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This international conference deals with two urgent dilemmas facing the European Union today: integration versus disintegration and positive politicization versus negative politicization.

Detail Summary
Organised by Jonathan ZeitlinFrancesco Nicoli
Date Start 13 October 2017 End 14 October 2017

In the face of the multiple 'crises' currently facing the EU, the Union’s institutions have evolved. Yet despite this, a patchwork approach has prevailed and no comprehensive solution is in sight. 

Against this background, this conference aims to bring together leading scholars and shed light on two interlinked dilemmas. To what extent are we facing a stagnation or even a reversal of the integration process, and to what extent, alternatively, are we edging towards further integration? To what extent is the process of politicization of the EU inherently “negative”, or under which conditions can it become an enabling, rather than a constraining factor in the integration process?

Conference Goals

  • Seek new answers and contributions concerning the relation between Europe’s poly-crisis, the dynamics of integration, and the growing rejection of Europe.
  • Provide a forum for interaction and meeting between key protagonists of different generations, different strands of integration theory scholars and political economists.
  • Establish basis for a Special Issue or an Edited Volume on the topic. The selection for junior scholars will be based on a call-for-papers. Find the official call here.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Philippe Schmitter, EUI Florence
  • Liesbet Hooghe, University of North-Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Gary Marks, University of North-Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Vivien Schmidt, Boston University
  • Hanspeter Kriesi, EUI Florence
  • Frank Schimmelfenning, ETH Zürich
  • Markus Jachtenfuchs, Hertie School of Governance
  • Michael Zürn, Berlin Social Sciences Centre
  • Bart Bes, University of Lund
  • Christian Rauh, WZB Berlin
  • Danilo di Mauro, EUI Florence
  • Katharina Meissner, University of Vienna 
  • Magnus Schoeller, University of Vienna 
  • Raphaela Hobbach, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Maurits Meijers, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Milica Pejovic, University of Trento
  • Arya Zhelyazkova, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Julia Schulte-Cloos, EUI Florence


Professor Jonathan Zeitlin and postdoc Francesco Nicoli


University Library, Doelenzaal, Singel 425

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Download programme here (PDF)