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We are the leading scholarly society concerned with the research and teaching of political science in Europe, headquartered in the UK with a global membership.
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The House Lectures
In our first-ever hybrid lecture, live streamed from Luiss University as part of the 10th Conference of the SGEU, Vivien Schmidt, using discursive institutionalist analysis, theorises and investigates the varieties of populist anti-system ideas and discursive networks in Europe – with illustrative examples from EU and national level. This lecture was sponsored by the Journal of European Integration (JEI).
Speaker: Vivien Schmidt (Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University)
In this roundtable held as part of the 10th Conference of the SGEU, four eminent scholars in the field engage in a reflexive and prospective dialogue on EU policy developments since the start of the pandemic. We ask them whether the handling of the pandemic challenges existing scholarly understandings of the EU, the heuristics of their own work and could thus influence the research agendas of EU studies.
Speakers: Sergio Fabbrini (Luiss University), Markus Jachtenfuchs (Hertie School of Governance), Brigid Laffan (European University Institute) and Kalypso Nicolaidis (European University Institute)
This lecture assembles scholars to discuss the extent to which both the East and the West are artificial constructs and shortcuts attempting to simplify the complex reality of contemporary democracy, and how to move beyond this outdated paradigm – bridging the East-West divide.
Speakers: Lenka Bustikova (Arizona State University), Ondrej Cisar (Charles University), Fernando Casal Bertoa (University of Nottingham), Zsolt Enyedi (CEU/Oxford University), Petra Guasti (Charles University) and Milada Vachudova (UNC Chapel Hill)
After half a century of nearly constant expansion and institutionalisation, political science and political scientists are at risk in many countries. This Lecture explores the threats to democracy and academic freedom, exposing the risks to political science in Europe and call for the urgent development of a strategic response.
Speakers: David Paternotte (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Mieke Verloo (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
According to most policy analysts, academics and public commentators, there is a major risk of reversion to authoritarianism in some of the European Union's Eastern member states. However, the status of liberal democracy in post-communist countries is more fragmented and muddled than it would first appear.
Speaker: Veronica Anghel (European University Institute)
There is a widely held view that liberal democracies have experienced an upsurge in nationalism in recent years, and that this is best explained as a form of backlash against social and cultural change. In this lecture, David Miller challenges the underlying Enlightenment narrative used to support this explanation.
Speaker: David Miller, Nuffield College, Oxford