European Community Studies Association - Canada (ECSA-C)
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Welcome to the website of the European Community Studies Association – Canada (ECSA-C). ECSA-C’s mission is to help promote 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.