EU Studies Conference

Annual EU Studies Conference:
“Researching and Teaching the EU: Best Practices and Current Trends in EU Scholarship”


November 9-10, 2018

 

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Levis Faculty Center | [map]

 

Logistical memo, including maps [forthcoming]

 

Abstract Submission and Registration Deadline: October 12, 2018.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE.


ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

 

This annual conference will bring together regional college faculty with the aim of increasing research on and teaching of the European Union at universities and four-year and two-year colleges in Illinois and the Midwest. It will facilitate the building of a dynamic network for regional educators with interests in EU studies. The conference will include panel discussions in which participants can present their research on the EU, as well as sessions on effective teaching of EU-related subjects.

 

Presentations on any topic relevant to EU studies are welcome.
Colleagues with only a nascent academic interest in the EU are invited to join us without being obligated to present any materials.

 

Graduate students are welcome. We will also consider participation by graduate students. Travel support will also be possible for graduate students whose abstracts are accepted for presentation.

 

Registration fee: There is no registration fee for the conference or pre-conference events.

 

Note about lodging: The EU Center has reserved a block of rooms at the Illini Union Hotel and will provide one night of free lodging on November 9, 2018. We can also provide overnight accommodation for an extra day on November 10th if you need it and will be driving for more than 150 miles. Please see the link to the registration form above for details. Please note that you do NOT need to contact the hotel; simply indicate whether you will need overnight accommodations or not and for which dates when you register on-line.
The hotel has free parking available. Free wireless access is available in guest rooms and conference room.

 

Why Attend?

  • Hear timely discussions on contemporary European and transatlantic affairs by prominent diplomats, scholars, practitioners, and activists
  • Great networking opportunity
  • Learn new strategies for teaching the EU
  • Discuss research/teaching interests with colleagues
  • Engage in discussions on EU studies as a field
  • One-night of free accommodations on UI’s Champaign-Urbana campus
  • Travel reimbursement grant of up to $150 available for participating faculty

SCHEDULE & ABSTRACTS [detailed schedule and abstracts are forthcoming as soon as the registration is closed]

 

FRIDAY, November 9, 2018 | SPECIAL PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS:

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801 | 300 Lecture Hall on the 3rd Floor &  210 Conference Room on the 2nd Floor—see below

10:00 – 10:30 am Welcome reception for the Annual EU Day
Location: 300 Lecture Hall on the 3rd Floor — Free and open to public
10:30 – 10:45 am  

Annual EU Day Keynote Address
to be delivered by His Excellency David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

Location: 300 Lecture Hall on the 3rd Floor — Free and open to public

 

EU Day webpage

12:00 -1:30 pm  

Annual EU Day Ambassador’s luncheon
[For registered conference participants and by invitation only]
Location: 210 Conference Room on the 2nd Floor

3:00 – 4:30 pm  

Roundtable: Elections and US-EU Relations: A Comparative Look at the Elections to the US Congress and the European Parliament and Implications for Transatlantic Relations

Speakers:
Xinyuan Dai,
 Political Science, University of Illinois
Brian Gaines, Political Science, University of Illinois
Konstantinos Kourtikakis, Political Science, University of Illinois
Carl Niekerk, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois
Bob Van Den Bos, former Member of the European Parliament (MEP)

Location: 300 Lecture Hall on the 3rd Floor — Free and open to public

 

followed by reception at 4:30 pm, featuring entertainment by one of our talented alums, Ms. Lauren Turk.
Location for the reception: Outside of 210 Conference Room on the 2nd Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana

 

Roundtable webpage

4:30 – 5:00 pm  

Reception following the Roundtable & featuring entertainment by one of our talented alums, Ms. Lauren Turk
Location: Outside of 210 Conference Room on the 2nd Floor — Free and open to public

SATURDAY, November 10, 2018 |  EU STUDIES CONFERENCE

8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801 | 210 Conference Room on the 2nd Floor

Featuring:

  • Research panels
  • Graduate student presentations
  • Round-table Discussion: “Strategies for Teaching the EU”
  • Breakfast and lunch-time keynote addresses by Mr. Bob Van Den Bos, former Member of the European Parliament (MEP), and Larry NeilProfessor Emeritus of Economic and the Founding Director of the European Union Center, respectively.

Previous Conferences
2017 | 2016 | October 2015March 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009

 

The conference and pre-conference special events are also part of the EUC’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations. For further information, please visit “EUC Turns 20” webpage.

 

The conference and special pre-conference events (EU Day and round-table) are funded in part by a US Department of Education Title VI grant and a Jean Monnet Center for Excellence grant from the European Union.

 

Former MEP Dr. Bob Van Den Bos’ visit is made possible by the European Parliament Former Members Association’s “EP to Campus” program and Candriam.