Current State and Future Perspectives
8-10 December 2011
Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Dario Castiglione (University of Exeter)
Sergio Fabbrini (LUISS Guido Carli, Rome)
Albert Weale (University College, London)
The conference aims to assess the political project of the European
Union both in its present contours and in its future prospects. The
conference takes place within the framework of an FCT sponsored
research project on Constitutionalisation and EU identity that the
Institute of Philosophy of Language and the Research Centre for Law
and Society of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa jointly carry out.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
- The political identity of the EU: cultural, political, and
- The political meaning of constitutionalisation. How EU institutions
have promoted constitutionalisation, on what purpose, and with which
- The debate on the democratic deficit and the legitimation of EU institutions;
- The monetary union, international financial crises, and national
sovereignty: the political implications of an economic project;
- Migration and solidarity: closure and openness of EU borders.
- Why are we members? Reasons to join the EU and widespread
expectations towards membership in new member states.
- The EU as an international actor? Assessing the political identity
of EU foreign policy.
Contributions are welcome from political scientists, sociologists,
philosophers, historians, and professionals.
Abstracts of appr. 500 words (suitable for a presentation of 25 min.)
should be sent to the address below by the 8th of October, 2011:
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by the 15th of October.
A selections of extended contributions will be published in hard
cover. See our institute's publications series at
For further information, do not hesitate to write to us.
Dr. Gabriele De Angelis
Research Fellow in Political Theory
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