From 23 to 25 April 2015, I'm attending the 20th Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN). I'm presenting a paper on "Ways of dealing with Europe: EU integration and the involvement of Roma in EU policy-making processes". The Convention takes place at Columbia University in NYC.
From 7 to 9 January 2015 I'm attending the conference "Trans-ethnic Coalition-Building within and across States", held at Uppsala University. I'll contribute with a keynote lecture on "Presence and Representation: Roma interest and group formation on the European level." The conference seeks to analyse the factors that drive mobilisation and interaction across ethnic boundaries and the practices and outcomes that derive from such cooperation. The conference is organised and hosted by the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies (UCRS) at Uppsala University, collaboration with a number of co-organizers.
On 21 November 2014, I attended the conference "Democracies in Europe under threat” organized by the Open Society Foundations and the Erste Stiftung (Vienna). I spoke in a panel on "Beyond protest: How could the disappointed democrats and reluctant radicals get interested in politics again?” The other panelists and I discussed potential routes for re-engagement of disillusioned and apathetic voters. Questions addressed included: What would make people interested again in finding common solutions rather than apportioning blame to marginalised minority groups? How can seemingly mainstream minority groups feel less marginalised? What would change how voters think about politics and democracy these days?
I’m presenting a paper on ‘Conflicting Frames of Reconciliation: The Politics of Peacebuilding in the Former Yugoslavia (co-authored with Heleen Touquet) at the CES (Council for European Studies) Conference, Washington, D.C., USA • March 14-16, 2014. Click here for more information, or just read more below.
Europe’s changing lessons from the past – transnational perspectives
Saturday, March 15, 2014: 11:00 AM-12:45 PM
Senate (Omni Shoreham)
In the wake of crisis in Europe, bits and pieces of the past are being resurrected as a means of understanding the present and imagining the future. References to historical experiences and lessons from the past have started to reappear in public and private discourse. Most allusions go back to the first half of last century and the experience of war, oppression and dictatorship that have marked the beginning of European cooperation within a fixed institutional framework. ‘Lessons from the past’ have always played a considerable role in EU integration history. But how has their meaning changed over time? Which role do references to WWII, Nazism and Fascism, Civil War and the Holocaust still play in today’s debates on further integration? How is their relevance to the present disputed? What is the process through which they are revived and reanimated in contemporary debates? This panel is part of a mini-symposium that brings together researchers who concentrate on the way ‘lessons from the past’ have been framed in different national contexts. This particular panel focuses on South Eastern European countries.
Chair: Aline Sierp
Discussant: Philippe Perchoc
Conflicting Frames of Reconciliation: The Politics of Peacebuilding in the Former Yugoslavia
Heleen Touquet, University of Leuven; Peter Vermeersch, University of Leuven
Austria: Encore. The relationship between learning through literature and the collective repression of the past
Anne Dippel, Humboldt-University Berlin
“Lessons from the Past”: A Discussion of Politics of Memory in Contemporary Turkey
Duygu Gul Kaya, York University Toronto
The First World War as public memory in Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia: From Yugoslav to national narratives and beyond
Tea Sindbæk, University of Copenhagen
On February 27, 2014, from 2 to 5pm, Leuven International and European Studies (LINES) presents the symposium Human Rights after Sochi.
The Sochi 2014 Olympics put the spotlight on human rights violations in Russia. At this symposium we want to take stock of the situation after Sochi. Have the international organizations, the European Union, the United States and other countries managed to influence the human rights situation in Russia in any way? Or are changes purely cosmetic? What will be the legacy of Sochi?
Photographer Rob Hornstra and journalist Arnold Van Bruggen from the legendary Sochi Project will present some of their work and will talk about their experiences in Sochi since 2009. They are joined in debate by professor Aude Merlin (ULB), Arnout Geeraert (LINES) and Karen Moeskops, director of Amnesty International in Flanders. Jan Balliauw, Russia specialist at VRT will moderate.
Radiohuis, Boekhandelstraat 2, 3000 Leuven
Please register for this event by sending an e-mail to Marijke.Vermeulen@soc.kuleuven.be
I'm participating at the upcoming OSCE's Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting, which focuses on the implementation of the OSCE's action plan on Roma and Sinti. The event is organized at the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the 2003 OSCE Action Plan on Roma and Sinti. The meeting takes place in Vienna on 7 and 8 November 2013. On the 8th I'm moderating a session on the integration of Roma and Sinti with a particular focus on women, youth and children. More information and the programme of the event can be found here.
Register for Borders to Cross, a two-day conference on democratic innovation and civic driven change in Amsterdam, 29-31 October 2013. The conference ends with the symposium Renewing Democracy, Thursday, 31 October 2013, 14:00-17:15 at de Brakke Grond. Main speakers at the symposium include Maarten Hajer, David Van Reybrouck, Carsten Berg and Ségolène Pruvot. The symposium is jointly organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, Network Democracy, Leuven International and European Studies (LINES), and the G1000.
For more information about the conference go to http://www.borderstocross.com.
Check the programme of the symposium here.
At the Annual Convention of the Study of Nationalities, I'm a speaker at a book panel about Marci Shore's The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe (Random House 2013). The conference takes place at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. The panel is from 5:10 to 7:10pm on April 19, 2013. More information on the website of the ASN.
On April 8, 2013, I'm speaking at the conference "Realizing Roma Rights: Addressing Violence, Discrimination and Segregation in Europe", which brings together policymakers, academics, and activists from across Europe and the United States to address the inter-related themes of extremism, structural discrimination and youth disempowerment. The conference is jointly organized by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR).
For the conference agenda and participants, please click here and here.
Is deliberation becoming a core feature of our transforming democracies? A large and growing list of scholars have theorized about the ‘second transformation of democracy’, as liberal representative political systems move beyond being top-down polyarchies to new models that seek to engage in more bottom-up processes involving deliberation among citizens. Although the idea of deliberative democracy is not new - for decades theorists have argued that democracy should be based not just on votes but also on the incorporation of public debate – in the last few years we have seen an upsurge in the number of practical initiatives aimed at realizing this theoretical claim. Notable examples are We the Citizens in Ireland, the Icelandic Constitutional Council, the British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly, the Dutch Citizens’ Forum, and the Belgian G1000 Citizen Summit. This conference brings together some of the top researchers worldwide on this topic. They will investigate both the theory and the practice of recent deliberative innovations.
Plenary speakers include David Farrell (University College Dublin), Jane Suiter (University College Cork), Eoin O'Malley (Dublin city University), Kimmo Grönlund (Åbo Akademi University), André Bächtiger (University of Bern), Seong Min (Pace University), Juan Ugarriza (El Rosario University, Colombia), Henk van der Kolk (University of Twente), Kenneth Carty (University of British Columbia), Benoît Derenne (Foundation for Future Generations), Stef Steyaert (Levuur), David Van Reybrouck (G1000), and others.
Date: December 13, 2012
Location: Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Find the complete programme here [ PDF]
To register click here
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