Fulfilling the Vision: European Union Futures - A Joint EU Centres' Conference

This is the second call for papers for this international conference jointly convened by the European Union Centres in Australia and New Zealand.

We are also pleased to announce that the conference will feature panels led by Nico Groenendijk, Heribert Dieter, Lay Hwee Yeo, Alessandro Rainoldi, and Patrick Messerlin. Other international speakers have also committed to attending.

The conference leads to an associated event in Adelaide, ‘The Future of the EU Summit’, hosted by the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migration and Cultural Transformations, featuring Loukas Tsoukalis. Further details on this event can be found here

About the conference

Many observers are professing increasing scepticism about the future of the European Union (EU). The lingering economic malaise, the exit of the United Kingdom and the apparent divisions between western and central European Member States seems to undermine the capacity of the EU to offer credible options for addressing the challenges that European citizens experience. The tensions, at times open conflict in the European neighbourhood, add to a sense of siege in Europe, compounded by growing uncertainty in international relations.Yet the vision which inspired the formation of the EU is too powerful to dismiss lightly. Despite the current difficulties, many Europeans continue to believe that their future lies in an increasingly integrated Europe. Can this be achieved, despite the challenges? Can European and Member State leaders continue to work together to deliver the expectations which citizens hold?

Paper submissions

Abstracts for proposed papers or special sessions should be submitted by 14 July 2017 via the conference registration website


Please direct any enquiries about the conference to Professor Bruce Wilson: bruce.wilson@rmit.edu.au

Download the conference flyer (PDF 730.51KB)

The EU Centres look forward to your participation in the conference. This is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the European Union Centres program in Australia and New Zealand, and to look forward to the new activities of the Centres from 2018 onwards.



Date & time

8am 16 October – 6pm 18 October 2017


RMIT University Melbourne City Campus 124 La Trobe Street Melbourne VIC 3000


Heribert Dieter
Nico Groenendijk
Patrick Messerlin
Alessandro Rainoldi
Lay Hwee Yeo
and more speakers to be announced


Professor Bruce Wilson

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