The new UACES collaborative research network (CRN) on “Europe and the Everyday” has been officially launched. The coordinators of the CRN, Dr Jelena Obradović-Wochnik (Aston University), Dr Simona Guerra (University of Leicester) and Dr Soeren Keil (Canterbury Christ Church University), together with Communications Officer Paul Anderson (Canterbury Christ Church University) have been busy in recent weeks getting the CRN set up and running.


The CRN has a website at: which includes a Blog section in which regular updates about the CRN and more-research focused contributions will be published. If you fancy contributing to our blog, we’d love to hear from you. We welcome pieces on all aspects of European Politics, and at around 500-750 words, it’s a great way to contribute to contemporary debates and get noticed.

We also have a Facebook site, where we keep our followers updated with events, blogs, and calls for papers. Why not give us a ‘like’!

If you’re more of a Tweeter, why not follow us at: @europeevecrn


In addition to setting up the online and social media presence, the members of the CRN have also been busy in applying for conferences and making the CRN and its activities more visible in the academic sphere. A first joint paper by the three coordinators will be presented at the Fringe Political Parties in Southeast and Eastern Europe Workshop in Ghent, Belgium 9-10 May 2016. The paper presented here will examine the rise of nationalist governments in Poland, Bosnia and Serbia. Before that, Drs Keil and Guerra will also present a paper at the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies conference in Maynooth, Ireland. Their paper is titled ‘Europeanization versus Democratization: Assessing the Democratization of Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina.’

Furthermore, the CRN is sponsoring three panels at the UACES Annual conference in September 2016 in London, UK. The panels are on a variety of themes, including ‘EU Integration challenges Facing the Western Balkans’, ‘Parties and Party System Change in Eastern and Southeastern Europe’ and ‘The Western Balkans on their Way to Brussels – Between State-Building, Democratization and Europeanization.’ All three coordinators will present a variety of papers at these panels (and others), and the CRN will be strongly represented and visible at the conference.


Finally, the first workshop of the CRN on ‘Researching Europe and the Everyday’ is taking place on 20th September 2016 at Aston University in Birmingham. We are very much looking forward to discussing different perspectives on researching ‘Europe and the Everyday’ and expanding our activities in the coming weeks and months! The Call for Papers for the above-mentioned workshop is open until the 15th of April 2016. If you haven’t already sent us a proposal, time is ticking. With funding opportunities for PhD students and early career researchers, this is an event not to be missed!


If you have any questions about the CRN and its activities, please contact the Communications Officer, Paul Anderson at

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