Call for Abstracts Conference “Europe in a Year of Transition: Challenges and Opportunities


The Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA), the EU Centre at RMIT University, and Swinburne University of Technology are calling for papers for the conference that will take place at RMIT University in Melbourne on 6 and 7 November 2019. The title of this conference is “Europe in a Year of Transition: Challenges and Opportunities”. This conference offers scholars, early career researchers, students, policymakers, and those with an interest in European-Australia relations an opportunity to examine the various aspects of the European Union (EU), and Europe more broadly, in a context of continuity and change. As the Brexit deadlock continues, and with current economic, social, cultural, political and environmental uncertainties in play, the transition within the EU institutions in 2019 adds another significant dimension to the processes of change in Europe. Elections for the European Parliament, new Presidents for the European Commission and the European Council, and a new High Representative together mean a very important new leadership for the EU. What are some of the key challenges for this new leadership? How might they respond? Sessions and papers are invited across all relevant disciplines.

Abstracts for proposed papers or special sessions should be submitted (200 words or less) by 31 July 2019 via email to Please direct any enquiries about the conference to Professor Bruno Mascitelli at CESAA, the EU Centre at RMIT, and Swinburne University of Technology look forward to your participation in the conference. This is an opportunity to examine the various aspects of EU-Australia relations.