Call for Papers
ECSA Suisse Annual Conference University of Fribourg
30th November & 1st December 2017
We invite you to submit proposals for presentations on this year’s conference’s theme:
The notion of “integration” has long fascinated scholars of the European Union (EU), and this has
been true across all disciplinary boundaries. While the union was meant to become “ever- closer”,
the ways to get there have been progressively conceived to be more or less differentiated, both on
the inside and on the outside, and even at the periphery. Following the post-2005 constitutional
disenchantment and the recent string of crises, it is necessary to take stock and reflect
critically on the nature, scope and legitimacy of the European integration project. Post- Brexit,
talk of “disintegration” has actually become common, and EU scholars need to get their minds around
what this could mean concretely. More generally, proposals to de-construct and re- construct the
European project need discussing as there should be no dearth of creative and constructive thinking
in 21st Century European studies. The search for alternatives should not be discredited as a
critique of the European project (Joerges/Kreuder-Sonnen 2016: 27). Needless to say: Swiss EU
scholars are ideally situated to contribute to this debate given the idiosyncratic form of
“integration” Switzerland has been pursuing with the EU since the late 1990s.
The conference intends to reflect the best of current Swiss multi-disciplinary research in European
studies (whether in law, political and social sciences, history, philosophy or economics) and to
foster dialogue between those different perspectives on the EU. Doctoral students are strongly
encouraged to submit a proposal and participate.
Please send your paper proposal, with an abstract of 200 words, by 30th June, 2017
to Mr Matthieu Loup: firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference will start on 30th November 2017 afternoon with the ECSA Suisse board meeting,
followed by a first panel. The next panels will take place on 1st December in the morning and
early afternoon. The conference will close with an afternoon keynote conference by Prof. Dieter
Grimm (Yale Law School & Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, former Justice on the Federal
Constitutional Court of Germany and author of Europa Ja, aber Welches ?).
As usual, presentations may be held in English, French or German (without simultaneous
translation). No collective publication of the papers presented at the conference is planned.