CfP: Competing Visions. European integration beyond the EC/EU

The deadline for applications has been extended to Sunday, May 21.

Competing Visions: European integration beyond the EC/EU

Jointly funded and organised by the

Department of Contemporary History, Philosophy and Political Science, University of Turku

and the Network for European Studies, University of Helsinki

This conference has also received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 658375

Conference location: University of Helsinki

Conference date: 5-6 October 2017


European integration research is almost always synonymous with the study of institutionalised cooperation between the member states of the European Community/European Union (EC/EU). But there are a good deal more countries, territories and archipelagos in Europe than the current 28 EU members – including, for our purpose, the Soviet Union/Russia. Moreover, there have been, and continue to be, rather more varied forms of European cooperation, with structures existing variously at a sub-regional, intergovernmental and transnational level, all of which may or may not include some of the current EU28. These often differ from the strict supranational type of integration espoused by the present-day EU in that they prioritise looser, informal forms of collaboration or distinctive organisational structures. And in many cases, European cooperation has extended beyond the economic arena and delved instead into the realm of military and political affairs, environment and social issues, and democratisation, migration, arms control and human rights.

The aim of this conference is to shine a light on these institutional and ideational ‘competing visions’ of European integration beyond the EC/EU. What is their relationship between these alternative forms of cooperation with the Brussels-centred integration? To what extent do they challenge and juxtapose or complement and balance the EC/EU? What have these competing visions meant for the EC/EU experiment? Is Europeanization only an EU phenomenon? Do these visions of Europe create European-ness? Ultimately, what does it mean for Europe and “EU-rope” to have these ‘competing visions’?

We welcome paper proposals from a range of disciplines including area studies, contemporary history, political science, law and economics. Possible topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • The role of people and ideas advocating European connections, including federalists, functionalists etc.
  • Informal cross-border/transnational relations within or beyond the EC/EU framework
  • Europe-centred International non-governmental organisations (INGOs), IGOs and multinational
  • corporations
  • Intergovernmental economic and trade organisations such as OECD, EFTA or the European Patent
  • Organisation
  • Intra-European groupings like Benelux, British-Irish Council, Nordic Council and Investment Bank, Nordic-Baltic Eight, Northern Future Forum and Council of Baltic Sea States, Visegrád Four
  • Other regional groups like Mediterranean Union, Comecon, Commonwealth of Independent States,
  • Eurasian Economic Union, the Non-Aligned Movement, or the Arctic Council
  • Military/security structures such as the Warsaw Pact, CSCE/OSCE, NATO and WEU
  • Party political and trade union groups including the ERO-ICFTU and Socialist International
  • Education and scientific organisations like the Academy of European Law and European Space Agency

Those wishing to take part are asked to send their name, position, institutional affiliation and a 300-word (approx.) abstract to by 30 April 2017. (EDIT: The deadline for applications has been extended to Sunday, May 21). Accepted presenters will be informed by mid-May. General queries can be directed to the conference organisers: Suvi Kansikas (suvi.kansikas[at] and Matthew Broad (matthew.broad[at]

We plan to pursue the possibility of publishing papers from the conference in a book of proceedings and especially encourage doctoral and early career researchers to apply.

While refreshments and meals will be provided by the organisers, we ask researchers attending the conference to cover their own travel and accommodation.

CfP Competing Visions FINAL

New Research Project

The University of Helsinki awarded University Researcher Timo Miettinen with a three-year research project grant (150.000e). The research project Between Law and Politics takes a critical look at the development of post-WWII liberalism with the aim of analyzing and redefining some of the key ideas of this movement. In particular, the project analyzes the transforming relation of economy, politics and law in the contemporary economic constitution of the European Union.

More info available!



European Studies Day – Eurooppa-tutkimuksen päivä

21st October, 2016, University of Helsinki, Finland

Organizers: Finnish European Studies Association and the Network for European Studies, University of Helsinki


10.00 – 11.30
Keynote: Perfect Storm, or Storm in a Teacup? The United Kingdom, Brexit, and the International System

Professor Anne Deighton, University of Oxford
Chair: Research Director Juhana Aunesluoma, University of Helsinki/FESA
Venue: Fabianinkatu 26, Main Hall (3rd floor)

11.30 – 13.00

13.00- 14.45
Working Groups 1

Group 1: Europe and the Making of the Global Order
(Unioninkatu 37, sh1)
Chair: TBC

Benedikt Schoenborn: The East-West German summits of 1970: a reconciliation perspective

Lorenzo Ferrari: Quite United Nations. Western Europe at the UN General Assembly, 1946-1995

