Non-Traditional Panels

This year’s Conference sees the launch of the Non-Tradition Panels series. An exciting addition to the Krakow 2017 programme, these panels seek to engage with participants and with European Studies research in new ways. Find out more below or secure your attendance by registering for the Conference here.

Confirmed non-traditional panels and speakers:

Judge the Book by the Cover


Dr Johan Adriaensen, Center for European Research, Maastricht

Research Session



There is something about book presentations that appears self‐defeating, especially when it concerns an edited volume. In these cases, the panel often consists of the different chapter contributors that each present their paper much like a common panel. Unless time, there is only a ‘mock Q&A’. With a bit of exaggeration, we feel neither the conference organizers (who had better use the slot for original research), the presenters (who fail to reach an audience to promote the book or get feedback they can still incorporate) nor the attendant (who was either a contributor or only has a tangent interest in the topic) have anything to gain from such a panel.

Part of the reason has to do with the 90‐minute format that conflicts with the ‘sales pitch’ objective that underlies the book presentation. Instead, we feel book presentations in a conference setting benefits from multiple books being presented in quick succession. This avoids authors preaching to the converted, enables people to encounter books they may not have found otherwise (the nice discovery) and ultimately may attract a broader audience, even if it’s just all the authors presenting their books to each other.

The event ‘Judge the Book by the Cover’ invites academics to give a 5 minute presentation of their book’s content based on the selected cover. Only one slide can be used (the cover). The second half of the session is reserved for enabling the audience to interact with the presenters in a reception like format.


Q & A Session on Publishing


Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley, Editor of European Security, in cooperation with the UACES Student Forum

Research Session



The panel will offer an informal professional development session for the audience, where questions about the publishing process can be put to journal editors and publishers.

Chair: Anna Wambach


Book Panel: "The Human Face of the European Union: Are EU Law and Policy Human Enough?"


Professor Nuno Ferreira, University of Sussex and Professor Dora Kostakopoulou, University of Warwick

Research Session



‘The Human Face of the European Union: Are EU Law and Policy Humane Enough?’, co‐edited by Professor Nuno Ferreira (University of Sussex) and Professor Dora Kostakopoulou (University of Warwick), published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

On account of financial pressures, social instability, and geographical and policy scope, the European Union requires serious ‘soul searching’. What can be done if the EU is to become more part of the solution than the problem? Perhaps becoming more humane may be the answer?

‘The Human Face of the European Union: Are EU Law and Policy Humane Enough?’ offers an innovative and alternative analytical tool to assess EU law and policy, based on a human‐centred framework built on the notion of humaneness. This framework moves beyond the social versus economic debate and the human rights paradigm, by making available a complementary and holistic assessment mechanism. Individual chapters use this framework to critique a range of EU
policies, including economic integration, free movement, citizenship, common commercial policy, asylum, development and security.

The editors of this book will be joined by several of the contributors to discuss their innovative and critical viewpoints, particularly from legal, political, economic and social justice perspectives:

Lessons Learnt from INOTLES Project on “Innovating in Teaching and Learning European Studies”


Dr Heidi Maurer, Maastricht University

Research Session



This roundtable is going to offer insights about lessons learnt by project partners of the TEMPUS project “Innovating Teaching and Learning European Studies” (, which had been generously funded by the European Commission and comes now to an end after 3 years of cooperation. The discussion is going to focus on two particular

  1. 1. CONTENT of the project: What (not) to repeat in sharing innovation
  2. 2. PROCESS of the project: Experiences on the process of cooperating in such a large scale project (3 EU project partners & 6 non‐EU partners;

Roundtable panelists include the project coordinator (Natalia Timus), the pedagogical trainers (Silviu Piros, Alexandra Mihai, Simon Usherwood), and two colleagues from non‐EU partner institutions that can provide insights on the challenges of implementing the gained cooperation knowledge on the ground.

Book Panel: A critical discussion of 'The European Research Council'


Thomas König, Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies

Research Session



The ERC is considered one of the most innovative developments in the history of European research funding policies. Established under the paramount EU Framework Programme for Research (FP) in its seventh edition with a budget of more than € 7.5 bio, and expanded under the subsequent edition, Horizon 2020, with a budget of more than € 13 bio, the ERC is now a well-established and highly respected niche programme in the European research funding landscape. The ERC is destined to fund “frontier” research, an innocuous catch phrase for research guided mostly by an academic logic, thereby avoiding the politically more burdened term “basic research”. Hence, the ERC’s inception also meant an extension of the FP into the realm of universities and, more generally, academic research. It is owned by the European Commission, yet governed by an independent group called the “ERC Scientific Council”; and it is distributing public funds to research projects based solely on intrinsic scientific values – the track record of the applicant and the quality, promise, and feasibility of the outlined research project.

Now running into its tenth year of existence, emergence and early years of the ERC has become subject of a critical revision. Thomas König’s book “The European Research Council” offers a “story of big scientific personalities and struggles for autonomy and accountability in the charged space between policy and science”, according to a review in Nature; and Times Higher Education called it a “tale” of “key players’ optimism, arrogance, high ideals and wounded pride”. Yet the book is not only a critical examination of an alleged “success story” and background information. It is also unique in the sense that König, who has been working as an advisor to the ERC President for almost four years, has made use of his training as a social scientist and historian. His insights from within the ERC are reflected through, what he calls, a constructivist approach, and he bases his analysis of the rich and unique empirical evidence on various concepts first developed in European studies literature.

The aim of the panel is to discuss the methodological and conceptual foundations of the book, and to investigate what can be learnt from that for the entire field of European Studies. The panel will start with a brief input by the author about the conceptual and methodological challenges of writing this book. It will then be followed by statements of two discussants, one being a representative from European studies, and the other being an early ERC advocate. The author will reply to those statements. Afterwards, the discussion will be opened to the audience.

Chair: Dr. Heidi Maurer

Presentation: Dr. Thomas König


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