Disruption and Reconstruction in and of Europe
In an increasingly global world, individuals and communities are experiencing severe disruptions to their
way of life. Among these disruptions are the emerging consequences of the climate crisis, the Covid-19
pandemic, and the resurgence of nationalist and alt-right organizations that have sought to exert control over
bodies both at and within national borders. In response to this overlap of disturbances, we are witnessing
grassroots mobilization and the emergence of new coalitions across previously discrete communities to
reconstruct life and perceptions of justice. How can we understand and study the significant disruptions and
the efforts of reconstruction in and of Europe? As business-as-usual fails to tackle such existential turmoil,
what are the alternative futures that await the continent?
The Graduate Fellows of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame are
happy to invite abstract submissions for papers to be presented at the Institute’s third annual graduate
conference being held virtually April 16-17, 2021. This year, we will center our discussions on the theme
“Disruption and Reconstruction in and of Europe.” Within the framework of this theme, we invite papers from
all disciplines examining historical, cultural, social, economic, geographical, religious, political, or
methodological issues related to the idea of Europe and to contemporary European life. Interested graduate
students and post-docs can submit an abstract of 350 words by March, 1 to be eligible for inclusion in what
promises to be a thoughtful and engaging conference.
For more information, including an upcoming announcement on our keynote speaker, please visit The
Nanovic Institute's website.
Abstract submissions are due by March, 1 through this Google Form:
Disruption and Reconstruction in and of Europe CfP