University College Cork
  • Rósa Magnusdottir, University of Iceland
  • Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, University of Iceland

Local Organizing Committee Chair:

  • Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, University of Iceland

CES Chair:

  • Karen Anderson, University College Dublin