Call for Papers for the Panel: Europe and the European Union:  
Politicizing Europeanness

(As part of 5th Euroacademia International Conference: Europe  
Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers,  
Barcelona, 27 – 28 March 2015)

Deadline for paper proposals: 25th of February 2015
Europe and the European Union: Politicizing Europeanness

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.

The panel welcomes contributions on the following topics (you by no  
means limited to):

~ 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
~ Is EU an Inter-Governmental Organization Again?
~ Addressing the European Identity: How and How to Measure It?
~ The Lessons of Enlargements
~ The Future of Enlargement
~ 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
~ The Crises of European Solidarity
~ EU and the Choice for Austerity Politics in Exiting the Crisis
~ Greece and the Crisis of the Eurozone
~ The European Elections and the New Right Parties in the European Parliament
~ ECB and Crisis Management
~ Exiting the Eurozone: A Real Choice?
~ EU and Russia: The Conflict in Ukraine

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300  words  
together with the details of affiliation by 25th of February 2015 to  
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