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Diversity, Inclusion and Multidisciplinarity in European Studies

DIMES - A Jean Monnet Project

About the project

UACES and the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) are pleased to announce that we have been granted funding from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union for our Jean Monnet Project ‘Diversity, Inclusion and Multidisciplinarity in European Studies’ (DIMES). 


This project seeks to explore ways to increase diversity within the field of European Studies, in particular with regards to the ethnicity, disciplinary focus and geographical location of its participants.

Through a series of events, research collaborations and publications, the project aims to:

  • Improve the representation of BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of colour) academics within UACES and European studies more generally
  • Move away from the emphasis on Western European and North American academics towards greater inclusion for scholars from under-represented, even marginalised, geographies
  • Broaden the disciplinary focus of contemporary European Studies to include adjacent/related disciplines such as anthropology, human geography, cultural studies and sociology

Sign up here to be updated about the project, its events and its outputs. We will be announcing the dates for our first workshop soon.

Call for Abstracts - ‘Disrupting European Studies’ Special Section of JCER

As part of the DIMES Project, UACES and ESA-SSA are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for an innovative special section of UACES’s journal JCER devoted to new approaches and voices seeking to disrupt European studies.


Call for Abstracts

We welcome abstract submissions from academics at all career stages - especially Early Career Researchers, scholars from historically excluded backgrounds in academia, scholars from the Global South as well as scholars whose work focuses on perspectives, topics and approaches that have been overlooked in the discipline.


We particularly welcome abstracts considering the intersection between European Studies and decolonisation, the contribution of Global South scholarship to European studies, or the study of relations between Europe and the Global South from a non-Eurocentric perspective.


Submissions should be made by email by 31 August 2021 to and include:

  • Title of the submission
  • Abstract of up to 300 words
  • Contact details and a brief biography (up to 150 words) for each author.
  • An indication of whether you would be interested in presenting your work at the UACES conference (taking place in Lille in 2022) or at another DIMES event

The special issue is scheduled for publication in February 2023 (Vol. 1 of 2023). If we accept your abstract, full manuscripts should be submitted for peer review by 31 January 2022.

Project Coordinators

Maria Garcia, University of Bath; Maxine David, Leiden University; Toni Haastrup, University of Stirling; Dickson Ajisafe, University of Pretoria; Frank Mattheis, Université libre de Bruxelles & University of Pretoria.


Call for Project Participants

We are looking for additional project participants to get more involved in DIMES (e.g. contributing to the project blog, speaking at workshops and events, contributing to publications, assisting the advisory board, representing the project at events). To express your interest, please sign up here.


Mailing List

To get involved with DIMES and to be updated about our activities, join the mailing list. We expect to send 1-4 email updates per month. Sign up




Our DIMES blog contains the latest news and reflections from our coordinators and project participants.


Social Media

Social Media

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Erasmus+ Programme

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

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The European Commission's support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.