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CfP: The Fourth International Conference: The European Union and the Politicization of Europe, 27 - 28 November 2015, Prague, Czech Republic

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Call for Papers

Euroacademia and the School of International Relations and Diplomacy
from Anglo-American University in Prague, cordially invites
applications for:

The Fourth International Conference
The European Union and the Politicization of Europe

27 - 28 November 2015

To be held at Anglo-American University, Prague, Czech Republic

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 15 October 2015

See full details at:
http://euroacademia.eu/conference/european-union-and-the-politicization-of-europe-4th-edition/


Conference Description:
The European Union was described by Jacques Delors as an unidentified
political object and by Jose Manuel Barroso as the first non-Imperial
empire. The descriptors assigned to the European Union are creative
and diverse yet the agreement on what is the actual shape that the EU
is taking is by no means an easy one to be achieved. Historical
choices shaped and reshaped the size and functioning of the EU while
the goal of an emerging ‘ever closer union’ is still in search for the
paths of real and not ideal accomplishment. The agreement seems to
come when it’s about the growing impact of the decisions taken in
Brussels on the daily lives of the European citizens and the
increasingly redistributive outcomes of the policy choices inside the
EU. These dynamics created the framework for the politicization of
Europe and opened a vivid debate about the direction and proportions
of such a process.

The politicization of Europe takes various shapes and addresses
significant puzzles. While it is clear that the EU doesn’t resemble a
state it is less clear if the decisions that shape its policies are
configured by Pareto efficient outcomes or by dynamics that are
intrinsic to political systems and defined by emerging party politics
within the European Parliament. The democratic problem or the
democratic deficit issue was and continues to be one of the main
challenges facing the European Union in any terms or from any position
is understood or described. The problem of accountability for the
decision making inside the EU was there from the beginning and it
emerged gradually as more emphatic on the agenda of vivid debates as
the powers of the EU have grown after the Maastricht Treaty. This was
concomitant with a growing disenchantment of citizens from member
states with politics in general, with debates over the democratic
deficits inside member states, with enlargement and with a visible and
worrying decrease in voters’ turnouts in both national and especially
European elections. The optimist supporters of EU believe in its power
to constantly reinvent and reshape while the pessimists see either a
persistence of existing problems or a darker scenario that could lead
in front of current problems even to the end of the EU as we know it.

The International Conference ‘The European Union and the
Politicization of Europe’ aims to survey some of these current debates
and addresses once more the challenges of the EU polity in a context
of multiple crises that confronted Europe in recent years. It supports
a transformative view that involves balanced weights of optimism and
pessimism in a belief that the unfold of current events and the way EU
deals with delicate problems will put an increased pressure in the
future on matters of accountability and will require some
institutional adjustments that address democratic requirements for
decision making. However in its present shape and context the EU does
not look able to deliver soon appropriate answers to democratic
demands. In a neo-functionalist slang we can say as an irony that the
actual crisis in the EU legitimacy is a ‘spillover’ effect of
institutional choices made some time before. To address the EU’s
democratic deficit however is not to be a skeptic and ignore the
benefits that came with it but to acknowledge the increasing popular
dissatisfaction with ‘occult’ office politics and with the way EU
tackles daily problems of public concern while the public is more and
more affected by decisions taken at European level.

Is the EU becoming an increasingly politicized entity? Is the on-going
politicization of Europe a structured or a messy one? Do political
parties within the European Parliament act in a manner that
strengthens the view of the EU as an articulate political system? Are
there efficient ways for addressing the democratic deficit issue? Can
we find usable indicators for detecting an emerging European demos and
a European civil society? Does Europeanization of the masses take
place or the EU remains a genuinely elitist project? Did the Lisbon
Treaty introduce significant changes regarding the challenges facing
the EU? Can we see any robust improvements in the accountability of
the EU decision making processes? Are there alternative ways of
looking at the politicization processes and redistributive policies
inside the EU? Is the on-going crisis changing the European politics
dramatically? These are only few of the large number of questions that
unfold when researchers or practitioners look at the EU. It is the aim
of the Fourth International Conference ‘The European Union and the
Politicization of Europe’ to address in a constructive manner such
questions and to offer o platform for dissemination of research
results or puzzles that can contribute to a better understanding of
the on-going process of politicization within the European Union.

The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the
following panels:

~ The Crisis of Europe and its Political Challenges
~ The Crisis of European Solidarity
~ Greece and the Questioning of the Factual European Unity
~ Is Euro-enthusiasm Still Possible?
~ The Politicization of Europe: Desirable or Contestable
~ The Neo-medieval EU: Resembling an Enlightened Despotism?
~ The EU as a Political System: Features and Curiosities
~ Differentiated Integration and Club Based Hypotheses
~ Re-distributive Policies Inside the EU Impacting the Medium Voter
~ European Elections and Strategies for Politicization
~ European Parties and Party Politics in the European Parliament
~ Strategies for Bringing European Issues to Public Scrutiny
~ Taking ECB Out of the Political Vacuum: Strategies for Accountability
~ The Democratic Deficit Issue: A Persistent Anomaly?
~ In Search of a European Demos
~ Inclusion/Exclusion Nexuses
~ Looking for a European Civil Society
~ Appropriations and Politicization of Wider European Values and Narratives
~ Persisting Intergovernmentalism?
~ EU and Traces of Imperial Politics
~ EU and Identitarian appropriations
~ Scenarios for Change Inside the EU
~ The Future of EU Enlargement
~ The Europeanization of Balkans
~ Taking Euroskepticism Seriously
~ Assessing the EU External Action
~ Increasing Public Saliency for Supranational Issues
~ Lobbying and Policy Making Inside the EU
~ Cultural Policies and the Politicization of Europe
~ Educational Policies of Europeanization
~ Representations of EUrope
~ Arts and the Imaginary Shape of the EU
~ Mobility and Europeanization
~ Europe 2020 - Scenarios for Future

Deadline:
15 October 2015 – deadline for sending 300 words abstracts and details
of affiliation

The 300 word abstracts and the affiliation details should be submitted
in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
1) author(s), 2) affiliation, 3) email address, 4) title of abstract,
5) body of abstract 6) preferred panel or proposed panel
The abstract and details can be sent to [log in to unmask]
with the name of the conference specified in the subject line or
through the on-line application form available at
http://euroacademia.eu/conference/european-union-and-the-politicization-of-europe-4th-edition/
We will acknowledge the receipt of your proposal and answer to all
paper proposals submitted.

The conference is organized by Euroacademia in cooperation with the
School of International Relations and Diplomacy from the Anglo
American University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Euroacademia is a non-profit organization, based in Paris, Brussels
and Vienna, aiming to foster academic cooperation, networking and a
platform for dissemination and valorization of academic research
results, trends, and emerging themes within the area of concern for
European studies, political science, critical studies, cultural
studies, and wider and inclusive interdisciplinary and
trans-disciplinary approaches that contribute to a better
understanding of the ‘self-organizing vertigo’ (Edgar Morin) of the
European realm. Euroacademia is a hub for academic interaction on and
about Europe.
For more information visit www.euroacademia.eu

Anglo-American University is the oldest private institution of higher
education in the Czech Republic and provides a personalized and
distinctive university education in the English language. Utilizing
the best from American and British academic traditions, Anglo-American
University educates future leaders and global citizens in a
multicultural setting of students and faculty from over 60 different
countries.
For more information visit http://www.aauni.edu/




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