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Contesting Cosmopolitan Europe

Euroscepticism, Crisis and Borders

210 pages
Amsterdam University Press
The project of European integration has undergone a succession of shocks, beginning with the Eurozone crisis, followed by reactions to the sudden growth of irregular migration, and, most recently, the coronavirus pandemic. These shocks have politicised questions related to the governance of borders and markets that for decades had been beyond the realm of contestation. For some time, these questions have been spilling over into domestic and European electoral politics, with the rise of “populist” and Eurosceptic parties. Increasingly, however, the crises have begun to reshape the liberal narratives that have been central to the European project. This book charts the rise of contestation over the meaning of “Europe”, particularly in light of the coronavirus crisis and Brexit. Drawing together cutting edge, interdisciplinary scholarship from across the continent, it questions not merely the traditional conflict between European and nationalist politics, but the impact of contestation on the assumed “cosmopolitan” values of Europe.
Author Bio
James Foley received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh, with his doctoral research focusing on Scottish and British nationalism. Umut Korkut is Professor of International Politics at Glasgow Caledonian University. He has previously published extensively on migration, populism, and democratisation in Hungary and Turkey including two monographs entitled "Liberalization Challenges in Hungary" and "Politics and Gender Identity in Turkey". Currently, he leads the Horizon 2020 funded project D.Rad DeRadicalisation in Europe and Beyond: Detest, Resolve, Reintegrate (2020-2023). Martin Bak Jørgensen is Associate Professor of Democracy, Migration and Society (DEMOS) at Aalborg University, Denmark. He works within the fields of sociology, political sociology, and political science, and has recently published Solidarity and the “Refugee Crisis” in Europe (Palgrave, 2019) with Óscar García Agustín.Email: martinjo@hum.aau.dk George Hoare is an independent researcher based in London. His books include (with Nathan Sperber) An Introduction to Antonio Gramsci: His Life, Thought, and Legacy (Bloomsbury, 2016) and (with Alex Hochuli and Philip Cunliffe) The End of the End of History: Politics in the Twenty-First Century (Zero, 2021). Tarik Basbugoglu is a PhD candidate at Glasgow Caledonian University. He researches the impacts of the Syrian Civil War on bilateral relations between Turkey and the US. He focuses on how the AKP (Justice and Development party) political elites use material interests, policy of prestige, and identity_x0002_making as discursive tools to appeal the Turkish public and the US political elites during the Syrian Civil War. Tarik Basbugoglu is a member of PSA (Political Studies Association), MESA (Middle East Studies Association), and BISA (British International Studies Association), and presented at the 2020 APSA (American Political Studies Association) annual conference on the topic of the AKP, Twitter, and the Syrian Civil War. Daniel Gyollai is a PhD Candidate at Glasgow Caledonian University. His PhD project focuses on the effect of narratives on policing. Daniel is currently a research assistant on the Horizon 2020 project RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond. Justyna Szalanska is an Affliate of the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw, and a Research Assistant at the Collegium of Socio-Economics in SGH Warsaw School of Economics. She is also pursuing her PhD at the Faculty of Political Sciences and International Studies at the University of Warsaw. Her PhD dissertation focuses on a category of national identity and its materialisation in Turkey’s foreign policy. In 2009 she received her MA Diploma in International Relations and in 2010 her BA Diploma in Turkish Studies from the University of Warsaw. In 2011 she was a Research Trainee at the BILGESAM, a Turkish think tank. In 2014 she was awarded TUBITAK Scholarship for Foreign Researchers in Turkey, which enabled her to be a Research Fellow at the Center of International and European Research at the Kadir Has University (Turkey) between November 2014 and May 2015. Her research interests focus on European integration, identity issues in Turkey and Europe, citizenship policies, and refugee and asylum seeker protection policies. She has been a key staff member on two Horizon 2020 projects: RESPOND Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond (2017–2020) and Investing in “Welcoming Spaces” in Europe: Revitalising Shrinking Areas by Hosting Non-EU Migrants (2020–2024). She is also a co-author of a short documentary on refugee perception in Poland, “Bez komentarza” (“Without a comment”), produced by the POLIN museum (2016) Marcus Nicolson is a current PhD candidate in Social Sciences at GCU. Marcus’s study investigates the lived experiences of young adult migrants in Glasgow, UK, using a narrative enquiry research design which incorporates creative research methods. He holds an MA in Intercultural Encounters from the University of Helsinki. Marcus works as the Project Manager for the D.Rad project and has previously managed the AMIF-funded VOLPOWER project, investigating the relationships between volunteering, migration, and social inclusion. Eva (Evangelia) Papatzani is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, National Technical University of Athens, Greece. She has participated as a researcher in several European and national research projects on refugee issues. Her research focuses on the geographies of migrant settlement, interethnic networks and sociospatial segregation, and urban transformations. Electra Petracou is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean. Her teaching experience, research, and interests focus on movements of populations, asylum, refugee, and migration issues; global, European, and national policies on borders and migration; and decision-making on social, political, and international issues. She is co-director of the Laboratory of Movements on Borders in the Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean. Dr Ozge Ozduzen is a lecturer in digital media and society in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. After completing her PhD in media at Edge Hill University (2016), she was a British Academy Newton International Postdoctoral Fellow at Loughborough University London and a lecturer in sociology and communications at Brunel University London. Her research focuses on digital humanities and social sciences, online conspiracy theories, racism, and polarisation, as well as visual politics. Bogdan Iano?ev is a PhD student the Glasgow School for Business and Society, at Glasgow Caledonian University. He was previously awarded an MA in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest, as well as an MA in Cognitive Anthropology from Queens University, Belfast. He presently works for DEMOS and is researching the cognitive and evolutionary underpinnings of populist discourse surrounding the Brexit referendum for his PhD bogdan. Ivan Josipovic (MA, MSc) is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Political Science of the University of Vienna. He holds degrees in Socio economics and Political Science. His fields of interest comprise border and migration regimes, asylum politics, and European integration. Ursula Reeger (Mag. Dr.) is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Urban and Regional Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria; her research interests include international migration and its impacts, integra_x0002_tion processes (on the labour and the housing market), interethnic relations on the local level, and governance of migration and migrant integration and radicalisation. Magdalena Smieszek is a human rights practitioner, researcher, and educator. She has a doctorate in juridical science from the Central European University, focusing on international law, as well as degrees in international relations and human rights law from the universities of Oxford, Windsor, and Calgary.