JMCE Workshop 2012- call for papers

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The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the third Research Student Workshop which will take place at King’s College London, on Monday 29 October 2012.This is an one-day workshop which is designed to give the opportunity to postgraduate students from different areas to present and discuss their research in a friendly and intellectually stimulating setting. The theme of this year’s workshop is ‘The Future of the European Union – Challenges and Opportunities’. We invite postgraduate students to submit abstracts for oral presentations on both theoretical discussions and empirical case studies and from across a range of subject matters including cross-disciplinary studies.
‘The Future of the European Union – Challenges and Opportunities’
The on-going discussions concerning the euro-crisis and how to resolve it have revealed deep divisions between EU States and raised concerns regarding its relationship with the rest of the world. The economy is, however, but one of the many challenges facing the EU as it forges its way forward.
For some time, and despite attempts to forge a coherent foreign policy and to promote common values and interests across the region and beyond, the EU has often struggled to find an identity for itself on the international stage. Internally Member States have often disagreed as regards when and how to respond to international crises, thereby frequently leaving the EU in a position where it is unable to act collectively. Internally, the EU is also struggling with its own identity as core social and political values traditionally advocated by the EU, are now dominated by more pressing discussions concerning economic needs.
With disparities as between Member States becoming increasingly prevalent and apparent in EU relations, is it ever possible for the EU to speak with one voice and to engage collectively as an international actor? Has the euro-crisis merely highlighted the increasingly tiered system already prevalent within the EU? Will the crisis over-shadow the achievements made in the Lisbon Treaty? Will we soon have a two-speed EU or is this already starting to emerge? Will we even see Member States soon exiting the EU?
Notwithstanding the challenges, the EU represents a significant achievement for regional integration and offers a successful example for the possibility for greater inter-state cooperation and collaboration. It has made significant progress in a number of challenging areas defying many commentators who questioned whether regional organisations could ever work in practice.
It is clear that in the future, the EU will face many challenges and opportunities. Some of these will be the continuation of existing on-going debates and discussions, whereas others will be new emerging issues and considerations.
This workshop seeks to explore these challenges and opportunities. We welcome abstract submissions on both theoretical discussions and empirical case studies and from across a range of subject matters including cross-disciplinary studies.
It is intended that the workshop will include, although will not be limited to, consideration of the following themes:
– Defining the EU: The constant struggle to find an identity.
– Revisiting the common objectives of EU integration.
– Beggar thy neighbour? The solidarity and identity crisis in the EU
– Two tier EU? Disparity and divisions amongst EU states.
– Economic policy and the fallout of the euro crisis both regionally and globally.
– Together forever? Will the EU survive as a regional partnership?
– Standard setter? The EU as a precedent for regional arrangements.
– Searching for international standing: the role of the EU in international organisations.
– Security and human rights: The treatment of immigration and asylum.
– Uniting values and visions: the EU and the promotion of ethics and human rights.
– Can the EU ever agree? The search for a common defence, security and foreign policy.
– The junior partner? The EU’s transatlantic partnership.
– Making new friends: The EU and its growing links with the Far East.
– A balancing act: the struggle between states interests and a common objective in the EU.
– The Arab Spring: The EU and its role in state interventions.
– Europe in 2020: Will the road map change?
– EU citizenship: Dream or possibility?The workshop will be held on Monday 29 October 2012 at King’s College London. Attendance will be free and open to all, and limited funding may be offered for travel costs for speakers where possible. Submissions of 250 words should be sent to The deadline for proposals is Monday 6 August 2012, with the authors of accepted papers being notified in the following weeks.


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