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Chair’s Message — May 2018

tc6lp9bs_400x400Helen Drake, Loughborough University London

29 May 2018

This is my penultimate column for the newsletter as Chair. My successor will be Nick Startin (University of Bath), and I would like to congratulate him on winning the election for the role. He and the Committee will be joined by two new elected members, Viviane Gravey (Queen’s University Belfast) and Heidi Maurer (London School of Economics).

All three have already served UACES in various capacities, and I thank them for their ongoing contributions. We at UACES are also grateful to all members who put themselves up for election in 2018, and commiserate with those just pipped at the post.

My successor will be working alongside a new interim Executive Director, Katharine King.  Katharine has been appointed to cover for Emily Linnemann who is now on maternity leave. We are delighted to welcome Katharine to the office, and wish Emily all the very best for the coming year.

In 2018 we continue to financially support our members. Thanks to generous co-funding by the James Madison Charitable Trust, we were able to make the Luke Foster Prize for Best JCER Article (voted for by JCER readers and UACES members) for a second time.  The 2018 award has gone to Astrid Pepermans for her piece entitled ‘The Sino-European Solar Panel Dispute: China’s Successful Carrot and Stick Approach Towards Europe’ (Vol. 13, issue 4). The subject matter could hardly be more timely – economic statecraft and diplomacy – and we extend our congratulations to Astrid.

The runners-up in the competition were the articles ‘Democratic Legitimacy, Desirability and Deficit in EU Governance’ by Tom Theuns and Maurits de Jongh (Vol. 13, issue 3); and ‘Far Beyond the Treaties’ Clauses: the European Parliament’s Gain in Power, 1952-1979’ by Mechthild Roos (Vol. 13, issue 2). Well done to all contenders, and thank you to all who took part in the poll. So much work goes into producing and editing JCER, including the administration of this prize, and I’d like to especially thank here our journal editors and in particular our JCER editor-in-chief, Maxine David.

UACES also offers competitive Scholarships worth £1,500 each to postgraduate (PhD) students undertaking fieldwork in another country.  Since 2002, UACES has awarded 138 such travel scholarships to postgraduate students from 33 different countries. In 2019 UACES will offer four more of these, and the deadline for applications is 12 October 2018.

This year we have awarded six such scholarships, thanks to our James Madison co-funding, and I’m pleased to inform readers that the winners are: Martina Fuerruter, Kira Gartzou Katsouyanni, Bruno Theodoro Luciano, Olena Lyubchenko, Patrick Utz and Ingmar Versolmann.

It is very much part of UACES’s mission to support student and early career members in these ways. We would like to hear from our members who are currently in the midst of their PhD studies, or who have just completed their PhD, to find out more about your needs. So we hope that you will take part in our survey: all participants will have a chance to win fabulous prizes including books from the Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies series, free UACES membership and free Annual Conference attendance.

Our mission over the past 50 years has been ‘to advance education for the public benefit through the promotion of teaching and research in contemporary European Studies’. You will know that we have been celebrating the last half century of doing so. Our activities and resources about the last 50 years of UACES and the European Studies discipline have been archived online, and are still growing, thanks to a truly collaborative effort on the part of many people who have given their time to UACES over the past years. I’m proud that we have put UACES and its accomplishments on the record in this way.


Helen Drake, Loughborough University London

29 May 2018


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