HEIRS (History for European Integration Research Society) and the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth invite post-graduate research students with an interest in both European integration history and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of European integration to attend a colloquium to be held at the University of Portsmouth from Friday, 4 November to Saturday, 5 November 2005. The colloquium will start Friday morning and terminate Saturday around lunchtime.
To this date composed mainly of historians, HEIRS wishes to actively promote the dialogue with social scientists. In line with this goal, the second HEIRS conference will address in particular inter- and cross-disciplinary issues. We welcome specifically paper proposals that deal with a historical subject from an interdisciplinary angle and/or tackle methodological problems. Among the issues that could be explored are
§ Perspectives of the cross-fertilization of history and political science on European integration;
§ The utilization of social science methodology for historical subjects;
§ The use of archival sources by social scientists;
§ The gathering and the use of empirical data by historians and by social scientists;
§ The challenges of an interdisciplinary approach; etc.
The conference title “The making and unmaking of the European Union: Fifty-five years of crabwalk?” proposes a broad frame. It will allow us to integrate a great variety of topics. Postgraduate students should have the opportunity to present their actual research and research problems and are encouraged to tie them to interdisciplinary or methodological problems of the study of European integration.
A network of and for postgraduate researchers, the panel speakers and panel chairs will be postgraduate students. To advance an open discussion among postgraduate student researchers and leading academics, we have also invited guest speakers from the UK, Germany and France to address various issues relating to inter- and cross-disciplinarity.
Please note that the revised papers of the initial HEIRS conference, held at the University of Cambridge in November 2004, are accessible online at www.intstudies.cam.ac.uk/jmce/heirscolloquium2004.pdf.
Research students are invited to submit abstracts (max. 500 words) outlining the main points of their proposed papers by Friday, 16 September 2005. If selected for the conference, presenters will be asked to submit a paper of between 3,000 and 5,000 words by Friday, 21 October 2005, for inclusion at the conference and publication on the website.
Registration contact: Please submit your paper proposals and address any questions to the conference conveners Katja Seidel and Brigitte Leucht at firstname.lastname@example.org
Research students who wish to participate but do not intend to give a paper can register until 28 October. For those not presenting, a conference fee of £10 pounds sterling is payable in cash on registration at the colloquium in Portsmouth. The fee will cover all conference fees, coffee and light snacks.
Katja Seidel and Brigitte Leucht
Centre for European and International Studies
University of Portsmouth
(on behalf of the HEIRS founding committee)
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