Manchester Metropolitan University

UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2019

"What for the Next European Century?"

8-9 July 2019 | Manchester, UK


About the Conference

We are delighted to invite paper and panel proposals for the annual UACES Graduate Forum (GF) Conference, hosted by MMU, Manchester, UK (8-9 July 2019).

This two-day conference provides a friendly environment for postgraduate and early-career researchers (ECRs) to present their work, receive feedback and dialogue with each other. It offers an ideal introduction to the UACES community.

The conference features a keynote lecture and plenary roundtable alongside a programme of research presentations from around 50 PhD students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the field of European Studies, which includes disciplines such as (but not limited to) Political Science, Law, International Relations, History, Economics, Sociology, Geography and Anthropology.

This conference is supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Keynote Lecture

Plenary Session: "Europe in times of rising populism: What to expect in the future?"

Confirmed speakers:

Call for Papers

Theme: ‘What for the Next European Century?’

The year 2019 brings significant change for the European Union. The Article 50 deadline on 29th March is set to see the UK become the first member state to leave the EU. The European Parliament elections in May will be significant for the future direction of integration, as many watch to see whether the vocal populist movements can translate support into electoral success, and what this will mean for Europe. There are continuing challenges in terms of migration, climate governance and trade, as well as cooperation with non-EU countries. Alongside this, 2019 also marks the anniversary of momentous times in Europe’s past such as the peace accords following the end of WWI, the establishment of the League of Nations and more recently the fall of the Berlin Wall.

All these events have represented changes to Europe’s place in the world order. To look upon uncertain times with academic favour, a timely opportunity exists to take stock of the past and think ahead to consider possible futures for Europe.

We invite paper and panel proposals that examine one or more aspects of this theme from all European Studies disciplines and related areas: for example (but not limited to) Political Science, Law, Sociology, Economics, History, Gender Studies, Anthropology, International Relations, Public Policy etc. We hope the conference will address the topic in a variety of ways and from a range of perspectives.

For inspiration, check out the articles and interviews in the recent JCER Special Section (2018, Volume 14 [4]), entitled ‘The Next European Century?’

Submission Guidelines

Deadline: Sunday 8th April 2019 23:59 GMT (sign up for a reminder)

We welcome submissions addressing one or more aspects of the above theme, from PhD students and Early Career Researchers (i.e. up to 3 years after PhD viva) worldwide.

You must be working in the field of contemporary European Studies or related disciplines (for example, but not limited to, Political Science, Law, International Relations, History, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Anthropology).

We welcome abstract for individual papers (max. 200 word abstract), or proposals for a panel of 3 or 4 papers.

UACES as an organisation actively promotes gender balance in the formation of panels at its conferences and events. As such, it does not permit all-male panels.

Submission instructions:

  1. Visit:
  2. Follow the instructions to create an EasyChair account
  3. Log in with your new account and complete the abstract submission form (attachments cannot be included)
  4. NB: For paper proposals, please enter an abstract of maximum 200 words
  5. NB: For panel proposals:
    • Include the word 'PANEL' in the title of your submission.
    • List each paper-giver as an author (including their contact details).
    • In the abstract field, include:
      • a summary of the panel (max. 100 words)
      • the paper title, name of papergiver and an abstract of 200 words or less for each paper
      • A panel proposal can have 3 or 4 papers. All-male panel proposals are not permitted.
  6. You will receive a confirmation email from EasyChair when you have successfully made your submission

CfP Deadline: Monday 8th April 2019 (23:59 GMT)

Communication of decisions and opening of registration: Monday 29th April 2019

Follow #UACESgf19 and join the Facebook event page for announcements and updates

Questions about the Call for Papers? Contact Nele, the UACES Graduate Forum Events Officer, in the first instance. Questions about EasyChair or funding? Contact the UACES office.

Funding for Presenters

A maximum of 50 paper-givers will receive up to 140 GBP funding towards travel and accommodation expenses to/from Manchester. This funding is available subject to terms and conditions.

Past GF Conferences

UACES GF 2018, Leuven: 'An Actor on Multiple Stages: the EU as a Local, Regional and Global Power '

UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2018

UACES GF 2017, Newcastle: 'Looking Backwards to Go Forwards? Europe at a Crossroads'

View testimonials:


Delegates* describe the Graduate Forum (GF) conferences as "vibrant", "enjoyable", "beneficial", "wonderful", "[an] ideal environment", "really useful" and "supportive".

They gain "useful" and "constructive" feedback, "confidence", "valuable peer support", "knowledge on issues outside my expertise", "inspiration", "great contacts", "networks for the future" and "potential collaborations".

*Comments collected in anonymous post-conference surveys in 2017 and 2018


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