Business Meeting Social Sciences, Economics and Law

Business Meeting Social Sciences, Economics and
Ghent, June 27, 2014
Welcome by prof. Hans De Wulf (cluster contact Ghent University)
1. Reflections on the Global Studies conference – Ghent 26 & 27 June 2014
2. Future meetings / conferences / workshops
Workshop of Economics: Globalization of trade flows, capital flows and production,
Göttingen, 30-31 October 2014
Cluster meeting in Ghent in November 2014 (or workshop on Privacy and
Cluster meeting / conference in Groningen in 2015
3. Possibilities for developing future collaborations
Horizon 2020
Staff exchange /researcher mobility
Participants list
Ghent University
Carlier, Julie
Coucke, Gijs
De Wulf, Hans
Laureys, Godelieve
Co-organizer of the Cluster
Conference Global Studies, Coordinator of the Ghent Centre
for Global Studies
U4 Co-ordinator, International
Relations Office
U4 cluster contact, Professor of
Financial Law, president of the
committee for
internationalisation of the
Faculty of Law
President of the U4 task force,
Professor of Scandinavian
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Lesage, Dries
Parker, Christopher
Reynaert, Herwig
Van Bauwel, Sofie
Zemni, Sami
Uppsala University
Hermansson, Jörgen
Petterson, Oskar
University of
Boele van Hensbroek,
de Wilde, Jaap
University Göttingen
Jakobi, Tobias
Lange, Marco
Co-organizer of the Cluster
Conference Global Studies,
Professor of International
Co-organizer of the Cluster
Conference Global Studies,
Professor of Conflict and
Development Studies
Dean of the Faculty of Political
and Social Sciences
President of the Committee for
Internationalisation of the
Faculty of Political and Social
Sciences, Professor of
Communication Studies
Research Director of the Faculty
of Political and Social Sciences
U4 Cluster contact, Professor in
Political Sciences
U4 Co-ordinator, ViceChancellor’s Office, Planning
[email protected]
Co-ordinator of Globalisation
Studies Groningen
Governor of Globalisation
Studies Groningen, Professor of
International Relations
[email protected]
Representative of Professor
Andreas Busch, Cluster Chair,
Professor in Political Sciences
Georg August University
Göttingen, International Office,
U4 co-ordinator
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
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[email protected]
[email protected]
1. Reflections on the Global Studies conference – Ghent 26 & 27 June 2014
The cluster agrees that the excellent organization made the conference into a success.
However, the pertinent question is whether the focus, format and target audience of the
present Global Studies conference is up for continuation.
Focused vs. general theme?
Initially, a full cluster conference was planned to cover all subjects of the cluster in
continuation of the bazaar conference (Göttingen, 12-14 October 2012).
Yet, the present focus on global studies created a few advantages:
It allowed for coherence in the panels [although there is room for more coherence,
since not all partners were present in full capacity].
Because of the focus on global studies the conference could offer a caleidoscope of
what is happening at the resp. partner institutions in the field.
Nevertheless, there should be a call for an open panel in the next conference, so as to attract
new PhD students/researchers of other domains in the cluster and/or to set up more diverse
Traditional conference or workshop?
The present conference has taken the middle between a traditional conference (presentations
of cutting edge research) and a seminar (panels for in depth discussion).
The discussion panels offer a basis for convergence and making connections, which creates
potential for future cooperation. The format has therefore found to be convenient for young
study centres to broaden their network.
The main concern of the cluster for future activities is to avoid competition with other
initiatives for PhD students and other large 'real' conferences.
Participants: mix or focus on PhD (e.g. Summer School)
The conference has proven to be an excellent environment for PhD students to test their skills.
The cluster agrees that there should be a more pro-active approach towards researchers at
each of the partner universities. However, the question is whether there should be a focus on
mainly attracting PhD students. This would imply to evolve more towards a seminar or
workshop setting, or even poster workshop, so to maximize the potential output for PhD
The cluster agrees that the U4 conference needs to become a recurring event with a specific
U4 brand and hence different from other conferences in the field. It should be adaptive to the
partner universities and to the complementary research interests.
In order to make it tailor-made to the U4 setting, a specific mode of organizing is preferable.
The cluster agrees upon a two-stage organization with a first call to attract workshop
organizers and themes, and a second call for papers.
As for the theme of the conference the cluster agrees to aim for parallel sessions/panels
around specific themes of the cluster (5 à 6 papers per theme). Hence, not one single
overarching theme is considered, but focused themes throughout the different panels with
for in-depth discussion.
Groningen confirms to host the conference in 2015 (convenient period yet to be fixed);
Uppsala hosts in 2016.
2. Future meetings / conferences / workshops
A follow-up conference in continuation of the first Bazaar (12-14 October 2012) in November
2014 to tackle the remaining topics of the cluster seems not feasible because of the full
calendar and the overlap with planned events.
A call for papers for a limited workshop on Privacy in Ghent in autumn 2014/early winter 2015
will be launched. Legal approaches to privacy will certainly be a focus, but the call will be open
to other social scientists, including political science.
3. Possibilities for developing future collaborations
Horizon 2020
H2020 is ambitious option. Still, U4 offers advantages in pursuing research proposal because
of the acquaintance with the exiting expertise at the partner institutions. In addition, the EU
offices have started a pilot to interconnect and to match the resp. research interests in U4.
The DAAD project has intensified individual mobility of researchers to and from Göttingen.
Beyond these research exchanges there is also need for intensifying individual mobilities
which are not eligible for DAAD (Gent-Groningen-Uppsala). Cf. also summer schools mobility
within specific departments.
A community platform as part of the new U4 website is being developed. This tool can meet
the need of the cluster to better interconnect. The list of participants and their specific
coordinates can be used as a pilot for the platform.