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Kolleg-Forschergruppe Newsletter-Nr. 3 / 2016

Nov 30, 2016


Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse

Dear friends and colleagues of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe,

Welcome to our autumn (and nearly christmas) newsletter edition!

The winter term has started and we would like to keep you informed about what is happening at the KFG. As you may know, the end of the KFG is drawing closer. Over the next two years, the project will still continue operating but in a much smaller format than what you are used to. The two of us will not be in Berlin this term, and there is neither a new cohort of postdocs nor of PhDs. The best news upfront: Two of our great senior scholars, Detlef Jahn and Eva Heidbreder, have volunteered to carry on the weekly Jour Fixe meetings. Thank you both for the initiative!

Over the summer and in the last months we again organized a series of events. In this newsletter edition, you find reports about the workshop “International Relations 2030” co-organized with the University of Wyoming and former KFG visiting fellow Jean A. Garrison. KFG was also represented at the Three-Countries-Conference in Heidelberg “Regionalism in a World without Borders”, and hosted the authors’ workshop “European Integration Theories” together with Antje Wiener.

Furthermore, we are delighted to announce that the next stop of our roadshow for the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism took place. The conference on “Comparative Regionalism: State of the Art and Future directions” was held at the University of Pretoria in South Africa in early November.

And we are looking forward to a workshop on regional sanctions to be organized by KFG Associate Fellow Elin Hellquist in April 2017, which you are invited to join.

Finally, some KFG alumni from last year share with you their impressions from their work at our institute. Also, you will find an overview of the latest working papers published in our series.

Even though we will be on sabbatical during the upcoming academic year, we will stay in touch with you and keep you informed about KFG activities.

We already would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best regards,

Tanja A. Börzel, Thomas Risse & the KFG Team

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Report: “IR 2030,” KFG Workshop at the University of Wyoming, August 26-27, 2016

From bottom to top: Liesbet Hooghe, Martha Finnemore, Etel Solingen, Matthew Evangelista, Stephen Krasner, Thomas Risse, Kathryn Sikkink, Gary Marks, Stephanie Anderson, Nevin Aiken in the Snowy Range

In late August, the KFG – together with Jean Garrison and the Center for Global and Areas Studies at the University of Wyoming – hosted a workshop entitled “International Relations 2030” in Laramie, Wyoming, close to Tanja and Thomas’ second home. The workshop had originally been planned for the occasion of the birthdays of Kathryn Sikkink and Thomas who both turned 60 recently.

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Report: KFG at Dreiländertagung "Regionalismus in einer entgrenzten Welt" (Regionalism in a World without Borders)

Info booth of KFG

From September 29 to October 1, 2016, KFG was present at the Dreiländertagung of German Political Science Association (DVPW), Austrian Political Science Association (ÖGPW) and Swiss Political Science Association (SVPW).

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Report: Authors’ Workshop –“European Integration Theory"


The authors’ workshop for the forthcoming third edition of “European Integration Theories” (to be published with Oxford University Press in 2018; 1st ed. Wiener and Diez 2003) took place on October 14–15 in the Harnackhaus of Max-Planck-Society and at the Freie Universität Berlin. The editors of the new edition, Antje Wiener (University of Hamburg), Tanja A. Börzel, and Thomas Risse, invited the authors to present and discuss their respective book chapters.

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Report: “Comparative Regionalism: State of the Art and Future Directions”

Participants of the Comparative Regionalism Conference

The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism roadshow – next stop: Pretoria, South Africa. After very successful events at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in October 2015 and Pontifical Catholic University Rio de Janeiro  (PUC) in April, the Kolleg-Forschergruppe “The Transformative Power of Europe” and Lorenzo Fioramonti from GovInn (University of Pretoria) co-hosted a two-day conference at the University of Pretoria. From November 3-4 2016, several Handbook authors discussed their findings with leading scholars and experts from Sub-Saharan Africa during four panels and two roundtables.

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Call for Papers: Varieties of Punishment


Call for Papers:Varieties of Punishment,Workshop on Regional Sanctions at KFG ‘The Transformative Power of Europe, Freie Universität Berlin, 7-8 April 2017

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Famous Last Words

Brooke Coe, Mor Mitrani, Laurissa Mühlich

KFG PostDoc Alumni Brooke Coe, Mor Mitrani, and Laurissa Mühlich tell us about their stay at the KFG.

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New Working Papers Published

Working Papers

We have recently published four new working papers: Working Paper No. 74 by Tanja A. Börzel, Working Paper No. 75 by Laurissa Mühlich and Barbara Fritz, Working Paper No. 76 by Merran Hulse, and Working Paper No. 77 by Stefano Palestini.

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