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    1. Nov
      25
      Sat

      1. Euroacademia Global Forum of Critical Studies (all-day)
        Nov 25

        The 6th Euroacademia

        Global Forum of Critical Studies

        Asking Big Questions Again

         
         

        23 – 25 November 2017

        Agora Cultural Center
        Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

         
         

        Call For Panels and Papers

         

        Conference Description:

         
         

        Some say that the 21st Century or modernity altogether made humans more concerned with doing rather than being. As the classical Greek civilization valued most the reflexive thinking as a form of freedom from natural necessities, contemporary times profoundly involve individuals and the imaginary accompanying social practices in a restless logic of consumption, competition and engagement that profoundly – or some would say, radically – suspends or indefinitely postpones the autonomous capacity of human beings to question and reflect upon the social order and the meaning of social practices. The fast advancement of a peculiar logic of post-industrial societies, the gradual dissolution of alternative models to the capitalist logic and a multitude of other alerting factors pushed ahead a global spread culture of one-dimensional productions of meaning that advances a closure rather than a constant reflexive re-evaluation of cultural and social practices.

         

         

         

        Many alternatives at hand are often condemned to marginality or lost in the quasi-plural practices where everything goes as long as it’s part of an intellectual market. The ‘fatal strategies’ of post-industrial societies to keep individuals captive, busy and seduced by contingent social arrangements and economic practices minimized the questioning detachment required to evaluate and give meaning through reflexive criticism and unlimited interrogation. Various labels were given to our unfolding times from apocalyptic ones to some more comforting yet, not by chance, lacking some vital optimism. Despite a wide-spread discontent and suspicion towards daily realities of our current societies, most of big questions are often left outside by the self-involved active pursuit of an imagined well-being that is no longer transgressed by harsh critical evaluation of its meaning. The academic arena itself also advances, supports, integrates and promotes limited particular methodologies that generate an effect of mainstreaming and often keeps researchers or practitioners out of the battle-ground for big questions.

         

        The ongoing economic crisis made reality even harsher and pushed ahead the need for more thinking as many habitual categories lost their meaning or relevance. New ways of thinking could transgress some inappropriate conceptions or misconceptions that preserve their centrality due to the mechanics of habit. This is a time when a call to thinking is well-placed. This is a call to arms for critical studies that promotes alternative, questioning and multidimensional thinking. It is based on the belief that thinking more is asking more and the answers come from creative constructive reasoning if left unbiased.

         

        The 6th Euroacademia Global Forum of Critical Studies aims to bring into an open floor the reflexive and questioning interaction among academics, intellectuals, practitioners and activists profoundly concerned with evaluative understandings of the world we’re living in. The focus of the forum is to initiate an arena where no question is misplaced and irrelevant as long as we acknowledge that evaluation, critical thinking and contestation are accessible trajectories to better understand our past, present and alternative scenarios for the future. The Forum is also an open stage for sharing existing or ready formed intellectual visions and expose them to dialogue and scrutiny in a critically reflective environment.

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        Euroacademia Global Forum of Critical Studies (all-day)
    2. Jun
      13
      Wed

      1. Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities (7th Edition) (all-day)
        Jun 13 – Jun 14

        The 7th Euroacademia International Conference
        Identities and Identifications
        Politicized Uses of Collective Identities

        14 – 15 June 2018

        Agora Cultural Centre
        Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 7th of May 2018

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        Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities (7th Edition) (all-day)
    3. Jun
      14
      Thu

      1. Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities (7th Edition) (all-day)
        Jun 14 – Jun 15

        The 7th Euroacademia International Conference
        Identities and Identifications
        Politicized Uses of Collective Identities

        14 – 15 June 2018

        Agora Cultural Centre
        Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 7th of May 2018

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        Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities (7th Edition) (all-day)
    4. Sep
      27
      Thu

      1. Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers (8th Edition) (all-day)
        Sep 27 – Sep 28

        Euroacademia International Conference
        Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers (8th Edition)

        28 – 30 September 2018
        Agora Cultural Centre, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

        DEADLINE: 15 July 2018

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        Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers (8th Edition) (all-day)
    5. Sep
      28
      Fri

      1. Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers (8th Edition) (all-day)
        Sep 28 – Sep 29

        Euroacademia International Conference
        Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers (8th Edition)

        28 – 30 September 2018
        Agora Cultural Centre, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

        DEADLINE: 15 July 2018

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        Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers (8th Edition) (all-day)
    6. Sep
      29
      Sat

      1. Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers (8th Edition) (all-day)
        Sep 29 – Sep 30

