Looking Backwards to Go Forwards? Europe at a Crossroads

Newcastle University

Newcastle University, 3-4 July 2017

Founded in 1967, UACES celebrates its 50th anniversary in the same year as the UK prepares to end its membership of the EU. In that light, this year’s conference is dedicated to exploring the current challenges confronting the EU, the historical developments, which have led to them and perspectives on the EU’s future. Our paper-givers will be speaking to one or more of these themes. What can Europe’s recent past tell us about the situations in which it finds itself today? Can we learn from the past in confronting the challenges of the present and future?

This two-day conference provides a friendly environment for researchers in various disciplines of European Studies to present their work, receive feedback and dialogue with each other. It offers an ideal introduction to the UACES community. Research presentations will be complemented by a keynote address and roundtable discussion on the future of European Studies. The event is a opportunity for networking with colleagues and presenting new research.


The Call for Papers opens on 6 March 2017.

Applicants can submit an abstract for a paper (max 200 words) or a proposal for a panel of papers.

Submit your abstract/proposal online:

Individual paper proposal form

Panel proposal form

The deadline for submissions is 18 April 2017.

Submissions from PhD students and Early Career Researchers (up to three years after PhD submission) in fields related to European Studies are welcome.


UACES is able to offer up to 100 GBP towards travel expenses to/from Newcastle.

We can also offer up to 40 GBP towards accommodation expenses on 2 July 2017 and up to 40 GBP towards accommodation expenses on 3 July 2017.

Please read the full Terms and Conditions of Funding before submitting an abstract/proposal.

We can offer funding for up to 50 delegates (eligible up to 3 years after submitting their PhD). This funding will be allocated following the conclusion of the competitive Call for Papers.

Results and Papers

Applicants will be informed of the results of the paper selection at the beginning of May 2017. Presenters taking part in the conference must deliver a completed research paper (6000-8000 words), blog post, podcast or policy brief by 19 June 2017 which will be be made available online.

If delegates wish to submit their research paper to the panel and panel chair (which is encouraged), but do not want their paper to be put online, they must submit one of the other formats listed above. Guidelines on each format will be included in the acceptance emails.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and proposals!


This conference is organised with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

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Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear



A draft programme will be available after the Call for Papers closes.

This year, research presentations will be complemented by two roundtable discussions on the future of European Studies and the implications of Brexit from a local perspective. Confirmed speakers so far include Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central (subject to parliamentary activities), Judith Kirton-Darling, MEP, Julie Underwood, International Trade Manager for the North East Chamber of Commerce and Thomas Peutz, Chief Executive for the Tyneside Cinema, UACES current Chair Prof Helen Drake as well as previous Chairs Prof Richard Whitman and Prof Jo Shaw.


Newcastle is the most populous city in North East England and historically constitutes a central economic and cultural node of the United Kingdom. As a member of the Eurocities network, it helps shape the relationship between European urban development and EU institutions, contributing in the process to a shared European future.

Travel and Accommodation

By train

Newcastle upon Tyne is well-connected with all major cities in the UK. There are frequent and often direct services from, for example, London (ca. 3.5 hours), Peterborough (ca. 2.5 hours), Birmingham (3.5 hours), Doncaster (ca. 1.5 hours), Leeds (ca. 1.5 hours), Manchester (ca. 2.5 hours), Liverpool (ca. 3 hours), York (ca. 1 hour), Durham (15 min), Edinburgh (1.5 hours) and Aberdeen (ca. 4.5 hours) among others.

By air travel

Newcastle has an international airport which is serviced by a number of direct national and international flights. The list of airports with direct connections includes Belfast, Cork, Cardiff, Southampton, London or Bristol, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Geneva, Turin, Venice and Innsbruck among others. But even if no direct flights are available, Newcastle International has some very good connections across the continent.

By coach

If you prefer travelling by coach, National Express as well as Megabus provide frequent services from cities all across the UK.


Newcastle offers a range of hotels and hostels at reasonable prices. Hamtpton, for example, is centrally located right next to the train station (15 mins walk to the venue). A Tune Hotel is located at the quayside, close to the river and about 20 minutes walk from the conference venue. Premier Inn has recently opened a new branch at The Gate, ideally located in between the train station and conference venue and close to St James’ football ground.