Carleton’s Centre for European Studies to Host 9th Biennial European Community Studies Association Conference

The financial problems in Greece have become a worldwide concern. Similarly, high unemployment rates, smaller pensions and more taxes have led thousands of people across Europe to the streets to protest their governments’ stringent deficit cutting measures. The ramifications of the global financial crisis for the European Union (EU) are likely to prove long-lasting. How will the EU and its member states deal with these challenges at a time when financial resources are scarce? Will Europe choose to integrate further to deal with these problems? Or will member states increasingly abandon Europe, as citizens become more Eurosceptic?

Carleton faculty and graduate students will join renowned European and North American scholars to tackle these and other questions related to the European Union at the 9th Biennial Conference of the European Communities Studies Association – Canada (ECSA-C), in Ottawa from April 26 to 28, 2012. The conference is entitled Europe in an Age of Austerity: Integration, disintegration, or stagnation?

This year the ECSA-C biennial conference is hosted by Carleton’s Centre for European Studies.

Media is invited to two public keynote events held as part of the ECSA-C Conference:

  • Public Lecture on Indifference, Skepticism, Identities – Citizen (Non)Attitudes on Europe after Six Decades of Integration by Sophie Duchesne, Research Professor at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Nanterre University, France

Where: Main Branch Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa

When: Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Roundtable on Europe in an Age of Austerity. Panelists include:
    • Patrick Leblond (Moderator), Political Science Department, University of Ottawa
    • Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Department of International Relations, Boston University
    • David Howarth, Jean Monnet Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
    • Kurt Hübner, Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration Studies and Global Political Economy,Department of German and European Studies, University of British Columbia

Where: Main Branch Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa

When: Friday, April 27, 2012 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 pm.

Keynote lectures are free of charge and do not require registration. The deadline for the public registration for the whole two-day conference has been extended to Sunday, April 22, 2012. For a full programme and information regarding conference fees, please go to:

This project is funded with support from the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union, the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue (supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) and Carleton University. The Conference Organizing Committee is also grateful to the Embassy of France to Canada for supporting a conference keynote speaker.


For more information:
Chris Cline
Media Relations
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 1391