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Still an Actor? The EU in Global Politics

Annual spring conference of the Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Science (SNES).

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 addresses of the conference will be delivered by Jan Zielonkalänk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster, professor of European Politics at Oxford University, and Cecilia Malmströmlänk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster, Assar Gabrielsson visiting professor at the University of Gothenburg and former European Commissioner (2010-2019).

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: 27 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 should be made online. Click here to beginlänk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster


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.


The Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Science (SNES) aims to promote research in political science focused on European politics and to support exchanges among researchers and doctoral students. SNES consists of twelve member departments at Uppsala University, Malmö University, Lund University, Linnaeus University, Karlstad University, Umeå University, Linköping University, Dalarna University, Stockholm University, University of Gothenburg, Mid Sweden University and Södertörn University. For more information visit, the network's website (

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

Tid och plats

02 april 10:00 - 03 april 17:00


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SNES, in collaboration with Political Science at the Schoolof Social Sciences, Södertörn University



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