University of Leuven

UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2018

University of Leuven, Belgium, 12-13 July 2018


An Actor on Multiple Stages: the EU as a Local, Regional and Global Power

Since its inception, the EU has grown into a more complex political, legal and regulatory object that affects numerous aspects of its citizens lives. The organization has also grown into an actor that is relevant at the regional and even global level. The different stages on which the EU is present are reflected in the challenges it is facing: Brexit, Russia’s awakening, the future of the eurozone etc.

UACES is more than ever embracing the complexity and the diversity of European studies; and this conference organized by the UACES Graduate Forum is no exception. In March 2018, we will be inviting submissions of abstracts in the field of European Studies, which includes disciplines such as Political Science, Law, International Relations, History, Economics, Sociology, Geography etc.

Some of the questions we will be asking include:

  • What is the impact of the EU on one or more of these “stages”?
  • Are there challenges to the EU’s ability to bring about change?
  • Can the EU survive on multiple stages at once?

This two-day research conference provides a friendly environment for PhD and Early Career Researchers to present their work, receive feedback and dialogue with each other. Research presentations will be complemented by a keynote address and roundtable discussion (speakers will be announced on this page).

As the flagship event of the UACES Graduate Forum (formerly: UACES Student Forum), the conference is a prime venue for networking with colleagues and presenting innovative research.

This conference is organised with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Read about and watch video testimonials from last year's conference in Newcastle here.


The Call for Papers will open in March 2018.

We will be welcoming submissions from PhD students and Early Career Researchers worldwide in the field of contemporary European Studies and related disciplines (such as Political Science, Law, International Relations, History, Economics, Sociology, Geography).

You will be required to submit an abstract for a paper (max 200 words) or a proposal for a panel of papers addressing one or more aspects of the above theme.

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Funding for Presenters

UACES is able to offer up to 140 GBP funding towards travel and accommodation expenses to/from Leuven (for a maximum of 50 delegates).

This funding will be allocated following the conclusion of the competitive Call for Papers. To be eligible for funding, the delegate must be either currently studying for a PhD or have submitted their PhD within the last 3 years (at the time of the conference).

Please read the full Terms and Conditions of Funding before submitting an abstract/proposal.

Paper Requirements

In advance of the conference (and as a condition for funding) presenters will be required to:

1. Share a research paper (6,000-8,000 words) with their fellow panel participants, Chair and Discussant;

2. Produce an item for publication for the UACES website or on the Crossroads Europe blog. This can be either the completed research paper (which will be published here) or one of the following: a blog post, a podcast, a video, or a policy brief.

Assistance with media production will be available from UACES for a limited number of presenters. More information will be provided after the selection of papers.


The provisional programme will be published here in March.


Registration will open once the selection process is completed. Registration is free.