European Identity in Times of Crisis, Call for Papers

Deadline: 19 March 2012
Open to: those interested in the topic
Participation fee: there is no participation fee, travel expenses cannot be reimbursed, accommodation is not covered


Europe today appears to stumble from one ‘crisis’ to the next. The Euro crisis has no doubt caught everyone’s attention, with daily news headlines reporting on the next big summit to save the common currency, another adjusted credit rating, or some ‘scandalous’ Greek or Hungarian government expenditure. In the wake of that crisis, some openly discuss the possibility that the European Union itself may in fact be in jeopardy and that the period of European integration may slowly reach a standstill, with the fall of the Euro paving the way.

The workshop organized by the European University Institute and the University of Florence on the 11-12th of June 2012 has a sociological focus (but is open to other disciplines). The format will be to have presentations from invited speakers, professors and (PhD) researchers from the EUI and the University of Florence, and from other external academics. These presentations will be relatively brief, because they will be based on papers that were circulated in advance. The workshop will end with a roundtable of invited speakers, and professors and researchers from the EUI and the University of Florence.

Suggested paper/presentation topics

  • European identity in times of crisis
    • The Euro crisis and its relation to European identity
    • The ‘new right’, Europe, and identity/ies
  • The geographic dimension of European identity
    • European identity and its meanings across geographic space
    • European identity (as seen) from the outside
    • Migration, citizenship, and European identity
  • European society/ies?
    • European identity and social class
    • Migration and mobility in European identity
    • A European public sphere?
  • European identity and/in political attitudes and behaviour
    • Euroscepticism and/or European identity?
    • European identity in political cleavages and party politics
  • Capturing European identity: conceptual and methodological considerations


The organizers invite all interested and/or working in this area to submit papers.


There is no participation fee, however travel and accommodation expenses cannot be covered.


Abstracts (up to 500 words), along with a brief bio, should be sent by 19 March 2012 to and to Subsequently, selected full papers have to be submitted by 15 May at the latest.

See the call in .PDF format here.

The Official Website 

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