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September 21, 2011 - Call for articles

Europe in an Age of Austerity: Integration, Disintegration, or Stagnation?

The ramifications of the global financial crisis for the European Union (EU) are likely to prove long-lasting. The most prominent challenge continues to be the sovereign debt crisis. In spite of differences over how best to deal with the crisis, EU and member state policy makers have shown a strong sense of solidarity in making sure that no state is allowed to “fail”. Yet the interventions have not only strained public support for the EU in member states financing the bailouts, they have also been coupled with severe fiscal austerity measures which are likely to slow down economic growth for years to come and will limit the capacity of governments to provide social services and undertake major policy initiatives. These economic constraints come at a time when the EU is facing political instability in its neighbourhood to the south, the rapidly increasing economic and political clout of Asia (especially China and India), and security concerns related to terrorism, immigration, and climate change.

The 9th Biennial Conference of European Communities Studies Association – Canada (ECSA-C) will explore how the EU and its member states will deal with these challenges at a time when financial resources are scarce. Will Europe choose to pursue more integration to deal with the problems it faces? Or will the current period of austerity trigger a process of disintegration, in which member states increasingly abandon Europe as a means to deal with internal and external challenges, citizens become more Eurosceptic, and conflicts between winners and losers of transnational capitalism become ever more intense? In between these extremes, there is also the possibility of stagnation, involving a largely unchanged political and societal status quo, which would overshadow the modest momentum symbolized by the Lisbon Treaty. The conference will debate in which of these directions Europe is moving, and what this means for the EU’s role domestically, in the world, and in its immediate neighbourhood. It will also discuss policy solutions to better deal with the above-mentioned challenges.

Call for Papers and Panels 

Email your paper or panel proposal to the conference program chairs, Achim Hurrelmann and Patrick Leblond, at ecsac2012@carleton.ca no later than December 1, 2011.

Please use the paper proposal form posted at www.carleton.ca/ces/news/ecsac2012 to submit the following information: 

  • The presenter’s name, position or academic rank, institutional affiliation, and contact information (including email address);
  • A brief abstract of the proposed paper (200-250 words), including 3-5 keywords relevant to the topic of the paper. 

Panel proposals are encouraged. They should be composed of three to five related papers, plus preferably a chairperson and a discussant. The proposal should include:

  • A brief abstract for each proposed paper (200-250 words), including 3-5 keywords relevant to the topic of each paper. 

Presenters of accepted papers and panels will hear back from the program chairs at the beginning of January 2012 and be required to register for the conference by the early registration deadline of February 28, 2012. Paper presenters are expected to submit their conference papers to ECSA-C by April 10, 2012 at the latest. Details of registration, including the registration fee, will be posted in due time at http://web.uvic.ca/ecsac/

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