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:

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

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
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.
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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  
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