EUEve Europe and the Everyday Grassroots, EU and the Politics of Crisis

NEW UACES CRN:

EUEve “Europe and the Everyday: Grassroots, EU and the Politics of Crisis” is a newly funded UACES collaborative research network, focusing on four main question, (1) What impacts do policies such as budget cuts have on individuals and communities, across different European contexts? (2) How have recent crises such as austerity and the refugee crisis, shaped the ways in which ʻEuropeʼ is understood and represented locally? (3) How do marginalised communities, and non-mainstream voters such as young people, engage with and experience, the idea of ʻEuropeʼ? (4) How is ʻEuropeʼ entrenched in local spaces, cities and neighbourhoods, and what spatial or geographic evidence can we observe?

OUR OBJECTIVES:

EUEve seeks to engage with a diverse range of scholars and disciplines (including politics, political geography, social movement studies, ethnography, architecture, anthropology) and working on different European locations. The project is aiming for a cross-European examination, but the focal points will be locations affected by austerity and post-Communist and post-conflict transitions. Thus, the geographic focus is broad in order to map a range of lived experiences of ʻEuropeʼ at the grassroots, and because the CRN aims to explore how the idea of Europe changes and shifts in moments of crises. Therefore, EUEve will consider the most pertinent examples such as how EU policies and structures shape everyday life in Greece, Spain and Portugal, as well acceding countries of the Western Balkans.

To this end, the network will benefit from its location at Aston University, which already holds funding from the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom, to study (through a series of workshops and academic/practitioner events) how young people from marginalised groups engage with EU voting and politics. The CRN will hold one Twinned Event with the Aston University event, which will expand the EUEve audience and allow for cross-collaborative working and future collaboration, expected in September this year and soon launching the first CfP.

This network seeks to bring together the emerging literature on the study of everyday politics, together with research on community and individual responses to a range of European crises and transitions. As members of this network demonstrate, there is already a significant amount of research on responses to European crises, such as austerity, but the network will (1) allow synergies between communities of scholars working on similar issues but often across disciplinary ʻsilosʼ (2) bring together a range of disciplines, starting with political science and extending all the way to geography and architecture, in order to highlight the individual, communal and spatial responses to ʻEuropeʼ, (3) allow this research to become calibrated through regular network meetings and (4) allow the research to gain visibility through publications and grant applications. Given the emergence and persistence of crises of ʻEuropeʼ (starting with post-Communist democratisation and reaching into austerity and the refugee crisis), we see this CRNʼs topic as not only relevant for the study of Europe and its ʻeverydaynessʼ, but also for the broader understanding of ʻEuropeʼ and the EU.

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Simona, Jelena, Soeren and Paul planning the CRN’s first event.

SUPPORT FOR PhD RESEARCHERS

EUEve will prioritise empirical research on the micro-level (i.e. the ʻeverydayʼ), which will give broader insights into the understanding, perception and the lived experiences of Europe in a crisis. The CRN will bring together scholars, early career academics and graduate students from across social sciences disciplines, and is committed to ensuring access and widening participation. EUEve has a systematic programme of supporting PhD and early career researchers (ECRs), especially those from outside of the UK (including Greece, Portugal, Spain and the Western Balkans, regions which are the focus of our CRN and which do not have access to conference funding). The network will encourage PhD students and ECRs to present their research, and prioritise CRN funding to support this groupsʼ access to our workshops.

The EUEve network promises stronger engagement for PhD students and the discussion of important questions between researchers not just from Politics and International Relations, but also from related disciplines, and welcomes new members, feel free to subscribe to our newsletter for updates and CfP.

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