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The European Union in the 21st Century: Policies and Approaches to Global Challenges


Pre-Conference Events
Open to the Public
Pre-Conference Events are being held at the Levis Faculty Center Music Room, 919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801.

Adrian Favell

Friday, April 13th, 2012

1:30 – 3:00 pm: Public Lecture by keynote speaker Adrian Favell, Professor of Sociology, Sciences Po, Paris

“Turkey Today: Between Europe, the Regional, and the Global” [video]

3:00 – 4:40 pm: Special Jean Monnet Panel on the Mediterranean

Presentations by graduate students enrolled in the “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration” Course

Discussant: Kostas Kourtikakis, Research Assistant Professor of Political Science

Students presenting in the Jean Monnet Panel are enrolled in the course “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration.” This course presents Europe and the Mediterranean as interdependent, multicultural, and multinational spaces historically connected by cultural, economic, and migratory networks. It pays special attention to the role of the EU and its policies in the Mediterranean. By exploring these economic, social, and cultural bridges, the course introduces students to the complexities of an area too often represented in terms of mere opposition to the West. The course is a Jean Monnet Module, funded in part by the European Union’s LifelongLearning Programme and aims to stimulate teaching, research and reflection on European integration in higher education institutions worldwide.


Conference Events
Conference registration is now closed

Conference events are being held at the I-Hotel Conference Center, 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820.


Friday, April 13th, 2012 (continued)

5:30 – 6:30 pm: Conference Registration and Opening Reception (closed event)
Lobby outside Quad Room and Quad Room Patio

6:30 – 7:30 pm: Keynote Dinner (closed event)
Quad Room

7:30 – 9:00 pm: Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Address (closed event)

A. Bryan Endres, European Union Center Director and Associate Professor of Agricultural Law
Wolfgang Schlör, Interim Associate Provost for International Affairs; Acting Director, International Programs and Studies

Adrian Favell, Professor of Sociology, Sciences Po, Paris

“European Union versus European Society: New Disciplinary Perspectives on EU Studies” [video]

Abstract: The sixth decade of the European Union has seen this pioneering experiment in post-national governance move into a state of crisis. Ever closer union cannot be assumed, certain thresholds of widening and deepening appear to have been reached, and even monetary union no longer looks secure. Within EU studies, traditionally dominated by an institutional political science, law and diplomatic history -- all with a marked normative bias towards European integration -- there has been a diversification of academic disciplines joining the debate, highlighting problematic processes of integration and fragmentation, de- and re-nationalisation, expansion and contraction playing out at the societal level in the European Union today. Sociologists, anthropologists, geographers and historians are bringing new paradigms, questions and methods to the table, work which highlights both the disconnect between elite institutional discourse above and the European population below, as well as the sometimes underestimated ways in which new transnational social and political formations have emerged in the shadow of political integration.

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

8:30 – 10:30 am: Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: Internal Dynamics of EU Membership
Knowledge Room

Chair: Devon Lechtenberg (Geography)
Discussant: Robert Pahre, Professor of Political Science

Session 2: The EU in Crisis and Transition
Quad Room

Chair: Katie O’Dowd (European Union Studies)
Discussant: Laura Hastings, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science

10:30 – 10:50 am: Break

10:50 am - 12:30 pm: Concurrent Sessions

Session 3: Minority and Migrant Struggles: Recognition, Rights, and Integration
Knowledge Room

Chair: Reneé Holley (Musicology)
Discussant: Zsuzsa Gille, Associate Professor of Sociology

Session 4: Seasons of African Conflict: EU Responses
Quad Room

Chair: Natalie Cartwright (MA in European Union Studies)
Discussant: Hadi Esfahani, Professor of Economics

12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch and Poster Session

2:00 – 3:40 pm: Final Session

Session 5: Power and Democracy: EU Foreign Policy
Quad Room

Chair: Adam Heinz (European Union Studies)
Discussant: Kostas Kourtikakis, Research Assistant Professor of Political Science

3:40 – 4:30 pm: Coffee and Conference Wrap-up


Call for Abstracts

This conference seeks to bring together graduate students from a variety of disciplines who specialize in topics related to the European Union or transatlantic relations. The conference is an initiative of the European Union Center (EUC) at the University of Illinois. The goals of the conference are to:

The EUC Graduate Student Conference Committee invites submissions on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

Conference Sponsors

This conference is supported by grants to the EU Center from the University of Illinois Graduate College through its Focal Point initiative, and the European Commission through the European Union Center of Excellence grants program.