24th International Conference of Europeanists

University of Glasgow, UK, July 12-14, 2017
Organized by the Council for European Studies

In 2017, CES will host the 24th annual International Conference of Europeanists at the University of Glasgow from July 12-14. Each year, CES brings together more than a thousand scholars and policy experts from dozens of countries to discuss the most pressing issues that Europe faces. The 2017 conference focuses on sustainability and transformation. For three days, experts will convene in Glasgow to present and debate new research on critical, timely topics such as Brexit vote, the immigration crisis, the stability of the Eurozone, the resurgence of populist political movements, and the opportunities and challenges of technological advances in artificial intelligence and data gathering. The conference also features a set of exhibits, digital and print advertising, and numerous sponsored special events.

CES encourages a global, multidisciplinary approach to the study of Europe and supports cutting-edge research on these topics at institutions on four continents. CES’ strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic allows it to coordinate a range of events, publications, research networks, and grant-making activities. From its offices in New York (Columbia University in the City of New York) and Barcelona (the Institut Barcelona D’Estudis Internacionals), CES supports innovative work in the humanities and social sciences through highly competitive pre-dissertation and dissertation completion grants, as well as numerous publication and travel prizes that highlight critical research on Europe. Its members enjoy participation in a number of themed research networks that bring together scholars despite disciplinary, generational, or national borders.


Keynote Speaker —Lord Jack McConnell — July 13, 2017

Jack McConnell was First Minister of Scotland from 2001 to 2007 and UK Special Representative for Peacebuilding 2008-2010.

Lord McConnell is a Board member of the UK/Japan 21st Century Group and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. He acts as an international consultant and guest lecturer to companies, universities and others; is Trustee or Patron of several charities engaged in development and conflict prevention, including as Chair of the McConnell International Foundation, with a particular interest in the life chances of vulnerable young people. He currently serves as Vice President of UNICEF UK, and he is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the UN Global Goals.

From 1999 to 2011, Jack McConnell was the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw. He was Scotland’s Minister for Finance 1999-2000 and Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs 2000-2001. Lord McConnell was a leading member of the Scottish Constitutional Convention from 1989 to 1998; President of the Legislative Regions of Europe 2004; and was appointed to the House of Lords in 2010. He grew up on the Island of Arran in Scotland and was a Mathematics teacher in Secondary (high) Schools before entering Parliament.



Keynote Speaker — Judy Dempsey — July 12, 2017

Judy Dempsey is a nonresident senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor-in-chief of its blog, Strategic Europe.

Prior to joining Carnegie in 2012, Dempsey had a long and distinguished career in journalism. She was a columnist for the International New York Times after serving as the International Herald Tribune’s Germany Correspondent between 2004-2011.

Before moving to Berlin, Dempsey was the diplomatic correspondent for the Financial Times in Brussels (2001-2004), covering the big NATO and European Union enlargements. Between 1990 and 2001, she was the FT’s Jerusalem bureau chief (1996– 2001), Berlin correspondent (1992–1996), and Eastern European correspondent. (1990–1992). During the 1980s, Dempsey reported on Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans for the Financial Times, the Irish Times, and the Economist from Vienna.

Dempsey graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied history and political science. She has contributed to several books on Eastern Europe. In 2013, her book on Chancellor Angela Merkel “Das Phänomen Merkel” was published (Edition Körber-Stiftung,) to critical acclaim. She has also published Carnegie papers on NATO and on Germany.


Discussant  —Anand Menon

Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London. He also directs the Economic and Social Research Council Initiative on the UK in a Changing Europe ( Previously, he has held positions at Sciences Po, Columbia University, and NYU, and has written on many aspects of contemporary Europe including the EU politics and institutions, as well as European security. Menon is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the European Union (OUP, 2012) and author, amongst other things, of Europe: The State of the Union (Atlantic Books 2008). He has written widely on European integration for publications including the Financial Times, Prospect, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times and Le Monde. Menon is a member of the Council of the European Council on Foreign Relations and an associate fellow of Chatham House.