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CfP Panel on "Pro-European backlash? Responses to Euroscepticism and Right-Wing Populism in Europe"- EUSA 2019, Denver, CO, USA

Call for Papers: Panel on "Pro-European backlash? Responses to Euroscepticism and Right-Wing Populism in Europe"
EUSA 2019, Denver, CO, USA

Euroscepticism and right-wing populism have been on the rise in Europe particularly since the financial and Euro crisis of 2009-2010, culminating in the UK's vote to leave the EU in 2016. The 2014 European Parliament (EP) elections resulted in the largest number of far-right, Eurosceptic and right-wing populist MEPs ever elected, with the 2019 elections likely to go a similar way. Considerable academic attention has been paid to understanding the conditions for this spread and success of Eurosceptic and right-wing populist movements. What has been overlooked, however, in both academic research and public debates is counter-populist and pro-EU mobilisation. The case of pro-European discourse is mainly discussed as elitist or intellectual, disregarding the possibility that pro-European mobilisation can be also initiated from below as a form of popular resistance to Eurosceptic discourse. So far, we know very little about patterns of resistance to Eurosceptic and right-wing populist movements within European civil society. In what way and to what extent is European integration being promoted by those who support it? Is pro-European mobilisation mainly defensive reacting to the threat of a Eurosceptic takeover? Or is it also progressive defining the agenda of political parties and leadership? This panel invites for contributions from scholars working on projects relating to pro-European or counter-populist movements in the context of the 2019 EP Parliamentary elections and beyond.

We invite abstracts on any theme and country that relates to this topic by Monday 24th September. Please send your abstracts to Charlotte Galpin, c.a.galpin@bham.ac.uk.


CfP IPSA World Congress Brisbane 2018- Panel: “Differentiated integration in the European Union – Consequences for Relations with Neighbours”

Call for papers

IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Brisbane, 21-26 July 2018

Panel title: Differentiated integration in the European Union – Consequences for Relations with Neighbours 

Panel description: There are many interesting processes under way in the European Union nowadays. One of them is the development of differentiated integration, including the emerging division into the core and circles (or centre and peripheries). The process has gained in political weight when the member states began to look for the ways out of the euro crisis and the Brexit issue became a reality. It has consequences not only for the members of the EU but also for its relations with the third countries, particularly its neighbours. The main goal of the panel is to take a close look at the impact of the differentiated integration on the EU policies concerning its neighbours – i.e. the enlargement policy and two dimensions of the European Neighbourhood Policy as well as the relations with other EU neighbours including Russia as well as EEA countries, Switzerland and in the future possibly also the United Kingdom.

Many interesting issues are worth discussing here. Historically, we can talk about some concepts of the European integration being actually the first theoretical models of the external differentiated integration (e.g. “the concentric circles”). The crucial question is which concepts can be taken into consideration by working out the models of the external differentiated integration nowadays. Can the old proposals be refreshed and adjusted to the current situation or is it time for new ideas? Actually, there are some models of the external differentiated integration working already in the case of many EU neighbours and their relationships with the EU. However, it is worth investigating the possible development of these models in the future. It is not a purely theoretical question. The current enlargement policy and the ENP are in a crisis. The prospect of accession of new countries to the EU is very uncertain. The ENP is not effective at all. The EU is losing its influence on the neighbourhood. The question is if the development of new or modified models of the external differentiated integration can be a kind of solution to these problems. The differentiation dynamics points to the inadequacy of conceiving the EU membership in binary (zero - one) terms. In this context, the differentiated integration seems to constitute an opportunity for the stalled enlargement policy, especially when it comes to Turkey. Maybe the new models of differentiated integration can contribute also to revitalization of the relationship between the EU and ENP partners, to improve the relations with Russia and to build a new model of cooperation with the UK after Brexit. 

These and many more questions will be posed within the panel organised within the RC03 – European Unification. Welcomed are paper proposals of young and experienced scholars, dealing with both theoretical and empirical aspects of the aforementioned topics. Single case studies and comparative analyses are equally acceptable.


