‘Europe and the Everyday’ Conference, Aston University, Birmingham. 20 September.

Our first conference will take place on Tuesday 20 September, 2016 at Aston University, Birmingham. We have organised two panels featuring a range of academics from a variety of institutions examining, from both theoretical and empirical standpoints, some of the key issues impacting upon the everyday lives of European citizens.

In addition, in collaboration with the Aston Centre for Europe and the European Commission Representation in the UK, the afternoon will feature two panels focused on young people, grassroot politics and their interaction with the political process. These panels, comprised of invited guests and academics, will provide an interesting take on the perception of young people towards politics, particularly Europe.

If you are interested in joining us, sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uaces-crn-europe-and-the-everyday-workshop-tickets-26051722403 

Below is the schedule of the day.
‘Europe and the Everyday’ Conference
Aston University, Birmingham.

Whitehall room,
Conference Aston
Ground Floor, Main Building
Aston University
B4 7ET

9.30-10.00 Arrival, Coffee and Welcome

10.00-11.30 Panel 1: Everyday Politics in Contemporary Europe

Chair: Dr Simona Guerra (University of Leicester)

Regimes of Austerity
Graeme Hayes, Aston University

The Double Reality of the Impact of Europe on Everyday Life in Bulgaria: Tentative Causes
Gergana Yankova Dimova, Independent Researcher

A Study on the Transparency and Accountability of the European Offices of the English Local Authorities in Brussels: Synthesising and Developing Good Practice
Carlo Panara, Liverpool John Moores University & Michael Varney, Hull University

What’s Wrong with East-Central Europe? The Fading Mirage of the Liberal Consensus
James Dawson, Kings College London

11.30-11.45 Coffee Break

11.45- 13.15 Panel 2: Crisis and Discourses in the South-eastern Periphery

Chair: Dr Helena Farrand Carrapico (Aston University)

Hybridity, the ‘everyday’ and the EU policy towards the Western Balkans: Old Wine in New Bottles?
Elisa Randazzo, London School of Economics

Becoming European through LGBT Rights in Serbia: Understanding the Multiple Meanings of Europe through Online Reader Comments
Tamara Pavasović Troŝt, University of Ljubljana & Koen Slootmaeckers, Queen Mary University

‘Mafia’, ‘Bloodsucking Banks’ and ‘Red Scum’: Understanding the Recent Anti-Government Mobilisations in Bulgaria
Thomas O’Brien, Cranfield University

EU and the Awakening of Popular Democracy: Referendum and Citizens Initiatives in Post-Accession Croatia
Dario Čepo & Dario Nikić Čaka, University of Zagreb

13.15-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.15: Young People and Grassroots Commission Panel
Carolyn Rowe and Jill Robinson (Aston Centre for Europe); Anisa Haghdadi and Amerah Saleh (Beatfreeks); Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik (Aston University); James Sloam (Royal Holloway, University of London)

15.15-15.30: Coffee Break

15.30-17.00: Connecting Young People with the Political Process
Mashuq Ally (formerly of Birmingham City Council) and Mikael Stigendal (Malmo University)

17.00: Wine Reception


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