9th Annual Conference: CFP Extended

The call for papers for our 9th annual conference has been extended until 6 February 2015 meaning that you still have time to submit an abstract to present at this year’s conference. The 9th Annual Conference will take place on the 25th-26th March 2015 at the University of Birmingham with this years theme being Dissident Voices? Europe Past, Present and Future.

The GCfE Annual Conference is always a popular event that brings together postgraduates from across Europe working in a wide variety of disciplines. There are a number of bursaries available to assist with the cost of travel and accommodation for postgraduates. The conference is free to attend and lunches, coffee and tea are provided. There will also be a conference meal in town the first evening (by invitation only).

If you would like to present your research at this year’s conference please send a 200-300 word abstract, along with your contact details, to gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk by 6 February 2015.

Please see below for more details about this years theme and panel suggestions:

Looking back over 2014, it can be said that it was a remarkable year for the United Kingdom. With Scotland’s referendum on independence and as the centenary of World War One, it was a year in which the British public contemplated huge future change, while remembering the events of many decades ago. In Europe, tensions and transitions in Ukraine dominated the headlines and elections to the European Parliament took centre stage.

Even before the terrible événements in Paris on 7th January, 2015 promised to be a tumultuous year, politically, both from a UK and European perspective. The month of May will see the UK’s next general election, which may not only change the political landscape of the British Isles, but have repercussions for Europe, given the promise of an in-out referendum on Europe if the Conservative Party wins by a majority.

In Europe’s Year of Development we welcome discussion on the past, the present, and what the future may hold. The Graduate Centre for Europe’s Ninth Annual Conference aims to promote dynamic cross-disciplinary dialogue, foster valuable links between postgraduates and established academics across different areas, and develop new and exciting ways of thinking within ‘European’ research.

We would welcome proposals for individual papers and panels on any aspect Europe past, present for future in relation to politics, economics, history, law, literature, education, geography, environmental sciences etc. Panels have been proposed on the following themes and further panels or individual papers are also invited, but are not limited to, the following topics:

· Voices of the Past: Lessons from History
· European Policy In Practice
· Voices on the Page
· Debate and Dialogue across Europe

Participants are also encouraged to submit their conference papers for publication in the Graduate Centre for Europe’s postgraduate journal, the Birmingham Journal for Europe.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and welcoming you to Birmingham in March.

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