International seminar

"The EU - an active player in a globalised world"

organised by the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi


21-24 October 2010




The international seminar, The EU - an active player in a globalised world, which will run over a four-day period (21-24 October 2010) aims to transmit knowledge about the EU and its international role, to draw together scholars in order to connect the growing literature on the EU's external affairs, to stimulate the theoretical and professional skills of participants and to encourage an exchange of views. We invite researchers for an interdisciplinary dialogue on the economic, social, political dimensions of this theme.


The EU is generously financing the programme and is organising it jointly with the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi and its "Jean Monnet" Centre of European Studies.


The four-day proposed seminar will include four lectures delivered by international professors:


1. EU in a globalised world: new challenges and opportunities

2. EU-USA relations at a time of global changes: economic crisis, climate change, and security

3. EU-Russia: cooperation or unsteady relationship?

4. Romania in the regional context (The EU enlargement, the Europeanisation theory and its effects on Romania)


The lectures will be followed by in depth panel discussions coordinated by the same professors. Each lecture, and especially the panel discussions, will provide ample time for interactive discussion and debate.


Training sessions on research methods (methodology) will also be included on the last day of our seminar.


Invited lecturers:


The International seminar rationale

The wide range of actions and roles the EU conducts and plays internationally will be illustrated through this workshop. It will allow students to acquire specific knowledge on the EU's external roles and will help them develop critical and analytical skills in order to understand the new challenges the EU faces at global level. This topic has emerged as one of the most relevant issues within the EU politics subject and is endorsed by several EU official documents, books and journal articles. More recently, the Treaty of Lisbon gives Europe a clear voice in relations with its partners worldwide. It enhances Europe's economic, humanitarian, political and diplomatic strengths to promote European interests and values globally.


Programme aims

The  seminar will provide a platform for exchange of ideas and debates between young researchers interested in the field of European affairs. They will be assisted by experts who will provide different perspectives on the thematic areas covered by the workshop. This will give them the opportunity to examine a variety of research fields related to their research objectives.

The programme is structured around four sessions with the aim of providing participants with a comprehensive understanding of the globalisation concept and the EU's international role. Each of the four sessions will be composed of lectures followed, after short brakes, by panel discussions. The main working language will be English, hence strong knowledge of English is recommended.

Participants will receive at the end of the seminar a "Jean Monnet" certificate of excellence with transferable credits which can be used in the frame of their PhD programme.



The International seminar  will address young researchers from Romania and the Republic of Moldova in the fields of economics, law, political science, international relations, and history, have an excellent level of English, a high interest in the EU and international affairs. Up to 30 PhD candidates and postodoctoral researchers will be carefully selected, based on their research topics (which have to be related to the topics discussed during the lectures).


 Application procedure

The application should include:

  • CV Europass format (the applicants should clearly state their academic qualifications, publications, conferences attended)

  • Covering letter of no more than 500 words in English explaining why the workshop will be an asset for you, how it relates to your research objectives. The applicant should also indicate their first choice of lecture and whether they wish to be considered for another of the lectures if this is not available.


Applications should be sent by e-mail by 25 September 2010 to Teodor Moga, PhD Candidate "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi,


Research papers

Following on the seminar and until 15 January 2011, participants will be expected to produce a paper in English on the topic of the lecture they were assigned to. The titles of the papers will be distinct from the name of the four lectures. In this regard, participants are asked to provide original titles. When elaborating their papers, participants are expected to rely on their PhD research topics and to clearly state the methodology they used. The papers will be published in the Centre for European Studies Working Papers Series (ISSN 2067 - 7693): The website also contains additional information on working papers guidelines.


Practical information

There is no fee for attending the workshop. Accommodation and meals are provided free of charge. However, participants are expected to cover the cost of their own travel. The workshop will begin on Thursday, the 21st of October 2010 and end on Sunday, the 24th of October. Participants should arrive on Wednesday evening, the 20th of October 2010, and leave on Sunday afternoon, the 24th of October 2010. The granting of the Jean Monnet certificate of excellence is conditional on the participants' attending for the entire duration of the seminar.


Social program

Students will have the opportunity to attend a social programme which is scheduled on Saturday, the 23rd of October, to participate in a variety of academic events during the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" 150th anniversary.



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