Manchester Metropolitan University

UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2019

"What for the Next European Century?"

8-9 July 2019 | Manchester, UK

The conference takes place in the Business School of Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), All Saints, All Saints Campus, Manchester M15 6BH.

Registration and most sessions will take place on third floor. The roundtable and keynote lecture will take place on the ground floor.



About the Conference

We are delighted that the 2019 UACES Graduate Forum (GF) Conference will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Manchester, UK from 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:

Conference 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?’

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.

Requirements for Presenters

Presenters are expected to attend both days of the conference and share a draft research paper with fellow panellists by 24 June 2019.

To be eligible for funding, presenters need to also submit one of the following to UACES for online publication by 24 June 2019: their research paper, a blog post, a policy brief, a video or podcast.

Click here for further details of requirements for presenters


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Getting There

The conference venue is just Southwest of the centre of Manchester with many city buses going past from Manchester Piccadilly bus stops as well as Manchester Piccadilly rail station.

Manchester is easily accessible by train, bus and plane from London and the rest of the UK, continental Europe and North America. See Visit Manchester for more travel information:


Manchester is easy to reach by train, with three main train stations. Oxford Road station is within walking distance to the venue, however, most trains will arrive at Manchester Piccadilly, from which the venue is a short bus ride.

For information on trains visit


If you're on a budget then buses and coaches are a great travel option. There are regular coach services from London and all major UK cities to Manchester. While they are usually cheaper than train services covering the same routes, journey times are longer.

Coach travel from across the UK can be booked through National Express or Megabus.


Manchester Airport connects to many European and international destinations. For flight information and travel from Manchester Airport visit: .

A train from Manchester Airport can be taken directly to Manchester Piccadilly station.

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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