Europeanization, What Else?! Ideas and Practices Since the 18th Century

Location: Graz

Organizers: Institute of the Foundations of Law (University of Graz);

Research Network on the History of the Idea of Europe (University of East Anglia)

Dates: 13.06.2019 – 15.06.2019

Application Deadline: 31.05.2018


Prof. Dr. Anita Ziegerhofer (University of Graz), Dr. Peter Pichler (Graz), Dr. Florian Greiner
(University of Augsburg), Dr. Jan Vermeiren (University of East Anglia)


At present there is certainly no dearth of conferences, anthologies and overviews dedicated to
the topic of Europeanization. On the contrary, we see a level of research intensity that appears
to be keeping pace with the present EU crisis. In the search to find explanations for the Brexit,
for neo-nationalism, for the structural weaknesses and democratic deficiencies of supranational
governance in Europe historiography, too, did recognize Europeanization as a core
process of recent European history. Nevertheless, there is still a striking paucity not only of
case studies, but also of conceptual clarity in regard to the research paradigm of

The tenth annual conference of the Research Network on the History of the Idea of Europe,
hosted by the Institut für Rechtswissenschaftliche Grundlagen (Institute of the Foundations of
Law) in the Fachbereich Rechtsgeschichte und Europäische Rechtsentwicklung (Department
of Legal History and the Development of European Law) at University of Graz, plans to
compile a list of empirical building blocks of the history of Europeanization and to work on
improving definitional clarity as well. Specifically, the conference will explore how ideas of
Europe and processes of integration in the sense of Europeanization from the 18th century
until the recent past were intertwined – always keeping in mind that such processes can be
accompanied, slowed down or displaced by counter-processes of disentanglement and
disintegration. By focusing on the practices and agents of Europeanization, the conference
will strive to join those aspects of European studies concerned respectively with the history of
ideas and the history of praxeology/integration, fields that had previously stood apart from
one another in too many cases.

The themes listed below are the most relevant, but not necessarily to the exclusion of others:

1.) Theory/ies of Europeanization: We are interested in receiving programmatic
contributions that outline the phenomenon of Europeanization as a historiographical object of
research. It would be particularly productive to question the relationship between
historiographical European research and other disciplines within the humanities, legal and
social sciences.

2.) On the empirical level, agents, places and arenas of Europeanization must be
highlighted: In addition to papers dealing with aspects of the supranational, political
unification of Europe, proposals touching other fields would be especially welcome, e.g.:
How can one chronicle a history of Europeanization within economics, law, civil society,
sports, infrastructure, the media as well as gender relations from the 18th century onward?
How do actors in these fields react to respective processes of change? Which alternate
European spaces beyond the EU were created by moments of Europeanization? Which
internal borders have been drawn by Europeanization, for example with regard to the unequal
development of Western and Eastern Europe after 1945 as a consequence of the Cold War?

3.) Especially relevant for the conference are analyses of the collaboration and interrelation
between ideas and practices of Europeanization. Hitherto scholars concerned with the
history of European ideas have often failed to research the connection between growing
structural consolidation in Europe and Europe-related interpretations adequately. Have
European thinkers actively advanced European integration, and if so, how, when and why?
Conversely, has the increasing structural consolidation of Europe supported pan-European
thought structures and greater European consciousness, or has it sometimes triggered the
exact opposite? How does Europeanization relate to other spatial concepts like “region” and
“nation” and to other transformational, society-impacting processes like internationalization
and globalization?

4.) A fourth set of themes shall address the experiential sphere of Europeanization. How
have aspects of Europeanization influenced the circumstances and daily life of Europeans
since the 18th century? Did they help to form a common realm of experience within the
regions and nations of Europe, and if so, what did it look like? Have facets of Europeanization
facilitated the creation of a collective European identity, and what are its reference points and

Please send your proposals (max. 300 words, with a title and a short biography) to before 31st May 2018. Applicants will be notified if their
contribution has been accepted by 31st July 2018. Please note that interdisciplinary
contributions are welcome in principle, but the focus of the conference will be on historical
approaches and perspectives across a broad methodological spectrum (e.g. cultural and social
history; the histories of ideas, law, economics, technology and sports). Depending on
conference funding, the organizers aim to (partly) cover costs for accommodation and travel
for invited speakers without institutional resources. Those concerned will be informed as soon
as possible.

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