News from Sep 23, 2009
The workshop seeks to enhance the understanding, conceptual clarity and empirical study of the contentious face of EU politics. In recent years European integration has become subject to popular dissent and increasing public contention. Social actors established themselves who exploit the multilingual, culturally pluralist and contentious potential of European publics for the definition and transnational diffusion of their (alternative) visions of European integration. They trigger and channel transnational debate by spreading specific images and discourses across national and linguistic borders, condensing them in contentious metaphors such as the ‘Polish plumber’ or the ‘fortress Europe’. It is this symbolic dimension of the public sphere that offers an increasingly relevant pathway for non-state actors and civil society groups to intervene as transnational discourse entrepreneurs. Most recently, the current economic crisis gives rise to additional contention of European integration. The crisis challenges acknowledged principles of solidarity, be they defined with regard to the individual’s chances and social responsibility, financial support for poorer regions and bankrupt EU states, or vis-à-vis other regions of the world.
For more detailed information see workshop program / Call for Papers (PDF).