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[CfP] ECPR-SGEU Pan-European Conference on the EU – Section on Policy Making in the EU

As part of the ECPR-SGEU 8th Pan-European Conference on the European Union, Trento, Italy, June 16-18, 2016, Marcello Carammia (University of Malta) and Sebastiaan Princen (University of Utrecht) are organising a section on «Policy making in the European Union» (Section 5). The call for panel and paper proposals is now open. The deadline for the submission of paper proposals is on October 14, 2015.

The section focuses on policy-making in the European Union in a broad sense. This includes processes of agenda-setting, decision-making and policy implementation, as well as the roles of the various institutions and actors in these processes, lobbying and inter-institutional relations. The panel convenors invite qualitative and quantitative contributions, in-depth case studies, and extensive quantitative analyses. Contributions analysing multi-level institutional and policy dynamics, including Europeanisation, could also be presented. Panels that promise to advance the theoretical and empirical understanding of EU institutions and policy-making processes, or that propose innovative methodologies, will be especially welcome.

The deadline for application is October 14, 2015. Please check the Conference Website for all info, key dates and deadlines, list of sections and latest news, but do not hesitate to contact the convenors if you need further information.


University of Catania, Day of Europe celebrations

The Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Catania is glad to circulate an invitation to its celebrations for the Day of Europe, on May 8-9, 2015. The two-day event will host the European Parliament to Campus initiative and Mr. Enrique Barón Crespo, former Member of the European Parliament and President of the European Parliament, as its special guest.

The event will take place at Sant’Orsola High School (via Macallé 3, Catania) on Friday, May 8, at 9.30. The first day will revolve around a speech by Mr. Barón Crespo on The European Union: remaining together still matters?. The second day of the event will be held in the Aula Magna of the Department of Political and Social Science (via Vittorio Emanuele 49, Catania) and will feature a talk from Mr. Barón Crespo on The European Union and its Mediterranean Neighbours: new and old democracies, followed by a round of debate that will also engage current MEPs from Sicily and several Jean Monnet Chair professors from the University of Catania.

The extended programme of the event is available on-line.


CfA: Completion Grants at the Research College “The Transformative Power of Europe”

The Research College (Kolleg-Forschergruppe) «The Transfomative Power of Europe. The European Union and the Diffusion of Ideas», directed by Profs. Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse, advertises up to 4 doctoral stipends for the completion of dissertations. We particularly encourage applications on dissertation projects located in the field of comparative regionalism. We are especially interested in the following topics:

  • Regional cooperation and integration in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and the adaptation of and resistance to European institutional models and policies;
  • Diffusion of institutions and policies from other parts of the world to Europe and the EU including historical perspectives.

We expect the completion grant holder to submit the dissertation (or at a minimum, a consolidated first draft) at the end of the stipend period. Failure to do so will result in the revocation of the stipend and grants will have to be returned.

The following materials should be submitted:

  • CV;
  • List of publications;
  • Detailed programme and time table for the work to be completed;
  • Two letters of reference (one by the supervisor including the confirmation that the thesis will be completed in the funding period).

Please send your application via email to this e-mail address or to the following postal address:

Freie Universität Berlin
Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science
Research College „Transformative Power of Europe“
Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel and Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse

Ihnestr. 26
D-14195 Berlin

Further information can be found at this link or obtained via e-mail.


ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime (SGOC) – First General Conference

The ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime (SGOC) is organising its first general conference in Naples, at the Department of Political Studies of the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, on December 11-12, 2015. The theme of the conference is Old and new forms of organised and serious crime between the local and the global.

Globalization and growing economic interdependence, that have for so long been regarded as pacifying and stabilizing factors of financial transactions and international relations, have strongly encouraged, the transformation of organised and serious crime, over the last 30 years, beyond borders, places and people and, in some cases, even, identifiable victims. Improved communication networks and information technologies, have increasingly blurred national borders, improved the mobility of people, goods and services across countries, and have consolidated the globalised economy. These have all acted as facilitators, enabling the more traditional forms of organized and serious crime to go beyond their supposed local dimension and conventional explanations. Thus, the dialectics between local and global has emerged as a distinctive aspect of contemporary forms of crime.

The ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime’s first general conference aims to explore the characteristics, resources, strategies and modus operandi adopted by traditional and new emerging criminal organizations operating both at local and global level, with a view to presenting both theoretical and empirical studies as well as making contributions to policy developments. Scholars and researchers, civil servants as well as practitioners are all encouraged to submit relevant papers in order to forge a three-way discussion that moves beyond traditional academic debates.

Panels and papers addressing a wide array of topics are most welcome, they could include:

  1. The grey area: the relationships existing between criminal networks and ‘legal’ actors especially as far as the infiltration in the political and economic contexts is concerned;
  2. The symbolic dimension of organised crime groups and their communication strategies;
  3. Illicit trafficking across the Mediterranean;
  4. Social economy as an antidote to criminal power. The national and international experience in freezing, forfeiture and the social reuse of assets confiscated from organised crime;
  5. Women in organised crime and terrorist networks;
  6. Analysing criminal mobility;
  7. Methods for studying organised crime;
  8. Perceptions, reality and fact of organised crime;
  9. International and European cooperation in the fight against organised crime;
  10. The crime-terror nexus and its relevance for security.

Notes for Panel organisers and paper givers

Authors are invited to submit their abstracts either for panels or for a single paper. All contributions will be in English.

Panel proposals should include: title, rationale, 3 to 4 papers, a chair and a discussant. Paper givers are invited to submit an abstract that should not exceed 300 words. Each panel will last 1.30 hours. Normally, sessions will include from 3 to 4 papers, a chair and a discussant. Each presentation will last 15 minutes.

