International Conference


New perspectives on European (In)security

Call for papers

9 – 11 May 2019 | Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

In the last decade, European Union had to deal with many crises and risks to its security. While only some of them are directly threatening the lives of European citizens, they contribute to building a more general sense of anxiety and insecurity. Some challenges can be perceived as concrete threats for the general wellbeing: the refugees from conflict areas, the rise of populist far-right parties across Europe, the challenges of sovereign debt and fiscal austerity, the different anti-community positions adopted by several member states, the conflictual climate fueled by Russia or the disputes related to Brexit. But it is still unclear what European Union and member states have to do to address these challenges.

This conference aims to bring together works addressing these challenges. The event will gather a group of 25-30 researchers working on these topics in order to facilitate the knowledge sharing and a better understanding of current events. The organizers strive for a balance between established academics, early career scholars (PhD candidates may also apply) and practitioners. We encourage theoretical, empirical or methodological papers on any aspects related to developments and approaches in the fields of European governance, intelligence and security cooperation and management (including issues of securitization).

Depending on the quality, and scope of works, the organizers have in mind either a special issue in an international peer-reviewed journal or an edited volume with a high-profile publisher.

Papers can address any of the following topics including, but not limited to:
• The role of the EU in shaping European security;
• The role of Member State in addressing the current challenges;
• Security of migration;
• Governance of security;
• Elections and current political trends (eg. populism);
• Power rivalries and geopolitical threats;




Papers will be presented in the following format: 15 min. presentation + 15 min. discussion

In line with the goals of this conference, three types of papers are encouraged:

1. Theoretical papers that discuss the definition and conceptualization of new perspectives in European security. Such contributions should ideally bring a broad perspective of the concepts and relate them to existing analytical dimensions.

2. Methodological papers addressing specific issues or assessments related to European security. Contributions that bring innovative methods and data are particularly welcomed.

3. Empirical papers that seek to explain new developments, existing challenges, different forms of security in diverse settings, components of security etc. Longitudinal analyses and comparative works are particularly encouraged. We have no preference for qualitative or quantitative techniques of analysis. However, we expect papers presenting single case studies to aim at building, testing, or modifying theories instead of being centered on individual instances.

Application procedure and costs

Authors should fill in the application form (available here or at the bottom of this page) and submit it to until 1st of March 2019 (applications received after deadline will not be reviewed).

There is no conference fee. The organizers will provide accommodation and meals for the entire duration of the conference. In case of co-authored works, the organizers will cover the costs for one author.

Key Dates

1st of March 2019: Deadline for the submissions of abstracts.

15th of March 2019: Authors informed about the outcome of the selection process.

25th of April 2019: Deadline for authors to send their papers

9-11 May 2019: the event

For any further enquiries, please contact the organizers at

Author application form

Please download, fill and send form to until 1 March 2019.