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News from ACEuS - Aalborg Centre for European Studies: A tighter and sharper profile

News from ACEuS - Aalborg Centre for European Studies: A tighter and sharper profile

At our annual strategy seminar, which this time was held within the inspiring surroundings of Ørslev Kloster in October 27-28, 2020 the core of the Research Centers Staff engaged in a revision of the ACEuS strategy to tighten it up and provide its visions for the future of European Studies at Aalborg University.

Last modified: 29.10.2020

ACEuS is an interdisciplinary research unit which integrates various fields and approaches from the social sciences and humanities. Our raison d’être is to be the departments, when not the faculty’s hub on European research  with emphasis on Europeanization.

 At present ACEuS consists of five core members (Søren Dosenrode, Head of the Research Group and Jean Monnet Professor, Wolfgang Zank, Associate Professor, Susi Meret, Associate Professor, Laura Landorff, Assistant Professor, and Anita Nissen, PostDoc) and five associate members (Lise Rolandsen Agustín, Associate Professor, Sandra Cassotta, Associate Professor, Mads Peter Klint, Associate Professor and former EU Commissioner Poul Nielsen). The Center is open to colleagues from the department and the faculty sharing an interest in European Studies.

Our shared interest develops around processes of Europeanization, which we consider to be the crosscutting approach in our research. We understand Europeanization as a process  which includes vertical and horizontal dimensions. We address both uploading and downloading dynamics of Europeanization: on the one hand as promoted by member states’ influence on (and antagonism to) EU policies (for instance as regards to defense, environmental and migration policies), on the other hand, generated by EU institutions’ dissemination of ideas, transposing legislation and striving to harmonize the member states’ policies. We address Europeanization on different levels (local, regional, national, international, European), in different ways (through comparative and transnational approaches), with a view to the rle played by the different actors (institutions, parties, policy-makers, civil society, interest groups), as well as in a contemporary and historical terms (longue durée perspectives that  highlight forms ofuneven development).

Coming to grips with the European Union (EU) and the European society requires in-depth and critical knowledge of the EU as an entity and integration project and process (polity, policy, politics). It demands a contextual understanding of national and the regional ractions within and outside the EU  as well as of the world surrounding the Union and its society. The current global challenges and threats that the EU integration project, its civil society at large and our democratic structures are facing make the need of a deeper critical knowledge of Europeanization even more compelling today. This is what drives the present and future research of the scholars @ACEuS.  A detailed version of the revised strategy will be on our website soon.


Photo: The annual ACEuS strategy seminar 2020 was held within the inspiring surroundings of Ørslev Kloster.

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