Decentring Europe: Critical approaches to European foreign policy

7 March 2019, Paris

A number of subsequent events that took place in the past few years such as the Arab uprisings or the crisis in Ukraine have exposed the systematic failures of the EU's foreign policy. This has led many experts in the academic as well as policy communities to point to the lack of attention of EU policy-makers for the peripheries and the vulnerable, for socio-economic inequalities and the gap between centres and peripheries, as well as for the lack of prospects for the youth.


In a way, these assertions resonate with several recent attempts to propose a decentred agenda for the study and practice of the EU's actorness in international relations (Fisher-Onar and Nicolaidis, 2013; Keukeleire and LeCocq, 2016), and fosters further debate on Eurocentrism, including on the EU's practices of geopolitical othering that orientalises other parts of the world (Borg and Diez, 2016: 145). Bar a few exceptions (Kamel and Huber, 2015), however, such questions, formulated in the framework of critical social, have barely entered the realm of European Studies thus far.

Therefore, this workshop aims to depart from prevailing conceptualisations of European foreign policy and develop new epistemological and ontological approaches as well as methodologies to formulate novel, decentred analytical perspectives for European foreign policy. It will engage scholars as well as experts from the EU's diplomatic service in what is expected to be a fruitful discussion.

Speakers confirmed so far include inter alia Stephan Keukeleire and Sharon LeCoq (KU Leuven), Daniela Hubner (IAI, Rome), Federica Zardo (University of Vienna), Anna Khakee (Malta University), Christian Lequesne (Science Po Paris), K. Raube (KU Leuven), Kim Hutchings (Queen Mary University of London), Alexandre Escorcia (Deputy Director CAPS, French Foreign Affairs Ministry) and Sarah Wolff (QMUL). Further speakers will be confirmed soon.

The event is kindly supported by UACES small event funding, the Center for European Research and the School of Politics of International Relations of Queen Mary University of London. To get the most recent programme please contact Sarah Wolff

The workshop organisers invite participation in this workshop. Please note that capacity is however limited and that you need to register here.


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