Call for papers

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Maastricht, and the Center for International Relations Studies at the University of Liège, invite paper proposals for a workshop on:

‘The role of non-state actors in the EU’s relations with Eastern Europe and Central Asia’
at Maastricht University on 28-29 April 2016

The workshop – funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) – intends to bring together academic scholars and senior members of the Brussels diplomatic community, to provide an assessment of the role of non-state actors in the EU’s relations with Eastern Europe (the Eastern Partnership countries), the Russian Federation and Central Asia. The focus is placed on a set of actors – such as national or multinational corporations, oligarchs and business cartels, think tanks, NGOs, private donors & foundations, religious organisations or organised criminal networks – whose role in and influence on the EU’s policies towards partner counties in its closer and wider neighbourhoods has so far escaped a systematic and theoretically informed analysis.

The deadline for the submission of paper proposals (max. 500 words) is Wednesday, 23 March 2016. Submissions should be sent to the workshop organisers via Giselle Bosse (g.bosse{at} and Michal Natorski (Michal.Natorski{at}

Accepted contributions should be presented at the workshop in form of short concept papers (3000-5000 words). After the workshop, contributors are expected to develop the concept paper into a full manuscript for publication in a special issue or edited volume with a leading international journal/publisher.

The organisers cover all costs of transport and accommodation for workshop participants.