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European Futures: What Next Two Decades after the Eastern Enlargement?

UACES Graduate Forum Research Conference 2024
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

About the event

We are delighted to invite submissions to our annual conference critically examining European futures in the context of the European Union's (EU) landmark 2004 enlargement. This conference provides a platform for researchers to present work on European studies and enjoy insightful discussions on the dynamics, challenges, and far-reaching implications of the EU's decision to expand its membership then and now, during a period of significant geopolitical shifts.

The year 2004 marked a significant juncture in the European Union’s (EU) history, with the largest-ever enlargement to include post-communist countries from Central and Southern Europe. It not only highlighted the EU's stated commitment to promoting regional stability and integration but also raised questions about its broader implications for many applicant countries, the EU itself, and countries wishing to join the EU. The 2004 enlargement was a turning point that shaped the EU's borders, complex nature, future, and role on the global stage. Twenty years on, what do European futures look like?

We welcome proposals from all European Studies disciplines and related fields to foster cross-disciplinary conversation, including (but not limited to) Political Science, Law, Sociology, Economics, History, Gender Studies, Anthropology, International Relations and Public Policy. We hope that this conference will address the topic in various ways and from various perspectives.

To read the full Call for Papers and planned themes for the conference, please click here.


The UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2024 will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on 27-28 June 2024.

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Call for Papers!

To submit a paper, please complete the sign up form by midnight on the 26 February 2024. Notifications of acceptance will be made by the end of March. We look forward to receiving your proposals and to seeing you this summer!

Please read the requirements carefully before submitting a proposal.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Established in 1880, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) is a leading research university located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Renowned for its commitment to academic excellence, social engagement, and innovative research, VU Amsterdam offers a diverse range of programmes across various disciplines. VU Amsterdam provides the perfect backdrop for scholarly exchange and collaboration. Join us in Amsterdam for stimulating discussions and impactful insights!


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Funding for Delegates

Funding of up to 180 EUR will be offered to UACES Members whose paper proposal is accepted following the Call for Papers. There are up to 30 funded places available for the conference. Funding is only available to delegates who are a UACES Student, PhD Researcher or Early Career Researcher Member. There are up to 5 funded places available for masters-level students.

If you are not a member but wish to avail of funding, please join UACES before submitting your paper.

Please read the funding terms carefully.

Planning Your Stay

Find tips about accommodation, travel, and what to do in Amsterdam.

For this event, you can apply for travel funding. Find more information in the submission requirements.