Recent Activities and Forthcoming Events
22 November 2017. Book Launch: Beyond Defeat and Austerity (by David Bailey) & The Euro Crisis and European Identities (by Charlotte Galpin). With the European Union coming under ever-greater pressure from austerity, ongoing debt crises in the Eurozone, and eurosceptic populism, there are serious questions as to whether the European project can endure. This seminar gives an opportunity to hear from two members of POLSIS who have recently published cutting edge research on European politics. Dr David Bailey and Dr Charlotte Galpin will launch their new books, and explain how European politics got to this point, and what happens next.
18 October 2017. The EU and Global Capitalism: Origins, Development, Crisis. The European Union has faced ongoing crisis since 2010, now worsened by the threat of disintegration posed by Brexit. Professor Magnus Ryner presented some of the key themes from his book, co-authored with Alan Cafruny, which addresses the historical development of the EU and its position within global capitalism, and the way in which this has resulted in crisis.
11 October 2017. Understanding Migration Through Film. Screening of the 40' documentary 'Refugee Highway' by award-winning film maker Chronis Pechlivanidis, followed by a discussion and Q&A with: Chronis Pechlivanidis, Film Maker; Dora Komninou, Solidarity Now; Professor Jenny Phillimore, University of Birmingham; Sarkawt Omar, University of Birmingham; Discussant: Dr George Kyris.
22 March 2017. Reassessing parliamentary empowerment over time: agency, structure and practices on the European Parliament's institutional development. The group met as a reading group to discuss Bruno Luciano's book chapter in progress.
9 January 2017. The Many Faces of Statebuilding. Speakers: Dimitris Bouris, University of Amsterdam(Talk: State Building impossible? The EU in Libya and Palestine); Nicolas Lemay-Hebert, University of Birmingham (Talk: Rentier Statebuilding in a Post-Conflict Economy: The Case of Kosovo); Discussant: George Kyris.
30 November 2016. European elites and the narrative of the Greek crisis: a discursive institutionalist analysis. The group met as a reading group to discuss Sotirios Zartaloudis' (co-authored with Dimitris Papadimitriou, Adonis Pegasiou) paper in progress.
19 October 2016. Integration through the Disintegration of Law? The ECB and EU Constitutionalism in the Crisis. The group met as a reading group to discuss Nicole Scicluna's paper in progress.
30 June 2016. 1st Bridging Research Agendas Workshop. The group hosted a day-long workshop to discuss notions of governance, statehood, intervention and sovereignty in Europe's neighbourhood. Speakers included Hartmut Behr, University of Newcastle, Richard Caplan, University of Oxford, Argyro Kartsonaki, UoB, Stefanie Kappler, Durham University, George Kyris, UoB and Julian Pänke, UoB.
8 June 2016. Italy's role in the UNIFIL mission in Lebanon: analytical eclecticism in action. The group met as a reading group to discuss Lorenzo Cladi's paper (co-authored with Andrea Locatelli) in progress.
16 March 2016. What Brexit means for Britain’s Place in the World? The group hosted a panel discussion on Brexit and Foreign Policy. Speakers included Ian Bond, Foreign Policy Director at Centre for European Reform, Jocelyn Mawdsley, Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle and Mark Webber, head of School of Government and Society, UoB, and was chaired by the co-convenors of the European Studies Research Group, George Kyris and Julian Pänke.
8 March 2016. Authoritarianism without authority? State capacity and regime resilience in Russia. The group met as a reading group to discuss David White's paper in progress.
22 February 2016. Beelines, Bypasses and Blind Alleys: Theory and the Study of the European Union. The group met as a reading group to discuss Tim Haughton's paper in progress.
8 December 2015. The normative imperialism of the EU’s ENP. The group met as a reading group to discuss Julian Pänke's paper in progress.
16 November 2015. International Conflicts and The Social Construction of Sovereignty: The European Union and Contested States. The group met as a reading group to discuss George Kyris' paper in progress.
