Paper presenting to 2nd European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), Gediz Üniversity, Izmir
The paper argues that dissident voices which attempt to theorise Europe differently and advocate another European trajectory have been largely excluded and left unheard in mainstream discussions over the past decade of scholarship and analysis. Dissident voices in European Studies are those that seek to actively challenge the mainstream of the study of Europe. As all the contributors to the special issue make clear, there is a rich diversity of alternatives to mainstream thinking and theorising the EU on which to draw for different ways of theorising Europe. The introductory article briefly surveys the challenges which the EU has faced over the past decade, as well as suggesting why mainstream scholarly and policy analyses are unable to come to terms with these challenges. The article will argue the merits of more polyphonic engagement with dissident voices and differing disciplinary approach for the health and vitality of EU studies and the EU policy field itself. The article sets out the wide range of contributions which the special issue articles make to theorising the EU. It summarises the special issue argument that by allowing for dissident voices in theorising Europe another Europe, and another theory, is possible indeed probable.
Faculty of Social Sciences; Theorising European Integration; dissident voices
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2nd European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), 2014