Call for papers - 13th Biennial Conference of the European Community Studies Association-Canada (ECSA-C), September 24-26, 2020, Westin Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta Canada

It has been a year of seismic shifts for the European Union, not least due to the departure of the UK, formerly one of the largest member states and often ‘awkward partner’. How will the impact of Brexit be felt in terms of the EU’s future policy directions and Council alliances? What are the possibilities for the future relationship between the EU and the UK?   Beyond Brexit, we have also seen a transformation in the internal politics of the EU.  Against the backdrop of domestic party system change across Europe, including the rise of populist challenger parties, the party system in the European Parliament has undergone a realignment. The rise of the Greens and liberal parties in the EP has contributed to the unravelling of the Grand Coalition of the EPP and the S&D. Will this usher in a more unpredictable era in parliamentary politics?

On the policy front, this year also marks the renegotiation of the EU budget, setting the stage for conflicts between the so-called ‘cohesion’ states and those seeking greater budgetary restraint, and potentially highlighting divisions related to agriculture and the European Green Deal, the possibility of new revenue sources such as a carbon border tax, and whether the EU’s resources should be linked to strengthening the rule of law.  The new Commission has outlined its policy priorities, including a digital strategy and a European Green Deal. This takes the Union into innovative new policy territory. At the same time, its ambitious policy goals, such as carbon neutrality by 2050, threaten to lay bare divisions between leaders and laggards in energy transition. Will the EU’s just transition measures allow it to avoid the divisions resulting from the distributional consequences of its policies?

The 2020 ECSA-C biennial conference, ‘Shifting Fault Lines: Power, Policies and Alliances in the European Union’, will provide a venue for a broad ranging exploration of these developments, bringing together researchers as well as policy stakeholders. In addition to examining the evolving alliances and conflicts that shape politics and policy making in the European Union, it will also examine developments in the relationship between the EU and Canada, including the impact of the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and Strategic Partnership Agreement on Canada, as well as the likely scenarios for trade negotiations between Canada and the UK following Brexit. 

We invite paper and panel proposals that examine these and other aspects of European Union politics and policy.

This two-and-a-half day conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds and will include plenary sessions, keynote speakers, a professional development workshop for graduate students, panels and workshops. A limited number of travel grants will be available for graduate students to help offset costs.

We welcome submissions for individual papers, panels (3-4 papers) and workshops (approximately 12 papers) in either English or French.

Panel and paper proposals, including abstracts, names and affiliation can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2020. If you would like to be considered for a Discussant or Chair role, please advise in your email submission.

ECSA-C presents the 2020 conference with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.


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