This inter- and multi-disciplinary one-day conference seeks to explore potential vistas for building a strong European Union – one that capitalizes on creativity, innovation and digital technologies while strengthening its core political values of freedom, solidarity and integration.

Major issues to be addressed include, but are not limited to:


·         Investments in the cultural and creative sectors significantly contribute to economic growth, employment, innovation and social cohesion.



·         The use of information communication technologies (ICTs) could help reduce the negative impact on the environment, contribute toproductivity growth, jobs and competitiveness, and overall improve social inclusion.




·         European commitment to the EU future of Western Balkan states

·         Internal problems of consolidation following the adoption of the Lisbon treaty and the European financial crisis

·         Bridging the North-South divide within Europe

·         Developing the European Neighborhood Policy in times of Eurosceptic critique of democratic deficiency

·         Economic, political, regional and migration issues concerning the future of European integration

·         Strengthening freedom, security and justice in Europe


Case studies comparing at least three countries (including but not limited to those of South East Europe) as well as research-based policy recommendations are encouraged.

By tradition, key speakers and high level officials from the country and from abroad are invited to address the conference.


Abstracts due


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Notification of acceptance

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Papers due

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Review feedback

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Revised papers due

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Conference date

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The working language of the conference is English. Looking to encourage an informed dialogue, we welcome papers (3000-6000 words) by scholars and professionals from any discipline including but not limited to economics, finance, management, law, political science, international relations, environment, sociology, information science, education, media, liberal arts, architecture, language and cultural studies. PhD students are also encouraged to take part. Maximum 300 word abstracts can be submitted by email to Abstracts should be written in Word or RTF formats, font Times New Roman size 12, following this order: author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract, 5-7 key words. A short biography (up to 100 words) is also required.

All papers need to be submitted and will be peer-reviewed prior to the conference. The number of participants presenting at the main sessions will be limited to those who submit papers of highest quality and relevance. Following an additional review process, a selection of best quality papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in an ISBN e-book and/or hard copy volume and also appear on the EBSCO database. To avoid copyright infringements, the program and organizing committee will review and publish original works which are not currently under consideration elsewhere. The papers that are accepted will require a release form in order to be published in the proceedings book. University American College Skopje will cover all costs for editing and publishing. No fees will be granted to the authors.

Thanks to our partners, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, office in FYR of Macedonia, there is no participation fee, and the registration includes free lunch and two coffee breaks. Participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation expanses themselves.

For abstract & paper guidelines, conference program and other updates, please visit our web page:

Program Committee:

Prof. Dr. Mihail Arandarenko, University of Belgrade

Dr. Desislava Ljubomirova Boshnakova, New Bulgarian University, Sofia

Prof. Dr. Jeremy Cripps, American University in Bulgaria

Dr. Ivan Dodovski, University American College Skopje

Prof. Dr. Biro Gaspar, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Prof. Dr. Robert Hudson, University of Derby, UK

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Zeki Ibrahimgil, Gazi University, Ankara

Prof. Dr. Stevo Pendarovski, University American College Skopje

Dr. Marjan Petreski, University American College Skopje

Prof. Dr. Nebojša Ranđelović, University of Niš

Dr. Miodraga Stefanovska, University American College Skopje

Prof. Dr. Charalampos Tsardanidis, Institute of International Economic Relations, Athens

Dr. Jaka Vadnjal, GEA College for Entrepreneurship, Ljubljana 

Prof. Dr. Johan G. Wissema, Delft University of Technology

Organizing Committee:

Mr. Vladimir Deskov, University American College Skopje

Dr. Ivan Dodovski, Chairperson, University American College Skopje

Dr. Stevo Pendarovski, University American College Skopje

Dr. Marjan Petreski, University American College Skopje

Dr. Miodraga Stefanovska, University American College Skopje

This conference is organized in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, office in FYR of Macedonia. For more information visit:

Republic of North Macedonia
Geographical focus
  • Europe
  • General/no specific focus
  • SEE
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Desiree Pecarz on October 30, 2013
Modified on October 30, 2013