University American College Skopje and University of Rome Tor Vergata are proud to initiate
the 14th annual International Academic Conference on European Integration
Skopje, 16 May 2019
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine the concept of innovation affecting all areas of life and all aspects of future European development. Taking into consideration the pressing need to find innovative economic, social, and political solutions to evolving challenges to the European project, this conference aims to critically reflect on EU innovation policies, methodologies, and instruments by addressing key issues, in particular:
University American College Skopje is proud to initiate
the 13th annual international academic conference on European integration
Skopje, Thursday 17 May 2018
This inter and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to re-examine the complex construct of the Balkans in the European political and cultural imagination. Though claimed by the local nations as ‘the cradle of civilization’, for Western imagining the region has featured as ‘part of Europe, yet not of it’ (M. Mazower). The negative demi-orientalizing discourse which stigmatized the Balkans as a vortex of stagnation and violence, that is – ‘an incomplete self’ of Europe (M. Todorova) has been thought to fade away with the integration of the Balkan countries into the European Union. Nevertheless, the term ‘Western Balkans’, invented as a seeming mask of political correctness, testifies to the prevailing prejudice and to the obstacles to the process of European integration.
In November 2015, the European Commission set out a medium-term strategy for EU enlargement. Still, the challenges faced by the EU continue on various fronts, as there are multiple crises with destabilizing potential not only in Europe, but also globally. The six Western Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, though united by the common goal of joining the EU, still face divisions, both infrastructural and political. The so-called ‘Berlin process’ (consisting of high-level meetings between 2014 and 2018) aiming to reaffirm the region’s EU perspective by improving cooperation and economic stability within it, reflects important aspects of the relationship between Europe and the Balkans.
At the backdrop of new EU realities following the Brexit vote and the migration crisis, this conference aims to consider this relationship by addressing key issues, like:
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