2020-21 Conference


“Europe Today: Challenges & Opportunities” April 16-17, 2021

The European Studies Council at The MacMillan Center at Yale University invites proposals  for the second annual international conference of the European Studies Graduate Fellows, “Europe Today: Challenges & Opportunities,” to take place virtually on April 16-17, 2021,  at Yale University.

This conference will bring together graduate students from across disciplines - social sciences, history, humanities - to discuss the most pressing challenges facing Europe, Russia, and Eurasia today.  

Register to Attend the virtual conference:  http://bit.ly/EuropeToday_Conference

For the complete program including abstracts of presentations: 

Day 1 of virtual Conference | Friday, April 16 (all times in EDT)

9:00 AM | Welcome Remarks by Julia Adams, Professor of Sociology and International & Area Studies; Acting Chair of the European Studies Council (Yale University)

9:10 AM | Panel I: protest and contentious politics in europe

Co-Chairs: Lisa Sophie Fenner, University of Cambridge & Jacqueline Georgis, Yale University

  • Yelyzaveta Monastyrova (University of Glasgow)
  • Gabriel Rosenman (École Normale Supérieure (ENS) and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) (Paris, France))
  • Abigail Skalka (Harvard University)
  • Discussant: Maria J. Hierro,  Lecturer in Political Science (Yale University)
10:30 AM | Panel II: the thin line between democracy and authoritarianism: europe 2020

Chair: Nadia Kalisiak, University of Cambridge

  • Anna Dobrawa Kicińska (University of Cambridge)
  • Carla Montigny (University College London)
  • Céleste Pagniello (University of Cambridge)
  • Discussant: Milan Svolik, Professor of Political Science, Yale University

12:00 PM | Keynote Address by Radosław Sikorski, Member of the European Parliament (Biography)

1:30 PM | PANEL III: European Economic Recovery

Chair: Aniket Sangwan, University of Cambridge

  • Despoina Georgiou (University of Cambridge)
  • Dan Mocanu (University of Cambridge)
  • Discussant: David Cameron, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the EU Studies Program
3:00 pm | Panel Iv: europe and global governance

Chair: Ryan Nabil, Yale University; Sciences Po (Paris, France)

  • Ivana Damjanovic (Australian National University)
  • Ryan Nabil (Yale University; Sciences Po (Paris, France))
  • Pedro Schilling de Carvalho,( University of Cambridge; Harvard Law School)
  • Discussant: Richard Balme, Professor in Political Science (Sciences Po (Paris,  France))
Day 2 of virtual conference | Saturday, April 17, 2021 (all times in EDT)


9:00 am | Panel V: eu and great power diplomacy  

Co-Chairs: Marc Ibáñez Díaz, Yale University & Jesslene Lee, National University of Singapore 

  • Alessia Caputo (University at Albany, State University of New York; Bocconi University (Milan, Italy)) and Martina Spatuzzo (Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany; Bocconi University (Milan, Italy))
  • Claude Ewert (University of Cambridge)
  • Senni Mut-Tracy (University of Helsinki)
  • Discussant: Julio Guinea Bonillo, Professor (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid, Spain))
10:30 am | panel vi: buds of research: new directions in european studies

Chair: Orel Beilinson, Yale University

  • Giorgi Buzaladze (Yale University)
  • Peter Chen (Yale University)
  • Zachary Cho (Yale University)
  • Meagan Ford (Yale University)
  • Elijah Plyat (Yale University)
  • Ali Salmenbayev (Yale University)
  • Casey Smith (Yale University)
12:30 pm | Panel vii: eastern european migration to central europe

Chair: Marguerite Bertheau, University of Cambridge

  • Daniel Gebel (Federal  Institute  for  Culture  and  History  of  the Germans in Eastern Europe (BKGE), Oldenburg (Germany))
  • Cristiana Lucchetti (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
  • Fernando A. Remache Vinueza (University of Glasgow)
  • Discussant: Jannis Panagiotidis, Professor and Scientific Director of Research Center for the History of Transformations (University of Vienna)
2:00 pm | panel viii: Urban Sustainability and Governance in the North: Perspectives from Europe and Eurasia  

Co-Chairs: Elena Adasheva-Klein, Yale University & Morgan Forde, University of Cambridge

  • Elena Adasheva-Klein (Yale University)
  • Morgan Forde (University of Cambridge)
  • Kelsey Jones (George Washington University)
  • Masha Monakhova (Arizona State University)
  • Discussant: Robert W. Orttung, Research Professor of International Affairs; Director of Research, Sustainable GW (George Washington University)


The final papers should be approximately 2,000 words and will be due by March 28, 2021. Faculty (non-students) discussants will be a part of the panels and will provide feedback for the selected papers. All papers of the conference will be published in an online journal of the conference proceedings. 

We are especially excited to collaborate with graduate students from the University College London (UCL), institutions from The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), Fox International Fellowship, the Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program, and other academic and research partners.

We will be awarding modest monetary prizes to the best papers this year!