Call for proposals

Democracy, migration, and a changing Europe

The 5th Transylvanian Conference in Political Science

Cluj/Kolozsvár/Klausenburg, 19 May, 2016


International migration is one of the key challenges that Europe faces today, having both internal and external implications. While the failure of states in the Middle East and North Africa bring an unprecedented number of refugees and migrants to Europe, the deteriorating economic situation and future prospects of South and Eastern European countries generates a flow of internal, Eastern-Western direction migrants, challenging the political and economic realities of both the Western European receiving countries and the Eastern countries of emigration. These challenges have several consequences. On one hand, a discursive shift can be witnessed on European level, as not only the existing European security policy and the free movement of labor is questioned by some members of the political elite, but the entire liberal democratic paradigm and the future of the European Union is under scrutiny. On the other hand, the mass migration challenges the future Eastern European countries’ from political, economic and demographic perspectives.

The main objective of the conference is to examine these new challenges and to introduce some analytical, methodological and theoretical order in the scientific debate of these events.

We are looking for papers focusing on the following topics:

  • linkage between migration and democratic discursive and policy changes throughout Europe
  • linkage between migration and political mobilization, the rise of radical parties
  • the impact of the different types of migration on European countries
  • migration and democratic challenges from historical perspectives
  • migrant crisis and the EU, analysis focusing on integration, the reform of Schengen, Turkey-EU relations

The official working languages of the conference is English, in exceptional cases papers can be presented in Hungarian.


In order to register, please visit the Conference’s homepage, fill out the electronic registration form and submit it online. If you are having trouble with the registration, send the relevant information to the following email address:

Paper proposals should be submitted by the 10 April 2015 through this link:

The registration fee is 15 EUR / 70 RON / 4500 HUF, and covers participation at the conference, conference materials and (partially) the meals served during the event.

Organizers are unable to provide accommodation for all conference participants, a list of recommended accommodation facilities will be available on the website of the conference.

 Conference participation grants

The organizers offer a limited number of participation grants for young researchers and PhD students. The grant consists of a waiver of the participation fee and also covers the accommodation of the participant. Please indicate the intention to apply for this grant during the online registration process.

More information on the conference:

The conference is organized by the

Association of Hungarian PhD Students and Young Researchers of Romania (RODOSZ)

The Regional Committee in Cluj of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (KAB), Political Science Section

in partnership with

Babeș-Bolyai University, Political Science Department, Hungarian Line of Studies

Sapientia – Hungarian University of Transylvania, International Relations and European Studies Department

Hungarian Political Science Association in Romania – POLITEIA

Association of Hungarian Political Science Students from Cluj (KoMPoT).


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