Call for Abstracts
Political landscape before the European elections, XVI International Student Conference “Politics & Society in Central and Eastern Europe”, Wrocław, Poland, 15 May 2019.
Deadline for submitting an abstract: 30 April 2019
The Institute of Political Science of the University of Wroclaw invites students and PhD candidates to submit their proposals for the XVI International Student Conference “Politics & Society in Central and Eastern Europe”, 15May 2019. The conference is designed to enable the presentation of research findings of young researchers interested in current developments in Central and Eastern European politics and societies.
The theme for the upcoming conference is “Political landscape before the European Elections”.
Citizens of all Member States of the EU will go to the polls at the end of May for the ninth time since the first elections in 1979. The upcoming elections to the European Parliament will be the first after Brexit. The expected very soon withdrawal of the UK from the EU toa significant extent sets the scene for the elections. Increasing numbers of European parties are calling for reforming the structure of the EU through limiting its role to economicintegration in order to enhance the sovereignty of the national states in shaping domestic policies and legislation. We can observe an increasing popularity and consensus between populists and right-wing parties that have been creating a relevant counterweight to social democratic parties. Besides the Brexit case, particularly politicians from some Central and Eastern European countries have considered alternative international initiatives such as the Visegrad Group and historical idea of Intermarium (the Isthmus). In this light, the policy of Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries will influence the future of the EU. The elections to the European Parliament will reveal the attitudes of CEE citizens legitimizing or delegitimizing current positions of their governments. Foundation Robert Schuman (2018) defines four factors determining the structural problems of the EU:
- the low identification of citizens to European political identity;
- their very little influence on the EU policy;
- the “determinist” view that the forces driving the EU are unchangeable;
- the lack of leadership.
We welcome proposals addressing the following as well as other topics related to the theme of the conference from the CEE perspective:
- Possible post-elections scenarios.
- Euro-enthusiasm and Euro-scepticism among citizens, parties and movements in CEE countries.
- Similarities and differences among CEE countries in the attitudes and policies towards the EU.
- Central and Eastern European exceptionalism and its importance for the future of the EU.
- Significance of European elections in CEE.
- Evolution of the European voting in CEE countries: tendencies and changes.
- Political, social, economic situation in CEE countries as a relevant factor for the future of the EU.
- Organization of CEE parties at the European level.
- Role of CEE countries at the European level.
- International political and economic thought in the CEE countries.
- Alternatives for the EU in CEE (Visegrad Group, the idea of Intermarium (the Isthmus).
- Programmes for addressing the key political issues of Europe such as: demography, ageing, euro zone, defence, budget deficit, welfare state, free trade, future of the Schengen Area, border control, migration, multiculturalism, political leadership, reforms of the European institutions, democracy, climate change, sustainable development.
- Political campaigns to the European Parliament in the CEE countries (relevance, main topics, discourse analysis).
- European elections and issues in CEE media (relevance, agenda, discourse analysis, biases).
- 29 March 2019 – Call for abstracts opens
- 30 April 2019 – Call for abstracts closes
- until 2 May 2019 – notification of acceptance
- 5 May 2019– theannouncement of the final conference programme.
- no participation/attendance fee;
- participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses;
- participants will be awarded certificates confirming presentation of a paper;
- If accepted, the papers can be published in “Polish Political Science Review”.
- Dr. Paweł Nowakowski (contact:firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Rossana Demurtas (contact: email@example.com)