If you are interested in participating in the panel, please, send the paper proposal including the title and short abstract (up to 250 words) to Prof. Adam Szymanski, ar.szymanski@uw.edu.pl by 1 October 2017. You will be notified by 3 October 2017 whether your proposal has been accepted to the panel. Please, bear in mind that you will have also to submit the paper proposal to the IPSA website by signing in your individual IPSA account by 10 October 2017. 


CfP IPSA World Congress Brisbane 2018- Panel: “Institutional mimesis or instrumental rationalism? Rights-based supranational citizenship in regional integration organizations”

CfP IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Brisbane 2018

Panel title: “Institutional mimesis or instrumental rationalism? Rights-based supranational citizenship in regional integration organizations”

Panel chairs: Prof Carlos Closa (IPP, Spanish National Research Council) and Dr Daniela Vintila (CEDEM, University of Liege)

Panel description: Despite its apparent singularity, the EU citizenship is not the only case of supranational construction of rights within a regional organization. Other organizations such as MERCOSUR, CAN, UNASUR or ECOWAS have created a set of rights (free movement, social, political or economic entitlements) that compose a similar configuration of supranational citizenship. There are several reasons for which regional organizations could decide to grant citizens’ rights at the supranational level. First, rational choice theory argues that actors choose instrumentally those policies that are more suitable for their political objectives. Drawing on this rationale, the institutionalization of supranational citizenship could respond to the functional needs of certain organizations of deepening into regional cooperation beyond a purely economic rationale; and it could further strengthen their democratic component by boosting their legitimacy towards the people they represent (vertical legitimacy) and other organizations sharing similar integration objectives (horizontal legitimacy). Secondly, diffusion theory suggests that organizations often tend to adopt or replicate certain policies in the attempt to mimic their peers. Yet, diffusion does not mean a literal translation of the diffused policies as the later often decouple themselves from the original model when entering the environment of the receiving organization. This panel examines the reasons behind these institutional configurations of rights-based citizenship in regional organizations, also paying attention to the patterns of domestic implementation of specific sets of rights. Comparative papers that question the singularity/commonality among these forms of citizenship, especially when compared to the EU case, are particularly welcome.

The paper proposals should be sent via email to Carlos Closa (carlos.closa@csic.es) and Daniela Vintila (Daniela.Vintila@ulg.ac.be) by 1st of October 2017 (midnight GMT). The paper proposals should include the title of the paper (no more than 25 words) and the abstract (no more than 350 words). For more information about the congress, please visit: https://wc2018.ipsa.org/events/congress/wc2018/home


CfP International Conference "Rethinking governance in an era of global insecurities, regional tensions and rising nationalism", July 17-19, University of Melbourne

Call for Papers International Conference "Rethinking governance in an era of global insecurities, regional tensions and rising nationalism", July 17-19, University of Melbourne: http://www.eucentre.unimelb.edu.au/events/rethinking-governance/

The  study  of  regional  governance  has  gained  momentum  in  recent  years.  The  European  Union,  often  regarded  as  the  preeminent  regional  body  is  perceived  as  not  only  being  in  crisis  but  on  the  verge  of  disintegration.  At  the  same  time,  regional  bodies  such  as  the  Association  of  Southeast  Asian  Nations  (ASEAN)  have  been  seeking  to  deepen  their  patterns  of  regional  cooperation,  though  also  experiencing  challenges  with  the  process  of  regional  integration.  Emerging  powers  in  the  global  context  and  shifting  power  dynamics  of  the  US  and  China  suggest  greater  complexity  in  tackling  global  challenges.  The  uncertainly  following  the  election  of  Donald  Trump as the next US President, the  shifting  power  dynamics  of  Russia  and  China,  and  rising  populism  all  point  to insecurities  at  the regional  and  national levels.

In the face of a strategic shift in the balance of power in international relations, might regional cooperation provide a means to manage global challenges? How might territorial disputes, nationalism, Brexit, a US ‘retreat’ and populism be tackled? These and other issues will be examined and rigorously debated. The conference is open to academics, policy makers and practitioners from across discipline areas and to interested members of the public.

