Empire and Nation: Undergraduate Conference in Budapest

Deadline: 15 May 2015
Open to: students worldwide who are interested in any aspect of nation and empire from a historical perspective
Venue: Budapest, Hungary, August 6-9, 2015


In recent times imperial and national politics have made a strong return to the global scene. This meant a severe setback for postmodern hopes for a transnational and post-imperial world or a global conflict management. The Department of History and the Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University, Budapest, take this as an occasion to rethink the role of empires and nations in history.

Paper proposals are invited from undergraduate students from all around the world, who are interested in any aspect of nation and empire from a historical perspective. Proposals from all thematic areas will be considered(political history, social history, economic history, military history, cultural history, gender history, religious history, intellectual history, and so on) and all historical periods. However, preference will be given to proposals with interesting approaches and well defined research questions, objectives, and findings.


  • the language of the conference and the papers is English
  • proposals should not exceed 250 words
  • deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015
  • students will be notified about the acceptance of their proposal by end of May 2015

Paper requirements:

  • papers should be 2000 to max. 3000 words long
  • deadline: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
  •  at the conference participants will present a 10-12 minute summary of their papers in thematic panels.


Conference participants must register for the conference by Sunday, May 31, 2015 by paying the conference fee (payment instruction will follow soon). The conference fee is 75 EUR and includes:

  • three nights’ accommodation in single rooms in the CEU Residence Center 
  • breakfast
  • coffee breaks
  • receptions
  • guided tours
  • 72h public transport pass
  • free Wi-Fi
  • access to CEU Library

Best paper award: after the conference a committee will decide on the five best papers, which will be subsequently published in a special issue of the Annuals of Medieval Studies at CEU.

How to Apply?

You can send your application for the conference through the following online form available HEREFor inquiries, please send an e-mail toundergraduateconference2015@ceu.edu

The official website

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