Matthew Broad: Achieving peace through trade liberalisation: The development of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as a cold war actor

Commentator: TBC

Group 2:  Institutional and Ideological Developments in the EU (note: working language is Finnish in this session)

(Unioninkatu 37, sh2)

Chair: TBC

Hannu-Pekka Ikäheimo: EU Nautintovarkaana. Tulkintakehykset ”EU kieltää” –artikkeleissa

 Hanna Tuominen: Reconsidering the human rights role of the EU in the context of the refugee crisis

 Jarmo Kortelainen: Brussels as a political place: a study on fluid assemblages in EU policy-making

Commentator: TBC

14.45 – 15.15

15.15 – 17.00
Working Groups 2

Group 1: Changing Sovereignties: Brexit and Security

(Unioninkatu 37, sh1)

Chair: TBC

Teemu Häkkinen & Minna Kaarkoski: ’Sovereignty’ in the British political debates, 1940-1970

Massimo Fichera: Brexit, EU Constitutionalism, and the security of the European project

Saila Heinikoski: Post-neutral security policy in the militarising European Union – Finland and the demilitarised and neutralised Åland Islands

 Commentator: TBC


Group 2: European Identity in the Making: Europeanization, Discourses and Policies

(Unioninkatu 37, sh 2)

Chair: TBC

Johannes Lehtinen: Sosiaalipolitiikkaa budjettikurin ehdoilla – Kreikan sopeutusohjelmat ja sosiaalipolitiikan eurooppalaistuminen diskursiivisen institutionalismin näkökulmasta

Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus: ‘Banal’ construction ‘our’ heritage

Katja Mäkinen: Debates on cultural heritage in the European Parliament

 Commentator: TBC

CFP: Eurooppa-tutkimuksen päivä 21.10.2016


Call for papers

Eurooppa-tutkimuksen päivä 21.10.2016

Helsingin yliopiston Eurooppa-tutkimuksen verkosto ja Suomen Eurooppa-tutkimuksen seura järjestävät jo perinteiseksi tulleen Eurooppa-tutkimuksen päivän, joka kokoaa Suomessa työskenteleviä EU- ja Eurooppa-tutkijoita esittelemään tutkimustaan ja keskustelemaan ajankohtaisista tutkimusteemoista.

Päivän teemana on Brexit ja Euroopan turvallisuus. Pääpuhujana on kansainvälisen politiikan professori Anne Deighton Oxfordin yliopistosta.


9:30-11 Keynote-luento: Prof. Anne Deighton (Oxfordin yliopisto)

11-12:30 Lounastauko

12:30-14:00 Työryhmät

14:00-14:30 Tauko

14:30-18 Työryhmät

Iltapäivän työryhmiin on mahdollista esittää omaa työpaperiaan käsiteltäväksi. Paperit voivat käsitellä laajasti Eurooppa-tutkimuksen alaan liittyviä aiheita.

Eurooppa-tutkimuksen päivä on monitieteinen tapahtuma, joka pyrkii tuomaan yhteen tutkijoita useilta eri tieteenaloilta. Kannustamme sosiaalitieteilijöitä, historioitsijoita ja muita humanisteja, oikeustieteilijöitä, ympäristötutkijoita ja kaikkia niitä, joita tutkivat Eurooppaa, eurooppalaisia alueita, eurooppalaista identiteettiä tai eurooppalaisia instituutioita osallistumaan tapahtumaan.

Työpapereiden abstraktit (enintään 1 sivu) tulee toimittaa 18.9.2016 mennessä Juhana Aunesluomalle Eurooppa-tutkimuksen verkostoon (


Juhana Aunesluoma (, Eurooppa-tutkimuksen seuran puheenjohtaja ja Eurooppa-tutkimuksen verkoston tutkimusjohtaja


European Studies Day 21 October 2016

The Network for European Studies of the University of Helsinki and the Finnish European Studies Association (FESA) invite researchers and experts to the annual European Studies Day in Helsinki. The event provides an opportunity for researchers working on European issues to present their on-going or recent research projects and to discuss current topics in their fields of study.

The theme of this year’s European Studies Day is Brexit and European Security. The keynote speaker is professor Anne Deighton from the University of Oxford.


9:30-11 Keynote lecture: Prof. Anne Deighton (University of Oxford)

11-12:30 Lunch

12:30-14:00 Workshops

14:00-14:30 Break

14:30-18 Workshops

We welcome paper proposals for the workshops. The abstracts (maximum 1 page) should be sent to Juhana Aunesluoma ( by 18 September 2016. The papers can deal with topics related to European Studies or International Relations.

