14th Annual HEIRS Conference, Rome, 20-21 April, 2018
The 14th Annual History of European Integration Research Society (HEIRS) Conference casted a light on the recent crises that hit the southern member states of the EU. The conference brought together scholars from history and political science from across Europe to discuss the southern crises and the related phenomena back to historical developments within the European integration process. Under the title European Integration or Disintegration? Causes and Origins of the Crises in Southern Europe, the conference looked at the causes and effects of the economic, migration and political legitimacy crises arisen in southern Europe in the past years from an interdisciplinary approach and a variety of different academic perspectives. The conference was held in Rome at LUISS Guido Carli University and was organized by the HEIRS steering committee members Sara Venditti (LUISS), and Vladimir Bortun and Milan Kreuschitz-Markovič (University of Portsmouth). Besides bringing together PhD students and early career researchers, the conference furthermore involved practitioners from politics and journalism as keynote speakers to broaden the debates and to create a link between academics, writers and political actors.