2019 Conference: Europe in Flux

The European Studies Council of The MacMillan Center announces the inaugural Graduate Fellows Conference, “Europe in Flux,” to take place on December 6th and 7th, 2019 at, Henry R. Luce Hall, Yale University.

This conference will bring together graduate students from across disciplines - political science, cultural studies, history, environmental studies, economics - to discuss the most pressing challenges facing Europe today.  Graduate students of Yale University, other universities in the northeast region of the United States, and member institutions of The International Alliance of Research Universities will present and meet together.

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Conference Schedule

Day 1  |  Friday, December 6, 2019

9:15 AM      Breakfast & Registration  Henry R. Luce Hall, Common Room

Welcome Remarks by Edyta Bojanowska, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures; and Chair of the European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center, Yale University

10:00 AM    Defining Culture in Eastern Europe: Production and Destruction in Putin’s Russia  Henry R. Luce Hall, Rm 202

Chair: Ana Berdinskikh (PhD Candidate, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University) Discussant: Edyta Bojanowska (Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University)


  • Dante Matero (Columbia University)
  • Ekaterina Mizrokhi (University of Cambridge)
  • Valeriia Mutc (Yale University)

In a period of economic and political instability brought about by the 2012 elections, the war in Ukraine, and the devaluation of the ruble, Russia is again in a moment of social and cultural transition. This panel will examine how areas of cultural production, such as theater, literature and film, reflect the current situation in Putin’s Russia. 

11:30 AM    Lunch,  Henry R. Luce Hall, Common Room 

12:30 PM    Environmental Transitions in Europe and Russia: Public Discourse, Social Movements, and Policies, Henry R. Luce Hall, Rm 202

Chair: Elena Adasheva-Klein (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Yale University) Discussant:  Edward Snajdr, Associate Professor, John Jay College, CUNY


  • Rebecca Galpern (Columbia University)
  • Katherine McNally (Yale University)
  • Anders Plambæk (University of Copenhagen)
  • Jan Zdralek (Johns Hopkins University SAIS)

The European environmental discourse and policies have transformed dramatically over the past three decades. Depending on the immediate ecological issues and socio-economic conditions, current national concerns about environment vary across Europe, including the costal and circumpolar regions and post-socialist states. Environmental programs and debates shape European life on various scales, from the local practical measures around energy conservation and recycling to the pan-European paradigms of ecological modernization and sustainable development. This panel will present interdisciplinary analysis of continuous environmental transitions in Europe and Russia.

2:15 PM    Coffee Break,  Henry R. Luce Hall, Common Room 

2:30 PM    Growing European Economic Challenges, Henry R. Luce Hall, Rm 202

Chair: Ryan Nabil (MA Candidate, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University) Discussant: David R. Cameron, Professor of Political Science; and Director of EU Studies Program, Yale University


  • Ivana Damjanovic (Australian National University)
  • Noe Hinck (University of Oxford)
  • Ryan Nabil (Yale University)

Despite the recent economic growth, Europe faces considerable economic challenges. Against the backdrop of a volatile global economy, the European Union faces the challenges of ongoing Brexit negotiations, growing north-south economic divide, and Italy’s protracted economic difficulties. This panel will discuss the understand the current challenges that European economies face, and solutions that policymakers can implement to address those challenges. 

4:15 PM    Keynote Lecture - Contemporary Security Challenges for Europe

Her Excellency Ambassador Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic, (Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the United Nations) with an Introduction by Steven Wilkinson, Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies; Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; and Henry R. Luce Director, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies

 in Henry R. Luce Hall, Auditorium

 5:15 PM    Reception, Henry R. Luce Hall, Common Room 

Day 2 | Saturday, December 7, 2019

9:00 AM      Breakfast & Welcome, Henry R. Luce Hall, Common Room 

9:30 AM    Fault Lines in European and Eurasian Security, Henry R. Luce Hall, Rm 203

Chair: Sarah Holzworth (MA, European and Russian Studies, Yale University; Columbia University)

Discussant: Ivan Safranchuk, Visiting Faculty Fellow, Program on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Yale University


  • Sarah Holzworth 
  • Hansong Li (Harvard University)
  • Maria Snegovaya (Johns Hopkins University SAIS)
  • Calvin Chang (Yale University)

This panel will explore the limitations of the existing security architecture in Europe and Eurasia, changes to the security environment, the developing perceptions of security threats by different European states, along with the opportunities and challenges these transformations entail. Interdisciplinary and innovative approaches are discuseed to meet the dynamic and multidimensional nature of this topic.

11:15 AM    Coffee Break, Henry R. Luce Hall, Common Room 

11:30 AM     Shifting Lines: Migration in Europe Today, , Henry R. Luce Hall, Rm 203

Chair: Rachel Farell (PhD Candidate, Anthropology, Yale University)

Discussant: Professor Zareena Grewal, Yale University 


  • Joseph Cerrone (George Washington University)
  • Maria Khan (University of Cambridge)
  • Rachel Farell (Yale University)

This panel will address the wide-reaching implications of migration in Europe in the current political climate. From Brexit to the Syrian refugee crisis, migration has become a pressing legal, political and cultural question across Europe. This panel will present both interdisciplinary and targeted studies that address these issues.  

1:15 PM    Lunch & Closing, Henry R. Luce Hall, Common Room