The Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA) was launched as an independent body on 16 March 1991 in Melbourne. The initiative for such an Association was based on the experience of the national Associations for Contemporary European Studies in each of the member states of the European Union and elsewhere, which is an experience of cooperation, sharing of learning and research interests and dissemination of information and critical analysis on contemporary issues. In June 2020, CESAA and the European Union Studies Association of New Zealand merged to form the European Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand. The merger created two branches in Melbourne and in Christchurch, while also a third branch formed in Sydney. Through these branches, ESAANZ aims to further European studies in Australia and New Zealand. 


  • to promote teaching and research in contemporary European studies;
  • to provide a forum for discussion of contemporary European issues;to publish work of high quality in European Studies;
  • to maintain and foster links between tertiary educational institutions;
  • to foster links among academics in Australia and internationally;
  • to encourage European studies in secondary schools;
  • to advise interested government and non-government organisations.

The establishment of the Association reflects a desire that academics in Australia from all tertiary institutions, as well as interested individuals, participate in the activities of one Association throughout Australia. The approach of ESAANZ is interdisciplinary and interprofessional.

ESAANZ is an active member of the world-wide network of the European Community Studies Associations (ECSA), based in Brussels. ESAANZ (as CESAA) was also a founding member of the Asia Pacific Network of ECSAs. 

In these pages we offer: some details of ESAANZ’s active involvement over the last few years in promoting contemporary European Studies in Australia; information about our yearly Essay Competition (tertiary level); a direct link to the Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies (ANZJES) launched by CESAA and EUSA-NZ in 2008; information on forthcoming events, conferences and calls for paper; links to other European Studies associations, useful research sites, and EU institutions.

Finally, we invite you to become a member of ESAANZ and enjoy the benefits of subscription. In addition to receiving regular updates of events, calls for papers, opportunities to publish blogs on our website and social media streams, funding and employment opportunities within the European studies community in Australia and around the world, ESAANZ members are entitled to a one year subscription to the Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies (ANZJES)