Transformation, Instability, and Diversity
11th MW Fellows June Conference, Badia Fiesolana 7-9 June 2017
we invite applications from current and former MWFs, as well as other early-career postdocs (within five years of obtaining their PhDs) who currently hold EUI Jean Monnet Fellowships or Marie Skłodowska-Curie grants at either the EUI or elsewhere.
For decades the global order seemed engaged– with a few, though significant, exceptions – in a process of integration across every dimension (economic, political, social, and cultural) and on every level (global, inter-governmental, transnational, regional, national and local). Increasing diversity accompanied integration, leading to both stabilisation and destabilisation of societies. However, in recent years that transformation has slowed down sharply, and in some cases come to a halt. Instability and mounting challenges to the liberal order and approaches across every dimension and on every level have replaced what appeared to be a smooth, inevitable, and supposedly benign ‘progression’, challenging historical consciousness. The diversity championed by the liberal order over the past decades has likewise been met with resistance from those seeking to return to more traditional boundaries – whether national, religious, ethnic, gender, or cultural. Is this the onset of a new era, or just the latest, perhaps temporary, development in an ongoing, open-ended transformation of global societies over the past centuries that has been marked by alternating moments of change and reaction?
This multi-disciplinary conference seeks to answer these questions from a variety of social science and humanities perspectives (historical, political science and sociological, economic, and legal) and represented through the EUI’s six thematic groupings. The conference welcomes regular presentations, poster presentations or panel proposals related to those thematic research groups, as well as contributions that address other issues of academic and social relevance. Submissions will be organised in specific sessions by the organising committee.
Abstracts of 250-300 words (including 4-5 keywords) are to be submitted by March 6th 2017.
Please send them to Fiona Wong specifying “June Conference – submission” as subject.
- Citizenship and Migration
We welcome contributions that revolve around the following broad themes: welcome and deterrence; immigration policy and constitutional design; vulnerability and capacity; policy and legal responses to the global migration crisis; environmental degradation and mobility; and social relations networks and affects. We are interested in proposals analysing these and related issues from different angles (international, comparative, theoretical) and disciplinary perspectives, and on different levels (national, regional, international).
- Diversity and Unity: Governance, Constitutionalism and Democracy
We welcome contributions dealing broadly with the combination of social and economic diversity with some form of legal and political unity. Topics may include the past and current challenges of diversity and unity within the European Union, the crisis of legitimacy of political elites, and the transformation and resilience of liberal democracies.
- Europe in the World: International Relations, International Security, World Politics
We welcome contributions that cover any of the following topics: challenges to the rules-based, post-1945 international order; the return of power politics; the domestic backlash against internationalism; and the fracturing of the EU; trends in international/civil conflicts; transnational terrorism; the spread of democracy; leaders and international relations; defence cooperation; nuclear proliferation and instability.
- Inequality and Efficiency in Education and Labour Markets
We welcome contributions that cover any of the following topics: racial, gender and social inequality in human capital investment, education and employment; progress and challenges in intra- household (in)equality; the effects of current financial crisis on households, the labour market and education; long term developments and reforms.
- Legal, Political and Social Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
We welcome proposals on a broad range of themes to facilitate conversation between those interested in various contemporary theories and/or the history of ideas. Topics may include the nature of law; justification and legitimacy; cultural, intellectual, and social history; the relationship of law and politics to morality; social and political philosophy; and applications of the above to the assessment of public policies and practices.
- Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa: the Design and Governance of Monetary and Fiscal Policies and Financial Regulation in the European Union
We welcome contributions that address the tensions and compromises between different levels of governance – the local, the national, and the transnational – as well as between different actors across these levels, in the areas of taxation, debt management, trade and investment policy, monetary policy, and financial regulation.
- “Knowledge Society”: Interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies
In this section we welcome contributions engaging with the interdisciplinary approaches to and frameworks of knowledge production in the social sciences and the humanities. Max Weber Fellows, past and present, have often experienced the rewards and difficulties of an interdisciplinary dialogue; at the same time the diversity of methodologies and approaches has enriched our understanding of historical, social and political phenomena. Topics may include historical and contemporary approaches to knowledge production, including themes such as cultural encounter, classification and verification, and the dissemination of knowledge and its uses (and abuses) in society by governments, corporations, or individuals, in historical and contemporary perspectives.