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Thank you so much for your interest in this conference! We hope you will decide to get involved.

We are interested in hearing from students and recent graduates about under-considered topics and career paths relevant to contemporary Europe. What goes unexamined and under studied in this field? What are some professional opportunities students of contemporary Europe seldom consider? If you are a student or recent graduate, we would like to feature your perspective on these topics. Your presentation may take the shape of a paper or multimedia exploration.


One-page Presentation Proposals due: Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
Notifications about proposals: Saturday, January 1st, 2022
Presentations due: Saturday, February 5th, 2022
Conference date: Saturday, March 5th, 2022 – virtual


Potential Topics

  • The Whole Truth: Curriculum Reflecting European Realities – What goes untaught and why?
  • Histories of Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Europe
  • Minority Populations (Romani; refugees and/or migrants; Muslims; disabled; LGBTQ+)
  • Eastern + Central Europe
  • Terminology and its Pitfalls
  • Mediterranean History
  • Expats or (im)migrants: Perceptions of the other


Please send questions and proposals to:

Keynote Speakers

Professor Priscilla Layne – Associate Professor of German; Adjunct Assistant Professor of African and Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Akasemi Newsome ’04 – Associate Director of the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

Lauren Gaillard ’17 – Student Life Coordinator, with CODE University of Applied Sciences in Berlin

Conference Organizers


Kellan Robinson graduated from UNC-CH in May 2020. Here, she double majored in Contemporary European Studies and Global Studies (focus on Africa and International Politics) and minored in French and African American and Diaspora Studies. During her collegiate career, Kellan spent a semester in Paris studying French and volunteering, served as an agent for social change, and became a published author in Spring 2020 with an article about women’s rights in Tunisia.

Shortly after graduating from UNC with distinction and as an inductee of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, Kellan joined Cincinnati City Councilmember Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney’s office as an intern and later served as the Councilmember’s Assistant Legislative Director.




Jalyn McNeal is a TransAtlantic Masters (TAM) student who is now in Grenoble, France in the Transatlantic Studies track. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017 with a B.A. in Global Studies and minors in French and Arabic. During his time in undergrad, he studied abroad in Morocco, France, and Jordan. After graduation, he did two years of youth development work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. His research interests include immigration into the EU from Africa and the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Syrian refugee crises, social and education policies, multilingualism, and anti-trafficking efforts for missing and exploited children.





Tooltip text says Hello! My name is Tracy Ridley, and I am a first-year student in the EURO-TAM excel program at Carolina. I am double-majoring in Contemporary European Studies and Political Science, with a minor in German. I joined WRESL my first semester at Carolina because of my deep interest in the refugee crisis in Europe and the struggles facing thousands of people across the continent. In the future, I hope to use my education, skills, and background to help those in need and make my impact on as many people as possible worldwide.

Tracy Ridley is a third-year student in the EURO-TAM excel program at Carolina. He is double-majoring in Contemporary European Studies and Political Science, with a minor in German. Last year, he studied overseas in South Korea and Germany. In the future, he hopes to use his education, skills, and background to help those in need and make an impact on as many people as possible worldwide.



Conference Affiliates

Lauren Gaillard ’17 is a TAM graduate. She now serves as Student Life Coordinator, with CODE University of Applied Sciences. In this role, Lauren oversees all aspects of the student community from prospective students to alumni. She serves a crucial role in the development of inter-organizational exchange with partner universities and international institutions for events such as hackathons, conferences and talks. As part of her role, she leads the strategic planning of the mentoring and advising program for students, organizes orientation week for newcomers and coordinates graduation ceremonies. In addition to this, she chairs the research commission where she has drafted the research concept and ethical research policy for the university. Due to her passion for cultural development and exchange, she also sits on the diversity, equity and inclusion committee as well as the admissions committee. Prior to her current job, Lauren held administrative positions in marketing, recruitment and student affairs at several universities including Touro College Berlin and New York University Berlin. She holds an M.A. in Political Science, Concentration Transatlantic Studies, and a B.A. in sport administration with a minor in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Although she still calls North Carolina home, she now happily resides in Berlin, Germany.


Headshot of Cameren Lofton.Cameren Lofton is a Project Manager on the Program Design & Implementation Team at Algorex Health in Boston, MA. She graduated from UNC–Chapel Hill in spring 2020 with a double major in Political Science and Contemporary European Studies. On campus, she was involved in WRESL (Working Group for Refugees, Europe, and Service-Learning), The Bridge online magazine, and the Black Arts Theatre Company. She also served as Program Assistant for a partnership between the Center for European Studies and The Exodus Institute, a non-profit in DC with a focus on addressing the crisis of forced migration.