Illinois EU Studies Conference

The European Union Center is pleased to announce that its 11th Illinois EU Studies Conference, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held in a virtual format April 15-16, 2021.

We invite proposals for presentations on research and teaching about any topic relevant to EU studies from scholars, college instructors, and graduate students. We particularly encourage proposals that might speak to the theme of this year’s conference: “Community, Immunity, and the Limits of Mobility.” As always, this conference offers a space to bring out emergent questions and new insights on traditional topics in EU Studies. Proposals on other issues are welcome. Proposals are due to our online form by 12 P.M. CST on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Those who would like to attend the conference but not present must register here: Please see here for the full conference schedule.

This year we wish to draw from the creativity that organizers of other conferences have exhibited, and to organize our conference with somewhat different formats:

  • Traditional research presentations (15 minutes each). We encourage proposals that make use of visuals and other means of audience engagement. Accepted proposals will be grouped into sessions of no more than three participants, possibly matched with a discussant (90 minutes maximum).
  • Roundtables (no more than three participants, 60 minutes maximum). 
  • For graduate students only: five-minute dissertation presentations(maximum of twelve accepted, 120 minutes allotted during the conference).


This annual conference brings together 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 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.

Previous Conferences 

2018  2017
2016  October 2015
March 2015 2014
2013 2012
2011 2009