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The Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) "The Transformative Power of Europe" would like to extend a warm welcome to its new members, who will be joining us for the current winter semester here in Berlin. Our team of fellows this year will be complemented by researchers from Canada, England, Ghana, Italy, the Netherlands and South Korea among many others. Our new KFG fellows Emanuel Adler, Tonia Bieber, Oheneba Boateng, Inken von Borzyskowski, Amanda Clayton, Maria Debre, Jason H. Han, Miguel Haubrich, Merran Hulse, Alessandra Russo and Edward Stoddard introduce themselves on our webpage.
In a few months scholars, practitioners and students of international affairs will be making their way to the 56th convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) to connect with colleagues from across the globe, to exchange ideas and discuss their most cutting-edge research. This year the convention, which takes place annually and routinely draws over 6000 visitors, will be held at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, from February 16th- 21st, 2015.
On July 4 and 5, 2014 students and affiliates of Professor Adrienne Héritier were gathered at a conference on the occasion of her 70th birthday and her official retirement from the European University Institute in Florence. The birthday conference under the title 'Perspectives on European Governance in Comparative Perspective: Interests, Institutions and Policy-making' aimed at encapsulating the versatility of Adrienne's scholarship as a way of thanking her for the admirable contribution she had made to the discipline of political science in general and her students in particular.
The diffusion and transfer of ideas, policies, and institutions across space is not a new phenomenon. For this reason, history forms an important dimension of the KFG’s agenda. During the KFG's second funding period, professors Wolfram Kaiser (University of Portsmouth) and Kiran Klaus Patel (Maastricht University; in 2014/15 Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor at LSE in London) join the KFG as permanent senior fellows to investigate how such processes have unfolded in the past.
KFG International Conferences on Comparative Regionalism
The conference took place on 12-13 December 2014
Last weekend, the final of three authors’ conferences in preparation for the first Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism, co-edited by KFG research directors Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse, took place. While the December conference of last year had set the scene and the June conference was devoted to debating the general line of the chapters, this conference was about fine-tuning und bring the chapters together as a handbook.
The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS), a joint endeavor of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance and the Social Science Research Center Berlin, announces its next call for applications for its full-time PhD program. All three are leading institutions in the field of international relations and EU studies. The program draws upon their faculty, research projects, facilities and services. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2015.
The following books by KFG fellows have been published lately:
"European Public Spheres. Politics Is Back", edited by Thomas Risse;
"Writing the Rules for Europe: Experts, Cartels, and International Organizations" & "Exhibiting Europe in Museums. Transnational Networks, Collections, Narratives and Representations", co-authored by Wolfram Kaiser;
"Democratic Transformation and Obstruction: EU, US and Russia in the South Caucasus" by Nelli Babayan and
"Advancing Regional Monetary Cooperation: The Case of Fragile Financial Markets" by Laurissa Mühlich.
In "European Public Spheres. Politics Is Back" leading scholars trace the emergence of a European public sphere over the last sixty years. Edited by KFG research director Thomas Risse, this book gives an overview about various aspects of the discussion on the politicization of public spheres in Europe.
"International in Life, National in Death? Banking Nationalism on the Road to Banking Union" is the 61st KFG Working Paper by Rachel A. Epstein, Associate Professor of International Relations and European Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and Martin Rhodes, Professor and Associate Dean at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.