VU Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies

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The VU Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies (VICES) is accepting funding applications for events organized by VU faculty members, which contribute to the quality and visibility of research relating to Europe at the VU. We support two types of activities: larger events (up to 3000 euros) and smaller events (up to 500 euros). Events may be understood broadly, to include conferences, workshops, guest speakers, panel discussions, debates and so on. You can find more information on the call here.

In 2019, VICES has funded a series of successful events (for an overview of past events, see the the funded events page). 

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VU Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies (VICES) is a platform for researchers at VU to share their research, work together, and develop new ideas new ideas regarding Europe and European integration. It welcomes all those at the university who are interested in contemporary Europe, and extends an ongoing invitation for them to participate in events, share their thoughts, make suggestions, and apply for funding. It also aims to include colleagues who do not study Europe directly, but who have ideas or knowledge that can help us understand the continent and its dynamics. These may be political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, cultural theorists, economists, lawyers or others.

VICES aims to: 

  • invigorate and raise the profile of the research done at VU on Europe
  • create new interdisciplinary networks of researchers 
  • add to the field of European studies by offering a distinctive and refreshing perspective on the field
  • facilitate new research projects, new funding and new ideas
European integration is a uniquely radical experiment in governance, which can only be understood by drawing on the insights of the human and social sciences beyond those traditionally regarded as ‘European studies’. The study of Europe needs to become less introspective, and more exploratory: we plead for a turn to the outside, to reinvigorate the field.

VICES is inspired by eight themes. These are not intended to be exhaustive or to exclude other projects. However, they each reflect an aspect of the contemporary world with which European Studies needs to engage, and give an indication of how the field can connect with and be enriched by other disciplines. The themes are:

  • Complexity & Governance
  • Technology & Power
  • Identity Politics
  • Feminism & Diversity
  • Illiberal Democracy
  • Globalisation & militarization
  • Redistribution & sharing
  • Constitutional resistance & civil disobedience

Each of these will be the subject of workshops and other events. All those who would like to contribute to thinking about these topics are invited to let us know at Colleagues from outside the VU are welcome to participate too.


VICES has a supervisory board consisting of the deans of the contributing faculties (Law and Social Science). 

The day-to-day management is done by Prof. Bastiaan van Apeldoorn and Prof. Gareth Davies. Assistance is provided by Lisanne de Blok. VICES can be contacted at or LinkedIn