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Eucopas PhD Workshop

Sciences Po, 19 – 20 January 2017 (Paris)

Call for Proposals

Being a member of the EU: pros & cons


The Eucopas PhD workshop 2017 is aimed at enabling PhD candidates in EU studies to exchange ideas and discuss their research with their peers and senior academic colleagues.


The decision of the British people to withdraw from the European Union leads to consider differently the issue of the memberstateness of the EU. What has been taken for granted for ages in most of the European member states now starts to be questioned and reconsidered. Political debates in many countries tend to address the pros and cons of remaining in the EU or of joining it. For others, the issue is not leaving the EU but transforming it into a differentiated set that could take the form of a ‘core Europe’ or of ‘multiple circles’. The conclusions of the European Council meeting of the 18 and 19 February 2016 address this issue by stating: ‘[…] such processes make possible different paths of integration for different Member States, allowing those that want to deepen integration to move ahead, whilst respecting the rights of those which do not want to take such a course’.

The PhD workshop will therefore be an opportunity to address, through case studies and empirical works, the issue of the state of the EU, especially questioning the domestic relation to the EU (narratives, Europeanisation…) as well as the transformative nature of the EU (differentiated integration, core Europe…).

We welcome proposals from any disciplinary fields of European studies from PhD students as well as young post-docs. They will be discussed by recognized scholars from Sciences Po and the University of Cologne.


The convenors of the doctoral seminar are Prof. Renaud Dehousse, European University Institute and Centre d’études européennes Sciences Po, Prof. Wolfgang Wessels, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne and Associate Prof. Olivier Rozenberg, Centre d’études européennes Sciences Po.

How to apply:

Please send a short abstract to Léonore Marteville in the Centre d’études européennes [email protected] until 15th November 2016.

Candidates should send an abstract of 500 words describing their research questions, data, methods, and expected findings. The propositions must fit with criteria such as excellence and thematic proximity to the seminar.

Proposals from all domains of social sciences are eligible.

The best paper will be published in Politique europénne.

Part of the costs are covered. No conditions of nationality apply.

Seminar format:

The format will be as follows: papers are circulated prior to the seminar; participants present 20-25 minutes, followed by feedback from a senior researcher and a 20 minutes open discussion.

The working language of the seminar is English.

Submission of abstracts: November 15, 2016

Decision on applications: November 30, 2016

Publication of the programme: January 4, 2017

Submission of papers: January 4, 2017


The PhD Workshop is jointly carried out with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence EUCOPAS, a joint programme of University of Cologne and Sciences Po Paris. Further information:

The conference will be hosted by the Centre d’études européennes, in Paris.