Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Europe and the European Union: Politicizing Europeaness (Extended Deadline)


Papers are still accepted for the panel:
Europe and the European Union: Politicizing Europeaness
As part of the 4th Euroacademia International Conference 'Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers', Athens, Greece, 23 - 24 May 20134
Extended Deadline: 25 April 2014
Europe and the European Union: Politicizing Europeaness
Panel Description
Historically, the EU is both curious and controversial: it is hard to explain from a state-centrist view the delegation of sovereignty and the fragile agreement on the gradual extension of the EU powers together with externalizations of the decision making to a polity that can be described, as Jacques Delors expressed it, as an unidentified political object. However, in the last 60 years the European Union absorbed increasing amounts of intellectual and political energies that attempted to singularly or complementary explain the nature of the beast and the logic of the processes unfolded within. A large amount of theoretical assumptions, methodological choices and explanatory techniques were imported from different fields of research to constitute what gradually took the shape of the EU studies. Still today, the European Union is seen as a unique project of regional integration that is unsettled and unfinished and yet a particular scientific vocabulary takes shape and influences research and policy making. The present panel aims to take into account the enormous creative energies invested in understanding and shaping the project of the European Union from the limited competences granted at the creation of the European Economic Community till the current formulation of the post-national understandings of its evolution.
This panel aims to bring openly on the floor of debate both the past and the contemporary trends in the study of the European Union trough the use of the magnifying glasses. The panel seeks to create an opportunity for evaluative accounts of essential developments within the study of the European Union. These accounts are to be understood as creative moments for articulating current concerns in the frame of disciplinary dialogue and methodological constrains or opportunities provided by the established traditions in the field of European studies. It is an opportunity for revisiting and assessing the persistent epistemological challenges in the field, the inheritances and their creative potential, the orthodoxies but also the heresies.
We welcome any papers which focus on the following topics:
~ Before the European Union: The Initial Assumptions and the Historical Choices Revisited
~ Neo-Functionalism and the Persistence of Spill-over Effects
~ The EU Studies and IR Conceptual Imports: An Assessment
~ The Regulatory Theory and EU efficiency
~ Addressing the European Identity: How and How to Measure It?
~ The Lessons of Enlargements
~ EU as a Political System
~ EU as a Normative Power
~ Working Hard to Find a European Demos
~ Cosmopolitanism and the EU as a Post-National Order
~ The Effects of Crises on the EU
Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together with the details of affiliation by 25th of April 2014 to application@euroacademia.eu
Please see the complete details of the conference before applying at:
http://euroacademia.eu/conference/fourth-europe-inside-out

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