Many observers are professing increasing scepticism about the future of the European Union (EU). Yet the vision which inspired the formation of the EU is too powerful to dismiss lightly.
The lingering economic malaise, the potential exit of the United Kingdom and the apparent divisions between western and eastern European Member States appear 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, in turn compounded by growing uncertainty in international relations.
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 citizens hold?
How can the EU best respond to the marked uncertainty arising from a resurgent Russia, a globalising China and a more self-centred United States?
These broad questions serve as the primary focus of an international conference to be convened jointly by the European Union Centres in Australia and New Zealand.
The EU Centres look forward to your participation in the conference. This is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the European Centres’ program in Australia and New Zealand, and to look forward to the new activities of the Centres from 2018 onwards.
Abstract submission opens
23 May 2017
Abstract submission closes
14 July 2017
15 July 2017
Accepted papers advised
15 August 2017
Registration closes for presenters
29 September 2017
9 October 2017
16–18 October 2017
Please note: Presenters must register.
Registration fees cover:
- Welcome reception (6.00–7.30pm, Monday 16 October)
- Conference dinner (6.30–9.30pm, Tuesday 17 October)
- Conference day lunches, morning tea and afternoon tea (for 2 1/2 days)
Associated event – Adelaide
The conference in Melbourne 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 on Wednesday 18 October. To register click on the link above.
As a special offer, the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA) is offering a half-price extended (14-month) membership to conference participants.
This membership will include a subscription to the Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies (ANZJES).
Please Note: This offer not available to current CESAA members.
Further information is available on the conference registration page.
Professor Dr Heribert Dieter
Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany.
Associate Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR), University of Warwick, UK.
Dr Lay Hwee Yeo
Director, European Union Centre, Singapore
Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of International Affairs.
Adjunct Research Fellow, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Spain
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is around 20 minutes from Melbourne's CBD via taxi or Skybus shuttle service.
Taxi: Approximately AUD$50–60
Skybus: AUD$19 one-way ticket or AUD$38 return ticket (discounts apply when buying Skybus tickets online)
MANTRA ON RUSSELL
222 Russell St, Melbourne
The brand new Mantra on Russell! Completing a $7 million refurbishment to the whole hotel in November 2015, Mantra on Russell offers spacious Studios, One and Two Bedroom Apartments designed with comfort in mind, most with private balconies.
Book online: www.mghotels.com.au
- Use promo Code RMITUNI17 (case sensitive) to receive 10% off the Mantra daily rate.
Promo code is only valid for bookings made online; rooms are subject to availability and will require full prepayment.
- Breakfast inclusion is optional – Can be included in package or ordered separately for AUD$28pp per day.
- Wi-Fi is chargeable, but join Mantra Plus (which is free of cost), and receive complimentary wi-fi.
- Rate is available for the dates 14 October 2017 to 20 October 2017.
IBIS MELBOURNE HOTEL AND APARTMENTS
15-21 Therry St, Melbourne
Offering great value city accommodation, Ibis Melbourne is located in an ideal position just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Queen Victoria Markets, the legendary Lygon Street restaurant quarter and the central shopping district of Melbourne.
Book online: secure.accorhotels.com/store/index
Special conference rate
Standard Queen Room: AUD$140.00 per night (incl. GST)
Standard Twin Room (1 x or double & 1 x single bed): AUD$140.00 per night (incl. GST)
Please note that the rate offered is subject to availability at the time of request.
- Use booking code SC740092044
- Breakfast inclusion is optional, offered at discounted rate of $18.00pp per day
- Wi-fi is $10.00 per day, but guests can join the ‘free to join’ Le Club Program and get access to complimentary wi-fi.
MERCURE WELCOME MELBOURNE
265 Little Bourke Street Melbourne
This hotel accommodation is an affordable option in the centre of Melbourne, with all of the modern facilities travellers need to have a comfortable stay.
Phone: 1300 654 966 | +61 3 9639 0555
Book online: www.mercurewelcome.com.au/accommodation-en.html
Standard Queen Room: AUD$125.10 per night (incl. GST)
Stay and save offer
Standard Queen Room: AUD$134.10 (incl. GST)
- Use codes: Company ID: SC740092044 Access Code: RO582AU452
- Online payment is non-refundable
- Breakfast inclusion is optional – AUD$25.00pp per day (incl. GST)
- Stay and save offer with breakfast: Standard Queen Room AUD$139.00 (incl. GST)
Bed and breakfast: Standard Queen Room: AUD$165 (incl. GST) This rate is inclusive of discounted full buffet breakfast.
- Rate is available for the dates 16 October 2017 to 20 October 2017.
STAMFORD PLAZA MELBOURNE
111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Each of our luxury Melbourne hotel accommodation one bedroom suites has a separate kitchen, dining room, lounge, separate bedroom and ensuite with bath-spa. High-speed wi-fi access is available in all suites.
Bookings only via phone or email – cannot be booked online!
Studio Queen Suite: AUD$255.00 (Room Only) (incl. GST)
Studio Queen Suite, incl. breakfast for one person: AUD$275.00 (incl. GST)
- Breakfast optional
- Free wi-fi included
- Rate available for dates 14 October 2017 to 19 October 2017
- Full payment required before arrival.
- 30-day release period
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Professor Bruce Wilson
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