Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of a Transnational Europe


Calls for Papers

Political Citizenship and Social Movements (27-28 June 2016): a two-day conference exploring the interrelationship between citizenship and current social movements. Call for Papers open until 1 March 2016. Read more.

Past Updates

A Process of (Dis)integration?: Citizens' attitudes towards, and participation in, national and EUropean politics

A workshop was held on 10th-11th September 2015 in Portsmouth, organised by the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Citizenship, the Centre for European & International Studies Research and CESTE, including these themes:

  • Contemporary citizenship, identity and public attitudes in national and EUropean contexts
  • Citizen and migrant rights in EUrope
  • Citizen participation in national and EUropean politics
  • The state of EUropean democracy today

National societal actors in a multilevel environment: 12th HEIRS Conference, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

The 12th HEIRS conference was held 21st-22nd April 2016 in Louvain-la-Neuve, with support from the Centre. For more information, click here.

Portsmouth Research is World Leading

The results of the Research Excellence Framework were recently announced showing Portsmouth University to be a world-leading university in research. The entry in Area Studies produced the largest concentration of world-leading and internationally-excellent research in the university, placing us fourth nationally in this subject for Research Power. The full press release can be found here.

CESTE conference 2015

16th-17th April 2015

CESTE, in collaboration with the Centre for European and International Studies Research, held an international conference on the 16th and 17th April 2015. This conference examined how academics, political actors and cultural institutions develop and tell stories (or 'narratives') about European integration, often in order to justify political agendas. It welcomed academics from across Europe and the USA.

Fighting Extremism in the UK

25th February 2015, 13.30-15.00 PK 3.03

We are very fortunate to welcome two practitioners, who will present the way their organisations' fight hate-crime, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia on a daily basis.

Michael Whine, MBE, Government & International Affairs Director, Community Security
Trust at Community Security (CST).(

CST is the only organisation in the country dedicated to collecting, analysing, responding to and
publishing statistics relating to anti-Semitic figures. Every year CST helps secure over 300 synagogues; over 120 Jewish schools; more than 1000 Jewish communal organisations and buildings; and approximately 1000 communal events. CST also represents the Jewish community on a wide range of Police, governmental and policy making bodies dealing with security and anti-Semitism. Indeed, the Police and government praise CST as a model of how a minority community should protect itself.

Fiyaz Mughal, OBE, FCMI,Faith Matters, Director,(
Faith Matters is a not for profit organisation founded in 2005 which works to reduce extremism and interfaith and intra-faith tensions and we develop platforms for discourse and interaction between Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Jewish and Hindu communities across the globe. They have offices in the United Kingdom, Pakistan and the Middle East (Jerusalem).

All are welcome to attend.

Europe Day of Languages

Friday 26th September 2014

CESTE in partnership with the University’s School of Education and Portsmouth Football Club facilitated an interactive day of language learning at Portsmouth’s Fratton Park grounds. Around 75 school pupils from seven different schools attendead an action packed day. Teams from the schools competed with each other to compile a dossier, including a video presentation in French, to attract a French football player to the club. Pupils and school staff indicated in the feedback great enjoyment in what was a most unusual competition and stimulating activity for learning French.

Mike Mannin, representing CESTE, presented a brief outline of employment opportunities made available through EU free movement of labour, stressing the importance of being able to speak another language.

The pupil feedback, which was completed prior to and after the event showed a significant uplift in enjoyment in the learning of languages and other cultures, as well as increased recognition of the benefits of knowing a second language to employment prospects and an increased desire to continue language education. This is especially encouraging as this day will have hopefully encouraged these Year 9 pupils to decide to continue language education to GCSE and possibly beyond.

The event highlighted the strength of community engagement and novel forms of education as a method of outreach to increase recognition of the importance of understanding other cultures and languages.

CESTE / SELP European Congress 2014

Tuesday 9th September 2014

CESTE were delighted to be welcome the Southern England Local Partners for the 2014 CESTE/SELP European Congress on Tuesday 9th September. Read more.

First European Presidential Debate, Live and on Internet

Monday 28th April 2014

The very first ‘European Presidential Debate’ between the candidates for the European Commission Presidency took place on Monday 28th April in Maastricht. The debate was jointly organized by Maastricht University, the City of Maastricht, Connect Limburg, the European Youth Forum, and Euronews.

During the debate, the candidates, Jean-Claude Juncker (European People’s Party), Martin Schulz (Party of European Socialists), Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party), and Ska Keller (European Green Party), discussed and engaged with issues that are particularly important for young Europeans, and answered their questions.

Moderated by Euronews lead presenter Isabelle Kumar, the debate was broadcast live through Euronews’ worldwide TV network simultaneously in 13 languages and streamed live on and Euronews’ mobile apps.

SELP Thematic Visit 2013/14 No 4: Update on EU Funding Programmes

Thursday 27th March 2014

The seminar focused on selected key EC funding programmes, and made available SELP’s Action Plan 2014/15. Hosted by Southern England Local Partners (SELP) in conjunction with the University of Portsmouth's Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of a Transnational Europe.  


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Conference on Crisis, Ideas and Policy Transformation

Thursday 30th January 2014

On 30th-31st January 2014, the University of Portsmouth in conjunction with Maastrict University and H-Soz-u-Kult of Humbolt University, Berlin held a conference on Crisis, Ideas and Policy Transformation: Experts and Expertise in European International Organisations, 1973-1987 in Maastrict. This conference brought together academics from across Europe to discuss the development of European international organisations during the crisis-ridden period between the first oil shock in 1973 and the coming into force of the European Single Act in 1987. The report of this conference can be found here.