SNES Spring Conference 2020


The Swedish Network for European Studies (SNES) conference takes place at Södertörn University, Sweden on 2-3 April 2020.

Still an Actor? The EU in Global Politics

The liberal world order based on multilateralism is being challenged by populism and revisionism from various parts of the international system. When the United States shows less interest in and support for global multilateralism, it could create an opportunity for the European Union to show leadership. However, at the same time, the EU is going through some of its worst crises since its inception. For the first time, the organization is dealing with the withdrawal of a member state from the Union. The EU’s neighbourhood policy is challenged by Russia in Ukraine and elsewhere in eastern Europe. Internally, the Union is increasingly divided over issues such as asylum and migration. Over the last couple of years, we have witnessed the reintroduction of (temporary) border controls at several places in Europe. Moreover, the euro is struggling to regain confidence in the wake of the global financial crisis.

During this year’s spring conference, we wish to focus on how these multiple crises and challenges for the integration process have changed the nature of the EU; and how they impact on the role of the Union in a world characterized by deep changes to global politics. Can the EU still be described as an actor in global politics? Is the European integration process still a role model for other regions?

The keynote address of the conference will be delivered by Professor Jan Zielonka, Oxford University.
We welcome papers that address the conference theme as well as papers and panels that focus on other aspects of European politics, broadly defined.

Paper proposal submission (deadline passed)

Deadline: 17 January 2020.

To submit a paper proposal, please submit the following in the order listed below in a single Word or PDF file.

  • Applicant’s name, job title, affiliation and contact information.
  • Paper title and abstract of no more than 250 words.

Please email complete applications to the conference organisers ( Questions or clarifications prior to abstract submission should be directed to the same address.

Successful applicants will be informed by Monday 3 February 2020.


Registration deadline: 21 February 2020.
Registration to the conference


The conference is organised by the Department of Political Science at the School of Social Sciences, Södertörn University and SNES, Uppsala University. The venue is Campus Flemingsberg, south of Stockholm.

Conference conveners: Mats Braun, Nicholas Aylott and Nina Carlsson.