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UACES Communicating Europe Workshop


Organised through the UACES Research Network ‘Communicating Europe’, the proposed research workshop addresses the question of how ‘Europe’ is discursively constructed in the context of deteriorating EU-UK relations.

With renewed contestations over the EU-UK Trade & Cooperation Agreement (TCA), and in particular the Northern Ireland Protocol, serving to undermine trust relations between the EU and UK, this workshop welcomes panellists exploring issues of the EU and UK’s legitimacy and effectiveness in achieving public policy goals, whether in the context of the TCA specifically, or in terms of continued negotiations over issues such as security, health and vaccines, human rights or the Horizon funding programme. Theoretically, this workshop is interested in the study of how different actors in these communicative processes construct the EU-UK relationship, the challenges they face, the impacts of these constructions, as well as what this can tell us about the role of these forms of communication in the public understanding of ‘Europe’ more generally. Such actors could include policy makers, legal analysts, traditional media representatives or high-profile social media commentators, and the communication styles analysed can range from the technocratic discourses of Commission officials to the populist framings of tabloid media and the British Government.


Target Audience

The workshop is open to all academics with an interest in discourse and EU-UK relations. In line with UACES Communicating Europe Network guidelines, the workshop will give preference, as well as financial support to early career scholars (travel and accommodation support). One of the objectives of the Network is to provide early career scholars with opportunities for career development, including the possibility of presenting their research at length and receiving comments from established academics. No fee will be requested from participants and the target number is 12 people.



The workshop will take place at the Social Sciences Institute (ICS) of the University of Lisbon, one of the largest and most prolific Social Sciences research centres in Portugal. ICS is located at the heart of the city centre, close to public transport (metro stop: University City). For covid-19 related reasons, the organisers are also open to the possibility of remote participation.



Please send your expression of interest to the organisers via e mail ( together with a 200-word abstract, a 100 word biography, an indication of whether you would like to benefit from financial support, and whether you would like to join the workshop in person. The deadline for applications is the 1st of May 2022.


Workshop Organisers

Benjamin Farrand is Reader in Law & Emerging Technologies at Newcastle University. His research focuses on the law and politics of technology regulation in areas of uncertainty, including topics such as regulatory approaches to cybersecurity, biotechnological research, and the combating of disinformation and extremist populist discourses on social media. Ben’s research is published in high-ranking Law and Social Sciences journals, such as the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Intellectual property Quaterly, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Integration, European Security, and Crime, Law and Social Change.


Helena Farrand Carrapico is Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor (Reader) in International Relations and Criminology at Northumbria University. Her research focuses on the governance of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, including the governance of the UK-EU relationship post-Brexit. Her research is published in high-ranking Social Sciences journals, such as the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Integration, Geopolitics, European Security, European Foreign Affairs Review, and Crime, Law and Social Change. She is also the author of Brexit and Internal Security- Political and Legal Concerns in the context of the Future UK-EU Relationship. London: Palgrave.

27 - 28 Jun 2022 Lisbon, Portugal