Themes to be examined at the conference will include:

  1. Brexit and beyond
  2. The power of populism and nationalism
  3. Tackling global challenges: Regional solutions?
    1. Climate change
    2. Terrorism
    3. Poverty and development
    4. Refugee crisis
  4. Security, instability and conflict
  5. The EU-Australia relationship
  6. Global trade and contestation
  7. Economic crises and wealth disparities
  8. Drivers of integration and disintegration in regional bodies
  9. Assessing the EU Global Strategy
  10. Awkward states in regionalism

The EU Centre is now accepting panel proposals and papers. Submit by 20 February 2017 to Prof Philomena Murray, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam and EU Centre Research Director, Regional Governance.
Email: pbmurray@unimelb.edu.au



Call for Papers EUSA Fifteenth Biennial Conference, May 4-6 2017, Miami

Call for Papers EUSA Fifteenth Biennial Conference, May 4-6 2017, Miami

Panel: “Rights and belonging: EU citizenship and other configurations of supranational citizenship”

Chair: Prof Carlos Closa (Spanish National Research Council)

Abstract: Despite its apparent singularity, the EU citizenship is not the only case of supranational construction of rights and belonging within a regional organization. Other organizations such as Mercosur, CAN, Unasur or Ecowas have created a set of rights that together compose a similar configuration of supranational citizenship and, at the same time, they have also developed a narrative on the sense of “belonging” to the regional group. This panel examines this diversity of institutional configurations from two dominant (although not exclusive) approaches. On the one hand, comparative perspectives will allow to question the singularity/commonality among these forms of citizenship and, in this sense, the panel will contribute to the more general discussion on EU comparability. On the other hand, supranational citizenship offers an excellent empirical ground for a new test of the theoretical debate between functionalist and diffusionist approaches to the design of institutions (i.e. has EU citizenship inspired the creation of other models of supranational citizenship or do these respond to autonomous functional needs?). The panel welcomes papers focusing on the aggregate level (i.e. conceptions of supranational citizenship and the host of rights comprised there within), disaggregate level (i.e. configurations of specific set of supranational rights) or the national level (i.e. national implementation of specific rights).

The abstract of the paper proposals (max. 500 words; please include title, name and institutional affiliation) should be sent via email to Prof Carlos Closa: carlos.closa@csic.es. The deadline for submitting the paper proposals is Monday, 26th of September 2016.


CfP Panel on “The Euro-crisis and European identity: changes and dynamics on the demos-to-be”, IPSA World Congress of Political Science, July 23-28, 2016

Call for Papers: “The Euro-crisis and European identity: changes and dynamics on the demos-to-be”, IPSA World Congress of Political Science, July 23-28, 2016

Panel chair: Simona Guerra, University of Leicester

Abstract: Although analyses have found that the economic crisis is not a source of Euroscepticism, positive attitudes are declining in countries suffering most from it. Concurrently, trust towards the EU has halted at very low levels, 31% (EB81 2014, 9), and turnout at the 2014 European Parliament (EP) elections decreased to 42.61% (it was 53% in 2009 and EP official data reported a few percentages up to 43.09% until the end of June 2014). As Paul Taggart and Aleks Szczerbiak underline, despite the current crisis can enrich these EP elections with more Europe, it is important to distinguish the crisis, a general economic crisis, a specific euro crisis and the domestic contexts (2014). Addressing the crisis, the decreasing level of turnout and low trust for the EU institution, this panel ‘looks out for’ the impact of the Euro-crisis on European identity. We invite submissions discussing the limits of the concept, the debates underlying its notion and discourse, studies on the relationship between national and European identity, and analyses on functional and affective dimensions, cross-border interaction and cognitive mobilization, and addressing the impact, if any, of the Euro-crisis.

Deadline: October 7th 2015.

For further information, please contact Dr. Simona Guerra (gs219@leicester.ac.uk).


Call for panels and papers for the Section on ‘Memories, identities and narratives of Europe’, 8th Pan-European Conference on the European Union

Call for panels and papers for the Section on ‘Memories, identities 
and narratives of Europe’ for the 8th Pan-European Conference on the 
European Union, ‘The Union’s Institutional and Constitutional 
Transformations: Stress or Adaptation?’, University of Trento, Italy, 
16-18 June 2016

Section 13. Memories, identities and narratives of Europe

Section chairs: Carlos Closa (EUI, carlos.closa@eui.eu) and Vincent 
della Sala (University of Trento, vincenzo.dellasala@unitn.it)

The narrative turn in the social sciences has also had an impact on 
the study of the construction of identities and memory in the European 
Union as well as on the integration process itself. The recent 
interest in the construction of a European identity pushed us to look 
to the ways in which the European Union has or may become a ‘normal’ 
form of governing or,  on the contrary, this construction still 
clashes with national memories, narratives and identities. 
Particularly after the 2004 enlargement, ‘memory politics’ gained 
greater visibility in EU politics, prompted by debates on diverging 
interpretations of the past and concomitant debates on recognition. 
These debates intersect with narratives of the EU and its mission and 
with conceptions of European identity.

This section aims at examining the role that memory and narratives 
play in EU politics and policies. By ‘memory’ is meant both the EU 
attempt to root policies and politics on its own past as well as the 
struggles of member states and/or specific constituencies to insert 
their own memory experiences at the EU level. ‘Narratives’ refer to 
the discourses constructed by actors (at both national, subnational 
and EU level), such as the EU Commission sponsored New narrative for 
Europe or the New Schumann Declaration (2015), justifying (or, 
conversely, undermining) the EU and its very role. The third dimension 
of this section refers to EU ‘identity’ and its relation with EU 
citizenship and/or national citizenship.

We invite proposals of panels and papers that explore the ways in 
which Europe has been constructed through the use of memory, identity 
and/or narrative. Contributions can be conceptual and exploratory, 
looking for ways in which we might understand the role and 
construction of memory, identity and/or narratives, as well as 
empirical in focus.
Section available at:


Deadlines and key dates available at: 


Call for panels and papers for the Section on ‘Euroscepticism and the rise of EU contestation’, 8th Pan-European Conference on the European Union

Call for panels and papers for the Section on ‘Euroscepticism and the 
rise of EU contestation’ for the 8th Pan-European Conference on the 
European Union, ‘The Union’s Institutional and Constitutional 
Transformations: Stress or Adaptation?’, University of Trento, Italy, 
16-18 June 2016

Section 14. Euroscepticism and the rise of EU contestation

Section Chairs: Simona Guerra, University of Leicester (gs219@leicester.ac.uk), Hans-Jörg 
Trenz, University of Copenhagen (trenz@hum.ku.dk).

The image of the EU across public opinion has been viewing increasing 
negative evaluations, since the economic and financial crisis hit its 
peak, in 2010 and 2011.  The crisis has affected public attitudes and 
perceptions of legitimacy and identity, but it has also mobilized 
political parties and citizens in opposition to the EU. Although 
opposition towards the EU has been pitched as a temporary phenomenon, 
it has now become a distinctive characteristic of the EU integration 
process, described as ‘embedded’, pervasive and enduring. 
Euroscepticism, as outright and contingent opposition, has become 
structured in terms of party alignment, negative attitudes and 
cleavages. Yet, at the domestic levels, the Eurosceptic opposition 
takes different colours and chooses different targets and strategies. 
This Section invites panel proposals that address different forms of 
Euroscepticism and the roles of political and social actors involved, 
in particular:

1.     Who/What drives political opposition towards the EU?

2.     How is Euroscepticism manifested in political contestation 
through political parties and the citizens domestically and in a 
transnational, comparative perspective? (e.g. in national and 2014 
European Parliament elections?)

3.     How does the (re)politicization of European integration 
restructure the political landscape of the EU and its member states in 
terms of conflicts, cleavages and identities?

4.     How do the media (new and old) contribute to the expression of 

5.     What are the effects on the EU integration process and what are 
its long term consequences for the EU project?
We invite theoretical and empirical analyses, and comparative and case 
studies touching upon any of these themes.

Section available at:


Deadlines and key dates available at: 


CfP Participazione & Conflitto (PaCo), 9(1) 2016- POLITICAL ACTIVISM IN EUROPE: NUMBERS AND TRENDS


Guest Editors: Francesca Vassallo, University of Southern Maine, email: francesca.vassallo@maine.edu; Vincenzo Memoli, University of Catania, email: memoli@unict.it



Research on political participation is often linked to the quality of democratic activism. Most European countries have been officially democracies for a long time, but some of them fail to show a high level of popular participation in their democratic systems. Citizens’ participation in politics has been a central idea in research on political systems, liberal democracies in particular, since the 1960s (Campbell 1960; Almond and Verba 1963; Verba et al., 1978). The relatively recent and surprising decline of political activism in industrialized democracies (Wattenberg 1998) highlights a pattern that includes both conventional and unconventional forms of political engagement (Dalton 2014).

In these recent crisis-stricken times, economic instability in Europe has had a wide variety of effects on political behavior. The overall lack of success of many of the financial interventions and the ongoing disagreement between citizens and governments over the choices made ​​has sparked an increased commitment to political activism. The global financial meltdown has caused a deep fracture in European societies: the severity of the economic crisis is an opportunity for an empirical assessment of political unconventionality in. Does the economic crisis affect political participation? How has the economic collapse changed the way citizens participate in the political arena? This special issue is an opportunity to empirically test how strong political participation on the European continent is. This call welcomes papers on political involvement in many forms, both conventional (eg, elections) and unconventional (for example, the different forms of protest) in one or more European countries.

The preferred methodological approach to the issue should be both comparative and diachronic. In this view, it would be possible to shed light on areas where political participation has declined or increased, as well as estimate how it has changed with respect to the period prior to the European economic crisis. The issue can also include case studies tracking the trajectory of political participation over time, or works adopting a synchronic approach, while distinguishing the levels of political participation among the different areas of the EU.

- Submission of long abstracts (about 1,000 words): 30th May 2015

- Selection of long abstracts: 15th June 2015

- Submission of articles: 15th September 2015


Call for FNRS PhD proposals within the PATHWAYS project on political representation of immigrant-origin citizens

The Institut de Sciences Politiques Louvain-Europe (ISPOLE) at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) is inviting applicants for a PhD within the project PATHWAYS. PATHWAYS is a comparative study of the representation of citizens with an immigrant origin in eight European democracies (Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain). Selected applicants would be invited to submit an application for an FNRS PhD grant of 4 years (aspirant FNRS).


The applicant is preferably knowledgeable in both French and Dutch (English is also a great advantage) and must have a good knowledge of the Belgian political system. The applicant is free to tailor his or her research question(s) around the proposed research project, within the norms of the availability of data and expertise. Comparative projects are also stimulated.


BE-PATHWAYS is an innovative and comparative inter-university collaboration of a team of junior and senior scholars examining the political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in Belgium. It is part of an international PATHWAYS consortium (http://pathwayseu/), which analyses the political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in seven additional European democracies (France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK). The principal goal of this particular project is twofold. On one hand, the project seeks to advance the knowledge and scholarship of the descriptive representation of citizens of immigrant origin (CIO) in Belgium's legislative assemblies, at the regional (Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels) and national levels. On the other hand, and as part of its innovative nature, the project seeks to analyse the parliamentary activities of representatives of immigrant origin (substantive representation). The project seeks to advance the study of democratic representation of CIOs in a number of ways:

   To provide tightly defined - hitherto unavailable - comparative data on the descriptive and substantive representation of CIOs in Belgium (currently data are often restricted to issues such as citizenship, e.g., Eurostat 2011).
   To provide comparative data on important institutional and socio-demographic contextual variables alongside different institutional levels in Belgium.
   To offer innovative explanations of cross-national, cross-regional, cross-level and diachronic variations in descriptive and substantive representation by building on a flexible analytical framework, which allows for the incorporation of a variety of theoretical approaches (e.g. social capital, path dependency, rational choice).
   To integrate the data with other research efforts in the field, most notably the PATHWAYS and IDEA projects.

Data collection and methodology

The research design combines a systematic approach to data collection on two levels of government, national and regional. The inclusion of the regional level is of particular importance, as this is where immigrants can more easily build capacity to win political office and where barriers to get elected should be easier to overcom. The data collection includes primary and secondary sources of information and will be organised in the following way :

   National level : the project collects information on (1) the descriptive representation of CIOs for all elections since 1991, and (2) on particular legislative activities (substantive representation) of minority and comparable non-CIO parliamentarians in the last completed legislative term (2010).
   Regional level : the project collect information on descriptive representation for the last completed legislative term (2009). Given the generally large number of regional assemblies throughout Europe, the variability of access to sources and the lack of general research on representation at this level, this will still be a major advance and will allow comparisons between Belgian regions, across European regions, or even between the national level and the regional level.

Send a brief research proposal (1 page max.) and curriculum vitae to Steven M. Van Hauwaert (steven.vanhauwaert@uclouvain.be) by 5 pm on 13 February 2015.


CfP Panel on "The EU and the Global South: towards strategic and coherent action across policies?", EISA 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

Panel on "The EU and the Global South: towards strategic and coherent action across policies?" EISA 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Giardini Naxos (Italy) September 24-26 2015

The starting point of the panel (s) is that numerous changes in the international landscape require the EU to adapt its development and foreign affairs policies, objectives and institutions. Development – which was the EU’s ‘traditional way’ of engaging with the global south – has decreased in relative importance, forcing the EU to rethink how it engages with rapidly changing developing countries. In addition, the EU is also more active in other areas of external policy and increasingly aims to foster integrated policy responses that interlink development with broader foreign policy objectives. This changing empirical reality also compels EU scholars to rethink and adapt their research. While in recent years we have witnessed an emerging literature on the EU as a development policy actor, the scholarly community is still largely preoccupied with ‘traditional‘ developmental questions (i.e. development policy and aid effectiveness) and is mostly disconnected from the broader field of EU international affairs. The need to bridge the gap with research areas including the EU's global role, the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), the EU's Neighbourhood policy or the EU's role in climate change is pressing.

This panel thus invites scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds to (i) bring various perspectives on the EU's engagement with the developing world together and (ii) to analyse the EU's management of policy interlinkages and integrated policy responses.

The panel will be organized and chaired by Jan Orbie (Ghent University), Nadia Molenaers (University of Antwerp) and Svea Koch (German Development Institute). Please send abstracts of up to 200 words and your name, organisation and contact details to Jan.Orbie@UGent.be.

Deadline for abstract submission: 8th January 2015

EISA deadline for panel submission: 15th January 2015


CfP Panel on“Europeanization and Turkey: Changing Dynamics, Challenges and Responses”, 40th BISA Anniversary Conference in London, June 2015

CfP Panel on“Europeanization and Turkey: Changing Dynamics, Challenges and Responses”, 40th BISA Anniversary Conference in London, June 2015

The BISA South East Europe Working Group is looking for abstracts for a panel on Europeanization and Turkey: Changing Dynamics, Challenges and Responses

Debates on how accession, candidate and neighbouring states respond to the changing dynamics of EU conditionality and deal with the evolving nature of the impact EU has on these states is as pressing as ever. Turkish domestic politics, shaped by ongoing political, economic and ideological debates as well as the heavy involvement of civil society organizations in these public deliberations, also changed the course of Turkey’s relations with the EU/Europe, which have mainly revolved around such issues as democratization, minority rights and the Kurdish question, the rise of political Islam and secularism. We invite papers that discuss how Turkey deals with the changing nature of EU conditionality, re-shape processes of Europeanization, addresses challenges of interacting with sets of international organizations and respond to the changing perception about the role of the EU.
Expressions of interest (title & abstract 200 words max) should be sent to Ceren Ak (c.z.ak@qmul.ac.uk<mailto:c.z.ak@qmul.ac.uk>) by Wednesday, November 26.


CfP Symposium "The Power of the People: the dynamics and limits of social mobilization in South Eastern Europe¨, Oxford, February 27 2015

Call for Papers: The first interdisciplinary symposium called The Power of the People: the dynamics and limits of social mobilization in South Eastern Europe. The event will be organized on February 27, 2015 at St Antony’s and St John’s College in Oxford.



CfP ‘New Perspectives in European Studies: Europeanisation in the EU and the Neighbourhood’

Call for Papers: ‘New Perspectives in European Studies: Europeanisation in the EU and the Neighbourhood’

UACES CRN Centrifugal Europe - Annual Research Symposium 2015, Queen’s University Belfast, 6-8 March 2015

The European Union (EU) has faced increasing difficulties in recent years relating to the processes of political, economic and societal integration. Despite the change promoted during accession negotiations, EU candidate and neighbourhood countries have challenged the linear understanding of Europeanisation in a variety of areas across the continent. In recent years, research of Europeanisation has emphasised diffusion mechanisms and differentiated integration to explain variation in outcome rather than the lack of precision in and the direction of travel of European norms. Indeed, candidate and neighbourhood countries have remarkable leeway in deciding which aspects of European norms to adopt, and how to implement them. This raises questions about the role of the EU in policy convergence in candidate countries and the ENP and about the norms the EU endorses in practice. Yet, the Europeanisation phenomenon has effectively travelled to the neighbourhood of the EU and in the absence of membership prospects for the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries, such a development is puzzling.

The ongoing European crisis has created new challenges and brought tensions (old and new) to the surface at both state and sub-state level, leading to debates about the relationship between the national and the supra-national, and the limits of sovereignty within the EU in its current form. Such developments represent an unprecedented reversal of the centripetal forces that characterised European integration in the decades prior to the current crisis, and ask serious questions about the future of the EU and its integration project. Against the background, our conference explores the Europeanization in the EU proper, enlargement and ENP countries (incl. Turkey, Western Balkans and previous accession countries). We welcome contributions which ask whether the integration of European norms in the wider European context is going ahead despite crisis or has it been put on back burner?

The event is hosted as a part of the UACES sponsored CRN Centrifugal Europe annual symposium and will provide postgraduates the opportunity to develop contacts and offers a valuable opportunity for participants to engage with leading academics concerned with the future of European integration project. We particularly welcome postgraduate students to apply and have set funds aside to support accommodation for postgraduate students from outside Northern Ireland attending. Please let us know – insert the note at the end of your proposal – that you would like to avail of such support.

Please submit your paper proposal of max. 250 words and details (name, institutional affiliation, contact details) online at http://jotformeu.com/form/43252541852351. by midday (UK time) on December 15 2014. In case of any queries please contact both organisers: Ada Regelmann a.regelmann@qub.ac.uk and Timofey Agarin t.agarin@qub.ac.uk.


CfP "Political Systems in Central and Eastern Europe and Southern Europe – Comparative Studies", 2015 ECPR Joint Sessions

Call for Papers "Political Systems in Central and Eastern Europe and Southern Europe – Comparative Studies", 2015 ECPR Joint Sessions, University of Warsaw

The comparative studies concerning the political systems of European countries concentrate first of all on the “old” EU member states. There is a small number of comparative works dealing also with the Union’s members from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), i.e.: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Although there are many differences between these states and other EU countries, there are substantial and sometimes surprising similarities as well. This concerns particularly the EU members or still associate members from the Southern Europe (Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain as well as Cyprus, Malta and Turkey) which are closest to the CEE countries in terms of political and economic changes. Comparing the political systems of both groups of countries allows for the analysis of very important political and socioeconomic processes (led by the democratization and development of the market economy), the components of political systems, the political culture, the role of contemporary ideologies in shaping political systems as well as particular domestic and external policies (as outputs of political systems). The key question in this context is to what extent different political phenomena are shaped by the specific domestic factors (historical and current ones) and to what extent by “external” factors, mainly the integration with the EU and globalization processes. All these interesting research questions will be the subject of the Workshop within the ECPR Joint Sessions 2015 event, organized by Adam Szymański (ad_szym@poczta.onet.pl; ar.szymanski@uw.edu.pl), Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Warsaw as well as Özgün Erler Bayır (ozgunerler@yahoo.com), Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Istanbul University and sponsored by the ECPR Standing Group on Southern European Politics.

The expected type of paper within the Workshop is a comparative analysis on the states from CEE and Southern Europe regions. The Workshop Directors prefer comparative analyses of political systems of at least one state from each of the two regions, but also accept comparative analyses of states from only one region if the discussed issues are important for the other one. The topics of the papers can concern: -General processes, e.g. democratization, political and economic transformation, secularization as well as the Europeanization, regionalization and globalization - Particular components of political systems, e.g. governing bodies, political parties (including far-right and far-left oriented parties), civil society organizations and social movements, media as well as state-Church relations, role of the military and civil-military relations - Particular ideological/cultural and political culture elements influencing political systems, e.g. the position of nationalism, secularism/religion(s), conservatism, liberalism, populism and feminism; Euroscepticism, attitude towards democracy, etc. - Particular policies (political system’s outputs), including among others: the economic, financial, energy, social and environmental policy as well as foreign/European and security policy - Coping with contemporary challenges – e.g. economic crisis, globalization challenges, transnational processes that limit the role of a state

More information about the Workshop may be found in the Workshop outline in the Academic Programme (look at the Workshop no. 11): http://www.ecpr.eu/Events/PanelList.aspx?EventID=90 If you are interested in participation in the Workshop, please, submit a paper proposal by 1 December 2014 via MyECPR.


Call for Papers – EU politics of memory, Global Governance Programme/RSCAS(EUI) and COST Action IS1203

Call for Papers – EU politics of memory, Global Governance Programme/RSCAS(EUI) and COST Action IS1203, Florence, 19-20 June 2015


This workshop wants to explore the different dimensions involved in shaping EU memory policies: the conflicts on diverging and often contested memory facts and their projection to the EU/European level; the role of different group of actors as memory entrepreneurs at the supranational level, their cooperation and competition; the role of EU institutions; the strategies pursued by actors and institutions; the fitting of EU policies with national policies, etc. The workshop invites papers analyzing specific policy issues (denial of crimes, EU memory museum policies, comparing different national cases of actors/strategies in pursuing these European policies, theoretical papers, etc. Single country cases are not preferred although submissions may be considered and decided upon on the basis of their merits.

Submission of proposals. Proposals for papers should contain a title and a brief summary (up to 300 words). Deadline for submission is 30th November 2014. Applicants should include a brief CV. Papers accepted will be taken into consideration for the publication agenda of the Working Group on Politics of Memory. Proposals should be uploaded at http://www.rscas.org/registration_form/?p=1425

Funding: Members of the COST ISTME network will have their costs covered through the standard COST procedures. A certain amount of funding may be available for those selected applicants lacking funding.

Organization. The Workshop is jointly organised by the COST ITSME , the EUI RSCAS Global Governance Programme and the Research Committee on European Unification of the International Political Association (IPSA) . For further information, please, contact Carlos Closa or Georges Mink


Call for Papers - Journal | Perspectivas - Portuguese Journal of Political Science and International Relations

Call for Papers - Journal | Perspectivas - Portuguese Journal of Political Science and International Relations


Application Deadline: 31 December, 2014 Contact: perspectivas-nicpri@eeg.uminho.pt


CALL FOR PAPERS ICEP-2015 13th International Conference on European Processes

Call for Papers ICEP-2015 13th International Scientific Conference „Initiatives Towards Political, Economic and Social Development of Europe“, 27th of March 2015, Kaunas (Lithuania).

The conference is organised by KTU Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Institute of Europe.



Call for Panels & Papers - UACES 45th Annual Conference

Call for Panels & Papers - UACES 45th Annual Conference

University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain - 7-9 September 2015

UACES welcomes both panel and paper proposals from across academic disciplines including law, economics, geography, history, sociology, public policy and politics. We accept submissions from established academics, practitioners and well-prepared doctoral students.

The deadline for submitting panel and paper proposals is Friday 16 January 2015.

For guidelines on how to submit a proposal visit: http://www.uaces.org/events/call/guidelines.php


Call for Papers - Journal of Advances in Political Science

Call for Papers - Journal of Advances in Political Science

Application Deadline: 31 December, 2014 Contact: editorjpsonline@gmail.com.

Journal of Advances in Political Science is an International, open access, peer reviewed, online journal. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific preeminence in all areas of political science.


Important Dates

·Submission deadline: open

·Notification: By 1-4 weeks of submission

·Publication date: Journal items can be published collectively/individually as soon as they are ready.

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