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Young Scholars’ Conference April 2024

April 23 - April 24




Young Scholars’ Conference

Europe and the European Union: Challenges and Choices

23 and 24 April 2024


Concept Note

The contemporary landscape of Europe is marked by a complex interplay of ongoing challenges and critical choices.

Europe’s internal landscape is characterised by a rise in populism, Euroscepticism, and anxieties surrounding migration, security, and national identity. This is evident in the electoral performances of populist parties in several countries, such as the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Germany and the National Rally in France. These sentiments often challenge the core principles of the European Union, raising questions about the future of integration and its ability to foster a sense of shared European identity.

Beyond these challenges, Europe is also grappling with significant socio-economic concerns. Inflation is on the rise, impacting citizens’ purchasing power and raising concerns about social cohesion. Additionally, the war in Ukraine has triggered an energy crisis, highlighting the continent’s dependence on Russian energy supplies and prompting discussions on diversifying energy sources and accelerating the transition towards renewable energy. These issues, coupled with the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, have exacerbated existing inequalities and exposed vulnerabilities within the Eurozone. The security landscape has been fundamentally altered with debates on the structures of European security and widespread reports of human suffering. These circumstances have led to a renewed focus on defence spending and a re-evaluation of NATO’s role in guaranteeing European security.

Further complicating the security landscape are the ongoing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, exemplified by the recent escalation of the Israel-Palestine conflict. This, along with the potential for instability in regions bordering Europe, such as the Balkans and the Sahel, presents a complex web of security challenges that demand a coordinated and multifaceted response from the EU and its member states. In addition, the upcoming US elections and the possibility of a shift in American political leadership add another layer of uncertainty to the global and transatlantic landscape.

In the face of these multifaceted challenges, the EU stands at a crossroads. While internal divisions and external pressures pose significant obstacles, the current moment also presents opportunities for growth and transformation. The war in Ukraine has underscored the need for a stronger and more united EU, capable of acting as a global leader in promoting peace and security. This necessitates a renewed commitment to European values, including democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. Furthermore, the economic and energy crises presented an opportunity for the EU to accelerate the green transition and foster sustainable economic growth.

The upcoming European Parliament elections 2024 will also be a critical test for the EU. These elections will determine the political direction of the Union and its ability to address the challenges highlighted above.

Given these developments, the Centre for European Studies is organising a two-day Young Scholars Conference on the theme “Europe and the European Union: Challenges and Choices” on 25 and 26 April 2024. The Conference aims to provide a platform for in-depth discussions by young researchers across India on the complex challenges and crucial choices facing Europe today. Through engaging presentations, insightful discussions, and thought-provoking exchanges, young researchers will have the opportunity to contribute their unique perspectives and explore potential solutions to the multifaceted issues shaping the continent’s future.

The Conference invites abstracts from young scholars for original unpublished papers which respond but are not limited to the following subthemes:

  • EU and Contemporary Challenges in Geopolitics
  • Addressing Diversity and Identity Issues
  • Immigration, Integration and Internal Security
  • European Society and Politics
  • Nationalism and Populism in Europe
  • EU and the Security Framework post-Ukraine War
  • Globalisation and Growing Economic Interdependencies
  • Climate Change, Green Energy and Sustainability
  • Emerging Technologies and Cyber Security

Papers will be selected based on the abstracts (a maximum of 250 words with up to six keywords) to be submitted by March 18, 2024, to ceusconference2021@gmail.com. The conference committee will review all submitted abstracts and communicate their decisions regarding the acceptance of proposed papers by March 25, 2024. For any queries, please reach out to the Organising Team at ceusconference2021@gmail.com.




Prof. Bhaswati Sarkar

Jean Monnet Chair,

Professor, Centre for European Studies, SIS, JNU


Dr. Ankita Dutta 

Assistant Professor

Centre for European Studies



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April 23
April 24


Jean Monnet Chair


School of International Studies JNU
Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies JNU
New Delhi, Delhi 110067 India
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