EU Studies Conference

Annual EU Studies Conference 2020:

“Europe, the European Union, and their Respective Borders”


We are actively searching for new dates to have our previously scheduled Spring 2020 events.  Stay tuned for future event updates!!



University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Levis Faculty Center, Rm. 210[map]

Illini Union, Rm. 210 General Lounge | Urbana, IL 61801 [map]


Proposals and registration for participants who are not presenting are due to our online form by January 15, 2020.




This annual conference brings together regional college faculty, scholars, and graduate students with the aim of advancing research and teaching on the European Union at universities and four-year and two-year colleges in Illinois and the Midwest. It facilitates the building of a dynamic network for regional educators and scholars with interests in EU studies by presenting them with an intimate venue to share current research and ideas about teaching, develop new professional relationships, and learn about opportunities sponsored by the EU Center.


Paper topics: We invite presentations on any topic relevant to EU studies, although we particularly encourage proposals that relate to the conference’s announced theme. Topics of relevance to European or EU studies range widely from climate change, health sciences, and business, to the cultures, languages, and institutions of Europe and its relations with other parts of the world. Colleagues with a current interest in the EU and issues involving Europe are also invited to join us without being obliged to present.


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


Travel and Accommodations: The EU Center reserves a block of rooms at the Illini Union Hotel and provides one night of lodging, as well as a travel reimbursement grant of up to $150, to all out-of-town participants. The hotel has free parking available. Free wireless access is available in guest rooms and the conference room.


Participants do NOT need to contact the hotel; they should indicate in their online proposal/registration form if they will need overnight accommodations or not and for which dates.


Stay Tuned for Conference Schedule Updates and Date Changes!!



Friday, April 17, 2020


Keynote for EU Studies Conference, “When States ‘Come Out’: Transnational Movements & the Diffusion of LGBT Rights in Europe”, Phillip Ayoub

3:00 pm | Levis Faculty Center Rm. 210


Saturday, April 18, 2020 


EU Studies Conference

8:30 am-4:00 pm | Illini Union Rm. 210 General Lounge



Previous Conferences
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | October 2015March 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009


The conference and special pre-conference events 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.