Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Last year the Graduate Centre for Europe publications committee decided to publish a collection of the 8th Annual Conference proceedings with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The collection enabled our editorial team the chance to work on editing and producing a book, and features the scholarly work of postgraduates across all fields of European studies working in the UK and across Europe.

Travelling Europe

We tweeted about the collection’s release a few weeks ago, but officially decided to publicise the collection in conjunction with our 9th annual conference. Congratulations to all the contributors as well as our hard working editorial team for making this happen.


Wine Reception

The GCfE committee are considering producing another collection in conjunction with our 9th annual conference theme. If you would be interested in contributing to a collection around the topic of Dissidence in Europe, from the perspective of any discipline, please keep an eye on this space as we will shortly be deciding whether we will go forward with a second publication. The cfp for the next issue of the Birmingham Journal for Europe will also be available soon. BJfE is a peer-reviewed journal run by the GCfE publications team, more information about which can be found on our publications page.

For more information about the Traveling Europe collection, or to order your own copy of the book, please visit:

More updates about the 9th Annual Conference, including our keynote and roundtable sessions will be appearing in this space over the next few weeks. We would like to thank all our participants, roundtable speakers, panel chairs and our keynote Jolyon Howorth. The GCfE conference would not be possible without such fantastic contributors. We hope to see many of you back next year for what will be our 10th annual event.


GCfE 9th Annual Conference: Roundtable Discussions

Each year the GCfE Annual Conference hosts a series of skill sessions or roundtable discussions alongside the plenary panels. This year’s conference will feature two roundtables on the second day, A Guide to Publishing and Editing and How to Get the Most from your PhD Experience.

A Guide to Publishing and Editing

Date: 26 March 2016 Venue: 4th Floor West, Muirhead Tower Time: 13:15 – 14:15 This roundtable discussion will be chaired by Zainab Naqvi, Gail Mobley and Dr Stephen Forcer. Zainab is a second year Law PhD candidate and the current Co-Chair (Publications) of the GCfE and as such the Chief Editor of the Birmingham Journal for Europe (BJFE), a peer-reviewed, online postgraudate publication. She is also responsible for overseeing the production of the GCfE Newsletter. Gail is a third year English Literature PhD candidate and was the 2013/2014 Co-Chair (Publications) and currently still works with the GCfE publications team as an Editor and Blog Manager. Stephen is a Senior Lecutrer in French Studies at the University of Birmingham whose general research interests include Dada and Surrealism in French literature and film. During this session Zainab will discuss the BJfE as well as her experience in running an editorial committee. Gail will discuss her past experiences as Co-Chair as well as her experience in editing a Cambridge Scholars Publishing edition. Stephen will share his own publications experience as well as a bit of background to professional journal editing. This roundtable will offer the opportunity to discuss and raise questions about personal experience editing and/or publishing, the value of peer review, the potential for academic impact without publications and the role of new media in the future of academic publishing.

How to Get the Most from your PhD Experience

Date: 26 March 2016 Venue: 4th Floor West, Muirhead Tower Time: 15:45 – 16:30 This roundtable discussion will be chaired by Jim Bell, Holly Prescott and Dr Isabelle Hertner. Jim is currently the Marketing and Events Manager of the University Graduate School (UGS), which hosts a variety of skills workshops and events to help PhD students gain experience and skills useful both during and after their studies. Holly Prescott works with the Careers Network and previously completed her PhD in English Literature at the University of Birmingham. Dr Isabelle Hertner is a Lecturer in German and European Politics and Society as well as Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies. Jim will introduce the Graduate School and his own role as Marketing and Events Manager. Holly will discuss the Careers Network as well as her personal PhD experience and what she’s done in the years after. Isabelle will discuss her role as a PhD supervisor. This session will explore ways in which postgraduates can maximise their time at the unviersity while undertaking a Masters or PhD. Possible discussion topics and areas to raise questions might include teaching experience, the relationship with a supervisor, support sources (e.g. PGMSA), networking and preparing for what comes after (be that in or outside of academia). The conference including is free to attend and includes coffee/tea and lunches. You can still book your place by emailing (the booking form is available on our conference tab on the left).

Eighth Annual Conference: Travelling Europe

The Eighth Annual GCfE Conference ‘Travelling Europe’: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Place and Space will take place at the University of Birmingham in one week, the 26th – 27th March 2014.

Flyer_GCfE 8th Annual Conference March 2014.pdf

In an increasingly globalised world, it is now more pertinent than ever to consider travel and tourism in a European and indeed global context. The Graduate Centre for Europe is dedicated to the promotion of dynamic cross-disciplinary dialogue and the development of new and exciting ways of thinking within ‘European’ research. This conference has welcomed contributions from postgraduates across a variety of disciplines on aspects of travel and tourism within European research and will feature five plenary paper sessions considering topics such as Europeanisation, sustainable tourism, migrating identities and Europe’s relations with the world.

The Keynote address will be delivered on the first day of the conference by Patrick Willcocks, European Policy and Urban Affairs Adviser.

The second day of the conference will close with an academic roundtable discussion on “Travelling in a Globalised World: Questions of Sustainability and Responsibility” with participants including: Professor Shelley Hornstein, York University, Toronto and Dr Frank Uekotter, University of Birmingham, Birmingham. This will be followed by a wine reception.

Extension to Conference Abstract Deadline

Travelling Europe

‘Travelling Europe’:

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Place and Space

After multiple requests to extend the call for papers for our 8th annual conference until after the holiday break we have agreed to re-open the deadline to submit an abstract to present at our conference until 12 January 2013. This is an international, interdisciplinary postgraduate conference looking for speakers from a variety of academic backgrounds. There will be bursaries available to help external participants with the cost of travel and accommodation. Abstracts of approximately 200-300 words should be submitted to Please find our conference details in our revised call for papers: Travelling Europe CFP

Don’t forget that in conjunction with our conference this year we are running a photo competition. Send us photos of your travels through Europe and beyond, along with a short description or story to accompany your journey. From January up until the conference we will be selecting the best photo each month, and all submissions will be entered into a prize draw for favourite photo. More information about this competition and what to submit can be found on our academic web profile: