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18Aug 2015

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 
Euroscepticism?

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:

http://ecpr.eu/Events/SectionDetails.aspx?SectionID=490&EventID=105

Deadlines and key dates available at: 
http://ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=105

18May 2015

LSE Fellow in Migration and EU Politics London School of Economics and Political Science - European Institute and Department of Government

LSE Fellow in Migration and EU Politics

London School of Economics and Political Science - European Institute and Department of Government

 

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AKZ142/lse-fellow-in-migration-and-eu-politics/

18May 2015

Young people - migration and socioeconomic situation

Migration is changing Europe and lies at the core of many debates in the context of globalisation, EU enlargement and the demographic and economic changes which the European Union is facing. Young people are a particularly vulnerable and over-represented group among migrants. This article analysis the current socioeconomic status of young persons examined by their country of birth through existing Zaragoza indicators on social inclusion together with some proposed new ones on education, employment and social inclusion of young people by country of birth.

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Young_people_-_migration_and_socioeconomic_situation

 

18May 2015

Lecturer in International Politics University of Leicester - Politics and International Relations

Lecturer in International Politics
University of Leicester - Politics and International Relations

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ATV360/lecturer-in-international-politics/

14May 2015

Seminar EUI: Citizenship in Regional Integration Organizations- Carlos Closa (EUI) and Daniela Vintila (University of Leicester)

EU citizenship represents, without any doubt, a paradigmatic example of the extent to which rights can derive from a supranational form of membership, thus being considered as the first systematic proof for the reconfiguration of the classic model of citizenship. However, is the citizenship of the Union unique in its character or, on the contrary, do other international organizations also grant similar legal entitlements to the nationals of their member states? If so, what kind of rights do these IOs recognize at the supranational level, to whom and under which conditions? Going even further, to what extent different regional integration schemes shape, in practice, a new paradigm of rights-based supranational citizenship? Can we identify similar mechanisms of policy convergence in the propensity of IOs to deepen in highly sensitive areas of regional cooperation such as citizenship? Why do regional organizations create this supranational status of rights? Drawing on an original dataset including a large number of international organizations (N=83), this paper discusses the above-mentioned questions from a cross-regional perspective.

http://www.eui.eu/SeminarsAndEvents/Events/2015/May/CitizenshipinRegionalIntegrationOrganizations.aspx

 

17Feb 2015

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

CALL FOR THE ISSUE 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

http://siba-ese.unisalento.it/index.php/paco/announcement/view/36

ABSTRACT:

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

15Feb 2015

Programa ComFuturo Convocatoria de ayudas de la Fundación General CSIC

La Fundación General CSIC lanza la primera convocatoria de su Programa ComFuturo, un programa de colaboóación público-privada que tiene por objeto dar respuesta al desempleo de jóvenes científicos altamente cualificados, captando el mejor talento joven investigador y haciendo posible que desarrolle proyectos de alcance en Centros e Institutos del CSIC, con el apoyo económico de entidades privadas.

Se dirige a: Jóvenes investigadores doctores que hayan obtenido el grado de doctor dentro de los últimos 12 años; en posesión de la nacionalidad española o de la residencia permanente en España.

Requisitos: Los proyectos de investigación deben ser innovadores, con alto potencial de aplicabilidad y transferencia al tejido productivo, y poder ejecutarse en un Centro o Instituto del CSIC apropiado.

Descripción: Contrato laboral de hasta tres años de duración para el investigador ComFuturo y una dotación para gastos asociados al desarrollo del proyecto de investigación.

Presentación de solicitudes: Hasta el 15/03/2015 a las 23:00 horas

15Feb 2015

IKERBASQUE RESEARCH FELLOWS CALL 2015

Ikerbasque has launched a new international call to reinforce research and scientific career in the Basque Country:

. 15 positions for Promising Researchers Ikerbasque Research Fellows

o 5 year contracts

o PhD degree between Jan2005-Dec2012

o Support letter from the host group is mandatory

o Deadline: April 15th at 13:00 CET

For further information, please visit: www.ikerbasque.net

04Feb 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).

http://www.uclouvain.be/506844.html

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.

Description

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.

21Jan 2015

Book: "EU Procedural Law" by Koen Lenaerts, Ignace Maselis and Kathleen Gutman- Oxford University Press

Book: "EU Procedural Law" by Koen Lenaerts, Ignace Maselis and Kathleen Gutman- Oxford University Press

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198707349.do

The European Union is unique amongst international organisations in that it has a highly developed and coherent system of judicial protection. The rights derived from Union law can be enforced in court, as opposed to other international organisations whereby enforceability is often far less certain. At the heart of the system of judicial protection in the European Union is the core principle of upholding the rule of law. As such, the stakes are high in the sense that the system of the judicial protection in the European Union must live up to its promise in which individuals, Member States and Union institutions are all guaranteed a route by which to enforce Union law rights.

This book provides a rigorously structured analysis of the EU system of judicial protection and procedure before the Union courts. It examines the role and the competences of the Union courts and the types of actions that may be brought before them, such as the actions for infringement, annulment, and failure to act, as well as special forms of procedure, for example interim relief, appeals, and staff cases. In doing so, special attention is given to the fields of EU competition law and State aid. In addition it evaluates the relationship between the Court of Justice and the national courts through the preliminary ruling procedure and the interplay between EU law and the national procedural frameworks generally. Throughout, it takes account of significant institutional developments, including the relevant changes brought by the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the amendments to the Statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice and the General Court.

21Jan 2015

Book: "The Constitutional Foundations of European Contract Law: A Comparative Analysis", by Kathleen Gutman - Oxford University Press

Book: "The Constitutional Foundations of European Contract Law: A Comparative Analysis", by Kathleen Gutman - Oxford University Press

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199698301.do

Situated within the context of the ongoing debate about European contract law, this book provides a detailed examination of the European Union's competence in the field of contract law. It analyses the limits of Union competence in relation to several relevant Treaty provisions which potentially confer competence on the Union to adopt a comprehensive contract law instrument and the exercise of Union competence in connection with the operation of the principles of subsidiarity, proportionality and sincere cooperation. It also explores the viability of several alternative and complementary routes to the adoption of such an instrument, including enhanced cooperation, an intergovernmental treaty and certain American techniques. Setting forth an elaborate account of the context for this debate and its chronological development at the European level, this book charts the discussions relating to the European Union's competence to regulate contract law and offers a comparative analysis of the approach taken to the approximation of contract law in the American setting. Setting forth a detailed account of the context for this debate and its chronological development at the European level, the book charts the discussions that have occurred within and outside the EU relating to the transnational competence to regulate contract law. Situating European constitutional law within the continued debate about European contract law, it also reflects upon the contract law structure of the United States and examines the viability of alternative and complementary routes to the adoption of a comprehensive instrument of substantive contract law.

21Jan 2015

"Looking ahead: pathways of future constitutional evolution of the EU" by Carlos Closa

Closa, C. (2015). "Looking ahead: pathways of future constitutional evolution of the EU". Directorate General for Internal policies, Citizens´ rights and constitutional affairs. https://www.academia.edu/10242610/Looking_ahead_pathways_of_future_constitutional_evolution_of_the_EU

Abstract: The effects of the economic and fiscal crisis and the institutional instruments created to deal with it have led several actors (from governments and EU bodies to scholars) to propose different EU reforms. Several options exist to accommodate future constitutional development which, in some cases, may require Treaty revision. In this case, future constitutional evolution faces the challenge that the very stringent EU revision requirement (i.e. unanimity) poses. Other available options do not seem totally satisfactory.

30Dec 2014

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

06Dec 2014

Call for a Guest Professor in European Economic Integrations, University of Prishtina, Kosovo

Call for a Guest Professor in European Economic Integrations

EU Winter School (EUWS), 19-23 January 2015

at University of Prishtina, Prishtina, Kosovo



EYCA Kosovo is looking for a Guest Professor with specialty in EU Competition Policy for its EU Winter School (EUWS) to be held between 19-23 January 2015 in collaboration with University of Prishtina. Guest Professor will teach one to two lectures per day between 5 days (it is possible to teach less days) and will receive an honorarium along with travel and accommodation expenses.

About EUWS

EYCA Kosovo will organize the 1st edition of the EU Winter School (EUWS 2015), The event will be held on 19-23 January 2015 in collaboration with University of Prishtina. This edition of the EUWS will consist of moderated debates, lectures, open discussions and practical work, provided by academics from European universities, YCS Alumni and local practitioners active in the area of European integration. It will be organised in cooperation with the EU Scholarship Schemeproject, with the support of the University of Prishtina, which will provide the premises.



The project targets last year undergraduate students of Economics, Law and Political Sciences from all universities in Kosovo. EUWS 2015 will consist of three days of academic lectures and two plenary sessions. EUWS 2015 builds upon its tradition of contributing to improve the academic offer available in Kosovo on EU Affairs and EU integration process, as well as providing an opportunity to network with EU academics, YCS alumni and practitioners otherwise not available to the students. It will also provide a unique opportunity to ca 40 undergraduate students to discuss EU and EU integration matters (both theoretically and practically) and network with leading professionals and academics.



Different from previous editions of the EU Summer School, this year’s EUWS will focus on a flagship topic, “EU Affairs and Europeanization of Kosovo’s Society, Economy and Politics through Accession”, by combining theoretical and practical aspects.

Possible topics to be covered by the Guest Professor:

Theoretical Background and Main Principles of the EU Competition Policy

EU Competition Policy: Constitutional and Legal Foundations (including WTO Rules), Institutions and Decision-Making Processes

EU Competition Policy in Practice: Globalization and Economies of Scale

Application of the EU Competition Policy and Acquis: the Role of the European Commission and the European Court of Justice and other Institutions

EU Competition Policy in the Context of EU Enlargement: Acquis Approximation, Institution-Building, Market Regulation and Economic Competitiveness



Expression of Interest:

Please send a CV to alejtin@universum-ks.org. Deadline: December 5, 2014.

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06Dec 2014

Varieties of Democracy Institute- Call for Postdocs/Research Fellows

Varieties of Democracy Institute- Call for Postdocs/Research Fellows at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, who will join V-Dem and Governance and Local Development-G projects.

http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/announcements-in-the-job-application-portal/?languageId=0&disableRedirect=true&id=19144&Dnr=668474&Type=E

Some positions are funded by the Swedish Research Council-grant, others are funded by Wallenberg Academy Fellow and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond- grants.

Application deadline for all positions is January, 23 2015. For further information please contact: Professor Staffan I. Lindberg at staffan.i.lindberg@pol.gu.se or Head of Administration, Anna Engqvist at anna.engkvist@gu.se

02Dec 2014

15 PhD Fellowships/2 Post-doctoral Positions/1-2 Predoctoral Fellowships, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)

15 PhD Fellowships/2 Post-doctoral Positions/1-2 Predoctoral Fellowships, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)

https://www.ipsa.org/news/job-offer/15-phd-fellowships2-post-doctoral-positions1-2-predoctoral-fellowships

Application Deadline: 15 February, 2015

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Ph.D. program. BIGSSS is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen and is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The program provides close supervision of dissertation work within a demand-tailored education and research framework. Fellows are expected to choose Bremen as their place of residence. BIGSSS is part of an international network of highly acknowledged graduate programs. It supports its doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in achieving early scientific independence and provides funds for the conduct, presentation, and publishing of their research. The language of instruction is English.

Successful applicants will pursue a topic in one of BIGSSS’ three Thematic Fields:

• Global Governance and Regional Integration • Welfare State, Inequality, and Quality of Life • Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts

12 – 15 Ph.D. Stipends/Fellowships

BIGSSS seeks candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in political science, sociology, or psychology. Applicants with a degree in related social science disciplines are also welcome. We offer Ph.D. stipends of € 1300/month for 36 months, contingent on successful completion of each year.

2 Postdoctoral Positions

We seek candidates pursuing English-language publication projects based either on their dissertations or new research. Postdoctoral positions are paid in line with TVL E13 and may be taken up for a period between 6 and 24 months. The competition is open to candidates who have received a doctorate in political science, sociology, psychology, or related social science disciplines within the last three years. Applicants need to have graduated prior to commencing their postdoctoral stay.

1-2 Predoctoral Fellowships for Graduates of Bachelor Programs

Additionally, BIGSSS offers up to two stipends of € 800/month for particularly talented BA or BSc graduates. After fulfilling some course requirements and having their proposals accepted within the first year, candidates can switch into the regular three year program.

More information as well as lists of required application materials can be found at www.bigsss-bremen.de. For additional inquiries, please check the online FAQ and feel free to contact our admissions officer at admissions-officer@bigsss-bremen.de.

02Dec 2014

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.

02Dec 2014

Call for Applications Scholarships in Political Science, Central European University

Call for Applications Scholarships in Political Science, Central European University

http://politicalscience.ceu.hu/we-offer-2015-16?utm_source=Recletter_facultycontacts&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Contacts_fromfaculty&utm_campaign=Recruitment15-16

CEU graduate students and faculty from around the world come together in Budapest to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

Programs offered · Master of Arts in Political Science / 1 Year · Master of Arts in Political Science / 2 Years · Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science

Select Areas of Research · Political institutions · Parties, elections, and voting · Comparative political economy · Constitutional theory · Media and political communication · Analytical and normative political theory · Political sociology · European politics / democratization

Deadline for applications: February 1, 2015.

25Nov 2014

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.

http://protestconfox2015.wordpress.com/

25Nov 2014

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.

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