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ESAANZ CONFERENCE 2020: Europe in 2020: times of turbulence

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The European Studies Association Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) is proud to announce their conference for 2020, running from the 1st – 3

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By whatever yardstick one wishes to apply, 2020 has been a bumpy year. The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated international and national conversations, in Europe as elsewhere. Many other plans for the year have had to go on hold as political, economic and institutional actors have turned their focus to managing the pandemic and its health, welfare, economic and indeed sociocultural impacts.

Times of turbulence and change in Europe are not restricted to the impacts of the pandemic. The landscape of European politics, both within and beyond the EU, is dominated by both internal political strife and tricky international relations. The legitimacy of states is being questioned in many countries in both Western and Eastern Europe, with often authoritarian responses, and events in the European neighbourhood, such as the tragic explosion in Beirut on 4 August, have had repercussions for EU foreign policy in particular. Many European countries are struggling as economic and political crises, such as recently in Belarus, compound the impacts of the pandemic, especially on vulnerable populations such as refugees.

At the same time, a new leadership team in the EU is attempting to make its mark, in terms of both domestic and foreign policy, with the European Green Deal being one of its flagship initiatives. An historic European Council meeting in July 2020 adopted not only a new budget for 2021-27 but also a large Recovery Package, with the European Commission gaining new financial powers.

The ESAANZ Conference will comprise of presentations, panel discussions and seminars discussing all things Europe in what has been a challenging year for all. Sessions will be scattered throughout the days to allow for audiences in varied time zones, with a program to be released closer to the start of the conference.

For those wanting to present, abstracts should be sent through to Xiwen Wang at xwa124@uclive.ac.nz by October 23.

This event is proudly co-sponsored by

• The European Studies Association Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ)

• The RMIT European Union Centre of Excellence

• The Australian National University (ANU) Centre for European Studies

• The University of Canterbury National Centre for Research on Europe

• The University of Sydney

Registration fees: Tickets for this event will be $40AUD for individuals and $15AUD for students/retired/unwaged. Your ticket also comes with a full years membership to ESAANZ and all of the associated benefits, including;

• Access (and chance to contribute) to weekly blog posts on European studies

• Notification of ESAANZ and associated events running throughout the year

• Receiving the ESAANZ bulletin

• Subscription to the Australia & New Zealand Journal of European Studies (ANZJES)

Those with an existing membership will receive an additional year, added at the expiry of their existing membership

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