Project Details


The University of Portsmouth has been awarded 100,000 euros of EU funding from the Erasmus+ programme to continue the highly successful work of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe (CESTE1), established in 2013.

The new CESTE2 project, which will run for 3 years from September 2017 to September 2020 and will retain CESTE’s focus on cross-border phenomena of European and EU governance but this time the Centre aims to address crucial themes in current EU politics, European integration and disintegration.

There are three research streams:

Exploring narratives about European integration led by Wolfram Kaiser;
The transnational mobilisation of citizens in the EU led by Nora Siklodi;
And improving our understanding of global actors’ narratives about and engagement with European integration and the EU led by Ed Stoddard.
The streams are linked by a shared interest in disintegration trends in the EU and seek to strengthen teaching innovation, and enhance our engagement with organised groups and citizens.

Building on our strong track-record in interdisciplinary European Studies, CESTE will strengthen global research on European integration by bringing together different disciplinary perspectives and building new global networks. CESTE proposes a range of activities focused on strengthening innovative interdisciplinary research, enhancing teaching about the EU and increasing our engagement with users. CESTE will inter alia organise three academic conferences and four academic-practitioner workshops. It will also deliver a new EU-related teaching unit and a seminar series.
Effective start/end date1/09/171/09/20


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