Abstracts must be submitted to this address before 19 June 2015. The letter of notification will be sent by 17 July 2015 and registration for the conference will close on 13 of November 2015.

For further information please contact the Organising Committee.

Event Fees

Conference fees include participation and lunches/coffee breaks.

  • ECPR Members €60
  • ECPR Student Members €50*
  • Non-ECPR Members €80
  • Non-ECPR Student €70*

Please note that all participants wishing to attend must pay a conference fee.

* Students must send a copy of their student card or a letter from the Head of Department where they are enrolled to the Conference team by 10 October 2015 in order to pay a reduced conference fee.

Cancellation policy

In line with the Office of Fair Trading and EU Distance Selling regulations, there is a 7 day cooling off period following registration during which time you have the right to cancel and receive a full refund of the Conference fee. Cancellation/withdrawal from the event after the 7 day cooling off period and before midnight (Brussels time) of November 18, 2015, will receive a refund of 50%. Cancellation/withdrawals received after the 7 day cooling off period and after November 18 will not be eligible for a refund.

Organising committee

Felia Allum (University of Bath, UK), Francesca Longo (University of Catania, Italy) Daniela Irrera (University of Catania, Italy), Monica Massari (University of Naples, Federico II, Italy), Michele Mosca ((University of Naples, Federico II, Italy), Luciano Brancaccio (University of Naples, Federico II, Italy), Anna Sergi (University of West London, UK).


CfP: 3rd ReSHAPE Annual Workshop on Insecurity Complexes (funding available)

The call for papers for the 3rd ReSHAPE Annual Workshop on «Insecurity Complexes: the EU and Member State response» is now open. The ReSHAPE Annual Workshop is a discussion and study event for researchers and professionals concerned with the advancement of scientific and policy-oriented knowledge about the EU’s response capabilities and policies towards emergencies like natural disasters, humanitarian crises and systemic risks, in and outside Europe.

The focus of the 3rd Workshop is on insecurity complexes as the concern of the EU’s and member states’ policies to respond to the threats and risks generated by networks of different types of actors, like terrorist groups and organized crime, and the combination of a variety of events like civil conflict, natural disasters, and epidemics. Papers about the concept and the empirical analysis of insecurity complexes, and about the response of the European Union, the states and international organisations are invited.

The Workshop is coordinated by Prof. Fulvio Attinà, Jean Monnet Chair ad Personam at the University of Catania, and is aimed in particular at researchers and professionals in this field.

The Workshop will take place on June 11-12, 2015, at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Catania, Italy. The Workshop is co-financed by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission and the University of Catania. A limited number of grants is available for paper-givers. The grant consists in free accommodation (single room, 2 nights), and the reimbursement of the travel costs up to 500,00 Euro.


Applicants should send a 150-200 word abstract of their paper to the Coordinator by March 20, 2015. Applications should also include the following information: name, mailing address, telephone numbers and e-mail address, academic affiliation, paper title, and the grant request where conditional. Accepted paper proponents will be notified by April 10, 2015. No-grant participants will be assisted to arrange their hotel accommodation.

Important deadlines

  • March 20: Paper proposal submission deadline
  • April 10: Notification of paper approval/rejection
  • May 10: Final programme online
  • May 20: No-grant participant registration
  • May 25: Paper submission & circulation.


CfA: 7 PhD Scholarships in International Studies, University of Trento [26 May 2014]

The School of International Studies of the University of Trento, Italy, has opened the call for applications to its PhD Programme in International Studies’ 30th cycle. The Programme is characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach that provides a solid grounding in the disciplines at the core of international studies (mainly economics, law, sociology, and politics) as well as specific training in the main discipline chosen for the PhD thesis. The deadline for applications is on May 26, 2014, at 16.00 Italian time.

This Call is for 7 PhD student scholarships:

  • 4 scholarships funded by University of Trento;
  • 1 scholarship funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento.

Within the field of international studies, “Sovereignty, Democracy and Crisis”, has been chosen as a thematic focus for 2014-15 to be explored in various research projects and teaching activities at the School of International Studies. It will be addressed from multiple disciplinary perspectives (Economics, Law, Politics, Sociology, and History) through analysis of issues such as the economic-financial crisis, the evolution of European integration, participatory democracy, socio-economic development models. Further information is available through the list of faculty members’ research interests.

  • 1 project specific scholarship focused on “International Politics and Conflict Resolution”, funded by the Foundation Bruno Kessler (FBK) – CERPIC, Trento;
  • 1 project specific scholarship focused on “Health and Security: pharmacrimes and illegal online pharmacies in the EU and beyond”, funded by the European Commission, within the project ‘Fakeshare II’ managed by eCrime research group at the Faculty of Law.

Who can apply?

Candidates who hold a Laurea Magistrale/Master’s Degree in one of the core disciplines of International Studies (mainly, but not limited to, Law, Economics, Political Science and Sociology, Humanities, History and Philosophy). Foreign qualifications must be equivalent to the Italian Laurea Magistrale in terms of duration, level, and contents. The Admission Committee will decide upon their equivalence and admissibility. Candidates who expect to be awarded their degrees by 31 July 2014 may apply. All the details are available in the full text of the call.

How to apply

Applicants should register on the University’s website in order to obtain a username and password to access the online procedure in the UniTN Reserved Area (it may take up to two working days to obtain the credentials). Registered users can then access the online application page through this link. Uploaded data and files can be updated before sumbitting the definitive application.

All further information is available in the extended call. All deadlines, important dates, procedures and requirements are available in the applicant’s guide.

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