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Rethinking Europe 2010 : RETHINKING EUROPE AFTER THE CRISIS - JMCE postgraduate workshop


When Oct 8, 2010 - Oct 8, 2010
Where London
Submission Deadline Aug 30, 2010
Categories    european studies   public policy   law   political science

Call For Papers

JMCE Research Student Workshop Call for Papers
"Rethinking Europe after the Crisis"

Date: 8 October 2010
Place: London, King's College London

As we approach the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the European project continues to show its age-old problems – and a new powerful vector of instability. While the tormented path of the European Constitution, as amended by the Lisbon Treaty, has made palpable the gravity of the democratic deficit and has compounded the obstacles in agreeing to common foreign and economic policies and in coordinating the response to external events, the shock-waves of the global economic crisis have for the first time threatened the stability of the Euro and prompted speculation of defaults, exit strategies and a two-speed Europe.

How can we assess the various dimensions of the crisis (political, social, economical, institutional...) and its impact on the future trajectories of the EU and of the European member states? Does it require us to reconsider the tools and methodologies of the different disciplines and to develop new analyses and approaches?

The workshop aims to explore the following topics:
• new developments in the law and governance of the EU and member states;
• national or comparative assessments of the impact of the coming austerity measures on class, gender, racial, generational and other divides;
• social and political mobilisation between apathy, mass anti-cuts struggles and the rise of far right movements;
• theorising the role of the national state after the rescue of the banking system;
• the debate over Euro and over a common European economic government;
• the relationship between the European core and the Southern and Eastern European peripheries: uneven development, structural imbalances and political dimensions;
• rethinking the European disciplines: critical evaluations, interdisciplinary dialogue and new approaches;
• rethinking the EU as a multilayered/interdisciplinary scientific object
We are also happy to consider papers on different but related topics.

Postgraduate researchers from across the EU and all the social science disciplines (especially public policy, law, European studies, political science, international relations and economics) are invited to submit paper proposals outlining their original research contributions to be presented at the workshop, and for discussion of key issues in a closing round-table debate.

The day-long interdisciplinary workshop is organised by PhD students with the aim of providing an opportunity to showcase the work of leading postgraduate researchers on the future of Europe in the light of the most recent developments. Limited travel bursaries may be available to help speakers with travel expenses: please e-mail Paolo Chiocchetti ( for application details.

If you would like to submit a paper to the workshop for consideration please e-mail us your proposal, including the title, author, abstract (no more than 250 words) and institutional affiliation by 30 August 2010. Please send your proposal and/or any query to Paolo Chiocchetti (

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