Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

'Conceptualising Europe' Conference, 5 February 2016



Call for Applications

'Conceptualising Europe': An Interdisciplinary Workshop

The University of Nottingham, 5 February 2016


Thanks to the Doctoral Event Grant from the Midlands Graduate School, we are organising a one-day interdisciplinary workshop on the theme of “Conceptualising Europe”. The workshop is designed to create an environment where Postgraduate Research students from the Universities of Nottingham, Warwick and Birmingham will come together to discuss the political, social, economic, geographical, historical and psychological conceptions of Europe and what it means to be European.

Programme Now Available (pdf)

Workshop Theme

On 29 September 2015, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, told the UN General Assembly that 'Europe is as committed to its values and objectives now, as it has ever been'. However Tusk’s words come at a time when great uncertainty and dispute surrounds the meaning of these values and objectives. From the looming referendum on the “Brexit” to the spreading of Euroscepticism across the EU member states, through debates over the neoliberal response to the Greek financial crisis and the UK’s withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights, the questions of what “Europe” is has never been so urgent, touching issues that are discussed widely among politicians, stakeholders, the media, and the general population.

By examining this issue from an interdisciplinary perspective, this workshop aims to provide a forum in which to bring a range of academic voices to this ongoing discussion.


The workshop will consist of several sessions of roundtable presentations, organised around common themes. In each session researchers will present their research to the table, after which discussion would be opened to the floor, with the aim of inviting constructive insights from all participants based on their different disciplinary experiences. Importantly, the workshop is designed to have an informal atmosphere that will create a relaxed environment enabling the exchange of knowledge and research methods cutting across disciplines.


We invite submissions for discussion topics from all postgraduate students working in the Social Sciences and Humanities, whose research intends to understand, explore and develop the concept of “Europe”.

All topics are therefore welcome; however, we are especially keen to receive applications exploring the following subjects:

  • The historical evolution of a European identity
  • “Europe” as a socio-political space (rather than/as well as a political institution)
  • Beyond nations: post-national peoplehood and the supranationalism of the EU
  • The implications upon a community being perceived as “inside” or “outside” of Europe
  • The role of migration in challenging the spatial, cultural and political “limits” of Europe
  • Stature and prestige gained by being “European”, and how this is manipulated
  • The artistic, literary and cultural (re)production of Europe and the European identity

The event is organised by students from the University of Nottingham in collaboration with the University of Warwick. The workshop will take place at the University of Nottingham, on 5 February 2016.

Maps and directions can be found here.


Thanks to a generous grant from the Midlands Graduate School, we are able to offer the workshop free of charge to all participants. However, a small deposit of £15 is required at registration, which will be fully refunded once attendance has been verified at the conference.

Catering and refreshments will be provided throughout the day, as well as a complimentary dinner on the evening of the event. Participants coming from outside of Nottingham will be offered travel bursaries.


Registration for this event is now closed. Any queries can be sent to

Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

University Park

telephone: +44 (0) 115 748 4507

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