The First Nationwide Congress for European Studies

From 18-20 September the first-ever Nationwide Congress for European Studies took place in Warsaw. Its theme was somewhat obvious: the 10th anniversary of Poland’s EU Membership.

I organized two panels. The first one entitled Party positioning on the example of the elections to the European Parliament aimed to analyze the potential of Voting Advice Applications (VAA) in carrying out party research. Among the panelists were researchers who participated in building up some of the most well-known VAAs for the 2014 elections to the European Parliament – euandi and EU VOX.  These were Patrycja Rozbicka from the Ruhr University in Bochum, Katarzyna Grzybowska-Walecka from Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw and myself for euandi, and Katarzyna Sobolewska-Myślik and Dominika Kasprowicz for EU Vox. I hope to publish a book in the Polish language which will, among others, report some of the discussions that we held during the panel.

The second panel was entitled European Democracy in Times of Crisis. Its goal was to launch the latest issue of Yearbook of Polish European Studies (YPES), a peer-reviewed English language annual on European Integration published by the Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw. Among panel’s participants were some of the authors who contributed to the issue (Marta Witkowska from the University of Warsaw, Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka from the University of Wrocław, and Paweł Kaleta from the European Parliament), Anna Sroka from the University of Warsaw, and last but not least, our colleagues from abroad: Steven Van Hecke from the University of Leuven, David Bailey from Birmingham University, Michael Holmes from Hope University in Liverpool and Erol Külahci from Free University in Brussels (ULB). The photo below shows Steven Van Hecke during his presentation.

Finally, I gave a presentation on Teaching Interpersonal Skills on EU Studies Degree a panel entitled Good practices in European Studies education.

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