Newsletter May 2024

#1:  Public Conference: “Forging the Future of Europe” | 50 years of TEPSA & the European Council
On the occasion of TEPSA’s (Trans European Policy Studies Association) and the EUCO’s 50th anniversaries, the public conference “Forging the Future of Europe” is hosted. The conference will occur on May 28, 2024, at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels. The conference will run between 14:00 – 18:00 CET. The public conference will begin with a short introduction on TEPSA at 50: “The Past, Present, and Future of Pan-European Knowledge Exchanges.” the following panel will focus on the European Council’s role in shaping the European integration process. The conference will be concluded by discussing the future of EU enlargement. With this conference, TEPSA aims to highlight exemplary efforts in promoting trans-European knowledge exchanges and cooperation in an engaging and lively discussion.
#2: Sanctions, Remittances, and (in) Security: Legal Conundrums, Financial Paradoxes, and Humanitarian PuzzlesThe conference, taking place in the Hague on May 15, 2024, is organized by Leiden University. The event brings together students, officials, practitioners, and scholars to rethink sanctions, focusing on the future of sanctions scholarship and practice. The strained connection between international law and sanctions power, the autonomy of financial systems of mediating filters of the sanctions regime, the new modes of great-power driven sanctions-busting, the intersection of remittances and sanctions, the role of sanctions in defending human rights and the humanitarian harms that follow from that place, all these themes will be considered and matched to empirical studies of sanctions (Afghanistan, Syria, Russia, etc). 
#1: Alumni Reunion
Accept the invitation to the Alumni Reunion of the Institute of International Studies, Charles University. The traditional event will occur on May 28, 2024, at 6 p.m. in the Grébovka Pavilion in Havlíčkovy Sady. This year’s reunion is special because IMS celebrates 30 years since its foundation. Say hello, reunite, and chat with former classmates and teachers.
#2: Walk-in concert University organ
Feel free to enjoy the Leiden University walk-in concerts on the Flentrop organ, which Musicians of the Academy Organ provide along with guest organists, musicians, and vocalists. The concert starts at 1 p.m. in the Great Auditorium of the Academy Building on May 8, 2024.
#1: 59th Northern Great Plains History Conference
The School of American and Global Studies at South Dakota State University invites graduate and undergraduate student participants to the Fifty-Ninth Northern Great Plains History Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, from September 25-28, 2024. The conference will occur downtown in the City Centre Holiday Inn and the Downtown Public Library on Eighth Street.  Proposals for individual papers and complete sessions in all fields of history – around the globe and across time – are welcome! The conference program committee is especially looking forward to proposals on the impact of sports culturally in history. The paper proposal, including a one-paragraph abstract and a one-page CV, are to be sent to Graham Wrightson by May 20, 2024.
#2: EFRI Summer School
Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Rijeka organizes the International Jean Monnet Summer School „International Environment and European Integration“. International EFRI Summer School will be held from July 1-12, 2024 in Rijeka, Croatia.  Participants of EFRI Summer School will be students from many EU/non-EU countries, and from the Republic of Croatia, with an interest in the topic of the European Union, processes of integration, and business in the international environment. Application for summer school is possible through the online form. The deadline for the application is June 15, 2024.
#3: EPS programme – student photos
EPS students are welcome to send photo material related to the programme. Do not hesitate, and feel free to send photos related to both academic and student life. Photos of life at universities, of student housing, of life abroad, of countries and cities that students have visited are very much desired. The material from the students will be presented on EPS website and social networks. Photos can be sent either to or share the photos here
IMPORTANT DATES#1: Joint Online Research SeminarThe online research seminar for first-year students will occur on May 29, 2024. Details regarding the seminar will be announced via email in May.
#2: MA thesis submission deadlineThe deadline for submitting the MA thesis is June 14, 2024. See the details about MA thesis writing and submission on the EPS website.
HINDSIGHT#1: Oxford Spring SchoolEPS students presented their MA thesis research on the 2024 edition of the Oxford Spring School. Thank you for your active participation, hopfully you enjoyed the event as we did! Do you want to know more? Read the report from the event by the Europaeum. 
Paradise Lost, 1667 (author: John Milton)
In case you are in the mood for poetry, you should not miss John Milton´s opus. The epical poem is written in blank verse and can be considered to be a national epos. This deeply theological text, full of biblical images, deals with theological issues and reflects the tragic events of the time of its origin. Sink into the past and enjoy this very influential text in European culture. FREQUENT QUESTION / DO NOT FORGETWho should I send my Erasmus+ learning agreement for signatures? The learning agreement has to be signed by both, CU and by PU representatives. Concerning CU, contact Zuzana Kasáková, the vice dean for international affairs, directly at As for the UPF, email Míriam Boher (; for JU, contact Elzbieta Baran (; for LU, get in touch with Maxine David (  
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