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Call for Papers

Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Science  Annual Spring Conference, Linnaeus University (campus Växjö), 11-12 April 2019


Conveners: Martin Nilsson, Brigitte Pircher, Charlotte Silander & Daniel Silander

Contact: Daniel Silander,

A quarter-century ago, at the end of the Cold War, scholars in the social sciences proclaimed the triumph of democracy. During this time, Europe's common values such as democracy, human rights, freedom of the individual and the rule of law appeared to become universal and the only game in town. The prospects for a Europe without dividing lines seemed most promising. Today, the situation is dramatically different. Over the last decade, the previous global democratic upsurge has halted and turned into a global and European democratic recession. Democracy is currently under serious pressure and in retreat based on a possible reverse wave of authoritarianism and populism challenging the very foundations of the European integration and collaboration among the EU institutions. Over the last years, the European debate within the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament have become polarized, jeopardizing decision-making processes. Europe and the EU today face serious political changes and challenges, placing democracy at the crossroads. Contemporary Europe faces the resurgence of authoritarian traits in Hungary, Poland and Turkey, fragile democracies in the Balkans and in Eastern Europe, the rise of right-wing, populist EU-skeptic and xenophobic parties in Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden, and consolidated autocracy in Europe's neighboring states such as Belarus and Russia and in the European partner states Armenia and Azerbaijan. In addition, the global political landscape shows growing authoritarianism and intensified antidemocratic influences from powerful states like China, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. With weakened transatlantic ties between Europe and the US and an erosion of US democratic standards, the EU and European democracies are under severe challenges in their traditional ambition to promote and preserve a liberal democratic order. An enlarged democratic Europe and Europe as a normative power seem today more like a dream than a realistic goal. The Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Science welcomes papers that focus on themes related to the notion of DEMOCRACY AT THE CROSSROADS: EUROPEAN CHANGES AND CHALLENGES for its 2019 Spring Conference in Växjö. The conference accepts theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions from different academic disciplines and also welcomes contributions from practitioners outside academia. We would like to see papers dealing with European politics from a broad perspective, including themes such as EU institutions, decision-making, policy areas, party politics and external relations etc.

The Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Science welcomes papers that address European changes and challenges to democracy for its 2019 Spring Conference in Växjö. We also welcome paper and panel proposals that focus on other aspects of European politics, broadly defined. The organizers are open to innovative theoretical and methodological contributions from a variety of research traditions, and welcome proposals from individuals at all points of the career trajectory.

Paper proposal submissions

To submit a paper proposal, please submit the following, in the order listed below, all in a single Microsoft word file document, by Friday, 18 January 2019:

1. Applicant’s name, job title, affiliation, and contact information.

2. Paper title and abstract of no more than 250 words.

Please email complete applications to snes2019@lnu. Questions or clarifications prior to abstract submission should be directed to the same email address.

Successful applicants will be contacted by 1 February 2019.

Registration and paper submission

Registration to the conference should be made online at the conference webpage (registration opens 1 February 2019): Deadline: Friday, 1 March 2019. 

Full text version of accepted papers will be possible to submit via the SNES webpage until a week before the conference.

Context and host

The SNES conference will take place at Linnaeus University (campus Växjö), Sweden on 11-12 April 2019. The local host is the Department of Political Science. SNES connects academics, including graduate students, from across Sweden and Europe. It also involves policymakers and practitioners from organisations with a strong interest in understanding contemporary political developments in Europe. SNES is Sweden’s leading research network dealing with questions of European politics and governance.

Submission Timeline

18 January 2019: Deadline for submission of abstracts.

1 February 2019: Notification of acceptance decisions sent out to applicants.

1 March 2019: Deadline for registration.

Travel and accommodation

The conference is open to all interested participants. There is no conference fee. However, if you are NOT based at a SNES member institution (see list at you will have to cover your own costs of travel and accommodation. SNES will only cover costs for travel and accommodation for participants from the member institutions.

Accomodaction in Växjö: We have pre-booked rooms at a number of hotels, see the conference webpage: Please, call or email the hotel directly and mention the booking code "SNES2019" when you book to get our special price. Note: The pre-booked rooms can not be reserved on-line on the hotels own website or through an on-line third party wholesaler.

Travel: All transportation to the conference should be booked and paid for by each member institution. Each member institution will then send one joint invoice for the total cost of travels (for all participants from that institution) to the SNES network for reimbursement. Contact your local SNES representative for more information.




Linnaeus University

Växjö, 11 - 12 April 2019