The European Studies Day is a multidisciplinary event. We encourage the participation of social scientists, historians and other humanists, jurists, environmental researchers and all those who conduct research on Europe, European regions, European identity or European institutions.

More information

Juhana Aunesluoma (, Chair of the Finnish European Studies Association, Research Director of the Network for European Studies

Harjoittelijaksi Eurooppa-tutkimuksen verkostoon?

Helsingin yliopiston Eurooppa-tutkimuksen verkosto hakee harjoittelijaa ajalle 1.8.-31.10.2016

Helsingin yliopiston Eurooppa-tutkimuksen verkosto hakee harjoittelijaa avustamaan verkoston toiminnassa. Eurooppa-tutkimuksen verkoston laaja-alainen toiminta tarjoaa harjoittelijalle mahdollisuuden osallistua monenlaiseen toimintaan ja luoda kontakteja niin alan tutkijoihin kuin laajemmin toimijoihin valtionhallinnossa, järjestöissä ja elinkeinoelämässä. Harjoittelijan tehtäviin kuuluu mm. vuosittaisen Eurooppa-tutkimuksen päivän järjestelyissä avustaminen.

Harjoittelijalta edellytetään hyvää organisointikykyä, kykyä oma-aloitteiseen toimintaan, hyviä sosiaalisia taitoja ja sujuvaa englannin kielen taitoa. Suomen kielen erinomainen hallinta on työtehtävien luonteen vuoksi välttämätöntä.

Tehtävään haetaan ensisijassa Euroopan politiikasta ja historiasta kiinnostunutta maisterivaiheen pääaineopiskelijaa tai muuten opinnoissaan pitkälle edennyttä aihepiiriin hyvin perehtynyttä opiskelijaa, joka voi sisällyttää harjoittelun opintoihinsa. Hakija voi olla myös jonkin muun yliopiston kuin Helsingin yliopiston opiskelija. Aiempi kokemus konferenssien ja seminaarien järjestämisestä katsotaan eduksi, mutta ei ole välttämätöntä.

Palkkausta ja muita asioita koskevat lisätiedot: Harjoittelijalla toivotaan olevan yliopiston harjoittelutuki, mutta tämä ei ole välttämätöntä. Palkkaus on Eurooppa-tutkimuksen verkoston maksamien kuukausien osalta 1165 EUR/kk.

Viimeinen hakupäivä: 27.6.2016

Lisätietoja antaa: Eurooppa-tutkimuksen verkoston tutkimusjohtaja Leena Malkki (

Eurooppa-tutkimuksen päivä 9.10.2015



Alla päivän koko ohjelma. Kaikki osiot ovat avoimia kaikille kiinnostuneille. Tervetuloa!

09:30-11:00 Keynote speech, Eurooppasali (Malminkatu 16)
Prof. Adrian Hyde-Price (University of Gothenburg): “European Security and the Ukraine Crisis: Between Globalisation and Geopolitics”
Comment: Senior Researcher Kristi Raik (Finnish Institute of International Affairs)
Chair: Research Director Leena Malkki (University of Helsinki/Finnish International Studies Association)

The continuing crisis in the Ukraine has proved to be a ‘game-changer’ for European security. It also casts into sharp relief some of the key features and developments in the European security system. The Ukraine crisis has significantly altered Europe’s security environment, and Russia’s actions have fundamentally changed the European vision of a continent whole, free and at peace. This paper examines the European security system in the light of the Ukraine crisis, and provides an analysis of the ontology of European security. It identifies the key actors, structures and systemic dynamics of contemporary Europe, and focuses on the impact on Europe’s security order of two underlying structural trends: globalisation and geopolitics. The paper concludes by examining the dilemmas and difficulties facing Europe in the light of the Ukraine crisis, and analyses the impact of the crisis on both the European Union and NATO.

12:30-14:00 Eurooppalaisen turvallisuuden haasteet ja tulevaisuus, Unioninkatu 38, sali A205
– Hanna Ojanen (Tampereen yliopisto)
– Rasmus Hindren (puolustusministeriö)
– Tuomas Iso-Markku (Ulkopoliittinen instituutti)
Puheenjohtaja: Arto Aniluoto (Eurooppalainen Suomi ry/Eurooppa-tutkimuksen seura)

