JMECE Lab Achievements

JMECE Lab Achievements / Click to enlarge the picture

 

Links to the networks and organisations we cooperate with:

SENT Network for European Studies

 

http://www.sent-net.uniroma2.it

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the idea of Europe as it is transmitted by schools, national politicians, medias, films, etc.

 

The Network of European Studies (SENT) – brings together 66 partners from EU member states, candidate countries and a number of associated ones. It is an ambitious, far reaching project and network aiming at assessing the state of EU studies today, as well as the idea of Europe as it is transmitted by schools, national politicians, medias, films, etc.

SENT’s main goal in this first phase will be a mapping of European studies, to understand how EU studies developed in the different disciplines and the different countries, which directions they are now taking etc., in order to get a comprehensive review of the evolution of European studies over the last decades in the different disciplines and countries. We identified 5 disciplines where EU studies have particularly evolved: law, politics, economics, history, social and cultural studies. The mapping of EU studies should also include a review of the most studied issues in EU studies today, the main academic schools, the most influential journals and books published.

JMECE LAB at 1st SENT General Assembly

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Text by Talke Hoppmann

 

“The Network of European Studies – SENT – is a project that (among other objectives) seeks to map the extent to which research on EU topics has evolved over the last decades. In this attempt the SENT project aims to create a network that will foster the transfer of EU-related research amongst the relevant academic people and institutions as well as with policy makers, public spheres and various other stakeholders.

Here, the JMECE Research Students Lab at the University of Leeds comes into play. The JMECE Lab can contribute to the SENT project in two important ways. First of all, on a local level through the network of researchers and post-graduate/graduate students established at the University of Leeds. Through this rapidly growing network a continual exchange of current findings and ongoing discussions of issues relating to the European Union are in place. These efforts can be placed primarily in the area of communication science, which underlines the necessity for adding a 5th discipline: social and cultural studies to the four classic Jean Monnet disciplines, as proposed by SENT. Second of all, the JMECE Lab can act as another virtual node within the SENT network, due to its newly established online forum. Through this online forum the Lab does not only provide the space for discussion and exchange, it also contributes current findings and relevant information sources. So as to strengthen the impact and continue its growth as a micro-network as well as a node within the SENT network the JMECE Lab is looking for academic partners and cooperations.”

Partners of the Network of European Studies (SENT):

University of Wroclaw, University of Turku, University of Siena, University of Montesquieu, University of Krakow, University of Cyprus, University of Bozen, University Fernando Pessoa, Universitи de Provence, Universidad dos Acores, Polo Scientifico didattico di Forlм, Pannon, University, Institut for Euroregional Studies Oradea, Bologna University, Bogazici University, Aarhus University, Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna, Yasar University, Sciences-Po Lille, University of Leeds, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Maasticht, Universitary Institut of European Studies, Centre for the study of Europe Cbs, Norwegian University of Sciences and Technology, University of Limerick, Matej Bel University, IULM, University of Pйcs, University of Coimbra, Tallin University, Centre for European Study Freie Universitдt Berlin, Ankara University, Comenius University of Bratislava, Johns Hopkins University, New Bulgarian University, University of Bucarest, Institute for Slovene Literature and Literary Sciences, Minho University, Kaunas University of Technology, Centre for European studies Bifrost University, The Norwegian School of management, University of Cork, University of Malta, Panteion University, Linkцpings University, School of Business Administration TURIBA, Charles University, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Milan, European Policy Center, Czech Technical University in Prague, Mendel University of Agricultural and Forestry in Brno, Universitа degli Studi di Padova, University of Bremen, University of Rzeszov, University of Szeged, Universitа di Genova, Universitй de Luxembourg, Eцtvцs Lorand University, University of Economics in Prague, Riga Stradins University, Latvijas Universitāte, Bulgarian European Community Studies Association, Vytauto Didћiojo universitetas, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

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Photo and Text: by Dr. Federiga Bindi, SENT Coordinator

“The Network of European Studies (SENT) brings together 66 partners from EU member states, candidate countries and a number of associated ones.
 
It is an ambitious, far reaching project and network aiming at assessing the state of EU studies today, as well as the idea of Europe as it is transmitted by schools, national politicians, medias, films, etc.
 
SENT’s main goal in this first phase (up to 2010) will be a mapping of European studies, to understand how EU studies developed in the different disciplines and the different countries, and which directions they are now taking etc., in order to get a comprehensive review of the evolution of European studies over the last decades in the different disciplines and countries.
 
We identified 5 disciplines where EU studies have particularly evolved: law, politics, economics, history, social and cultural studies. The mapping of EU studies should also include a review of the most studied issues in EU studies today, the main academic schools, the most influential journals and books published.
 
Another issue that is receiving great attention by SENT is that of methodologies in teaching: which didactic approaches are most frequently used in teaching EU integration subjects? To what  extent are innovative and student-centred techniques  employed, including simulations, PBL ect)? Are ITs and audio visual tools employed? SENT will first undertake a cross disciplinary and cross national comparative analysis, and then it will organize two workshops aiming at diffusing best practice in teaching methodologies in EU studies.
 
Another question concerns trends towards interdisciplinary approaches in EU studies (consider, for example, the growth of the studies in Law and Economics and the interaction between history and political sciences) and  transnational approaches (for example as a result of EU-sponsored joint degrees). Within it, the question of core curricula in EU studies is especially relevant. 
 
Also, the project looks at EU studies at school is European integration a subject studied in primary / high schools in Europe?What is the idea of Europe that is transmitted to young people in schools?

Last but not least, SENT examines the impact of scholarly research on the idea of Europe, if and how it is transmitted by media, films, policy makers, opinion makers.

Hence, are EU scholars successful in transmitting their knowledge to policy makers, opinion makers and citizens in general?

The results of the work will allow the consortium to make practical suggestions for improvement.
 
The core work of the project is decentralized in working groups (WG) both disciplinary and thematic. The Disciplinary WGs are History, Political Science, Law, Economics, Cultural Studies.”

 

University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

http://www.uaces.org/index.htm

The University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) provides an independent forum for informed debate and discussion of European affairs. It is directly involved in promoting research and teaching in European Studies.

UACES is one of the world’s premier European Studies associations. The Association has an expanding membership, with more than a quarter based outside of the UK. Since 1969, UACES has brought together academics involved in researching and teaching on Europe with practitioners active in European affairs. It encourages the involvement of people from a variety of disciplines which have a European emphasis.”

Young European Movement

http://www.euromove.org.uk/index.php?id=6452

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“The Young European Movement plays a central role in the campaigning activity of the European Movement. Working with students and young people, we want to make sure that young voices are heard at the heart of the debate on Britain’s place in Europe. If you are under 30 and believe that Britain is better off in Europe please join our campaign. YEM is the youth wing of the European Movement UK. We are a nationwide, mass youth movement, aiming to make a positive case for Europe in the UK. Working with students and young people, we want to make sure that young voices are heard at the heart of the debate on Britain’s place in Europe.”

The Thematic WGs are Traditional Teaching tools, Core curricula, interdisciplinary and transnational approaches, Teaching the EU in school, Teaching to teach EU integration,  Ideas of Europe – national and EU political discourse, The EU in films and media.The WGs coordinators form SENT’s coordinating committee.
 
SENT partners first met in March 2008 in Forli for the first General Assembly which next convenes in 2010. The first GA discussed the guidelines of the project and in particular of WGs. In the second one, the work produced by the WG will be discussed and evaluated.