University of Leuven

UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2018

University of Leuven, Belgium, 12-13 July 2018

An Actor on Multiple Stages: the EU as a Local, Regional and Global Power

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Since its inception, the EU has grown into a more complex political, legal and regulatory object that affects numerous aspects of its citizens' lives. The organisation has also grown into an actor that is relevant at the regional and even global level. The different stages on which the EU is present are reflected in the challenges it is facing: Brexit, Russia’s awakening, the future of the eurozone etc.

UACES is more than ever embracing the complexity and the diversity of European studies; and this conference organised by the UACES Graduate Forum is no exception.

The two-day conference features two keynote roundtables and a programme of research presentations from aroud 50 PhD students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the field of European Studies, which includes disciplines such as Political Science, Law, International Relations, History, Economics, Sociology, Geography and Anthropology.

Some of the questions the conference will address include:

  • What is the impact of the EU on one or more of these “stages”?
  • Are there challenges to the EU’s ability to bring about change?
  • Can the EU survive on multiple stages at once?

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


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Funding for Presenters

UACES is able to offer up to 140 GBP funding towards travel and accommodation expenses to/from Leuven (for a maximum of 50 paper-givers).

Please read the full Terms and Conditions of Funding.

Requirements for Presenters

In advance of the conference (and as a condition for funding) presenters will be required to both:

1. Share a research paper (6,000-8,000 words) with their fellow panel participants, Chair and Discussant by 28 June 2018;

2. Produce an item for publication online (on the UACES website or on the Crossroads Europe blog). This can be either the completed research paper (which will be published here) or one of the following: a blog post, a podcast, a video, or a policy brief. The deadline is 28 June for research papers and for all other materials (unless the podcast or video will be recorded by UACES*).

*Assistance with media production will be available from UACES for a limited number of presenters. More information will be provided following the selection of papers.


The provisional programme is available here.

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Kolja Raube (KU Leuven) will be delivering the opening keynote lecture.

More plenary speakers will be announced soon.