14:00-14:30 Tauko

14:30-18:00 Workshop sessions

Workshop 1:
Chair: Leena Malkki (University of Helsinki) & Arto Aniluoto (European Movement in Finland/Finnish European Studies Association)
– Kamilla Aliyeva (University of Helsinki): Impact of migration policies on access to labour market by migrant workers in Europe
– Marko Nousiainen (University of Jyväskylä): Political interpretations on the European participatory turn: Europeanisation, Americanisation and ordo-liberalisation of social action
– Matti Jutila (University of Turku): Regaining EU leverage in European minority politics: Benefits of double delegation and the raise of a new principal
– Maria Mekri & Mirva Salminen (SaferGlobe Finland/University of Lapland): Charting the Impossible: Creating a Framework for Comparative Study in European Union Civilian Crisis Management

Workshop 2:
Chairs: Tuomas Iso-Markku (Finnish Institute of International Affairs) & Hanna Ojanen (University of Tampere)
– Marco Siddi (Finnish Institute of International Affairs): Norms, identities and vulnerabilities: The Ukraine crisis and the securitisation of EU-Russia gas relations
– Unto Vesa (University of Tampere): Security Trends in the Baltic Sea Region
– Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen (University of Jyväskylä): “Ethical Power Europe” and EU’s Response to the Arab Spring
– Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus (University of Helsinki): Back to the post-Soviet? Ukrainian Crisis as Popular Geopolitics
– Tommi Koivula (Finnish National Defence University): The European Union and the Use of Military Force: Mapping the Discursive Space of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy



Annual International Conference
Europe in Crisis : Grexit? Brexit? and the return of Cold War winds?

The European Union has much to be proud of. Yet, today, everywhere one looks, one finds Europe facing a crisis. The language of crisis seems to be the current narrative of Europe – replacing more optimistic narratives that marked its first 50 years – first of peace building, and then of building shared prosperity. Today there is the crisis of Brexit, with a confirmed in-out referendum expected next year. The crisis of Grexit is far from being resolved, with talk each week of an imminent failure to balance the books. The Eurozone crisis is far from being resolved – even with the six-pack and new governance rules emerging. There is a new security crisis with cold winds blowing in from the East and land annexed: sabre-ratling or the start of a new cold war– some 25 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, 40 years since the landmark Helsinki Rights Accords, and 20 years after the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) launched?

This Europaeum annual conference proposes to take the pulse of Europe today. The event will operate as a meeting of minds, bringing together experts and academics from the fields of economics, politics, defence, diplomacy and culture, as well as young research scholars drawn from our 11 partner universities.

Key questions will include: Can the EU unravel contradictions in the Eurozone model? Can the EU resolve exit demands of select members? Can cultural fragmentation be avoided? Can Europe face down its Eurosceptic critics? Is a new iron curtain emerging? Can Europe find the right kind of leadership to go forward? Can the pessimism be reversed?



Venue: Great Hall, Fabianinkatu 26, 3rd floor

15.30 Welcome and Introduction:
Paul Flather (Europaeum)
Juhana Aunesluoma (University of Helsinki)
Session I: A Continuing Crisis for the Eurozone
Speakers: Andrew Graham (Oxford University), Klaus Tuori (University of Helsinki)

17.15 Tea Break

17.45 Session II: Exits and a Crisis for Membership
Speakers: Juha Ottman (Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Paul Flather (Oxford University), Susanna Turunen (YLE), Andrew Newby (University of Helsinki).


Venue: Great Hall, Fabianinkatu 26, 3rd floor

09.45 Session I: A Crisis in Security: a New Cold War?
Speakers: Hartmut Mayer (Oxford University), Philip Donaghue (OSCE), Hanna Ojanen (University of Tampere), Chris Lewis (Oxford University)

11:15   Tea Break

11:45   Session II: A Crisis in Europe, or the restive rise of Euro-skepticism?
Speakers: Nicolas Vaidbourdt (Paris Sorbonne 1), Marco Siddi (Finnish Institute for International Affairs), Lenka Rovnà (Charles University Prague)

13:15   Concluding Remarks


Organized jointly by Europaeum and the Network for European Studies

For practicalities, please contact Ms. Laura Sumari at


Eurooppa-tutkimuksen verkosto on Helsingin yliopiston Valtiotieteellisen tiedekunnan Talouden ja politiikan tutkimuksen laitoksen alainen monitieteinen tutkimusverkosto, jonka tehtävänä on harjoittaa ja edistää Eurooppa-tutkimusta. Eurooppa-tutkimuksen verkosto rahoittaa tutkimushankkeita, edistää monitieteistä yhteistyötä tutkijoiden ja tutkimusprojektien välillä sekä järjestää lukuisia seminaareja ja vierailuluentoja. Verkosto vastaa lisäksi EU-opintokokonaisuudesta ja englanninkielisestä maisteriohjelmasta (MES) sekä Helsingin yliopiston osallistumisesta kansainväliseen Europaeum-yliopistoverkostoon.