The Impact of EMU on Social Policies. Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Professor Sciarra and Prof Stråth
Wednesdays 11.00-13.00 Sala Triaria, villa Schifanoia
The seminar, centred on current debate on the impact of the single currency in several fields of social policies, is aimed at bringing together experts from various fields. Professors Sciarra and Stråth will provide the theoretical framework in introductory seminars and will attempt to highlight the historical background to the adoption of the single currency, as well as the legal innovations linked to it. Attention will be paid to the Employment Title in the Amsterdam Treaty and to the new proposals approved at the Lisbon Council in March 2000. The proposal to co-ordinate macroeconomic strategies with structural and employment policies, put forward as an innovation and a challenge, is now in the process of being implemented and will certainly prove to be an open field for experimentation.
One perspective to be investigated is that of collective bargaining and particularly of wage negotiation. The seminar will offer the opportunity to reflect upon both economic and industrial relations implications and to compare them with the indications given by the ECB.
Another way to examine the impact of the single currency is that of national reactions to what is feared to be a further weakening of social policies. Some Nordic countries, in particular Sweden and Finland, will be presented as examples of legal systems with strong traditions in the social field having inventive solutions to propose.
The political science approach will be emphasised in the seminar, revisiting multi-level policy-making theories and including monetary policies among the variables shaping current trends in social policies.
18 October: Prof. Andrea Ichino, Prof. Di Economia all'Istituto Europeo di Firenze: "Are judges biased by labor market conditions? The selections of firing litigations for trial in an Italian firm" Andrea Ichino, Michele Polo and Enrico Rettore
8 November: Anna Ekstrom, Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry, Stockholm: "Employment on the EU Agenda: towards the Stockholm Summit"
15 November: Prof. Jaakko Kiander, Research Director Government Institute for Economic Research, Helsinki, Finland: "Social security, Payroll Tax adjustment and real exchange rate: the Finnish model"
22 November: Prof. Phillipe Pochet: Political Scientist, Free University of Brussels (ULB), Director of the "Observatoire social européen", Associate Scholar at the Institute For European Studies (Free University of Brussels) where he co-ordinates (with G. Goetschy) the Research Unit on Social Europe. - title forthcoming
Writing History, A Collaborative Venture
seminar Autumn/Spring 2000-2001
This seminar is based upon the premise that contemporary research in history should not be perused in solitude. The development of problem formulation, source selection, analysis, methodological approach and argumentation is often far more productive as a collective enterprise. Group reflection is an efficient means of achieving a critical distance which is decidedly different from that arrived at in individual work or even the hierarchic dialogue of a supervisor-researcher context.
Recent developments in historiography have drawn increased attention to the value of joint enterprises in theoretical and methodological reflection. The many challenges to "conventional" historiography have been central to this development. Examples of such challenges appear in the formulation of macro stories, problems related to historical narration, the temporality and contextuality of any historical writing, the expanding role of philosophical and value-oriented issues in historiography and the growing awareness of the importance of argumentation.
We maintain that no history should be composed and published without an awareness of these challenges and a willingness to confront them. This is not to propose that they can or should be approached from any specific theoretical or methodological point of departure. On the contrary they should be problematised and reflected upon from plural points of view which make the author aware of the strengths and weaknesses inherent in each individual approach. One additional long-term goal is also to promote an awareness of philosophic historiography.
In many respects this seminar is a continuation of the seminar Rewriting History in the academic year 1999-2000. The form of publication of the papers on the web, one week prior to the session, and the opening of the session with discussants' criticism as well as their subsequent publication as a web debate will continue. It should be noted that active participation is open to all, this however, as the title implies, is connected not only with the presentation of a paper but also participation in the criticism of papers written by other seminar participants. The seminar is designed to offer researchers the opportunity to engage in a reflective process on how to rewrite history in their own work. This seminar will be augmented by an integrated workshop with the participation of external guests. We invite both participants in the seminar as well as all others to contribute to the web-debate in our on-line magazine Collaborative History.
