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SGEU Early Careers Online Workshop

Studying the EU in times of permanent emergency: Research agendas, methods and theories

Tuesday 21 February 2023, 10:00 – 15:00 CET

Registration is open! Sign up as an observer here

Our Standing Group on the European Union (SGEU) is thrilled to present a brand-new virtual workshop designed to help early career scholars improve their research in progress.

This one-day workshop will be organised around panel discussions, each addressing a specific theme.

About the Workshop 

  • Present and discuss your work
  • Get feedback from seasoned scholars
  • Connect with like-minded researchers

This workshop is open to PhD and postdocs with an interest in European Studies.

We invite contributions related to EU studies, specifically those addressing new research agendas, methodologies and innovative theoretical approaches that capture what has been described in the literature as times of ‘permanent emergency’ (Wolff and Ladi, 2021), ‘polycrisis’ (Zeitlin and al., 2019), ‘permacrisis’ (Zuleeg and al., 2019).

These concepts account for the rapidly transforming EU governance and policies through a series of contestations of its model in (potential) candidate countries, the importance of the far-right in EU domestic politics, the challenges to the rule of law inside the EU and with the potential to fracture the EU with new transversal cleavages.

At the same time, following the pandemic and Russia’s war on Ukraine, the EU has proven resilient, demonstrating unity with Brexit, being proactive on sanctions towards Russia and with ambitions on the green and digital agenda but also regarding its strategic autonomy.

Contributions should seek to address the following questions:

  • What tools are being mobilised to address these changes?
  • What theories and methodologies are required to capture the state of ‘permanent emergency’?

How to take part

There are two ways to take part in the event:

  • As a participant – Apply by 9 December
  • As an observer – Register from 5 January

You must have a My ECPR account to apply and register. If you don't already have one, it's free and takes a few clicks to create.

Apply for a spot in this workshop by clicking 'Apply Now' in the side menu on this page.

You must include the following in your application:

  • Your academic level (PhD, Postdoc, etc.);
  • Your institutional affiliation;
  • Abstract of a proposed scientific Paper to be presented during the workshop (max 250 words).

Partial or incomplete applications will not be processed. Late applications will not be accepted.

The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on Friday 9 December.

You will be informed about the outcome of your application by email by mid-December. You will then be required to formally register for the workshop.

If your application is successful, you will receive an invitation to formally register for the event.

Observer registration opens on Thursday 5 January. This registration will allow you to observe the discussions. You will not be able to present or actively participate.

To make the Workshop as accessible as possible, the Standing Group on the European Union (SGEU) have made the decision to waive all participation fees – regardless of whether you are a successful applicant or an observer.

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