Programme Second Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration

Second Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration
Florence, 10-12 September 2018

The Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration is a joint initiative between the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre (ADG) and the two European associations of young researchers, RICHIE (Réseau international de jeunes chercheurs en histoire de l’intégration européenne) and HEIRS (History of European integration research society). The full programme is available here.

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Conference Report 14th HEIRS conference: “European Integration or Disintegration? Causes and Origins of the Crises in Southern Europe”

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.

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CfP Second Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration

Second Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration
Florence
10-12 September 2018
*Deadline: 31 March 2018*

The Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration is a joint initiative between the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre (ADG) and the two European associations of young researchers, RICHIE (Réseau international de jeunes chercheurs en histoire de l’intégration européenne) and HEIRS (History of European integration research society).

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Conference Report 13th HEIRS conference: “The Informal Construction of Europe”

13th History of European Integration Research Society Conference, 23-25 March 2017, Luxembourg

The 13th annual conference of the History of European Integration Research Society (HEIRS) raised the important topic of ‘informality’ in the history of European integration. While the majority of historical or political science research on European integration has focused on the formal institutions and the diplomatic procedures of establishing them, informality has played a crucial role in European integration. While indeed, treaties, laws and EU institutions constitute the formal fundaments of European integration, informal activities on the European intergovernmental, supranational and transnational stage have often been a necessary precondition for concerted action leading to binding agreements and political change. The theme of this conference invited scholars to elaborate on the role of informality in European integration in various guises. The aim of the conference was to bring together PhD students and several senior researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds ranging from history to political sciences to discuss their research on informality in European integration. The conference was held at the Historical Archives of the European Parliament and the Maison Robert Schuman in Luxembourg and was organized by the HEIRS members Mechthild Herzog (University of Luxembourg) and Lennaert van Heumen (Radboud University Nijmegen). Continue reading “Conference Report 13th HEIRS conference: “The Informal Construction of Europe””

CfP 1st EUI/RICHIE/HEIRS Graduate Conference

European University Institute, Florence, 18-20 September 2017

eui-annual-conferenceThe Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration is a joint initiative between the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre at EUI and the two European associations of young researchers, RICHIE (Réseau international de jeunes chercheurs en histoire de l’intégration européenne) and HEIRS (History of European integration research society).

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1st HEIRS-RICHIE Conference: Capitalism, Crises and European Integration from 1945 to the present

European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 26-28 May 2016

HAEU EUIThe severe multidimensional crisis that has been affecting Europe since 2008 calls for a critical rethinking of European integration history. Europe’s present difficulties highlight both the importance of crises in shaping European integration and the role of European governance in asserting a certain form of capitalism. Crises have punctuated and defined European integration history from the start – the mushrooming of integration and cooperation projects sixty years ago were responses to the chaos of post-­‐war Europe. The present crisis also raises questions about the nature of the European ‘project’, which appears today to differ in many ways from what it was at its inception. Arguably, European integration took ot in a moment of exception in the history of capitalism, when inequalities were at a historical low –in sharp contrast with the present era of globalised ‘neoliberal’ capitalism and record inequalities. This conference will explore the interconnections between European integration and the history of capitalism and its crises, in an effort to highlight the shifting nature of the European integration process. Continue reading “1st HEIRS-RICHIE Conference: Capitalism, Crises and European Integration from 1945 to the present”

12th HEIRS Conference: National societal actors in a multilevel environment

Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), 21-22 April 2016

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Processes of globalization have given birth to new (or renewed) fields of research in the social sciences. Numerous attempts have been made to develop transnational or global studies and history. It has been argued that history has to be written within a new framework that transcends national boundaries and takes into consideration the interconnectedness of human societies (Knudsen and Gram Skoldager; 2014: 146). Some authors have suggested a need to overcome an excessive focus on the state as the “primary unit of historical inquest” (Robin, 2009: 486). While recognizing the necessity to go beyond national histories for social science and historical analysis, however, the state and national actors are not necessarily weakened. We take the epistemological stance that there is no “necessary trade-off in power between national governmental and supranational institutional actors” (Kaiser and Meyer; 2013:1). Continue reading “12th HEIRS Conference: National societal actors in a multilevel environment”

11th HEIRS Conference: Narratives of European Integration

University of Portsmouth, 15-16 April 2015

Group pictureNarratives, or ways of telling stories about history, identity and culture, are powerful tools. They can serve to legitimate or contest regimes, facilitate or undermine social and cultural cohesion, and influence notions of identity and otherness. They are cultural constructs, created by state and societal actors, individuals and groups, sometimes deliberately with a political goal in mind, sometimes unintentionally and implicitly.

A variety of actors have developed such narratives for Europe as a cultural space and for the present-day European Union as an economic and political entity. Analyzing these stories told in the past or in the present, about the past, the present and the future of Europe and the European Union, can provide crucial insights into the actors promoting them, their motivations and objectives, and about the stories themselves, their focus and forms of narration and their dissemination across borders in Europe. Narratives thus are a very fruitful subject for analyzing the history and current state of Europe and the European integration. Continue reading “11th HEIRS Conference: Narratives of European Integration”

10th HEIRS Conference: History, Memory and European Identity

Maastricht University, 5-6 June 2014

The question of how to generate a sense of belonging to a multinational political community has preoccupied intellectuals and politicians since the founding moments of the European Union. Particularly in times of stress and doubt calls for a European identity have become a central topic. Currently, in the wake of the on-going EU crisis discussions about the connection between the construction (or the lack) of a common European identity and legitimacy of EU governance are coming back to the fore. Debates centre on the question if and how the EU can effectively and lawfully operate if its citizens do not sustain the integration project sufficiently enough. Apart from discussions on the possibility of and the need for a political identity we can discern a separate discourse on questions surrounding the development of a cultural identity and common memory of Europe. The concepts of identity, memory and lieux de mémoire are in fact deeply interwoven. Continue reading “10th HEIRS Conference: History, Memory and European Identity”