The European's burden: global imperialism in EU expansion
Call for Papers Deadline:
The European Union's expansion has been largely treated in academic and
policy-making circles alike as a benevolent project that promises to improve the overall conditions of the rest of Europe and "modernise" the political and economic systems of the countries within and outside the EU. The overall integration process purports to build the foundations for a continent-wide prosperous and peaceful future and a showcase of democracy for the rest of the world. These claims, whether implicit or explicit, should be the focus of attentive scrutiny, much of which has been severely lacking in scholarly work (For exceptions to this tendency and suggestions of some of the directions to be explored further, see an e-book, available free online, written by authors who have already committed to contributing their new work to the current project, see J. Böröcz and M. Kovács (eds.). Empire's newclothes: unveiling EU enlargement, Central European Review, see our website).
As a contribution to a critical approach on the subject of the EU expansion process, a new volume is planned that will expand on previous and ongoing work on the colonial and imperial aspects of the EU's eastward expansion by widening the analytical framework so as to include multiple scales, from intra-national to global. The aim is to examine the ramifications and repercussions of this arguably novel form of imperialism for countries in the rest of the world as well as for the internal dynamics of EU societies themselves. What would be especially welcome are (1) comparative analyses between EU members and applicants, (2) comparative approaches to imperial forms in relation to the current EU expansion process, (3) works linking the situation in former and current colonies of EU member states to the EU's expansion process, and (4) research on the implications of EU expansion to world-system dynamics. Feminist, poststructural, and postcolonial approaches would be particularly welcome, and contributions will not be limited to cultural, economic, political, and social processes. Authors are additionally encouraged to submit manuscripts that discuss the environmental and nonhuman dimensions of EU expansionism.
The deadline for submitting the first draft of the chapter manuscripts will be the 20th of February, 2004. To be considered for inclusion in this edited volume, please indicate your interest in contributing or direct any enquiries by the 10th of January, 2003.
Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro, Ph.D.
Department of Geography and Geology
Science Building, Room D-327
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
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