Program 15th annual HEIRS Conference

Experts, knowledge and the (de)legitimization of European politics

University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, 23-24 May 2019

Since the beginning of the European integration process, decision-makers have worked closely with experts and researchers to formulate and implement policies. These actors can be considered as an integral part of European politics. The 15th HEIRS Conference aims to reassess the ambivalent role of experts and expert knowledge in the history of European integration.

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CfP Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration

9‐10 September 2019, European University Institute, Florence

After a very successful first conference in September 2017, and a second one in September 2018, the Third Annual Graduate Conference will be held at the European University Institute in Florence on 9‐10 September 2019. The conference is a unique setting for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss ongoing research related to the history of European integration. The conference consists of panel sessions focused on submitted research papers, as well as debates on historiographical and methodological approaches. The aim of the conference is to provide an informal atmosphere in which new ideas and research directions, as well as advice on publishing and academic careers can be shared and debated.

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CfP 15th annual HEIRS Conference

Experts, knowledge and the (de)legitimization of European politics

University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, 23-24 May 2019

Since the beginning of the European integration process, decision-makers have worked closely with experts and researchers to formulate and implement policies. These actors can be considered as an integral part of European politics.

The 15th HEIRS Conference aims to reassess the ambivalent role of experts and expert knowledge in the history of European integration. We encourage PhD students and early career researchers to submit a proposal. The deadline for the submission of proposals is 15 December 2018.

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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”