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Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Amsterdam Centre for European Studies - ACES

ACES has been awarded a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence grant from the EU’s Erasmus+ programme. The Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence play a key role in reaching out to students from faculties who wouldn't otherwise engage in issues pertaining to the EU as well as to policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public at large.

With this grant, ACES will organise Summer Schools for Master and PhD students, Annual Conferences, Practitioner Engagement Series, briefings for journalists (in cooperation with the Representation of the EC in the Netherlands), study trips to Brussels for students and our Visions of Europe lecture series.

  • Visions of Europe Lecture Series

    The Visions of Europe lecture series brings prominent European policy makers and academics to Amsterdam to address urgent European and global issues. Each lecture highlights a different theme, like Brexit, Spanish Elections,  the rise of populism in Italy, that is discussed by a keynote speaker with a Q&A at the end of the keynote. The lecture series is organised in collaboration with SPUI25 and reaches a diverse public audience also from outside the university circles.

    Please find the different Visions of Europe editions here.

  • Practitioner Engagement Series

    A Practitioner Engagement Event is a seminar on a topic with a distinct European dimension, involving renowned academics and experienced practitioners from the EU policy field as well as from civil society. Previous speakers include, Toivo Klaar, currently the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, and Alexandros Yannis, an EU official currently working in Brussels as Senior Advisor in the Strategic Planning Division of the European External Action Service (EEAS) of the European Union.

  • Summer School 2020

    ‘’How to do race in migration studies in Europe’’

    Due to Coronavirus outbreak, the summer school has been postponed to 2021.

    Migration studies has a race problem. In the social sciences more broadly, race has been gaining significance as an analytical category. Critical race theory and other forms of theorizing race, racism and racialisation are increasingly influential, and calls to decolonise knowledge production by activists/scholars find more and more fertile ground. In migration research however, race remains marginal.

    The field of migration studies has been historically constituted by methodological whiteness, leading to race’s near invisibility in critical discussions around migration. This invisibility is perhaps stronger than elsewhere in continental Europe, where rejection of racism has resulted in political and scholarly reticence to use the concept of “race”. This elision sees discussions of race absent from many of the central questions animating migration studies today concerning why people migrate; how they migrate; migration processes and pathways; and political and public attitudes towards migration. In policy terms, race continues to animate discussions around migration either explicitly such as in the cases of Brexit, the Hostile Environment and the Windrush Scandal in the UK, or through its absence in say the new European Commissioner for ‘Promoting Our European Way of Life’ under which EU migration policy now falls. 

    Important questions also remain unasked regarding how race intersects with categories such as gender, sexuality, and class in migration practices and politics. This summer school aims at bringing together early career scholars working on race and its relation to migration (broadly defined) with more senior scholars and practitioners to explore how to do race in migration studies.

  • Annual Conferences

    Differentiated Integration: Promise, Pitfalls and Alternative Pathways for the European Union

    1-2 October 2020 Online Conference

    This conference will examine the development of differentiated integration within the EU from an empirical and a normative perspective, focusing on both its promises and its pitfalls. Speakers will cover both internal and external dimensions of differentiation across a range of policy fields, linking academic research to current political debates about the future of European integration. The conference will also consider alternative pathways to accommodating national diversity within the EU such as experimentalist governance and flexible implementation of European rules and policies.

    Mobilizing Cities: Urban Geopolitics in Europe and the Mediterranean


    In numerous European cities, a variety of protest movements have been taking to the streets, using the urban arena to contest economic, social and political precarity. How can we understand such new forms of urban mobilization in a comparative perspective? And what do they mean for city administrations, for civil society groups, for urban citizens themselves, all of whom are becoming new political subjects?

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