Call for Conference Proposals

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies invites proposals from its Faculty Fellows for an academic conference to take place in the spring semester of 2023.

Proposals for conferences that actively engage aspects of “the margins of Europe” are particularly encouraged.

Pope Francis has repeatedly drawn attention to “the peripheries” (Evangelii Gaudium 20), a focus of the Nanovic Institute’s new strategic plan. In November 2021, the Institute will select an academic conference to support that explores the humanity of people and places at the margins and peripheries, and that actively seeks to enlarge the map and move beyond the traditional center.

Relevant topics may include but are not limited to marginalized populations in Europe, the borders of Europe, underexplored regions in Europe, underexplored European traditions, and marginalized languages.

The conference should have a clear focus and research question, an explicit connection to the theme of margins/peripheries, the potential for high visibility, and a publication strategy.

The Nanovic Institute will cover the conference costs up to $45,000. There will be one award. Conference organizers will work with the Nanovic Institute and will receive logistical support from the Institute’s staff members. The conference should be designed to take place at Notre Dame’s main campus or at one of the European Global Gateways or Centers.

The Nanovic Institute invites concise conference proposals (2 pages) from Nanovic Institute Faculty Fellows through the faculty grant portal with a description of the topic, a presentation of the rationale, a list of possible speakers, an outline of a tentative schedule and publication strategy, and the names of confirmed organizers. When submitting your proposal via the faculty grant application, please be sure to select “Signature Conference Grant.”

Application deadline: November 9, 2021.

A committee will review the conference proposals. Applicants will be notified by November 30, 2021.

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