After having organised its first academic meeting in 2022 on the anthropology of the European institutions (see here), the College’s European General Studies programme continues on this path by inviting researchers and practitioners to reflect on the evolution of professions and careers in the field of European institutions and policies. This topic aims at offering a crosscutting interest for all departments and hopefully for the students just before they leave the College for their new professional life.
The colloquium, “EU staff and professionals’ studies: where are we and where do we go?” will take place on 15 and 16 May 2023 in Bruges. Almost 25 years after the first studies on European professionals and 20 years after the publication of Les métiers de l’Europe politique, this colloquium aims at examining the new developments in the analysis of EU staff and professionals. A first line of reflection will focus on the different methodological perspectives that renew the analysis. The second part will explore the new objects and fields that have emerged in recent years.
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PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME (view the full programme and the description of the session here).
15 May 2023
14:00 - 14:30: Introduction by Didier GEORGAKAKIS (Coordinator of the General Studies Programme at the College of Europe) and Martin WESTLAKE (College of Europe, LSE).
Part I. New Perspectives and Methods (chair: Martin Westlake)
14:30 - 16:00 - PANEL 1: HOW TO CAPTURE THE EU PROFESSIONAL FIELD?
- The realities of European careers. The value of sequence analysis. Sébastien MICHON (Université de Strasbourg)
- The EU leadership constellation. Profiles, background and career path of the 300 top administrative and political officials in VDL/Sassoli/Michel Juncture, Didier GEORGAKAKIS (College of Europe & Université Paris I)
- Analysing European civil society networks, Luis BOUZA GARCIA (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
16:15 - 17:45 - PANEL 2: UNDERSTANDING EUROPEAN ELITES THROUGH THEIR CONNECTIONS
- "Porous bureaucracies”. A relational approach to the administrative staff of the institutions, Hussein Kassim (University of East Anglia), Sara CONNOLLY (University of East Anglia)
- A historical perspective on the study of European elites: the making of EMU through the lens of prosopography and network analysis Emmanuel MOURLON-DRUOL (European University Institute)
- Production and consecration of experts in the field of European politics using the example of political economy European Expert Groups 1966-2018 Christian SCHMIDT-WELLENBURG (University of Postdam)
18:00 - 19:30 - DRINKS & DEBATE - Book presentation
Sebastian Büttner will present the book: “Sociology of Europeanization” he co-edited together with Monika EIGMÜLLER and Susann WORSCHECH (2022).
16 May 2023
Part II. Emerging issues and fields (chair: Didier Georgakakis)
PANEL 1: FROM CRISIS MANAGEMENT TO THE ROUTINE OF EU POLICYMAKING: WHO ARE THE EXPERTS?
- Developing expertise on structural reforms in EU Member States, Marylou HAMM (College of Europe)
- Elite Fidelity in the European Crisis Management Regime, Cornel BAN (Copenhagen Business School)
The project world of EU funding: A distinct area of EU expertise?, Sebastian BÜTTNER (University of Kassel)
PANEL 2: DIVING INTO EUROPEAN CAREERS
- Europe and its lawyers, a sociology of careers, Lola AVRIL(University of Eastern Finland)
- The development of staff resources in the European Parliament, Andreja PEGAN (Faculty of Management, University of Primorska)
- The Political Careers of Women in the European Parliament, Elena FRECH (Universität Bamberg)