Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of a Transnational Europe

Projects

Our projects focus on transnational Europe: processes and practices of political, societal and cultural “transnationalisation” which are in part induced by the European Union and in part driven by societal actors like business groups and public interest groups.

You will find our work disseminated through conferences and seminars, academic publication, reports and briefing papers, and through a brand new EU-related teaching unit. It is shaped by three cross-disciplinary streams:

Actors and Stories: Narrating European Integration in Times of Disintegration

The first stream will be dedicated to European Integration in Times of Disintegration and led by Professor Wolfram Kaiser, Professor of European Studies. Collaborative work with colleagues across CEISR will support this stream, including Dr Richard McMahon, Lecturer in European Studies and the Living Memory Forum in Stockholm will explore the following:

  • Actors and Stories: Narrating European Integration in Times of Disintegration
  • Disciplinary Narratives of European Integration
  • Contributions to newsletters and newspapers: Counter-Narratives opposing European Integration and the EU

Societal Actors and (trans)national networking in a disintegrating Europe

The second stream will be led by Dr Nora Siklodi, Lecturer in Politics, with colleagues Karen Heard-Laureote and Mark Field dedicated to Societal Actors and (trans)national networking in a disintegrating Europe stream. Stream 2 will create a platform for cooperation of high- level experts in EU politics and leading scholars in political sociology and migration studies. Stream 2 will further bring together high-level experts from academia, civil society organisations and state institutions to better inform the UK government’s handling of the fallout from the ‘Brexit’ referendum. This will be conducted under the following areas:

  • EU Studies Hub & CESTE Website; looking at the revolution of communication through social media and the internet
  • Citizens’ reactions to the disintegration of Europe
  • Advisory Report to New Europeans; detailing best practices for native UK and mobile EU citizens about how to promote and safeguard their EU citizenship in a post-Brexit context
  • Joint report to European Coalition for Vision & New Europeans following joint workshop

Europe’s Responses to Transnational Challenges in Increasingly Turbulent World

Stream 3 will be led by Dr Ed Stoddard, Lecturer in International Relations and Contemporary Security, with contributions from Dr Richard McMahon and Professor Wolfram Kaiser. The stream will be dedicated to Europe’s Responses to Transnational Challenges in Increasingly Turbulent World. The project in Stream 3 will focus on Chinese narratives in the first instance but aims to create a basis for a globally comparative project on external narratives of European integration through:

  • EU Responses to the Security Implications of Power Diffusion
  • Workshop Briefing Report: EU Security Challenges in an Age of Power Diffusion
  • EU External Relations Unit
  • Making sense of European integration: Chinese perspectives
  • EU Studies in China
  • Do Chinese and European EU Studies scholars have different perceptions of European integration?

Additional Projects

We are running a programme of seminars in 2018, under the title Brexit as it unfolds. Read more


The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe (CESTE) builds on the previous success of the Transnational Europe cluster within CEISR, which has made a major contribution to the University of Portsmouth’s submission in Area Studies to the 2013 Research Excellence Framework research evaluation.