        Euroacademia International Conference
        Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers (8th Edition)

        28 – 30 September 2018
        Agora Cultural Centre, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

        DEADLINE: 15 July 2018

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        Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers (8th Edition) (all-day)
    7. May
      30
      Thu

      1. CfP 9th International Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers’ (all-day)
        May 30 – May 31

        9th Euroacademia International Conference

        Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers

        31st of May – 1st of June 2019, Dublin, Ireland

        CALL FOR PANELS AND PAPERS

        DEADLINE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: 2nd of May 2019

        Conference Description

        Europe became in the 20th century an elaborated yet contested notion as the particular field of European studies emerged while extensive and diverse research was directed recently towards an intensified search for what Europe is about. The creation of the European Union made things even more specialized and increased the stake of methodological rigor as more and more Europeans are affected by the decisions taken in Brussels. The number, diversity and quality of research projects focused on European issues is unprecedented, yet, as it is usually the case with specialization, it gradually led to discursive communities that rarely meet and debate their approaches in open floors together with peers from other continents, academic traditions and cultures. It is the aim of this conference to build a bridge among specialists from different regions, academic traditions and cultures that share a common interest in studying and addressing Europe as a reflexive concern.

        The 9th International Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers’ aims exactly to refresh a broader approach and understanding of Europe by enlarging the platform of regular conferences and workshops for a wider arena of participants and disciplinary backgrounds in order to put on stage a worldwide monadology for such concerns. The conference aims also to enable critical alternatives to the disciplinary orthodoxies by creating a framework for interaction and dissemination of diversity that has to become once more a European trademark.

        What is Europe and its place in the world? Is there something particular that sedimented in time and through a controversial history a European way? How does Europe see itself and how do others see it? Is Europe inclusive or club-based exclusive? Is Europe becoming a normative power or just envisages itself as one? Is the European multiculturalism a fact or an ideal? Is the European Union a reflection of Europe or an appropriation of it? Is Europe becoming a post-national cosmopolitan order or a persisting community of national states? How does the current US political context challenges Europe? Is the EU able to resist the rise of populist and nationalist movements? What are the implications of Brexit? These are just few questions out of an enormous space for inquiry that are to be addressed and confronted within the topic of the conference. Join us!

        The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the following tentative panels:

        Theorizing Europe: Thinking Europe and Europeanness ~ Europe as would be world power ~ Europe and its internal and external others/outsiders ~ Europe and identities ~ Fortress Europe? ~ EU and appropriations of Europe ~ Europe and the Mediterranean assortment ~ Europe and the inclusive/exclusive nexus ~ Europe and the US ~ Europe and anti-Americanism ~ Europe as seen from its Eastern neighbors ~ Europe as viewed from far away: narratives of the Europeans outside ~ Europe as viewed from Asia ~ Europe and Africa ~ Non-familiar faces of Europe ~ Knowing Europe in a different way: from Latin America to Australia ~ Europe and the EU as a normative power ~ EU regulatory practices in context ~ The multiple faces of Europeanization as a process ~ Europe and the persistence of the East-West Slope ~ Europe and crises ~ Europe and cosmopolitanism ~ Europe and the post-national orders ~ Europe in the world ~ European narratives of the past: the mnemonic/amnesic nexuses ~ Europeanization versus globalization ~ Europe and conflict resolution ~ European social models: welfare states and neoliberal suspicions ~ Europe and innovation ~ The politicization of Europe ~ Europe and the Trump ‘Era’ ~ Assessments of the European security

        Participant’s Profile
        The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular research interest on Europe from all parts of the world. Post-graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers are welcome to submit an abstract. Representatives of INGOs, NGOs, Think Tanks and activists willing to present their work with impact on or influenced by specific understandings of Europe are welcomed as well to submit the abstract of their contribution. Euroacademia favors multidisciplinary approaches, critical thinking and new research methodologies.

        The conference will take place in the conference premises of the exclusive 4* The Croke Park Hotel, in Dublin, close to the city center and within a short distance from all major cultural attractions.

