Conf/CfP - Migration and Diversity at the European Union, 11-13 May 2016, Brussels, Belgium

Publish Date: Oct 05, 2015

Deadline: Oct 19, 2015

Event Dates: from May 11, 2016 12:00 to May 13, 2016 12:00

The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB),
the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB),
the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS),
and Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations
invite paper abstracts and panel proposals for the fifth European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) conference.

The EUIA conference provides a multidisciplinary forum for discussion and exchange of ideas amongst scholars, experts and policy-makers engaged in understanding the role of the EU in the world. This broad theme encompasses the dynamic interplay between the EU, its member states and external partners. The EUIA conference integrates ‘inside out, outside in’ perspectives covering different fields of policy and law. We encourage the submission of paper abstracts and panel proposals that integrate empirical examples from various policy fields focusing on ‘the EU in the world’.

Paper abstracts and/or panel proposals should relate to one (or more) of the following conference sections:

The global order is in flux again. So too is Europe’s place in the world. How are global power shifts and geopolitics affecting Europe’s ability to secure its interests? How is Europe evolving as a diplomatic, security and defence actor? What of the transatlantic relationship in an evolving context? Similarly, what are the consequences of Europe’s global footprint? What local and regional dynamics relate to Europe’s presence in its immediate neighbourhoods to the east and south, and in places such as sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia or East Asia? How important are values in the context of the EU’s external action? And what role does trade policy play in advancing the EU’s global geostrategic interests? This conference section encourages original, critical and methodologically diverse papers and panel proposals on Europe as an international actor and the challenges it faces, specific geographical areas involving the EU and Europe’s strategic relations.

Several decades of EU and international environmental policies have yet to resolve environmental challenges. Indeed, problems of biodiversity loss, climate change, resource depletion, and so on, have only deepened, interacting with changes of the global system and crises in the EU. Consequently, environmental security has become a prominent matter. Issues of equitable distribution of resources and differentiated responsibilities for responding to global environmental problems, while promoting sustainable development for all, have come to the fore in international and EU responses. We welcome papers and panel proposals that examine these environmental governance realities from a political science or legal perspective with particular attention to the following analytical foci:

  • The changing role of the EU in global environmental governance (multilateral agreements/institutions, bilateral relations, multi-level governance);
  • Integration and balancing of environmental objectives in EU and international policy and law;
  • Reach of the EU’s environmental policies beyond its borders;
  • Environmental policy and democratic governance in Europe and beyond.

Papers and panel proposals addressing environmental policy and law within the overall conference theme, especially those that adopt innovative methodological and/or disciplinary approaches, will also be considered.

International migration has profoundly changed European nation-states which today are more culturally and religiously diverse than ever. These diversities interact with the traditional European cleavages of class, gender and ethnicity, making governance increasingly challenging. The governance of immigration, as well as the resulting cultural and religious diversity surpass national boundaries and present complicated puzzles for European and global governance levels. This section of the EUIA Conference wants to address these imperative challenges for EU and global policy-makers, as well for national policy makers forced to cede policy power. Panels will address the EU and international organisations’ roles in the global governance of immigration and diversities, as well as the interaction between governance levels, from local to global. Paper and panel submissions on the following themes are particularly welcome:

  • The politics of equality indicators (gender, LGBT, immigrants, ethnic minorities, Roma);
  • International Organisations and equality policies (gender, LGBT, immigrants, ethnic minorities, Roma);
  • The multi-level governance of immigration and diversity (with a special focus on the interaction between governance levels);
  • The role of EU institutions in border, mobility and diversity policies;
  • The implementation of immigration, immigrant integration and diversity policies (immigrant integration and citizenship courses, border control, …).

The economic crisis has accentuated how values and interests are balanced in European law and policy making. Austerity measures require deep cuts in public spending, which has highlighted the need for good governance of political processes and public resources. This conference section on economic governance is organised along two tracks. We welcome paper abstracts and panel proposals on a) balancing economic/non-economic values at the global and European levels; b) democratic governance in a global context (with particular reference to transformation driven by technological and economic change); c) the impact of new technologies on European (and global) economic governance; and d) the legitimacy of new modes of economic governance in the Euro-zone after the crisis. Specifically, original papers are welcome on research that examines value reconciliation mechanisms in traditional areas of economic law (such as trade, competition and intellectual property) and their intersections with non-economic values (such as environmental protection and human rights) and/or the impact of new technologies on global and European governance. We encourage submission of papers that introduce new methodological/disciplinary approaches to these topics.

The EUIA conference is open to all relevant disciplines and sub-disciplines. Through policy link panels, among others, it fosters exchange between the scientific and the policy communities.

Please submit your paper abstract (300 words max.) or panel proposal (title of panel + short introduction to the panel of 300 words max. + 4 paper abstracts of 300 words max. + name of chair and discussant).

A Young Researchers’ Masterclass has been added to the programme of this fifth edition. It will consist of intensive sessions in small groups in which young researchers present a paper (conference paper or another paper) and receive feedback from senior scholars in their field of research (foreign and security policy, environment and sustainable development, (im)migration and diversity, or economic governance). PhD researchers and early postdoctoral researchers qualify as young researchers. If you qualify as a young researcher and are interested in participating, please motivate your application for the workshop (max. 200 words) when you send in your paper abstract.

Limited solidarity grants are available to cover part of the cost of participation of junior researchers from disadvantaged countries.

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