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The European space. Geo-economic balances and State powers in the long run

Lo spazio europeo. Equilibri geo-economici e potere nella lunga durata

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Published on Monday, March 20, 2023

Abstract

In the construction of the European space(s) a crucial role has been played by economic actors and relations, which often overpass national borders and intertwin with the nature and roles of political powers and national States. Even well before the last globalization (or re-globalization), traditional government systems were pressed by the internationalization of economies: by centrifugal pushes, the need for external resources, or the emergence of new actors on the international stage in economic, technical, and social fields, that have increasingly influenced both the private and the public life. In more recent times, then, a new institutional framework developed at the supranational, European, level getting new functions and involving actors, such as trade unions, charities, business interests, scientific institutions, and churches, reinforcing the dynamics of cooperation, integration, and convergence beyond national borders.

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Argument

The concept of Europe, a matter of cultural and political debate for centuries, is a historiographic topos raising the research interests of many scholars in several different fields of specialization. In the construction of the European space(s), in its advancements or regresses, a crucial role has been played by economic actors and relations, which often overpass national borders and intertwin with the nature and roles of political powers and national States. Looking at the last decades, it immediately appears evident how the international spread of finance, the pervasiveness of global markets, the spreading of technological innovations, and the expanding strategies of large corporations, have deeply redesigned national, economic, and political systems. Nonetheless, even well before the last globalization (or re-globalization), traditional government systems were pressed by the internationalization of economies: by centrifugal pushes, by the need for external resources, or the emergence of new actors on the international stage in economic, technical, and social fields, that have increasingly influenced both the private and the public life. In more recent times, then, a new institutional framework developed at the supranational, European, level getting new functions and involving actors, such as trade unions, charities, business interests, scientific institutions, and churches, reinforcing the dynamics of cooperation, integration, and convergence beyond national borders.

The Italian peninsula, too, besides its natural connection to the Mediterranean area, has been characterized by a secular projection towards other European areas and markets that have influenced both its internal balances and its development. A long history of exchanges, acquisitions and transfers, emulative processes, and relationship networks connected this Southern part of Europe to the Continent, inserting Italy in larger spaces and hierarchies

The Società Italiana degli Storici economici (Italian Society of Economic Historians - SISE) and the “Mario Romani” Department of Economic and Social History and Geographical Sciences - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy), welcome paper and session proposals to this international conference.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

Productions and markets

  • International trades and markets in the European continent
  • Industry and businesses in the European space
  • The circulation of technology across borders
  • The "opening/closing" dilemma. Organized interests and sector policies
  • The products "made in" and the global commodification

Labour and social actors in the European framework

  • Labour and its protection: is there a European model?
  • Convergences and divergences in welfare national systems
  • The companies’ mobility across boundaries (e.g. multinationals and relocations) and social rights
  • Promoting and caring human capital. Vocational education and training from the European perspective
  • Flows of people between regions and nations (departures, exclusion/inclusion, new roots …)

The economy as a tool in international relations

  • Competitions between states through the economy, from mercantilism to oligarchs
  • National strategies for the control of international resources
  • Money, credit, debt: national sovereignty and its limits
  • The economic weapons (penalties, commercial wars, boycotts)
  • Economic operators in front of the option of the war

Geographies, networks, territories

  • Representing the European economic spaces: from cartography to GIS
  • The world-economies centered on the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas
  • Relationships behind the curtain: the East and the West of Europe
  • Are mountains a barrier or an osmosis factor? The Alps, the Balkans
  • Regional disparities and the European integration
  • Material integration: new infrastructure, ICT networks, and logistical platforms

Submission guidelines

Proposals for papers (max. 500 words) and sessions comprising 4-6 papers (max. 1,000 words) should be sent together with a short CV (max. 250 words) to spazioeuropeo@unicatt.it

by 16 April 2023.

Important dates

  • Submission of proposals for reports or organised sessions: 16 April 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2023
  • Registration for the conference: 20 May 2023
  • Conference: 22-24 June 2023

Scientific committee

Marco Doria (Università di Genova, Presidente SISE) - Claudio Besana (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) - Carlo Brambilla (Università dell'Insubria) - Gianpiero Fumi (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) - Amedeo Lepore (Università della Campania "L. Vanvitelli") - Angelina Marcelli (Università telematica e-Campus) - Giuseppe Moricola (Università di Napoli "L'Orientale") - Luca Michelini (Università di Pisa) - Angela Orlandi (Università di Firenze) - Paola Pinelli (Università di Firenze) - Marco Santillo (Università di Salerno) - Gabriele Serafini (Università telematica "Niccolò Cusano") - Carlo Travaglini (Università di Roma Tre)

Places

  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Largo A. Gemelli, 1
    Milan, Italian Republic (20134)

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


Date(s)

  • Sunday, April 16, 2023

Keywords

  • International relations and national States, European circulation of technology, trade, people, knowledge, and standards, European economic integration

Contact(s)

  • Gianpiero Fumi
    courriel : gianpiero [dot] fumi [at] unicatt [dot] it

Information source

  • Gianpiero Fumi
    courriel : gianpiero [dot] fumi [at] unicatt [dot] it

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« The European space. Geo-economic balances and State powers in the long run », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, March 20, 2023, https://doi.org/10.58079/1aql

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