2018 Conference

Europe and the World: Mobilities, Values and Citizenship
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
March 28-30, 2018
Organized by the Council for European Studies


Keynote Speaker —Craig Calhoun

Craig Calhoun will deliver the keynote address for the 25th International Conference of Europeanists in Chicago (March 28–30, 2018) titled: “Populism, Nationalism, and the Fate of Democracy.”

Craig Calhoun
is President of the Los Angeles-based Berggruen Institute, which works globally to advance knowledge of great transformations shaping the human future. These range from AI and gene-editing to renewed nationalism and weakened international cooperation and indeed the possible transformation of capitalism. Calhoun was previously Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he remains Centennial Professor and before that President of the New York-based Social Science Research Council(SSRC). He was also University Professor of Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU. His books have been translated into 18 languages and include Does Capitalism Have a Future? (2013), The Roots of Radicalism (2012), and Nations Matter (2007), which predicted rising nationalist and populist challenges to cosmopolitanism grounded in a highly unequal global economy.



Discussant —Vivien Schmidt

Vivien Schmidt is Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Europe at Boston University.  Professor Schmidt has published widely in European political economy, institutions and democracy, as well as on neo-institutional theory (discursive institutionalism). Recent books include Democracy in Europe: The EU and National Polities (Oxford, 2006), named by the European Parliament as one of the ‘100 Books on Europe to Remember,’ Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy (Cambridge, co-edited with M. Thatcher, 2013), and the forthcoming Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone (Oxford 2018). Professor Schmidt is a former chair of the European Union Studies Association. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and attended the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris.




Presidential Symposium

Thursday, March 29: 4:00-5:45 PM
What Can Nationalism Research Teach Us about Contemporary Politics?
OR Nationalism and Radical Politics

Camelot Room (InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile)​

Genevieve Zubrzycki, University of Michigan
Andreas Wimmer, Columbia University
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, American University
Bart Bonikowski, Harvard University


Friday, March 30: 9:00-10:45 AM
Authoritarianism and the Future of Democracy
Camelot Room (InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile)​

Sheri Berman, Columbia University
Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University
Erik Bleich, Middlebury College


Friday, March 30, 2018: 2:00 PM-3:45 PM
The Present and Future of Populism Research
Camelot Room (InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile)​

Anna Grzymała-Busse, Stanford University
Matthijs Rooduijn, University of Amsterdam
Justin Gest, George Mason University
Mabel Berezin, Cornell University



More About the Conference

The intensification of migrant flows and capital mobility in Europe in an era marked by economic instability and security crises has generated widespread political backlash that poses fundamental threats to Europe’s core institutions. Understanding these developments necessitates the careful study of the wide-ranging and powerful processes of mobility, both from within and outside of Europe, that are reconfiguring identities and citizenship regimes across European nation-states. Because mobility processes are shaped by economic, cultural, and geopolitical factors and the challenges they raise span the domains of political governance, party politics, economic policy, security, and collective self-understanding, this topic requires interdisciplinary engagement across the social sciences and humanities. Many of the challenges facing Europe raise questions about the position of Europe in the world. What is specific about the European political crisis and what features does it share with comparable developments in the United States and Asia? To what degree are these changes fueled by transnational cooperation and the diffusion of strategies among political actors? What are the possible consequences of the ongoing migration patterns and the associated rise of populist politics for democratic institutions and the welfare state? How are mainstream parties on the left and the right responding to the challenges from the radical right, both in terms of electoral strategy and policy? How can tensions between essentialist views of ‘European values’ and the reality of mass migration be addressed through creative policies aimed at social and cultural inclusion?

In light of these concerns, the aim of the conference is to discuss the dimensions and dynamics of the nexus between existing and emergent (im)mobilities, values, and citizenship. While proposals on all topics related to Europe will be considered, special attention will be given to research that emphasizes the cultural, social, and political challenges related to Europe’s experience with internal and external migration. Projects that place the predictors, consequences, and lived realities of these developments in a comparative and international perspective are especially welcome. Specific topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Subnational, national, and European collective identities
• Practices of citizenship
• Social, cultural, and intellectual exchange
• Civic engagement and global responsibility
• Values, citizenship, and immigrant incorporation
• Governance
• Mobility and social exclusion
• Politics of heritage and memory
• Education and global citizenship
• International migration
• Pilgrimage, exploration, and migration
• Borders and security
• Anti-immigration politics

We welcome proposals in all these areas, including cross-thematic and interdisciplinary papers. Proposals may be submitted from August 8 to October 2, 2017. Priority will be given to panel submissions. Participants will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by December 15, 2017.

Information on how to submit proposals will be posted on the CES website and disseminated through its newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the CES Newsletter. For information on how to submit a proposal, please consult the Submission Help page.



Jan Willem Duyvendak, Chair
Council for European Studies
University of Amsterdam

Bart Bonikowski, Co-Chair
CES Conference Program Committee
Harvard University

Carla Santos, Co-Chair
CES Conference Program Committee
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign