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Centre for European Research (CER), Queen Mary University of London
Upcoming Events 
Whose Fixation on 'points de fixation'?

Wednesday 29 September 
(17:30 CEST)

University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)
9-11 Rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris 

(Please note that you will need to present your ticket along with your "passe sanitaire" upon entry (in paper or digital form). You will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the event)

Join us on Wednesday 29 September to open a new academic year and to inaugurate the new Philip Ogden Paris Lecture, Professor Anna-Louise Milne, from the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), will be joined by Dr Sarah Wolff, from Queen Mary University of London, to consider what sorts of convergence are operating today at perceived ‘points de fixation’ and how these fixations are conditioning urban politics in the pandemic context.

Spots, clusters, points. COVID-19 has inflamed the collective imaginary in its fear of toxic or explosive consequences when unstable elements concentrate in one place. It has also radically altered our freedom of movement. How are these two ‘fixating’ forces changing urban politics?  

The language of the ‘point de fixation’ has a long genealogy in French policing and sociology, linking drug use to youth delinquency to migrant camps. What does it tell us about how stigma functions within neoliberal governmentality? How does it orient our movement across a conceptual terrain still largely framed by borders though also empowered by border thinking? And what sort of attention is a fixation?  

In this inaugural lecture, Professor Anna-Louise Milne aims to think from within a disreputable ‘point of fixation’ in the polarizing metropolis of Paris in a bid to get some leverage on the contemporary constraining of mobility, but also as a point from which to assess a span of activist multilingual research that hopes it knows what ‘inaugural’ means.

Gods and Diplomats: on the Relevance of the Religious in Diplomacy

Thursday 7 October
(18:30 CEST)

University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP)
9-11 Rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris 

(Please note that you will need to present your ticket along with your "passe sanitaire" upon entry (in paper or digital form). You will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the event)
Join us on Thursday 7 October, for a discussion on recent changes to religious engagement in diplomacy. Following the Treaty of Westphalia, Gods and Diplomats have traditionally thought to be incompatible. The end of religious wars led to the emergence of the nation state and of secularism, with a privatisation of the religious. Yet in recent years, some have spoken about a resurgence of the religious in international relations. Faith-based actors are active in international venues such as the United Nations general assembly, voicing their concerns and building transnational conservative coalitions. In the 1990s and the 2000s inter-civilizational and inter-faith dialogue was also very popular amongst diplomats and states willing to show that Huntington was wrong. In more recent years though engagement with the religious has taken new forms that are being explored by our two panellists who will present their findings from their respective books.

Summary of the Books

In Secular Power Europe and Islam: Identity and Foreign Policy (2021), Sarah Wolff argues that secularism is not the central principle of international relations but should be considered as one belief system that influences international politics. Through an exploration of Europe’s secular identity, an identity that is seen erroneously as normative, Wolff shows how Islam confronts the European Union’s existential anxieties about its security and its secular identity.

In La part des dieux. Religion et relations internationales (2021), Delphine Allès argues that despite its secular norms and institutions, which contrast with a more diverse institutional and political reality, the International system has recently undergone a confessionalization process. The latter is characterized by an intensification of the reference to religion as an independent variable, in analytical frameworks as well as in policies. It is picked-up, appropriated – and contested – by individual and collective actors, redesigning individual and collective identities at a local level which is here studied through the case of Indonesia.

Nadia Marzouki will discuss the two books.


Delphine Allès is a professor of Political science and head of the department of International relations at INALCO (the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilization), Paris. 

Nadia Marzouki is a tenured research fellow (Chargée de Recherche) at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and member of CERI at Sciences-Po in Paris. 

Sarah Wolff is the director of the Center for European Research at Queen Mary University of London. Director of the MA in International Relations at ULIP in Paris; she is principal investigator for the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence NEXTEUK project on the future of EU-UK Relations.

British Influence over the EU in post-Brexit Times  

Tuesday 12 October 

On 2 October, the NEXTEUK project and the EU-UK Forum will organise a policy roundtable on 'British influence over the EU in post-Brexit times' where participants will benefit by engaging directly with our outstanding panel of selected academics and experts.

The online session will be on invitation only in order to facilitate a frank and open discussion on questions such as how are the new EU-UK governance structures working out and to what extent do they transform the relationship between the EU and the UK, now a third country, yet a special one? What is the role of the European parliament in the implementation of the TCA and what will be the role of parliamentary cooperation? This roundtable will also cover the role of lobbying and civil society and try to understand (i) who managed to influence successfully the task force on the negotiations but also (ii) how is British civil society and interest groups getting organised to continue their influence in Brussels and on the new governance structure. To what extent is Brexit impacting their strategies and resources? Representatives of the UK mission to the EU, TechUK, Confederation of British Industrialists, as well as think tanks and academics representatives have confirmed their participation.
2022 NEXTEUK International Conference: 'Global Order and the Future of EU-UK relations' 

Thursday 13 January - Friday 14 January 2022
(9:00 - 16:00 CEST)

University of London in Paris (9-11 Rue Constantine) 
This two-day conference will take place at the University of London in Paris (9-11 rue Constantine) on 13 and 14 January 2022. It will gather academics from various disciplines interested in the topic of Global Order and the future of EU-UK relations.

The academic programme will be complemented by keynotes and policy events, and will provide a networking opportunity between policymakers and scholars at all stages of their career.

Key topics driving this conference include, but are not limited to:

  • China and the new EU-UK relations
  • Normative power Europe, the UK and the world
  • The transatlantic relationship and the new EU-UK relations
  • Trade and the new EU-UK relations
  • EU-UK relations and the global order: strategy and interests
  • The global migration agenda and the new EU-UK relations
  • International health politics and the new EU-UK relations
  • Climate and the future of EU-UK relations

Call for Papers and/or Panel Proposals:

Paper and/or panel proposals are to be submitted by  22 October 2021. Paper proposals should be no more than 300 words long and have 3 to 5 five key words including also the names, emails and affiliations of their authors. Panel proposals should be limited to 4 papers. Acceptance answers will be given in the following weeks and papers will have to be sent in by 3 January 2022. There is limited funding available for travel and accommodation for successful applicants.

Young scholars who have not yet or have just completed their PhD as well as early-career colleagues are strongly encouraged to participate. As the members of this project are deeply engaged in the formulation of policy-relevant recommendations, all participants will be encouraged to contribute to the NEXTEUK blog and Working paper series. The best presentations will be selected to be included in a special issue.

If you have any questions or queries regarding this conference, please contact Agathe Piquet (
Past Events 
Book Launch: Secularism and Islam in Foreign Policy
On 9 September, Director of CER and NEXTEUK Principal Investigator Sarah Wolff presented her new book Secular Power Europe and Islam: Identity and Foreign Policy (2021).

In this conversation, Wolff and Berkley Center Senior Fellow Jocelyne Cesari unpacked secularism as a bedrock principle of international relations and diplomacy. They explored how Islam disrupts Eurocentric assumptions about democracy and human rights, as well as discussed how European secular identities should be reconsidered in areas of religion and foreign policy. Judd Birdsall, senior research fellow at the Berkley Center and project director of the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy, moderated the event.
Book Launch: Secularism and Islam in Foreign Policy
Book Launch - Lessons from the Eurozone crisis: EMU limitations and national bargaining

On 1 June, the NEXTEUK project organised a double book launch on the Eurozone crisis: The Politics of Bad Options (OUP, 2020) and Capitalising on Constraint (MUP, 2021).

Their authors, Stefanie Walter (University of Zurich), and Stella Ladi (Centre for European Research, Queen Mary, University of London) and Catherine Moury (Nova University Lisbon) presented their perspectives and the methods they used to understand one of the biggest crises that hit Europe in the last decade.

They were joined by the following discussants: Matthias Matthijs (John Hopkins University) and Paul Copeland (Centre for European Research, Queen Mary, University of London).

The debate was moderated by Sarah Wolff, Centre for European Research, Queen Mary, University of London. 

Lessons from the Eurozone crisis: EMU limitations and national bargaining

NEXTEUK Virtual PhD Summer School
The NEXTEUK virtual PhD summer school, organised in partnership with the Jean Monnet Centre of Montreal, took place from 5-9 July 2021. 

Participants of the NEXTEUK Summer School had the chance to listen to and engage with several experts and scholars including: Frederic Mérand (Professor of Political Science and Scientific Director of CÉRIUM), Philip Rycroft (Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the EU from October 2017 to March 2019), Anand Menon (Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King's College London, and director of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative), and Brigid Laffan (Director and Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and Director of the Global Governance Programme at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence).

The videos from the virtual PhD Summer School can be viewed here.
Brexit from an International Relations perspective: a conversation with Frédéric Mérand

New CER/NEXTEUK Blog Posts

Jeanne Boillot (CER/NEXTEUK Intern) has written four blog posts:
The Centre for European Research regularly publishes blogs on a range of issues. They can be found on the NEXTEUK website and the Europe Matters blog page.
NEXTEUK Team Publications 
Members of the NEXTEUK Team have recently published new articles and blog posts. They have also made contributions to the media.
Dr. Sarah Wolff has published a new book titled Secular Power Europe and Islam: Identity and Foreign Policy (2021). On 9 September, she presented her book at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs.

On 7 September, she took part in a panel on 'Decentring European Union Foreign Policy' at the UACES 51st Annual Conference.

Prof. Tim Bale has published an article, co-authored with Paul Webb, titled 'Shopping for a Better Deal? Party switching among grassroots members in Britain.' He has also published an article titled 'Les jeux sont faits, rien ne va plus? Has the Tory Party finally chosen between Europe and America?'

He has also published two new books titled Riding the Populist Wave: Europe's Mainstream Right in Crisis and The Modern British Party System (co-authored with Paul Webb).

He has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, and Times Radio in August and September. 

Prof. Violeta Moreno-Lax was invited to deliver the Keynote address at the Migration and Asylum Law Section of the Society of Legal Scholars within this year's Annual Conference on 2 September 2021. She focused on access to international protection and, what she has called, the right to 'flee' persecution and serious harm.

She delivered, as scientific coordinator and lead author, the study commissioned by the European Parliament "The EU Approach on Migration in the Mediterranean", co-authored with Dr. Lilian Tsourdi (Maastricht), Dr. Jennifer Allsopp (Birmingham), Prof. Philippe De Bruycker (Brussels), and Ms Andreina de Leo (Maastricht). It was presented at a LIBE Hearing on 22 June 2021. 

She has also been nominated for a prestigious Ramón y Cajal award in Spain on consideration of her academic trajectory to date. 

Dr. Stella Ladi has published a new article, with Director of CER and NEXTEUK Principal Investigator Sarah Wolff, titled 'The EU Institutional Architecture in the Covid-19 Response: Coordinative Europeanization in times of Permanent Emergency.' She has co-authored a working paper titled 'Evidence-informed Policies and Public Trust during the Covid-19 Pandemic' with Angelou, A. and Panagiotatou, D.

She has also published a chapter titled 'Market Regulation via Independent Agencies in Post Crisis Greece' with Lampropoulou, M., in Greece and the Euro: From Crisis to Recovery (G. Alogoskoufis and K. Featherstone).

She has also published a report co-authored with Panagiotatou, D. and Angelou, A., titled 'The Greek Eco-system of Science For Policy' as part of a workshop held by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

Dr. Agathe Piquet has published an article titled 'Agencies’ Reputational Game in an Evolving Environment: Europol and the European Parliament.'
Disclaimer: The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which only reflect the views of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use of the information contained therein.
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