        Deadline: 2nd of May 2019
        For on-line applications and complete details of the event before applying please see the conference website:
        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/9eio/

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        CfP 9th International Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers’ (all-day)
    8. May
      31
      Fri

      1. CfP 9th International Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers’ (all-day)
        May 31 – Jun 1

        9th Euroacademia International Conference

        Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers

        31st of May – 1st of June 2019, Dublin, Ireland

        CALL FOR PANELS AND PAPERS

        DEADLINE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: 2nd of May 2019

        Conference Description

        Europe became in the 20th century an elaborated yet contested notion as the particular field of European studies emerged while extensive and diverse research was directed recently towards an intensified search for what Europe is about. The creation of the European Union made things even more specialized and increased the stake of methodological rigor as more and more Europeans are affected by the decisions taken in Brussels. The number, diversity and quality of research projects focused on European issues is unprecedented, yet, as it is usually the case with specialization, it gradually led to discursive communities that rarely meet and debate their approaches in open floors together with peers from other continents, academic traditions and cultures. It is the aim of this conference to build a bridge among specialists from different regions, academic traditions and cultures that share a common interest in studying and addressing Europe as a reflexive concern.

        The 9th International Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers’ aims exactly to refresh a broader approach and understanding of Europe by enlarging the platform of regular conferences and workshops for a wider arena of participants and disciplinary backgrounds in order to put on stage a worldwide monadology for such concerns. The conference aims also to enable critical alternatives to the disciplinary orthodoxies by creating a framework for interaction and dissemination of diversity that has to become once more a European trademark.

        What is Europe and its place in the world? Is there something particular that sedimented in time and through a controversial history a European way? How does Europe see itself and how do others see it? Is Europe inclusive or club-based exclusive? Is Europe becoming a normative power or just envisages itself as one? Is the European multiculturalism a fact or an ideal? Is the European Union a reflection of Europe or an appropriation of it? Is Europe becoming a post-national cosmopolitan order or a persisting community of national states? How does the current US political context challenges Europe? Is the EU able to resist the rise of populist and nationalist movements? What are the implications of Brexit? These are just few questions out of an enormous space for inquiry that are to be addressed and confronted within the topic of the conference. Join us!

        The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the following tentative panels:

        Theorizing Europe: Thinking Europe and Europeanness ~ Europe as would be world power ~ Europe and its internal and external others/outsiders ~ Europe and identities ~ Fortress Europe? ~ EU and appropriations of Europe ~ Europe and the Mediterranean assortment ~ Europe and the inclusive/exclusive nexus ~ Europe and the US ~ Europe and anti-Americanism ~ Europe as seen from its Eastern neighbors ~ Europe as viewed from far away: narratives of the Europeans outside ~ Europe as viewed from Asia ~ Europe and Africa ~ Non-familiar faces of Europe ~ Knowing Europe in a different way: from Latin America to Australia ~ Europe and the EU as a normative power ~ EU regulatory practices in context ~ The multiple faces of Europeanization as a process ~ Europe and the persistence of the East-West Slope ~ Europe and crises ~ Europe and cosmopolitanism ~ Europe and the post-national orders ~ Europe in the world ~ European narratives of the past: the mnemonic/amnesic nexuses ~ Europeanization versus globalization ~ Europe and conflict resolution ~ European social models: welfare states and neoliberal suspicions ~ Europe and innovation ~ The politicization of Europe ~ Europe and the Trump ‘Era’ ~ Assessments of the European security

        Participant’s Profile
        The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular research interest on Europe from all parts of the world. Post-graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers are welcome to submit an abstract. Representatives of INGOs, NGOs, Think Tanks and activists willing to present their work with impact on or influenced by specific understandings of Europe are welcomed as well to submit the abstract of their contribution. Euroacademia favors multidisciplinary approaches, critical thinking and new research methodologies.

        The conference will take place in the conference premises of the exclusive 4* The Croke Park Hotel, in Dublin, close to the city center and within a short distance from all major cultural attractions.

        Deadline: 2nd of May 2019
        For on-line applications and complete details of the event before applying please see the conference website:
        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/9eio/

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        CfP 9th International Conference ‘Europe Inside-Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers’ (all-day)
    9. Oct
      24
      Thu

      1. The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (8th Edition), 25 – 26 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium (all-day)
        Oct 24 – Oct 25

        Call for Papers & Panels

        The 8th Euroacademia International Conference
        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe

        25 – 26 October 2019

        Europa Hotel
        Ghent, Belgium

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 25 September 2019

        See full details at http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8eupe/

        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. The goal of an emerging ‘ever closer union’ is still in search for the paths of realization while pragmatics compete with ideal goals setting. 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 is a process that 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 a political system 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. As some argue, the lack of fully democratic procedures led to Brexit while many European citizens largely are disenchanted with the way decisions are made in the EU. 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 at both national and especially European elections. To all that recent times added the economic crisis and a re-emergence of nationalism in many European countries and an increase in anti-EU sentiments. The optimist supporters of EU believe in its power to constantly reinvent and reshape in deepening integration 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 8th International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ aims to survey some of the current debates in EU studies 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 invites to dialogue 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 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 sceptic 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 the European level. The question to be addressed in the conference is weather the increasing politicization of the EU will lead to a full democratization of EU politics or to increasing fragmentation and division.

