• 03 April 2023 - 04 April 2023
  • Trieste
  • Stazione Marittima
    Piazzale Marinai d'Italia 1, Trieste

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  • Conference
  • "100 Shades of the EU: The Political Economy of the EU Peripheries Between Pandemic and War"

  • The conference “100 shades of the EU: The Political Economy of the EU peripheries between Pandemic and War” will take place on the 3rd and 4th of April, in Trieste (Italy).

    This conference aims at expanding the academic and political discussion initiated with the study published last year and will cover the following topics:

    • Core and periphery model and the EU
    • Structures of dependency in the EU
    • Economic and political impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war on Ukraine on the EU, particularly on Southern and Eastern peripheries
    • Position of labour and trade unions
    • International cooperation between workers in different countries involved in GVCs
    • Political cleavages in the EU
    • The role of EU and the role of the State in shaping Europe
    • A new industrial policy for Europe
    • Social and cultural constructions of peripherality in the EU

    Organised by:
    transform! europe in cooperation with
    CGIL Trieste (Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro), and
    CSI Nord EST / MSS Severovzhod (Consiglio Sindacale Interregionale Friuli Venezia Giulia /Slovenia - Medregijski sindikalni svet Furlanija-Julijska Krajina/Slovenija)

    Keynote speakers:
    Manuela Boatca (University of Freiburg, Germany) Dorothee Bohle (University of Vienna, Austria), Giacomo Cucignato (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), Nadia Garbellini (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy), Annamaria Simonazzi (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), Vera Scepanovic (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)

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Monday, 3 April

10:15-10:30 (CET): Opening

10:30–12:00 (CET): Session 1


  • Giuseppe Celi,
  • Valentina Petrović,
  • Veronika Sušová-Salminen*

*Authors of the study “100 Shades of the EU: Mapping the Political Economy of the EU peripheries”

12:00–13:00 (CET): Lunch break

13:00–14:30 (CET): Session 2


  • Dorothee Bohle, political scientist; University of Vienna - Europe´s eastern periphery in the polycrisis

  • Attila Antal, political scientist; Senior Lecturer at the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law Institute of Political Science, Budapest - The Political Economy of Emergency Governance in Hungary

  • Gavin Rae, Fundacja Naprzód, Poland- Military Keynesianism: Poland's New Macroeconomic Policy on the Edge of War

14:30–14:45 (CET): Coffee break

14:15-16:15 (CET): Session 3


  • Annamaria Simonazzi, Professor of Economics at Sapienza University of Rome, Rome - Social investment as an engine of growth and innovation: the case of long term care

  • Giacomo Cucignato, Postdoc Researcher at the Department of Economics and Law, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy - Which Energy policy and Ecological transition for the EU? A reconsideration in the aftermath of the war

  • Nadia Garbellini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy - Title (tba)

16:15–18:00 (CET): Session 4


  • Vera Scepanovic, Lecturer in International Relations and European Studies at the University of Leiden, Switzerland - Title (tba)

  • Gabriel Sakellaridis, Eteron Institute for Research and Social Change, Athens - Growth Models, International Investment Positions and Financing Patterns: The South-European Road to the Crisis and its Aftermath

  • Mariusz Kalanta, Postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, Vilnius - Middle-Income Trap and Diverging Growth Models in the Baltic States

Tuesday, 4 April

9:45–11:15 (CET): Session 5


  • Damir Arsenijević, Researcher on Emancipatory Politics, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Title (tba)

  • Vincenzo Maccarone, Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow at Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence - Common pressures and uneven trajectories: assessing ten years of European governance interventions on Irish and Italian wage policy

  • Małgorzata Kulbacczewska-Figat, Journalist, Fundacja Naprzód, Cross-Border Talks editor-in-chief, Poland - Perspectives of a Labour Movement Revival in a Post-Socialist Peripheral Economy: the case of Poland

11:15-11:30 (CET): Coffee break 

11:30-13:00 (CET): Session 6


  • Manuela Boatca, Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Global Studies at the University of Freiburg - Title (tba)

  • Duncan Lindo, Researcher at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland - Stuck in 2012: The Hesitant Geographies of European Financial Integration since the Eurozone Crisis

  • Odysseas Konstantinakos, Department of Political Sciences, European University Institute Fiesole - "Power and puzzling" in the southern periphery: how and when European Institutions learn from the failure of austerity

13:00–14:00 (CET): Lunch break

14:00– 16:00  (CET): Session 7

Shipbuilding industry: labour's right and industrial policy (tbc)

16:00–16:30 (CET): Coffee break

16:30–18:30 (CET): Session 8

The port of Trieste and international value chains (tbc)

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