Beyond the Progressive Story: Reframing Resistance to European Integration

Beyond the Progressive Story: Reframing Resistance to European Integration

Veranstalter
German Historical Institute, Rome/Hamburg Institute for Social Research
Veranstaltungsort
Rome
Gefördert durch
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
PLZ
00164
Ort
Roma
Land
Italy
Vom - Bis
28.03.2023 - 31.03.2023
Deadline
05.09.2022
Von
Philipp Müller, FG Demokratie und Staatlichkeit, Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung

The conference will discuss resistance and opposition to the EEC and the EU as important factors in shaping the institutions and policies of European cooperation, thereby reconceptualizing European integration history. It will take place at the German Historical Institute in Rome during the week of 27–31 March, 2023. Please send an abstract (400 words), a title and a short biography (100 words) by September 5, 2022, to the following email address: refraiming_EUresist@dhi-roma.it.

Beyond the Progressive Story: Reframing Resistance to European Integration

In view of the recurrent crises that have hit the European Union over the last two decades, dominant assumptions about its historical development are under revision. Whereas important theories of integration mainly elaborated explanations of European integration as a linear progressive teleological process, recent criticism casts doubt on their capacity to capture the twists and turns both of current and past developments of the European Communities and Union. Particularly, the picture of the European Union as a political entity inexorably on its way to ever-deepening supranational unity has been called into question.

The conference at the German Historical Institute in Rome, 27-31 March 2023, is organized by the participants of the research project “(De)Constructing Europe”, a cooperation between the Max Weber Foundation and the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The conference will contribute to a reconceptualization of the history of Europeanization by starting from the observation that resistance and opposition to the EEC and the EU should not be conceived as mere obstacles that had to be overcome on the way to integration. Rather, they have often been important factors in shaping the institutions and policies of European cooperation that have emerged since the end of the Second World War. Multiple conceptions of Europe have intertwined and clashed, constantly redefining the scope and character of European integration, which consequently has not proceeded in a linear fashion and has not been consistently underpinned by a single vision.

By focusing on concrete historical trajectories and changes of direction, the conference aims to develop perspectives other than that of the conventional “teleological view” of European integration. The following topics are meant as suggestions of possible discussion points that will be explored in more depth in various sections of the conference. Proposals for papers related to these topics will receive close attention.

1) Alternative visions: The emergence of competing forms of European integration.
2) Networks of Resistance: The formation of European networks opposing EEC and EU integration policies.
3) Conversions: The transformation of supporters of the EEC/EU into opponents – and vice versa.
4) Conflicted space: The enlargements of the European Communities/European Union and their contestation.

Please send an abstract (400 words), a title and a short biography (100 words) by September 5, 2022, to the following email address: refraiming_EUresist@dhi-roma.it. The conference will take place in Rome during the week of 27–31 March, 2023. Reimbursement opportunities for travel and accommodation will be available.

For any queries, please contact: philipp.mueller@his-online.de.

Kontakt

philipp.mueller@his-online.de.

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Veröffentlicht am
22.06.2022