Jean Monnet @ CRonEM

The CRonEM research centre hosts the Jean Monnet Module ‘Current trends in European Integration Studies: Beyond the Eurocrisis’, coordinated by Dr Cristiano Bee and supported by the European Commission – Lifelong Learning Programme.

The Module aims to foster and promote knowledge on the present and future state of the European Integration through a variety of teaching methodologies (lectures, roundtables, summer school) and dissemination activities, such as podcasts and bulletins in the School of Politics newsletters.

More specifically, the Module provides theoretical and empirical insights to understand the EU’s policy making and the development and analysis of EU’s social policies, the emergence of forms of euro-scepticism, the implications of the process of europeanisation in the current state of crisis, the modalities through which the civil society mobilise and engage in the development of the European Public Sphere. All these topics have long been debated in the academic literature. The aim is to foster a timely academic reflection on the various dynamics that are currently shaping the European Integration process in the context of the Eurocrisis and to offer a range of opportunities for different target groups to engage with the development of different themes covered by the module.

The module adopts an interdisciplinary approach, and draws on policy studies, political sociology, political science and social policy. It is organised around the following activities:

1. The jeanmonnet @ CRonEM Summer School takes place each year, as an opening to the CRONEM annual conference. The Summer School is meant to target post-graduate students and to furnish an overview on current debates by focusing on how the EU is responding to the economic, social and political consequences of the recession, and is aimed principally at those who wish to undertake advanced study of the EU, or for whom the chance to update their knowledge of EU affairs would be professionally useful.

In 2014 the first edition of the Summer School was organised around the theme: ‘Protest, Resistance and Social Change in the EU’.  The event took place between 23rd -28th of June and attracted a number of research students from different European Countries. Keynote speakers at the Summer School included experts in the area of EU studies, such as Dr. Oliver Daddow, Prof. Paul Statham, Dr. Johanna Kantola and Dr. Amandine Crespy

The organisation of the 2015 Summer School is now underway and the programme as well as thematic areas will be announced on the Summer School’s website shortly.

2. The jeanmonnet @ CRonEM seminars bring to Surrey a range of experts in EU issues to present their work on different hot topics.

During the academic year 2013/2014 a number of seminars were delivered by key scholars such as Dr Sofia Vasillopoulou, Dr Paul Copeland, Mrs Anastasia Karatzia and Prof David Coen.

3. The jeanmonnet @ CRonEM Roundtables offer updated reflections and debates by key experts (stakeholders, academics, civil society activists, politicians), on different issues regarding current developments at the EU level.  

During the academic year 2013/14 the Module organised a roundtable on ‘Gender in the EU’ coordinated by Dr. Roberta Guerrina, a seminar on ‘the Engagement of the Civil Society in the European Union’ (chaired by Mr. Richard Wassell of the Centre for Europe) and a Hustings event with candidates at the 2014 EP Elections.

Dr Cristiano Bee