GCfE Committee Meeting: Get Involved

For those of you still deliberating on whether or not to involve yourself with a postgraduate forum this year, the GCfE are still looking for people to get involved with our committee for this academic year. To this end, we invite you to attend our next committee meeting on Wednesday 19th November 2014 at 11am, Muirhead Tower room 429.

Feel free to come along for more information and to potentially get invovled. We are looking for both general members to help run events and postgraduates interested in undertaking a particular role (e.g. Communications Officer, Marketing Officer, etc). You also have the opportunity to get involved on a less formal basis when you have the free time. This includes helping plan our conference, running a smaller event and/or contributing to the BJfE journal and GCfE newsletter. No matter how you choose to get involved you’ll have the opportunity to get to know other postgraduates and boost your CV.

The agenda for the next meeting includes a discussion about the 9th annual GCfE conference, an update on the journal and plans for smaller events (e.g. workshops, seminars and roundtables).

We hope to see you there. In the event you cannot make the meeting but still want to get involved with either events and/or publications please send an email to gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk with a bit about yourself and what parts of the committee you would like to be part of.

Birmingham Journal for Europe – Extended Deadline and Expanded CFP Theme

The Birmingham Journal for Europe is at this time extending its deadline for the submission of articles to the 30th of November 2014. As the GCfE Publications team has been involved with another publications project on the theme of “Travelling Europe” we are at this time also opening the call to include further papers on any topic relevant to research in or about Europe. As always the BJfE is open to postgraduates researching within any academic field currently offered within the University of Birmingham including politics, sociology, economics, technology, communications, medical and biosciences, education, law, history, music, culture, literature, environmental sciences, engineering and physical sciences, modern languages and business. The journal is peer reviewed by academics within the university who specialise in the field closest to research area of the author in order to ensure all papers are of the highest academic standard.

Our full call for papers can be found here: Birmingham Journal for Europe 2014-2015 CfP

Please note that papers need to be approximately 6,000 words in length, be submitted as a Word document and most conform to the MHRA style guide (a quick guide is attached to the CFP) prior to submitting your paper. Papers that do not meet these requirements will not be considered for initial review. If you have any queries about the requirements please do not hesitate to contact the publications team at gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Authors will retain the full copyright to their work and may use it for any purpose (including commercial) in the future. However, we do ask that you do not submit papers to us that you have currently submitted to other journals and that you notify us in the event that you submit your article elsewhere in the future (i.e. after the next issue of the BJfE is published).

If you are looking to submit book reviews and/or notes we will launch a second call for these shorter submissions after the closing date of our article deadline. Keep an eye on our pages for more information about this.

We look forward to receiving your articles and invite our readers to circulate this call for papers amongst interested postgraduates.


November POLSIS Seminars

The GCfE would like to bring to your attention to seminars that may be of interested taking place in the Department of Political Science and International Studies this November. The first seminar is entitled ‘EU: The State of the Union’ and will be taking place from 5pm – 6:30pm on the 12th of November. For those of you who regularly attend POLSIS seminars please note that this is a later start time than usual. Venue and speaker details can be found on the poster below.

POLSIS - EU The State of the Union

The second seminar is dedicated to ‘Reflections on the Revolutions in Europe: 1989 a Quarter of a Century On’ and will take place on the 19th of November. This seminar will take place at the usual time of 4pm – 5:30pm in 121 Muirhead Tower. This second seminar is a joint POLSIS/CREES event and will be chaired by Richard Connolly. The speakers at this session will be Michael Bernhard (Florida), Graham Timmins &┬áTim Haughton (University of Birmingham).

Both seminars are free to attend and all are very welcome for what should prove to be some very fascinating discussions.

First GCfE Committee Meeting: Get Involved!

Our first officially committee meeting will be Thursday, 16th October at 11:3oam (until about 12:30/13:30pm) in room 328 Muirhead Tower.

The meeting is open to everyone interested in joining either the GCfE events committee or the BJfE publications team (or both). No strings attached, feel free to come along and share ideas for this year’s event themes and annual conference topic. In previous years we have run skills sessions, topical panels and paper/project presentations in addition to social events (such as an advent reading and a pub quiz). If you have ideas for similar events, want to run or present a panel/presentation/etc and/or have an idea for further events please do come along and let us know what you would like to see the GCfE do this year.

There is also the opportunity to join the committee as a general events/publications member or to take on a specific role. In particular the committee is looking for at least one Marketing Officer and Communications Officer, but there are other opportunities to take on a leadership role in the forum. Come along for information about both of these positions and other ways to get involved.

Finally, if you cannot make this meeting date/time but would like to still get involved please send an email to gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk and let us know if you are interested with publications, events or both. You can also send us ideas for events even if you aren’t looking to help manage the committee or run events this year. Future meetings (as well as events and the conference) will be planned around the availability of involved members so letting us know by email that you are interested will make sure we keep you in the loop when it comes time to schedule the next meeting.

We hope to see several new (whether or not you are actually new to the University of Birmingham) faces at our first committee meeting, and that the rest of you will be sure to keep an eye out for the next GCfE event.

