ESAANZ Event Reports

Book Launch - Albania: Escaping the East, Aspiring for the West

March 2, 2021

The European Studies Association Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) and the RMIT’s EU Centre of Excellence are pleased to invite you to the FREE online launch of the book Albania: Escaping the East, Aspiring for the West by Dr Perparim Xhaferi. The book will be launched by Ambassadors of the Republic of Albania and Kosova to Australia, Dr Edmond Trako and Dr Hajdin Abazi.

Where to get the book

• Contacting the author on the following email: [email protected] As part of the promotion the book will be sold for $30 (31.8% less than the retail price $44)

• Purchasing directly from the publishing...

What is going on in Italy? A 'snap' seminar on Italian politics

February 25, 2021

Been wondering what is going on Italy? Yet another government and crisis? ESAANZ is organising a seminar to discuss what it means to have a Mario Draghi lead “grand coalition” and “technical” government in Italy.

About this Event

The collapse of the 5 Star-Democratic Party government coalition caused by the withdrawal of support from Matteo Renzi’s party prompted the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. It brought to the fore the question of fresh elections and it was the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, who wanted to avoid going to the polls that he sought out a prime candidate to govern Italy....

EU Summer School for the Teachers - Challenges for the European Union: Is the Geopolitical Commission the Real Deal?

January 19, 2021 to January 20, 2021

This two-day professional development interactive seminar is for secondary school teachers.

The '2021 EU Summer School for Secondary School Teachers' will review recent developments in the European Union (EU), and link these issues with learning and teaching activities in Australia.

2020 has been dominated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Summer School will provide educators with an opportunity to learn more about the EU’s approach to tackling the pandemic along with the broad range of other issues.

The EU has set out to reshape itself into a “geopolitical force”. European Commission President, von der Leyen wants to lead a “geopolitical Commission”...

ESAANZ Conference 2020

December 1, 2020 to December 3, 2020

The European Studies Association Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) is proud to announce their conference for 2020, running from the 1st – 3rd of December 2020.

By whatever yardstick one wishes to apply, 2020 has been a bumpy year. The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated international and national conversations, in Europe as elsewhere. Many other plans for the year have had to go on hold as political, economic and institutional actors have turned their focus to managing the pandemic and its health, welfare, economic and indeed sociocultural impacts.

Times of turbulence and change in Europe are not restricted to the impacts of the...

Belarus 2020 and Post-Soviet Colour Revolutions

October 26, 2020

ESAANZ invites you to this event, with presenter Professor Leslie Holmes, on revolutions in Belarus and other post-soviet nations.

In 1993, Charles Tilly published his analysis of European Revolutions 1492-1992. In that, he drew a useful distinction between revolutionary situations and revolutionary outcomes. Clearly, Belarus has in late-2020 been in a revolutionary situation. But will this turn into a revolutionary outcome, and thus overthrow the man often called ‘Europe’s last dictator’?
Do comparisons with so-called colour revolutions in Georgia (2003-4), Ukraine (2004-5; 2014), Kyrgyzstan (2005; 2010) and Armenia (2018) help us better to understand what is currently happening in Belarus? How do...

Competition: #literallyEurope

September 26, 2020

Disclaimer: Not an ESAANZ Event

While travel to Europe is currently impossible, members of the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) have a way to immerse yourself in European culture all the same!

In difficult times, when Covid-19 restricts a lot of us to in-house activities, the cultural institutes came up with an innovative and fun competition, which concludes on the 2020 European Day of Languages (26th September).

For more information see the flyer attached or visit

Happy snapping.



September 17, 2020


  The European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT University and the European Studies Association Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) invite you to this online event on the key messages and reactions from the European Union 2020: State of the Union.

The President of the European Commission presents a State of the Union address each year. This speech offers the President an opportunity to set out the vision for Europe to the European Parliament, and outline work planned for the coming year. It is a key date in Europe’s calendar, and a key part of Europe’s democratic...

The Belarusian Election: Political Analysis and Identity Crisis

September 3, 2020



Dr Elena Govor – Australian National University, School of Archaeology & Anthropology

Associate Professor Alexey Muraviev – Curtin University, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry


The European Studies Association Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) invites you to this free online event about the Belarusian election and identity crisis.

On Sunday August 9, incumbent Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected to sixth term in office, with the polls crediting him with 80% of the vote. However, the result has sparked protests throughout Belarus, with opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya claiming she did not trust the...

The European Union Recovery Fund: what it is, what it means, and who does it benefit?

August 13, 2020

THURSDAY AUGUST 13, 12:30 – 2:00PM

Dr. Remy Davison – Monash University, Politics and International Relations
Dr Nina Markovic – Macquarie University

The European Studies Association Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) invites you to this free online event about the European Union Recovery Fund.
On the 21st of July EU leaders agreed a deal on the recovery package and the European budget for 2021-2027. Meeting physically in Brussels, EU leaders agreed on a €750 billion recovery effort to help the EU tackle the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and on a €1074 billion long-term EU budget for 2021-2027. EU Members...

Reporting of the EU in Australia

August 6, 2020
About this Event

Swinburne University, EU Centre of Excellence at RMIT University, and the European Studies Association Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) invite you to:


Recent events in Europe and the European Union (EU) have been newsworthy. The migration crisis, the Brexit vote, ‘populist’ responses in elections, and the COVID situation have all encouraged reporting, with the Australian media giving greater attention to events in Europe than it usually does. What sources have the Australian media used for reporting on these issues? How have they presented the EU?

This online event seeks to bring the understanding of the...

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Victoria, Australia

Last Call to register for our event tomorrow marking the release of Dr Perparim Xhaferi's book on Albania and the EU. The event starts at 5PM AEDT on Zoom. Details and registration -->

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