Call for Papers: UACES CRN Workshop ‘Democratic Recession and Europe in Flux: Everyday Perspectives’

Democratic Recession and Europe in Flux: Everyday Perspectives

The UACES CRN “Europe and the Everyday” (EUEve) invites proposals for its second workshop at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK. The workshop will take place on the 20th and 21st of September 2017.  

Following on from the debates in our first workshop, which engaged with the topic of ‘researching Europe and the everyday’, the theme for the 2017 edition is ‘Democratic recession and Europe in flux: Everyday perspectives’. From Brexit to the Euro Crisis, from new authoritarian tendencies in EU Member States to the challenges of the ongoing refugee crisis, wherever one looks Europe, the European Union and its citizens are facing fundamental challenges. Core political assumptions, including the values of liberalism and democracy, the benefits of currency union and further EU integration appear to be unravelling. Hence, in this workshop, we aim to discuss, analyse and critically evaluate the challenges and ensuing changes of this evolving political and social landscape. We are particularly interested in everyday perspectives referring to local experiences and grassroots engagement with the abovementioned themes.

Research questions include:

  1. How do crises, such as the refugee crisis, the Euro crisis or the crisis of democracy in Eastern Europe affect the daily lives of people?
  2. How do alternative visions of Europe and the European Union affect, change and/or challenge existing dominant discourses and patterns?
  3. How do challenges to liberal and democratic ideas influence everyday politics in Europe and beyond?
  4. How have marginalised groups reacted to crises?
  5. How have grassroots political groups engaged with the effects of crises and the idea of ‘Europe’?

We invite paper proposals from PhD students, early career researchers and senior academics.

The organisers are considering different publication options for papers presented at the workshop.

The workshop will take place on the 20th and 21st of September 2017 at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK. Reasonable travel and accommodation expenses for PhD students will be covered, where applicable.

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biography of no more than 300 words (including your full contact details and affiliation) to Europeevecrn@gmail.com

The deadline for applications is the 2 May 2017. 

For more information on the UACES CRN on “Europe and the Everyday (EUEve)” please see: https://europeandtheeveryday.wordpress.com/

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your abstracts!

Dr Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik, Aston University

Dr Simona Guerra, University of Leicester

Dr Soeren Keil, Canterbury Christ Church University

Mr Paul Anderson, Canterbury Christ Church University

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