The present economic crisis in the EU makes one thing very clear: European integration is not the result of a preconceived plan. On the contrary, crisis and utter chaos have constantly been present in its history and will be in the future. This complex reality urges scholars to delve into EU’s twisted origins and its multi-faceted dynamics, in order to understand the ongoing situation better.

The assessment of the varied collection of blue prints that colour European integration forms an essential part of this research programme, as the integration process has been under the spell of designs for European Political Union since its days of inception. Such research is multidisciplinary by definition.

The conference ‘In Search of European Political Union’, which well be held between 19-21 June 2014,  aims to bring together scholars from different academic backgrounds and disciplines to discuss issues of European integration. Panels are organised around topical and important themes that cut across various disciplines, including economics, history, law, political science, public administration and sociology. In this way, the conference hopes to stimulate the exchange of ideas and insights on European integration from different parts of the academic community.

The call for papers is now open and closes on Sunday, 15 December 2013.

Keynote lectures will be given by:

  • Kalypso Nicolaidis, University of Oxford
  • Kenneth Dyson, Cardiff University

All papers and paper proposals should be in English.

Paper proposals should be submitted to one of the 24 panels in the conference. These panels are organized in four thematic streams:

1.   The Economic Crisis and EMU

2.   Democratic Governance

3.   Citizens and Citizenship

4.   Market and Social union

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Make sure to indicate the panel for which you would like your proposal to be considered, and to include your name, affiliation and e-mail address. Decisions on the acceptance of proposals will be sent out by late January 2014

Utrecht University - Strategic Research Theme 

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is one of the largest universities in the Netherlands and offers courses in all fields of academic study.

Utrecht University has identified four strategic themes, which bring together and support excellent research across the University. One of these themes concerns the development, functioning and consequences of institutions. Within the Institutions Strategic Theme, researchers from various disciplines, including cultural studies, economics, ethics, geography, history, innovation studies, law, public administration, social psychology and sociology, work together to study the development, functioning and impact of institutions in society. Within this strategic theme, researchers from these various disciplines work on issues of European integration.

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