Germany as a global actor

Muirhead Tower, Room 109
Friday 11th October 2013 (09:30-19:30)

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Annual workshop of the German Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the PSA


9.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-9.45 Welcome from the Director of the Institute for German Studies, Nick Martin

9.45-10.00 Welcome from the Convenor of the German Politics Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association, Patricia Hogwood

10.00-11.00 Panel 1: EU membership as a driver of change in Germany's external policies I: German activism within CFSP

  • Josephine Liebl (European Peacebuilding Liaison Office): Germany's role in EU foreign policy - reviving and applying its strength as a civilian power?
  • Nicholas Wright (University of East Anglia): The Accidental Leader? Germany and the CFSP

11.00-12.00 Panel 2: EU membership as a driver of change in Germany's external policies II: The 'Europeanisation' of German foreign policy

  • Graham Timmins (University of Birmingham): Germany, the EU and Russia: Two-Level Games and the Pursuit of Constructive Engagement.
  • Julia Himmrich (London School of Economics and Political Science): Germany's politics of recognition since unification: principles of self-determination or strategic game?

12.00-13.00 Lunch break

13.00-14.30 Panel 3: Germany's global action: responsibility vs instrumentalism

  • Tina Schivatcheva (Free University Berlin): Germany’s New ‘Ostpolitik’
  • Rene Lenz (University of Erfurt): Cooperation with Russia's Higher Education System: German Organisations as Agents of Change?
  • Stefan Beck (Kiel University): No bananas today! Protecting Germany's prosperity by sea. 14.30-14.45 Coffee break

14.45-16.15 Panel 4: Germany's identity as a global actor

  • Charlotte Rungius (University of Augsburg): What's beneath the transatlantic partnership? Incongruent concepts of oneself and the other in US-German relations.
  • Ioanna Ntampoudi (Aston University): The Good Guys, the Bad Guys and the Ugly Debt. The Eurozone Crisis and the Politics of Blaming.
  • Isabelle Hertner (University of Birmingham) & Alister Miskimmon (Royal Holloway University of London): The Eurocrisis and the German Government's Strategic Narrative.

16.15-16.30 Closing remarks on conference themes and synergies, Felix Heiduk

16.30-17.30 GPSG Annual Meeting