GCfE Welcome Event

GCfE Welcome Flier

Our first event of the academic year will be a welcome lunch, this Thursday (9th October) at 11:30am. This will be a chance for both current and incoming postgraduates to meet fellow students as well as offer an opportunity to find out more about the Graduate Centre for Europe and how you can get involved in 2014/2015 with either events planning and/or our publications team. This event is free and open to everyone, we look forward to meeting both new and familiar faces their.

Birmingham Journal for Europe: Issue 3

We do apologise for the late notice but the full third issue of the Birmingham Journal for Europe is now available on our web page: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/gcfe/journal/issue-3.aspx

A number of delays in academic reviews and one family emergency for one of our author’s this issue has come out a bit later than previously expected. Given the dual topics we had hoped for a larger issue, but unfortunately a few papers needed to be pulled at the last minute. Nonetheless, we are pleased to present four fascinating papers in the areas of law, humanities and politics on the topics of collapse and progress within Europe.

This is also the first year the Birmingham Journal for Europe has had a one year turnover rate and we hope to move forward with that model in the future. To that end, we would like to remind everyone that the call for our fourth issue on the theme of “Travelling Europe” is now open. In addition to seeking papers on this theme, this year we aim to expand this publication to include both reviews and notes. Priority will be given to book/article reviews and notes on publications and events relevant to the topic and travel, but for these two categories we will also consider submissions outside of this theme so long as they in some way address Europe generally.

As always, our journal is open to submissions from any discipline including arts and humanities, social sciences, life and physical sciences, etc. This is an academically reviewed publication to ensure all accepted papers are of a high standard. This year journal submissions will have to conform to the BJfE guidelines at first submission or they will not be accepted for academic review. Please ensure that your article features original material and that you have obtained the necessary permission for any referenced content or images that you do not own before submitting your manuscript.

Please visit our publications tab to read the full cfp for Issue 4 as well as to find an overview of the BJfE referencing and submission guidelines. We look forward to receiving your papers.

Birmingham Journal for Europe: Issue 4 Call for Papers

Hope everyone has been enjoying the summer sunshine. As the weather has taken a turn for the grey here and Birmingham now seemed like the perfect time to announce that the call for papers for our fourth issue of the Birmingham Journal for Europe is now open for submissions.

This year’s issue aims to apply interdisciplinary approaches and ideas to the themes of travel and tourism in our issue entitled ‘Travelling Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Place and Space’. Our conference on this same theme reflected on ideas of European and movement travel with papers on European citizenship, the geographical and social impacts of travel and migrating identity. This issue seeks to incorporate articles on similar or related themes, including but not limited to ideas such as Geotourism, Europe’s global relations, and heritage sites.

As in previous years the BJfE will accept articles of approximately 6,000 words on this year’s theme, but we will also be accepting book and article reviews of 1,000 words in length as well.

For further details and submission guidelines please see our call for papers: BJfE Travelling Europe CfP 2014-2015

Submissions should be directed to gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk by no later than 31 October 2014.

We look forward to reading what we are certain will be fascinating papers and articles.

Spring Newsletter

The third issue of our newsletter is now available on our publications tab and on our academic web profile available here: Spring Newsletter. Our publications team has had an exciting year, with our biggest staff to date the Birmingham Journal for Europe team has been able to expand our endeavours to include both the newsletter and this blog. Provided we have as enthusiastic a team as this year our aim will be to expand the BJfE in 2014/2015 to include reviews and notes sections. If you are interested in getting involved with any part of our publications team next year please contact us at gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk for further details.

The third issue of the BJfE will be uploaded onto our academic site in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on our pages for the cfp for our fourth issue ‘Travelling Europe’ which will be launched in July.

Extended Deadline: Application for GCfE Co-Chair Events

Job opening_GCfE Co-Chair Events 2014_15

As our previous co-chair application deadline fell within the exam period we have extended the call until Sunday 15 June 2014. As previously stated this is an invaluable opportunity to run an academic forum, organise an internationally recognised academic conference and further develop interdisciplinary networks at the University of Birmingham. The committee has a healthy budget with which to fiance both academic and social events so you will only need to come along with a passion and enthusiasm for your postgraduate community. You will have a fantastic and experienced Publications Co-Chair to work with and a 10-15 person committee to help run events. Guidance will also be provided by the 2013/2014 co-chairs as well as our academic director Dr Nick Martin. This position is open to any postgraduate at the University of Birmingham who will be studying full or part time in the 2014/2015 academic year.

If you are interested in applying or have further queries please contact Josie and Gail at gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

GEM Forum: Postgraduate Journal Workshop


The Gateway to the Mediterranean (GEM) postgraduate forum are hosting a postgraduate journal workshop this Wednesday the 28th of May, 2014 at 5:15pm. This should be a useful skills session aimed at all aspects of postgraduate publishing for both authors and editors. This event has been co-organised by postgraduate journals from GEM, Birmingham Egyptology and History and Cultures. This is an interdisciplinary relevant skills session catering to all subject areas. This event is free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be provided.