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 organisation 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 organised by the UACES Graduate Forum is no exception.

We invite submissions of abstracts from PhD students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the field of European Studies, which includes disciplines such as Political Science, Law, International Relations, History, Economics, Sociology, Geography and Anthropology.

Some of the questions the conference will address 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?

About the Conference

This annual two-day research conference provides a friendly environment for doctoral students and ECRs to present their work, receive feedback and dialogue with each other. Funding is available for participants.

Research presentations will be complemented by a keynote lecture and roundtable discussion (view keynote speakers). Last year saw a practitioner-led roundtable on the local implications of Brexit on the North-East of England, and a roundtable with leading European Studies scholars on the future of the discipline (learn more).

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 & hear from participants at last year's conference in Newcastle.

Submission Guidelines

Deadline: Sunday 8th April 2018 23:59 GMT (sign up for a reminder)

We welcome submissions addressing one or more aspects of the above theme, from PhD students and Early Career Researchers (up to 3 years after PhD viva) worldwide.

You must be working in the field of contemporary European Studies or related disciplines (e.g. Political Science, Law, International Relations, History, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Anthropology).

We welcome abstracts (max. 200 words) for individual papers, or proposals for a panel of 3 or 4 papers.

Submission instructions:

  1. Visit:
  2. Follow the instructions to create an EasyChair account
  3. Log in with your new account and complete the abstract submission form (attachments cannot be included)
  4. NB: For panel proposals, the title of your submission must include the word 'PANEL'. You must list each paper-giver as an author (including their contact details). In the abstract field, you must include a summary of the panel (max. 100 words) and the paper title, name of papergiver and abstract (max. 200 words) for each paper. A panel proposal can have 3 or 4 papers.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email from EasyChair when you have successfully made your submission

Deadline for submissions: 8th April 2018

Expected date for communication of decisions and opening of registration: 4th May 2018

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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.

Requirements for Presenters

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

1. Share a research paper (6,000-8,000 words) with their fellow panel participants, Chair and Discussant by 28 June 2018;

2. Produce an item for publication online (on 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. The deadline is 28 June for research papers and 22 June for all other materials (unless the podcast or video will be recorded by UACES*).

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


The provisional programme will be published online after the Call for Papers. View last year's programme here.

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Kolja Raube (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies) will be delivering the opening keynote lecture.

More plenary speakers will be announced here.


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