Sixty years after the Treaty of Rome, regional integration has profoundly transformed the economies, polities and societies of Europe. Although the European Union is more central than ever to the domestic life of its member states, it has never appeared so fragile. President Jean-Claude Juncker described his tenure as the European Commission’s “last chance,” faced with the “polycrisis” of a dysfunctional Eurozone, a catastrophic refugee conundrum, the unpicking of the Schengen area, and the rise of nationalist movements. In the era of the “constraining dissensus,” no one is indifferent to the EU.
The polycrisis is not only economic and institutional. It is also political, social and intellectual. That is why we invite contributions from anthropologists, historians, social theorists, and sociologists, in addition to legal scholars, economists and political scientists, working on any aspect of the European experience, to submit their proposals by September 30, 2016.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
- Public opinion and Euroskepticism
- Social and spatial mobility in the EU
- Globalization and trade
- EU law and fundamental rights
- European democracy and citizenship
- Migration, nationalism and identity
- Inequality, economic reform, and public policy
- Ideas for institutional reform
- Security and the European state
- History of European integration
- Prospects for European (dis)integration
- Europeanization and domestic politics
- The EU’s role in global affairs
- Governance of the Euro Area
- Transnational interest groups and social movements
- European societ(ies) and culture(s)
- Intellectuals and the European project
- Theoretical advances in EU studies
Although papers are welcome, full panel proposals will be given priority in the selection process. Proposals for author-meets-critics session and thematic roundtables will be evaluated on merit. Participants will be notified of the Program Committee’s decisions by December 15, 2016.
A selection of the best papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy in 2018.
To submit a proposal look for the submission link at our website-wwweustudies.org beginning August 1, 2016.
Program Committee: Neil Fligstein (UC-Berkeley) and Frédéric Merand (Université de Montréal)