        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 an Europeanization of the masses take place or the EU remains persistently 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? What is the impact of Brexit for the future of the EU? Can we expect a future of European solidarity or division? 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 8th International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ to address in a constructive manner such questions and to offer a 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 welcomes papers advancing contributions from the widest area of inquiry related to the EU, from theoretic contributions and methodological proposals to case studies at EU level and regional or national levels. It aims to be an interdisciplinary event that adds value to the debate about the present and future of the EU based on the firm belief that deepening the specialized dialogue on EU topics leads to asserting the European critical thinking and to a better understanding of European realities. Papers addressing current challenges from the Eurozone crisis to Brexit or re-emergence of nationalist parties and attitudes in member states as well as security studies and IR papers are especially welcomed.

        The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the following panels:

        ~ The Crisis of Europe and its Political Challenges
        ~ Populism and Re-Emergence of Right-Wing Leaning Nationalism in Europe
        ~ 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
        ~ Ethnicity and Migration in Europe
        ~ Asylum Policy and the EU
        ~ The European Solidarity and the Refugee Crisis
        ~ 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 Euroscepticism 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 2030 – Scenarios for Future
        ~ Brexit and its Impact on the Future of EU

        For complete information before applying see full details of the conference at:

        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8eupe/

        You can apply on-line by completing the Application Form on the conference website or by sending 300 words titled abstract together with the details of contact and affiliation until 25th of September 2019 at [email protected]

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        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (8th Edition), 25 – 26 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium (all-day)
    10. Oct
      25
      Fri

      1. The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (8th Edition), 25 – 26 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium (all-day)
        Oct 25 – Oct 26

        Call for Papers & Panels

        The 8th Euroacademia International Conference
        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe

        25 – 26 October 2019

        Europa Hotel
        Ghent, Belgium

        Deadline for Paper Proposals: 25 September 2019

        See full details at http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8eupe/

        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. The goal of an emerging ‘ever closer union’ is still in search for the paths of realization while pragmatics compete with ideal goals setting. 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 is a process that 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 a political system 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. As some argue, the lack of fully democratic procedures led to Brexit while many European citizens largely are disenchanted with the way decisions are made in the EU. 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 at both national and especially European elections. To all that recent times added the economic crisis and a re-emergence of nationalism in many European countries and an increase in anti-EU sentiments. The optimist supporters of EU believe in its power to constantly reinvent and reshape in deepening integration 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 8th International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ aims to survey some of the current debates in EU studies 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 invites to dialogue 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 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 sceptic 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 the European level. The question to be addressed in the conference is weather the increasing politicization of the EU will lead to a full democratization of EU politics or to increasing fragmentation and division.

        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 an Europeanization of the masses take place or the EU remains persistently 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? What is the impact of Brexit for the future of the EU? Can we expect a future of European solidarity or division? 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 8th International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ to address in a constructive manner such questions and to offer a 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 welcomes papers advancing contributions from the widest area of inquiry related to the EU, from theoretic contributions and methodological proposals to case studies at EU level and regional or national levels. It aims to be an interdisciplinary event that adds value to the debate about the present and future of the EU based on the firm belief that deepening the specialized dialogue on EU topics leads to asserting the European critical thinking and to a better understanding of European realities. Papers addressing current challenges from the Eurozone crisis to Brexit or re-emergence of nationalist parties and attitudes in member states as well as security studies and IR papers are especially welcomed.

        The conference is organized yet by no means restricted to the following panels:

        ~ The Crisis of Europe and its Political Challenges
        ~ Populism and Re-Emergence of Right-Wing Leaning Nationalism in Europe
        ~ 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
        ~ Ethnicity and Migration in Europe
        ~ Asylum Policy and the EU
        ~ The European Solidarity and the Refugee Crisis
        ~ 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 Euroscepticism 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 2030 – Scenarios for Future
        ~ Brexit and its Impact on the Future of EU

        For complete information before applying see full details of the conference at:

        http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8eupe/

        You can apply on-line by completing the Application Form on the conference website or by sending 300 words titled abstract together with the details of contact and affiliation until 25th of September 2019 at [email protected]

        +
        The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (8th Edition), 25 – 26 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium (all-day)