Past events at University of Malta – Spring 2014


Public lecture on European political elites by Prof. Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena), 12-18 May 2014, The Institute for European Studies, Malta

Prof Luca Verzichelli visited the Institute for European Studies on May 12-18, 2014. During his visit, Prof Verzichelli held seminars at the MA programme in European Politics, Economics and Law, and delivered a public lecture on political elites in Europe.

Luca Verzichelli is professor of political science at the University of Siena, Italy, where he has been the Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences between 2009-2012. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research, and has been the Chief Editor of the Italian Political Science Review (2010-2013). His research interests cover the comparative empirical analysis of political elites, budgetary politics in Italy and the USA, and European Parliaments.

Second Annual Conference of the Jean Monnet Chair “An Evolving EU Engaging a Changing Mediterranean Region”, 5 May 2014, The Institute for European Studies, Malta

On 5 May 2014 the Institute for European Studies organized the second annual conference under the general theme “An Evolving EU Engaging a Changing Mediterranean Region”.  TEPSA members were invited to the event. Details of the project could be found on the Institute web-page. Papers published so far and others which will be published in the near future can be accessed through the web-page.

The research dimension of the project focused on the changes which were taking place in the EU focusing mainly on the financial crisis, situation in southern Europe, the state of enlargement and all other aspects of the evolving EU project and the situation in the Mediterranean region particularly after the so called “Arab Spring”. With respect to the latter, the project looked at “state building”, particularly constitution writing, in the southern Mediterranean shore countries as well as regional cross-cutting issues such as energy security, climate change and migration. EU Mediterranean policies were also of interest.

The programme is available here.

Jean Monnet Module on Agenda-Setting in the European Union, February-May 2014, The Institute for European Studies, Malta

The Institute for European Studies invited application to attend the second edition of the Jean Monnet Module on Agenda-Setting in the European Union. The Module, made of 14 lectures, focused on key theoretical and empirical aspects of EU agenda-setting processes. Its specific objectives were to provide participants with innovative tools to understand the factors driving the rise and fall of issues in the EU political agenda, and to increase their knowledge of key EU policies.

The guest scholars contributing to this edition were be Dr Enrico Borghetto (Nova University Lisbon), Prof Laura Chaques (University of Barcelona), Professor Christoffer Green-Pedersen (Aarhus University), Dr Francesco Marchi (Sciences-Po Paris), and Prof Catherine Moury (Nova University Lisbon).

The Jean Monnet Module is an EU-funded project coordinated by Dr Marcello Carammia, taught collectively by the academic staff of the Institute for European Studies and a number of guest speakers.

Information about the Module is available here.