6 January 2015. Political Engagement and political alternatives in the age of austerity.
On 06 January 2015 the European Studies Research Group co-hosted (with the Institute of Local Government) scholars drawn from across the European Union met in Birmingham to discuss the impact of the global economic crisis and the subsequent period of austerity on democracy, policy alternatives and inequalities.
11 February 2014. POLSIS European Studies workshop: Broadening Approaches to the European Crisis.
On Tuesday 11 February the POLSIS European Studies Research Group hosted a day-long workshop titled, 'Broadening Approaches to the European Crisis: History, Theory, Responses'. The workshop aimed to bring together scholars currently working on the European/Eurozone crisis – based both within and outside of the University of Birmingham.
1 May 2013. European Politics During the Crisis: Developing Research Agendas. This one day workshop aims to facilitate the process of developing research agendas in the light of both the global economic crisis and Eurozone crisis. The nature of studying European politics - both national and supranational - has and is changing rapidly as a result of both the ongoing global economic crisis and Eurozone crisis. In the light of these developments, therefore, there is a need to re-assess, re-think, re-design, re-evaluate and re-invogorate existing research agendas, which will form the subject of discussion for the workshop.
11 January 2012. Europe after the Eurozone crisis? A panel discussion to consider these and related questions: What next for European integration? How will the Euro-zone be managed? What are the socio-economic implications of the ‘fiscal compact’? Is the UK leaving the European Union? Panel members: Michelle Pace, Charlotte Galpin, Felix Heiduk, Dave Toke, David Bailey.
24 November 2011. Social Democratic Parties and the European Union. Papers delivered by Isabelle Hertner (It's up to the leadership: European policy-making in the Labour Party, the Parti Socialiste and the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands) and David Bailey ('Faith-retention and blame-displacement in the Great Recession: Palliating terminal social democratic decline at the EU-level?).
6 April 2011. Oscar Pardo. The European Union has progressively established a complex and multi-layered system of governance in its relations with neighbours. Beyond candidate and potential candidate countries, the EU has reached an institutional equilibrium in its relations towards the neighbourhood with the Eastern and Southern dimensions of the European Neighbourhood Policy. The presentation aims to make sense of the different EU modes of governance towards its neighbourhood, illustrated with the case of the Southern Caucasus countries.
22 March 2011. Monica Rossi and David Toke. EU, French and Italian policy on the Roma. In the summer of 2010 the French Government implemented a policy of expelling Roma, an initiative that provoked sharp controversy within and outside France. The European Commission took a unique position of rebuking one of the founder members of the EU. How did this come about, considering that in countries like Italy there are arguably just as bad cases of Roma expulsions? What does this case study say about the nature and development of the theory and practice of citizenship in the EU, France and Italy and the tradition of French Republicanism?
24 November 2009. Invited speaker, Professor Kurt Huebner, University of British Columbia, 'The International Role of the Euro'.
23-24 June 2009. The Group is co-hosting a conference titled 'Bridging the Local/Global Divide: Transnational Advocacy in Theory and Practice' convened by Dr. Julie Gilson in association with the Open University.
14-15 May 2009. In cooperation with the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom and Advantage West Midlands, several members of POLSIS were involved in organising and hosting ‘Bringing the Policy Back In: A Substantive Agenda for the New Union’
6 May 2009. ‘Differential Voting Patterns in Multilevel Systems: The Basque Country, Catalonia and Galicia’, lecture by visiting fellow, Santiago Pérez-Nievas. ERI Building G51, 4-6pm
6 March 2009. co-hosted conference: Europe and Progressive Islamist Movements: Perceptions of Democratisation in the Middle East, convened by Dr. Michelle Pace.
October 2008. Discussion of Andrew Moravcsik (2005) ‘The European Constitutional Compromise and the Neofunctionalist Legacy’, Journal of European Public Policy 12(3).