Our input to the 2016 PSA Annual Conference
Call for Papers for the 2016 PSA Annual Conference in Brighton, UK
The PSA's German Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) calls for papers for the next Political Studies Association's Annual Conference in Brighton in March 2016 (see here for details /conference/2016-conference-0).
There are two separate CfPs.
First, the GPSG is involved in a joint CfP with further specialist groups. In addition to the GPSG, the Italian, Irish, French, Greek, Scandinavian and European Comparative Politics specialist groups take part in this call for papers for joint panels under the theme “The EU-ro crises and the end of the Good Life?”. Please see the full CfP at the end of this document.
Second, the GPSG calls for papers for its “own” panels at the conference. This call is open to papers on German politics in general, covering the whole breadth of this field. However, we would also like to specifically invite papers for a panel on a particular area of study: ‘Germany and the EU-ro crises: A German Europe or a European Germany?’.
Please email all abstracts (between 250 and 400 words) to the GPSG's co-convenor Rudi Wurzel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Should you have any questions regarding the CfP or anything else concerning the GPSG, please do not hesitate to contact Rudi or any of the other co-convenors. Also see our website /psa-communities/specialist-groups/german-politics.
We very much look forward to hearing from you and to receiving your abstracts.
Ivor Bolton, Hartwig Pautz and Rudi Wurzel (co-convenors)
CfP: The EU-ro crises and the end of the Good Life? Competing national understandings and visions of the EU in times of crisis
Participating Specialist Groups: Italian, Irish, German, French, Greek, Scandinavian and Comparative European Politics Specialist Groups
There has been much talk and academic analysis about the multiple crises which have troubled the EU in recent years. Media reports and academic research have strongly focused on the enduring economic crisis which includes the Euro crisis that resulted from the global financial crisis in 2007/8. However, the EU has also been confronted with political and cultural crises which are threatening to endanger the entire post-Second World War ‘European project’. Importantly, the EU is under threat no longer only from Eurosceptic right-wing parties and movements but increasingly also from Eurosceptic left-wing parties and movements. One central reason for the multiple crises is that different competing (national and sub-national) understandings of the EU and its future exist. These differences have not only been affected by Europe’s different national cultures and identities but also by how, within members states, different constituencies of voters have perceived their interests to have been affected by free trade, globalization and deepening integration.
The proposed joint panel aims to draw on the expertise of the members of different Specialist Groups by seeking contributions which critically assess different national and sub-national understandings of the EU (and the Eurozone specifically) and its future. We welcome contributions which assess how the multiple EU crises are perceived and what remedies are proposed in one or several member states by different constituencies over different time periods (e.g. employees/employers; ‘ordinary voters’/members of the political class; ‘natives’/migrants).
We would welcome both comparative and single-country papers. We would be happy to receive proposals for both broader scoping papers on European integration and what it has meant to the EU and/or particular member states as well as more specialised papers which cover specific aspects of competing attitudes towards the EU and member states among different national and sub-national constituencies. We would also like to encourage papers which assess the impact of national identities on attempts to foster the creation of a European identity.
We would like to suggest that the joint panels could be used as an opportunity to produce a special issue for a journal or an edited book using those contributions which closely share a common theme.
Please send abstracts of 250-400 words by 12 October 2015 at the latest. Abstracts should be mailed to Rudi Wurzel (email@example.com).