Spring Semester 2001
26 March NB. Rescheduled, the Seminar will take place on 27 April. See below!
9 April, NB. 9.30-13.00 in sala Triaria!
27 April, NB. Friday in the Framework of the Junepaper Presentations, at 15.00!
2 May, NB. 11.00-13.00, sala Europa! (Extraordinary Seminar within the framework of the research project The Modernity of Europe)
28 May, NB. 9.00-17.00 Sala Europa
seminar Autumn/Spring 1999-2000
Mondays 11.00-13.00 in Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
Beginning in the autumn and continuing through the spring of 2000 this general problem will be addressed in a series of seminars. Three special aspects of the general problem field will be confronted:
1. What does the increasing attention to cultural history mean for social history as a subdiscipline? In the contemporary climate of growing social marginalisation and exclusion, interest in social history appears to be on the decline. Does this indicate reduced interest in the situation of the poor and social injustices? Can such interests be imbedded in cultural history? Are they already? Is a merger between social and cultural history conceivable? Is history a social or a cultural science?
2. Under which conditions is the past translated to the present? What is the meaning of concepts like "construction" and "representation"? How is it possible to differentiate between "presentation" and "representation"?
3. What does the methodological approach called "new historicism" mean in terms of possibilities and risks? In what respect is new historicism different from the tried and tested version? Can new historicism be reconciled with a social dimension in history writing? (These issues will be confronted in the Spring semester.)
Above all this seminar is designed to offer researchers working with Bo Stråth the opportunity to participate actively in a reflective process on how to rewrite history in their own work. Following a series of introductory seminars researchers will present papers. At each occasion two colleagues will act as discussants. Texts will be distributed about one week prior to each session. The purpose of this active involvement of the researchers is to increase communication and to develop a historiographical tradition of collective teamwork. This seminar will be augmented by a series of integrated workshops many with the participation of external guests. We invite both participants in the seminar as well as all others to contribute to the web-debate. For further information see Conferences and Workshops.
17 November: N.B. Wednesday 11.00-13.00 in Triaria, Programme-Change due to injury!
6 March: N.B. 9.00-11.00!
13 March: 11.00-13.00
20 March: N.B. Double Seminar in CONVENTO seminar room 1
27 March: Interviews, No Seminar
3 April: N.B. Double Seminar
17 April: N.B. 9.00-13.00!
Professor Tarrow will present a forthcoming book he is collaborating upon with Doug McAdam and Charles Tilly. The volume, which shares the title of this seminar session, is an attempt at a provocative comparative and macrohistorical approach where comparisons are often diachronic, i.e. used as a means to discover analogies in the past. The role of social protest in modernisation processes is the focus. Three crucial questions will be addressed at the session:
1. What has happened to the social dimension after the "cultural turn"? How can it be returned to historiography?
Hanspeter Kriesi and Thomas Welskopp will open the discussion.
15 May: 11.00-13.00
A European Political Economy in Historical Light: From the Werner Plan to the EMU
SEM. LA FONTE = Villa La Fonte via delle Fontanelle 20- San Domenico di Fiesole
Discussion Group: Europe and the Other and Europe as the Other The Research
Project The Cultural Construction of Community
Professor Bo Stråth
The aim of this discussion group is to examine Europe and the question of a European identity by focusing on the limits and demarcations of Europe. The image of a European identity necessarily contains a demarcation to the non-European. Europe is seen in the mirror of the Other. Often something outside Europe is seen. This is Europe and the Other, a projection which might say more about Europe than about the Other. Nevertheless the Other incorporates much of what has been xenostereotyped in its own self-identification.
Europe can also emerge as the Other from within Europe. This is the case when Europe is referred to as "the Continent" (i.e. in Britain and Scandinavia). It is in this particular internal demarcation that we refer to "Europe as the Other".
The point of departure for the discussions will be chapters of a book in the final editorial stages. The various chapters problematise divergent demarcations between Europe and the Other. They demonstrate how historically contested, complex and contradictory their construction has been, from the self-image in Asian and American mirrors, to the question of where the eastern border of Europe lies (i.e. "is Eastern Europe really Us?").
As Professor Stråth's regular spring seminar 1999 is a joint seminar with Professor Sciarra at the Law Department meeting from January to early March, when most history researchers are on archives mission, this discussion group offers an alternative for the history researchers. Of course, researchers from the other disciplines are most welcome as well.
If you are interested in participating please contact Michael Miller email@example.com He will distribute the chapters for discussion. Reading of the texts and an active participation in the discussions is expected. The meetings are scheduled as follows:
29 March 15-17
21 April 11-13
26 April 15-17
5 May, 10-12 (NB.: Sala Europa)
10 May 15-17
17 May 15-17
26 May 11-13
7 June 15-19 (NB: Double Session)