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Europe in the Archives / Europe in the Future
Start date: 01 Sep 2016, End date: 28 Feb 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Europe in the Archives / Europe in the Future (EAEF) project aims to investigate the history of European Union Studies as a discipline and, through raising awareness about its history, to promote a reflection on its future development. In particular, we want to reflect on the impact that academic associations such as UACES have had on European Union Studies and consider how they might continue to foster research and innovation in the discipline. 2017 is UACES's 50th anniversary year and this milestone represents the foundation of the EAEF project. Over the course of the project, UACES will run 5 events including 2 sessions at our Annual Conference (London 2016 and Krakow 2017), 2 conferences for postgraduate students to encourage the future development of European Studies and a flagship conference at the EUI in Florence, ‘Europe in the Archives’. In addition, the project will fund a research trip for an early-career researcher or PhD student to have a first look at the UACES archives. Both the study trip and the 'Europe in the Archives' event will raise awareness of the newly-deposited archives of UACES within the library at the EUI and will consider what can be learnt about European Union Studies and European Integration through the study of these archives. Throughout the project we will be cooperating with other English-language academic associations – in particular EUSA and IACES. Places at conferences will be particularly reserved for members of these associations and we hope that the project will foster future collaboration between EUSA, UACES and IACES.Outputs from the project will include a special section in JCER, online resources for teaching and researching European Studies, blog posts on Ideas on Europe and the publication of at least 50 open-access research papers. Further, it is hoped that this project will be a catalyst for further funding bids to facilitate the digitisation of the UACES archival materials.
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