RETHINKING EUROPE AFTER THE FINANCIAL CRISIS
Friday, 8th October 2010
London, King’s College London
As we approach the end of the first decade of the 21st Century, the European Project continues to show its age-old problems – and a new powerful vector of instability. While the tormented path of the European Constitution, as amended by the Lisbon Treaty, has made palpable the gravity of the democratic deficit and has compounded the obstacles in agreeing to common foreign and economic policies and in coordinating the response to external events, the shock-waves of the global economic crisis have for the first time threatened the stability of the Euro and prompted speculation on defaults, exit strategies and a two-speed Europe.
How can we assess the impact of the financial/economic crisis on the future trajectories of the European Union and of the individual member states? And how does it force us to reconsider the tools and methodologies of the different disciplines and to develop new analyses and approaches?
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
- national or comparative assessments of the impact of the coming austerity measures on class, gender, racial, generational and other divides;
- the relationship between the European core and the Southern and Eastern European peripheries: uneven development, structural imbalances and political dimensions;
- new developments in the law and governance of the EU and member states;
- theorising the role of the national state after the rescue of the banking system;
- the debate over Euro and over a common European economic government;
- social and political mobilisation between apathy, mass anti-cuts struggles and the rise of far right movements;
- rethinking the European disciplines: critical evaluations, interdisciplinary dialogue and new approaches;
- rethinking the EU as a multilayered/interdisciplinary scientific object;
The day-long interdisciplinary workshop is organised by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of King’s College London, with the aim of providing an opportunity to showcase the work of leading postgraduate research students on the future of Europe in the light of the most recent developments.
Postgraduates from across the European Union and from all European disciplines (e.g. European Studies, Public Policy, Law and Economics) will be invited to present their original contributions and to discuss the key issues in a closing round-table debate.
The proceedings of the workshop will be published on the JMCE website. Limited travel bursaries may be available to help speakers with travel expenses, please e-mail the organisers for application details.
Further details will be published in due course on the JMCE website (www.kcl.ac.uk/projects/jmce/workshop.html).
Deadline for abstracts
If you would like to submit an abstract for the workshop to be selected by the organising committee please e-mail us your proposal, including the title, author, university and an abstract of 250 words, by Monday 19th of July 2010.
Please send your application and any enquiries to Paolo Chiocchetti at firstname.lastname@example.org
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