Critical European Studies

Are you a member of this Research Network? You could be eligible for one of two prizes being offered by the network chairs. Please note, only RN Members in good standing with active CES membership status are eligible.

To join this network, click here. Note: All Memberships in CES Research Networks are only open for CES individual members in good standing.

2021 Award Categories

Interdisciplinary pedagogical project in European Studies: This teaching award recognizes an innovative interdisciplinary pedagogical project undertaken in 2020. Open to all who teach at any level of their career (including graduate students who taught their own course, i.e. teaching assistants are not eligible). The winner will be awarded $200.

How to nominate:

  1. Make sure the person you are nominating is an active CES member
  2. Download and fill out this form
  3. Email the completed form directly to the RN chairs with the subject line “Nomination Form: Research Network Awards”

First paper by a PhD student or junior scholar (PhD+ 1): This first paper award recognizes a PhD student or recent PhD for the publication of a single author paper in a peer-reviewed journal in any discipline on any topic that is relevant to the study of Europe. The paper must have been published during 2020. The award is available to current PhD students or junior scholars who have received their PhD after January 1st, 2019. The winner will be awarded $200.

How to nominate:

  1. Make sure the person you are nominating is an active CES member
  2. Download and fill out this form
  3. Email the completed form directly to the RN chairs with the subject line “Nomination Form: Research Network Awards”

Pedagogy is one common link between all scholars of European Studies. The Critical European Studies Research Network seeks to create a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and socially engaged model of pedagogical exchange and criticism. As such, it positions itself at the intersection of other Research Networks as a place of collaboration between researchers who work on curriculum development, interrogate the evolution of education-focused institutional landscapes, scrutinize the changing hierarchies between students and instructors, and assess the ways in which new media transforms education in the 21st century. While novel tools have given educators innovative means to carry out their mission, it is also important to be critical about the inequalities and injustices that new patterns and practices may yield. By strengthening ties across disciplines, generations, and national borders, the Research Network constitutes a space where CES’ commitment to developing new approaches to teaching and learning gets realized.

Within CES, the objective of the Critical European Studies Research Network is to stimulate, support, organize, and enhance critical explorations into teaching and learning, as well as foster the emergence of a community of scholars who reflect on education, education systems, and education practices in European Studies—engaging with issues of equality and justice in learning environments. It further seeks to influence positive political and social change by motivating innovative curriculum development and effective training in the classroom and beyond. By providing a forum for dialogues between fellow educators and students, the Research Network strives to encourage leadership development and mentorship of educators and students of diverse backgrounds interested in European Studies, helping to cultivate the next generation of scholars and educators. The Research Network is particularly interested in engaging with the opportunities for cross-border connections made possible by the digitalization of education. Working alongside CES’ other Research Networks as a bridge between research and pedagogy, the Research Network is also keen to contribute to the lessening of hierarchies in education and provide a space for shared reflection between faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, academic administrators and program directors, librarians and information scientists, and all who partake in higher education systems. To this end, we encourage members with diverse backgrounds and levels of experience in the Academe to participate.

The Research Network diffuses its action through CES’ global online journal and flagship publication arm EuropeNow. Specifically, it contributes to making the “Campus” section of the journal into a platform where pedagogical knowledge and research is disseminated. The goal of Campus is to foster and enrich exchanges over the teaching of specific topics pertaining to contemporary European debates. Through its different content types, EuropeNow Campus complements the activities of the Research Network by actively promoting a culture of sharing best practices and encouraging the creation of a pedagogical commons to become a go-to platform for teaching Europe. It also encourages critical reflections on higher learning contexts and actors, helps scholars think through digital methodologies, and seeks to break down rigid hierarchical boundaries—for example by reserving a corner of Campus for student contributions.


Co-chair for Institutional Inclusiveness:

Advisory Board:

  • Eamonn Butler McIntosh, University of Glasgow
  • Jodi Reeves Eyre, Council on Library and Information Resources

Awards Committee:

  • Jamie Trnka, Xavier University
  • Kristin Rebien, San Diego State University
  • Nick Ostrum, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Jodi Reeves Eyre, Council on Library and Information Resources

Network Announcements

  • The preliminary schedule for the 2021 Critical European Studies Research Network Conference Sessions are now available. To view it, click here.