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 2014

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
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Please see the complete details of the conference before applying at:

The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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