Spring 2013 News from EXACT

EXACT Final Conference 10 – 12 July 2013, Brusselslogo EXACT

The Final Conference of the Marie Curie Training Network EXACT took place at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels from 10 – 12 July 2013. The EXACT Fellows presented their research in form of a poster exhibition and feedback sessions together with their supervisors and the EXACT Visiting Scientist Prof. Brigid Laffan (University College Dublin). Furthermore, guest speakers and a roundtable with participants from the EXACT partner projects INCOOP and PEGASUS contributed to the three-day conference. All in all the draft programme foreseen three public events:

–       The opening of the poster exhibition in the framework of a public reception and an intervention by Prof. Jolyon Howorth (University of Bath) on July 10, 18h00;

–       The key note address of David O’Sullivan (Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service) and a reception on July 11, 17h00;

–       The public roundtable “The Future of EU PhD Studies” on July 12, 9h30.

For further information on the programme please visit www.exact-training.net.


EXACT Intervision Seminar at the University of Cagliari, Italy, 14-15 June 2013

On 14-15 June six EXACT fellows – Vanessa Boas, Andrew Byrne, Niklas Helwig, Nicole Koenig, Marco Siddi and Simon Stross – cagl2participated in the EXACT Intervision Seminar at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia. EXACT Visiting Scientist Dr. Geoffrey Edwards (Cambridge University) commented on the work presented by the Fellows. The event was hosted by Dr. Christian Rossi and Dr. Gianluca Borzoni of the University of Cagliari.

The seminar provided an excellent opportunity for the EXACT Fellows to discuss draft chapters of their PhD dissertation and analyse theoretical, methodological and empirical issues. The Faculty of Political Science at Cagliari University offered a stimulating and pleasant work environment. Other members of the academic staff and local PhD students also participated in the seminar proceedings.

News from the Fellows:

Leonhard den Hertog and Simon Stroß, Coherence in EU External Relations: Concepts and Legal Rooting of an Ambiguous Term, “European Foreign Affairs Review”, Volume 18, Issue 3 (forthcoming).

(69)Anita Sęk, participation in the International Summer School THESEUS “The Future of EU Economic Governance”, 17-21.06.2013, Brussels.

Anita Sęk, presentation “Azerbaijani perspective on the European Union as a regional and global actor”, at the “New Challenges in the European Area: Young Scientist’s 1st International Baku Forum“, organized by Azerbaijan Young Scientists, Postgraduate and Masters Union (AYSPMU), in cooperation with European Council on Doctoral Students and Young Researchers Eurodoc, 20-25.05.2013, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Anita Sęk“Workshop Report: The Development of a European Defence Technological and Investment Base”, European Parliament, May 2013, Brussels.

 Marco Siddi, Russia and the forging of memory and identity in Europe, in Studia Diplomatica 65(4), 2012, pp. 77-103

Abstract. This article analyses Russia’s role in collective memory and national identity construction in France, Germany and Poland. By comparing memory discourses across the case studies and Russia, it attempts to explain why profoundly different perceptions of Russia exist in European countries and how such discourses affect prospects for the emergence of a shared European memory of the twentieth century. This work argues that the different representations of Russia in national memory discourses are one of the main factors preventing the emergence of a harmonised European collective memory. Read full article here.

Marco Siddi, authoring, editing and coordination of special issue of Meridiani Relazioni Internazionali on Putin III, one year after re-election, May 2013, available here (in Italian).