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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


"Europe and its crises"

Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), Cambridge

Thursday 30th June and Friday 1st July 2016, Darwin College, University of Cambridge, Silver St, Cambridge CB3 9EU

Draft programme

Thursday 30th June

09.00 – 09.30   Registration and coffee

09.30 – 10.00   Opening and welcome: Dr Geoffrey Edwards (University of Cambridge)

10.00 – 11.30   Panel A: Populism and political parties

                            Chair/discussant: Prof Philippe Poirier (University of Luxembourg)

  • Dr Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz (University of St Andrews): ‘The unprecedented rise of populism and radical political parties’
  • Paulina Patana (Cornell University): ‘Fear of immigrants, the EU or discontent with “politics as usual”? Subnational determinants of support for the far right in Finland’
  • Léonie de Jonge (University of Cambridge): ‘The rise of populism in the face of the migration crisis’
  • Chris Powers (College of Europe, Natolin): ‘Poisoning the well? Bias in media coverage of the UK’s EU Referendum’

11.30 – 12.00   Coffee break

12.00 – 13.00   Keynote address: European Industrial Relations
Prof Richard Hyman (LSE)

13.00 – 14.00   Lunch

14.00 – 15.30   Panel B: Industrial relations and social policy

                            Chair/discussant: Dr Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick, Birkbeck, University of London

  • Dr Darragh Golden (University College Dublin): ‘Changing positions of Irish and Italian unions on European integration across time (1950-2014)’
  • Barry Colfer (University of Cambridge): ‘The European Trade Union Confederation and the European Social Dialogue in the crisis’
  • Julien Reysz (Centre de Recherche en Économie de Grenoble, Univ. Grenoble-Alpes (Grenoble, France), ‘The return to work policies in a time of crisis: a comparison between France, Germany and the UK’
  • Dr Adoración Galera-Victoria, University of Granada, ‘Europe and the crisis of European solidarity’.

15.30 – 16.00   Coffee break

16.00 – 17.30   Panel C: EMU and new economic governance

                            Chair/discussant: Dr Nikitas Konstantinides

  • Christakis Georgiou (University of Montpellier): ‘Adjusting to the corporate consensus. The impact of the eurozone crisis on the EU’s economic governance architecture’
  • Dr Lukas Oberndorfer (University of Vienna): ‘Heading towards an Authoritarian State? - The New Economic Governance and the Greek Case’
  • Katarzyna Hanula-Bobbitt (Finance Watch): EMU tbc
  • Dr Manolis Kalaitzake (University College Dublin): ‘Mediating the Markets: Financial Political Power and the role of the Institute of International Finance in the Greek Debt Crisis’

18.00 – 20.00   Roundtable: The Implications of the Brexit referendum, one week on (ARB, SG1)

                            Chair: Prof David Runciman (University of Cambridge)

Participants: Prof Brendan Simms (University of Cambridge), Baroness Dr Julie Smith (University of Cambridge/HoL), Prof Sven Biscop (Egmont Institute & Ghent University), Giles Merritt, Friends of Europe, Brussels.

20.00 – 21.30   Dinner and welcome reception, Pembroke College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge.

Friday 1 July

09.00 – 09.30   Registration and coffee

09.30 – 11.00    Panel C: European Court of Justice and questions of law

                            Chair/discussant: (tbc, Dr Eva Nanopoulos)

  • Yi Ren Thng (LSE) and Benjamin Mak (University of Oxford): ‘The CJEU and EU Economic Regulation: The Curse of Operationalisation’
  • Shu-Chien Chen (University of Amsterdam): ‘The Common Pattern of the “Tax Avoidance Concept” in EU and US’
  • Lukasz Dziedzic (Tilburg University): ‘Strengthening the crisis to call for solidarity? The European Court of Justice in the aftermath of N.S. v. UK’


11.00 – 11.30       Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30   Keynote address: Populism in Europe
Dr Stijn van Kessel (University of Loughborough)

12.30 – 13.30   Lunch

13.30 – 15.00   Panel E: European Neighbourhood

                            Chair/discussant: Dr Geoffrey Edwards (University of Cambridge)

  • Jonathan Webb (University of Sheffield): ‘A policy in crisis or a crises driven policy? Actor perceptions of crises and its impact on EU Enlargement Policy’
  • Molly Krasnodębska (University of Cambridge): ‘The Ukraine Crisis as an Unintended Consequence of the EU’s Public Diplomacy’
  • Marion Messmer (Kings College London): ‘Rivalries between the EU and Russia in the lead up to the war of 2008’

15.00 – 15.30   Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00   Panel F: Migration and the free movement of persons

  •             Chair/discussant: Dr Nikitas Konstantinides (University of Cambridge)
    • Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López (EUI, Florence): ‘Navigating Schengen, The EP’s Evolving Critiques to the Ethical Crises of the EU’s Free Movement of Persons’
    • Sourish Ghosh (Jadavpur University, India): ‘EU Migratory Problem: Analyzing the challenge from within’
    • Clara López de Letona (IEPALA - Institute of Political Studies for Latinoamerica and Africa, International Relations Department, Madrid): ‘The importance of the role of Religion in the actual European Crisis’
    • Pavlos Efthymiou (University of Cambridge) ‘Attitudes to irregular migration in the Mediterranean member states’

17.00 – 17.30   Concluding remarks

19.00 – 21.00   Conference dinner (tbc)