European Community Studies Association - Canada (ECSA-C)
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NEW!  CALL FOR PAPERS  for the 13th ECSA-C Biennial, Sept 24-26th 2020, Edmonton, Alberta.

Shifting fault lines? Power, policies and alliances in the European Union.

The 2020 conference will explore how the political landscape of the European Union has shifted as a result of Brexit and domestic political transformations in Europe. How have new political alliances and divisions in the EU arisen due in response to Brexit and a changing party landscape?  How have the EU’s policy priorities evolved and how is its role in the world changing.

ECSA-C organizers invite paper and panel proposals that examine these and other aspects of European Union politics and policy. Panel and paper proposals can be submitted to ecsac2020@gmail.comThe deadline for submissions is May 1, 2020. ECSA-C presents the 2020 conference with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.


European Community Studies Association – Canada (ECSA-C) promotes the study of the European Union and its Member States in Canada. Our major event is an international research conference that is held every two years. Our last conference UNITY, DIVERSITY, POPULISM: THE EUROPEAN UNION IN CHALLENGING TIMES was held in Toronto (Ontario) from May 9-11, 2018 (hosted by York University). Our previous conference, THE EUROPEAN UNION AND NORTH AMERICA: AN INEVITABLE PARTNERSHIP? was held in Halifax (Nova Scotia) from May 9-11, 2016 (hosted by Dalhousie University) .

ECSA-C won a grant for the activity  Building capacity for Canada’s European Studies community: the European Community Studies Association Canada (ECSA-C) as a research and outreach hub” (ECSA-Cn)This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Action of the European Union, with the support of the initiative at the University of Victoria (Projects/ECSA-Cn) .



"My own research benefited from this conference because I observed the value of connecting research to trends in current events and in the field. The panels on the rise of right-wing populism and on border regimes and asylum policies were especially vibrant because their topics felt accessible and relevant. Viewing research through contemporary issues also allowed for connections to be made between seemingly different types of analysis by bringing them into dialogue over one salient point." Stephan F.
"Somme toute, ma participation à la conférence de l’ECSA-C 2018 s’est révélée enrichissante et substantielle en rencontres et je tiens à remercier l’équipe de l’organisation de donner à des étudiant.e.s et des jeunes chercheur.e.s comme moi-même la chance de pouvoir présenter des travaux dans un événement d’une telle envergure." Anne-Marie H.
"Above all, this conference gave me an opportunity to network with other scholars in my field and share ideas over delicious food and amazing scenery. This was one of the very few conferences I attended that encompassed such a wide variety of topics and maintained a high degree of organization at every level." Aleksey A.
"Empirically speaking, ECSA-C engaged with current issues and processes of political change that are continuously unfolding: themes of migration, political polarization, the uncertainty of multilateral trade and governance in the Trump-era, the rise of populism, Brexit, challenges within EU cohesion, and many more. The innate benefit of sitting in panels and writing synopses gave graduate students like myself a rewarding crash-course in the academic approach to examining fast-moving processes of change." John H.