Panels and pre-conference workshop at ECPR SGEU June 2020 – Rome

Workshop for Early Career Researchers at ECPR Standing group on the European Union Conference

Academics are increasingly asked to participate in public debates and comment on current issues. A credible plan for “impact and dissemination” is becoming a decisive checkbox of any successful funding application. As a result, the ability to disseminate research is an increasingly relevant asset in an academic career. But this is happening at a time of fragmentation, polarisation and anti-expert attitudes in the public sphere. Furthermore, public debates have some obvious gender, age, racial and class biases. All these combined make some early career and senior academics wonder whether it is worth at all to be involved in public debates.
The workshop is organised with the generous funding of ECPR SGEU by OpenEUdebate (http://openeudebate.eu/), a Jean Monnet network aiming to mediate, translate and communicate between different publics and types of knowledge. It intends to raise awareness of the skills required to address publics eager to pay attention to academics, discuss different strategies for outreach and provide networking opportunities. Participants will be given hands-on advice on a dissemination proposal based on their own research (blogs, podcasts, policy briefs for think tanks etc) and given the chance to contribute to the network’s platform to interact with some of the mediators mentioned above.

How to apply?
The call for applications is open to any early career researcher presenting at the ECPR 2020 SGEU conference in Rome. Prospective participants are asked to submit an abstract of the research they wish to communicate (250 words maximum) together with a short outline of a dissemination plan. Participants will be selected according to the quality of the research and dissemination proposals and aiming to a balanced gender, national and disciplinary representation. Apply by email to luis.bouza@uam.es by 28/02/2020. Travel grant beneficiaries will be notified by 13/03/2020.

Assessing the Europeanisation of Public Spheres Empirically: The Future of Europe Debate

The period 2017-2019 has been a critical juncture for the public sphere because of the coincidence of Mr Macron’s and the EU Commission agenda of citizens’ dialogues, the debate on the future of Europe between the EP and heads of government and state and the European election 2019. This constitutes an ideal occasion to test several dynamics of the European public sphere: the impact of participatory and deliberative mechanisms and social media; the effects of bottom-up and top-down campaigns; the resonance of institutional debates (differentiation, enlargement, new treaties, Spitzenkandidaten) in European publics and the politization of frames of reference and collective action on issues such as rule of law, values or democracy. The panel takes a theoretical perspective to conceptualise the recent trends in the future of Europe debate.

Chair: Nathalie Brack Université Libre de Bruxelles Discussant: Luis Bouza Universidad Autònoma de Madrid How deep is the East/West divide? Images of the EU in (18) quality newspapers of eight EU member states – Ana Andguladze, Jan Beyer, Ramona Coman and Julie Vander Meulen (CEVIPOL, IEE, ULB) Differentiated ‘Narratives of Sovereignty’ in the context of the Sibiu Summit and EU elections in 2019 Miruna Butnaru-Troncotă and Dragoș Ioniță, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) Can social media create a European public sphere? The case of the Spitzenkandidat system in the 2014 and the 2019 European elections – Luciano Morganti, Stergios Fotopoulos Using Twitter to Understand EU Politicization in the 2019 EP Election Campaign – Giovanni Pagano Università degli Studi di Milano  

Assessing the Europeanisation of public spheres from a theoretical stand-point: the future of Europe debate

The period 2017-2019 has been a critical juncture for the public sphere because of the coincidence of Mr Macron’s and the EU Commission agenda of citizens’ dialogues, the debate on the future of Europe between the EP and heads of government and state and the European election 2019. This constitutes an ideal occasion to test several dynamics of the European public sphere: the impact of participatory and deliberative mechanisms and social media; the effects of bottom-up and top-down campaigns; the resonance of institutional debates (differentiation, enlargement, new treaties, Spitzenkandidaten) in European publics and the politization of frames of reference and collective action on issues such as rule of law, values or democracy. The panel takes a theoretical perspective to conceptualise the recent trends in the future of Europe debate.

Chair: Carlo Ruzza (University of Trento)

Discussant: Álvaro Oleart (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Papers

Claims of representation in the EU: constructions, representations and participations of the European demos in the 2017 – 2019 citizens’ consultations – Elena García Guitián  (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Irene Lanzas (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Make Europe great again: the ‘new’ geopolitical pro-European narrative of Macron – Luis Bouza, Autonomous University of Madrid and Alvaro Oleart, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Parliamentary Rhetoric meets Twitter Democracy: Transforming the political arena of Euro-pean democratic debate – Taru Haapala, Autonomous University of Madrid

Feeling European in a Politicized EU: a Postfunctional Theory of Identity – Thomas König Universität Mannheim

The European Rescue of the Rassemblement National: European Parliament Elections as First Order Elections – Niilo Kauppi University of Jyväskylä