Political Science News - Call for Papers

Europe by Design: Rethinking Projects and Policies

Sciences Po
Paris, France
8 July, 2015 - 10 July, 2015
Application Deadline: 26 September, 2014
The European Union is facing one of its most dramatic crisis, investing economic, institutional, and social aspects of its existence. The crisis has highlighted the fragile foundations of EU’s democracy and has challenged its social cohesion, leading to questioning the idea of Europe itself. The difficulty in overcoming the current impasse has emphasized the inconsistency of the European project itself, dramatically bringing to the fore the question of how the EU has been designed. The issue of how strategies, visions and projects of EU integration are defined has become, consequently, crucial. More than the outcome of a precise political design, the EU itself seems rather the product of the action of economic, political and bureaucratic elites, of pressure and interest groups and of opinion movements that, from the 1950s onwards, have pursued their own visions of Europe, leading to complex and often contradictory policies and strategies.
This panel/mini symposium sheds light on the ways in which projects concerning Europe have been shaped and how have been implemented from the beginning of the integration process to present day. From a theoretical, social and historical perspective, it considers a variety of actors operating in complex decision making processes; as well as the processes and the architectures affecting the design of the EU.
The purpose of the panel/mini-symposium is to address questions such as:
·         How do infrastructural needs affect visions about Europe?
·         How does the Internet affect EU political projects and strategies?
·         Governing by Internet architecture: what kind of European policy in the geopolitical arena?
·         How did the EU’s institutional architecture affect the responses to the crisis?
·         How does the perception of economic, political and institutional crisis influence the creation of EU strategies?
·         What has been and what is the role of Eurobureaucracies in defining projects of European integration?
·         Does evaluation affect the legitimation of EU’s policies and the strengthening of European integration?
·         How has the role of intellectuals changed, from the early twentieth century to today, in shaping projects of European integration?
·         How has the role of politicians, business men, engineers, bankers and bureaucrats impacted on European social and political life?
·         What impact have the old and new media in defining projects about the EU?
The panel seeks to bring together scholars from different backgrounds and experts of various disciplines such as political scientists, political theorists, historians, sociologists, philosophers, legal theorists and economist. We encourage a variety of methodological approaches and we particularly welcome the submission of papers and proposals that are interdisciplinary in nature.
If you are interested in presenting a 15 minute paper for this panel/mini-symposium, part of the XXII International Conference of Europeanists, please send a title, an abstract of no more than 350 words and a short bio to Prof. Francesco Amoretti amoretti@unisa.it
Limited funding to help towards registration fees for the XXII International Conference of Europeanists is available.
Deadline for submission is 26th September 2014.

The selection of the abstract and the committee’s decision regarding funding will be made by 7th October 2014.

Journal of Contemporary European Research

Vol. 12
No. 1
Application Deadline: 30 September, 2014

Applications are invited for the guest editorship of a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Research<http://www.jcer.net> (JCER) to be published in 2016 (Volume 12, Issue 1) under the general supervision of the JCER editors. The deadline is 30 September 2014.

Proposals should clearly relate to the work of the journal. The proposed issue should be for 8-12 articles of 7,000-8,000 words, plus an introductory, contextualising editorial of 3,000-5,000 words.
Proposals should include:

  *   Title of the proposed issue;
  *   Brief statement of the rationale for the issue and how each article relates to that rationale;
  *   Full contact details of the guest editor(s);
  *   Individual article details, including author names, titles and an abstract (300 words max.);
  *   Biography of each contributor (100 words max.);
  *   Schedule of work.

Proposers should indicate how far advanced the project is and whether any manuscripts already exist in draft versions. Please indicate in your submission any demonstrable previous experience of editing, and how you propose to manage the challenges presented by the task.
The successful guest editor(s) will be expected to take on the full editorial task (using the journal’s online manuscript management system) up until the handover to copy editors. The JCER editors are available for advice and to ensure that standards are met; it is not their role to edit the special issue.
Editorial tasks of the guest editors include the following:

  *   Suggesting reviewers (2 per paper);
  *   Managing communications with contributing authors and JCER Editors;
  *   Managing revision processes;
  *   Ensuring all contributing authors meet deadlines.

The papers must be reviewed (and revised) according to JCER standards in time to be passed to the JCER editors for final approval prior to publication. Proposers and authors should be aware that this can be a tight timetable to manage and publication will not be delayed to accommodate 'late' articles.
Special issue editors should be prepared to remove contributions from the issue should they fail to meet the required standard or to fit with the vision of the special issue editors. Authors should be made aware of this. The JCER editors reserve the right to reject any articles that do not meet the required standards of the Journal.
Proposals should be submitted to Kathryn Simpson (UACES Student Forum) by the deadline of 30 September 2014. Email to: kathryn.simpson-2@manchester.ac.uk<mailto:kathryn.simpson-2@manchester.ac.uk>.
Proposals will then be considered by a selection panel comprised of members of the JCER Editorial Board and the UACES Student Forum Committee. The decision of the selection panel will be final.


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