“Anglo-American Civilization and the Dynamics of Globalization”

Venus is pleased to announce that Professor Peter Katzenstein (Cornell University) will be the speaker of the next Max Weber lecture at the European University Institute – EUI (tomorrow, Wednesday 9th at 5 pm, Fiesole).

The Speaker will be introduced by Ulrich Krotz, RSCAS, and the session chaired by Nadav Kedem.

Here below the description of the seminar, whose title is “Anglo-American Civilization and the Dynamics of Globalization

Civilizations imbue contemporary world politics with pluralism, plurality and multiplicities that must be central in our analyses. Anglo-America and other civilizational communities encompassing nation-states are marked by balances of practice and power in areas as diverse as law, popular culture and finance. They point to a future full of surprises and contaminated cosmopolitanisms rather than recurrent realist and liberal sameness.

Here all the details on the event (registration, venue, etc.)

Here the list of the Max Weber Seminars

See you there



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Top 5 by Venus in Arms – week 54

Waiting for the UK elections, here you’ll find a detailed analysis of coalitions, candidates, and programmes. We are especially interested in the future of the UK defense, after years of cuts and deployment.

Going to Baltimore. The Nation provides an interesting perspectives on the recent riots, especially if you were a fan of “The Wire“.

“Why Islamist insurgents are so difficult to coerce” is the title of an excellent article by The Monkey Cage. The post (which refers to a recent paper published by APSR, here gated) suggests that selective counterinsurgency tactics are unlikely to succeed in hurting groups like the Islamic State or to deter their continued assaults. A very useful guide to rethink to counterinsurgency.

Can humanitarian uses of new digital technologies always be expected to have benevolent consequences? Here you’ll find the answer given by KL Jacobsen for Political Violence @ a Glance. A critical reflection on this issue is needed.

Finally, we suggest to come to the EUI  (Florence) for The State of the Union 2015. A good occasion to discuss about the future of the EU. See you there (and also in Sevilla for the semifinal of the Europa League)

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The State of the Union 2015

Venus in Arms is pleased to present “The State of the Union conference”, which is organized by the European University Institute (EUI).

The conference  (May 6-9is an annual event for high-level reflection on the European Union.

Here the official website.

Here the programme.

The fifth edition will bring together leading academics, policy-makers, civil society representatives, business and opinion leaders to discuss several topics confronting the future of Europe. 

Here the speakers.

As stated in the official presentation: “The idea to organise the conference stems from the will to contribute to the European and international debate on governance, integration and global challenges, through a special event with qualified and plural participation and a wide resonance. Through The State of the Union, the EUI can share its scientific and organisational assets with partners and stakeholders, making Florence, once each year, the capital of Europe“.

Among the key-themes addressed by the conference, we will devote a specific attention to “The interface of Europe with the World“.

We hope to see you in Florence

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“Social Issues for Social Sciences”

ViA reccomends a promising call for papers. The 9th annual June Conference of the Max Weber Programme “Social Issues for Social Sciences” will be held in Badia Fiesolana, June 10-12, 2015. The conference is meant to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on economic, historical, legal, political and social debates in research and academia. Furthermore, it is a forum to foster inter-cohort academic collaboration and both inter- and cross-institutional exchange.

Here the detailed Call for Papers

The annual June Conference of the Max Weber Programme is a forum where the research of current Max Weber Fellows (MWFs) is brought together with recent work done by former MWFs.  The conference is meant to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on economic, historical, legal, political and social debates in research and academia. Furthermore, it is a forum to foster inter-cohort academic collaboration and cross-institutional exchange.

Applications from current and former MWFs are invited, as well as other early-career postdocs (within five years of obtaining their PhDs) who currently hold EUI Jean Monnet Fellowships or Marie Skłodowska-Curie grants at either the EUI or elsewhere.

Papers or posters are welcomed, looking at the topics listed below from an economic, historical, political, sociological or legal perspective:

  • Section 1 – Current challenges in the design, regulation and governance of fiscal, monetary and financial policies: causes, cures and consequences
  • Section 2 – Migration and citizenship: gaps between governance and practice
  • Section 3 – Past and present democratic challenges and institutional change in the EU
  • Section 4 – Knowledge, authority and freedom
  • Section 5 – Determinants and consequences of inequality
  • Section 6 – Globalization and the nation-state
  • Section 7 – Rationality and decision making

Here you can complete the abstract submission form (no more than 200 words)

You can find additional info here.

See you at the EUI

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Learning in Crisis: The Sources of NATO’s Institutional Memory

Venus in Arms promotes the first post-ISA2015 event that deserves attention for those of you interested in military transformation.

We suggest the following seminar: “Learning in Crisis: The Sources of NATO’s Institutional Memory” by Heidi Hardt (University of California Irvine), at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, February 25.

This is a Joint Seminar: Europe in the World Research Seminar Series & RSCAS Seminar Series, European University Institute – EUI. 

The event will take place at Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca (4.30pm), via Boccaccio 151, Florence. Here the map

Here below the abstract of the presentation:

With the conflict continuing in neighbouring Ukraine, NATO faces a security environment characterised by declining defence budgets but increasing demands. This talk will discuss preliminary findings from an ongoing study of how NATO – the world’s most active military organisation – retains institutional memory in crisis management. The study builds on recent elite interviews with more than 57 interviews with NATO permanent representatives, international staff and other officials.

See you there.


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Borders in Transition: Rethinking Sovereignty, Domestic Politics and International Relations in the MENA Region

Venus in Arms recommends a very interesting conference: “Borders in Transition: Rethinking Sovereignty, Domestic Politics and International Relations in the MENA Region”. The event will take place at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence – 11-12 December 2014.

The conference is organized by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies  and specifically by the project “Borderlands“, directed by Professor Raffaella Del Sarto.

Here you’ll find additional details on the conference. Here the Programme.

The conference sets out to explore the impact of the transition process in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) on the nature and management of borders. Focusing on Libya, Egypt/Sinai, and Syria/Iraq, the conference addresses the following questions: Firstly, what are the implications of the altered nature of borders in the region for the notion of state sovereignty? Secondly, how did altered patterns of border management affect the role of specific local and societal actors? Thirdly, the conference will reflect on the regional and international dimension of these developments, including the implications for the EU–the ‘borderlands’ of the MENA region.

Registration for this event is mandatory.

See you there.

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