Call for papers
(Special issue Journal)
The European Parliament and memory politics
Ana Milosevic (KU Leuven) and Philippe Perchoc (EPRS / Louvain)
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2018
Notification of acceptance: 30 October 2018
Over the last three decades supranational institutions such as the
European Union (EU) or the Council of Europe (CoE) have been
increasingly building a transnational view of the past. Their
incremental production of memory policies and public remembrance has
boosted interest in transnational character of memory, its actors,
practices and discourses and relatedness to the EU legitimacy and EU
This special issue aims to investigate the role of the European
Parliament (EP) in transnational memory politics at the EU level.
Drawing from the Europeanisation theory, debates about politicization of
the assembly and contributions from memory studies, this issue will
examine construction, institutionalisation and diffusion of EU memory
politics focusing on the agency of European Parliament.
In the past, scholars have devoted attention, inter alia to the creation
of European narratives in the EP, the effects of the enlargements, the
comparison with other transnational parliaments like the Parliamentary
assembly of the Council of Europe, the installation of physical European
“lieux de mémoires”, the politicization of the debates over memory, the
evaluation of the communist past of Central Europe or the Holocaust.
Our aim is to gather a broad and up-to-date evaluation of these research
streams and to take stock of the current research at the crossroad of
memory and European studies.
We welcome proposals that will provide in-depth analysis on the
– the EP as norm-setter and memory entrepreneur of a shared European
memory (Europeanisation of memory politics: memory as a tool in IR;
memory as a human right)
– the EP, its actors (MEPs, formal and informal groups, political
groups), national delegations and mediating (f)actors in the EP (e.g.
civil society, research institutes, victims’ groups)
– the interplay of memory and party politics in the EP
– construction of EP memory framework (1979-2019) and the EU Enlargement
(legislating on the past of member-states and non-EU countries)
– the EP and memorialisation (European commemorations, monument
The scope of this issue is to unravel complex dynamics behind the
construction of EU memory politics and to bring some clarity on the role
of the EP in these processes.
Please submit proposals for papers in the form of a 500-word abstract
with a short biography to firstname.lastname@example.org
Parkstraat 45, 3000 Leuven