2017 Future of Europe Conference Panels Description

The new challenges of the European Union's governance
In the current complex context, dominated by intensified pressures on the economic and on the social environment, the governance in the EU is facing a double challenge: internal and external. Internal provocation come from the economic stagnation in many European countries and the efforts the EU has to put in order to restore the trust into the European construction. How to govern in order to achieve economic growth & stability and equal opportunities among its citizens is a critical question.
At the external level, the EU face tremendous challenges. The growing instability in the international environment is today more complex than anytime: growing threat to global peace, increasing vulnerability in emerging countries, refugee issues, energy crisis are only few of these conflict spots that require a stronger governance in the EU.
Papers which address these issues or other related issues are more than welcome to this panel. Inside EU views ans outside EU views will be an additional contribution to the quality of the discussion that are expected to emerge in this panel.

Business across the Europe
The single market of the European Union has created a dynamic business environment in which companies can grow and extend their operations across different European countries. We invite researchers to explore issues related to management, marketing, business strategy, supply chain management, business negotiation, accounting, corporate finance and corporate governance and to attempt focusing on the impact of the European business and legal environment on organizational development. A particular topic of interest would be encouraging entrepreneurship in less developed regions of the European Union. Modern technologies support the development of innovative manufacturing processes and E-commerce, in the context of creative economy. From moral hazard to government bailouts, we are convinced that economics has a lot of free knowledge to offer to decision makers in public and private entities. Theoretical models as well as case studies are welcome.

Addressing Corporate Social Responsibility and Risk Management in Europe
In an increasing less predictable business and social environment at global and EU levels, the quest for responsibility and risk mitigation is becoming both a prerequisite and a consequence of business success. Companies in Europe - regardless of their size and type - should comply with sometimes conflicting economic, social, environmental, and corporate governance criteria in order to achieve and maintain competitiveness on the market. At this point in the corporate evolution and strategic making, companies in Europe are deeply connected with their various stakeholders and operating settings, trying to cope with the challenges posed by the two couples of factors that fundamentally changed the way business is done: globalization-integration and innovation-technology. Based on these general considerations, both theoretical and empirical papers are welcomed on issues mainly addressing (but not limited to): CSR in Europe, corporate accountability, stakeholders management, sustainability concerns, business ethic, ESG risk management, ESG disclosure and regulation, SRI – socially responsible investing, social banking, corporate governance etc.

Finance and banking in the European Union
The financial and macroeconomic turmoil in the last years increased the need for closer cooperation between policy makers and academics in order to rethink the fundamental relations that characterize the connections between the financial markets and the real economy. The current conditions of reduced interest rates, significant technological and geopolitical shifts challenge the traditional development of the banking industry and threatens the resilience of the non-banking financial markets. New regulatory principles under the framework of macro-prudential rules have been brought forward and the academic profession has been called upon to develop early warning indicators, to extend instruments for the implementation of Europe-wide stress tests and to challenge the financial modeling techniques. In search for answers to those issues and for new relevant questions, we invite researchers to present their work in fields like financial econometrics, asset pricing, risk management, macroeconomic modeling and other.

Survival of the European Union
The developments in recent history have been putting into question to a certain extent the whole EU project. Firstly, the Greek crisis has shown the weaknesses of the Euro system, the icon item in the European menu. Structural deficiencies of the Euro system, which in fact permitted a somewhat customized monetary expansion (with a perverse situation of Euro area widespread costs, but locally concentrated temporary benefits) in various regions of Europe, thus engendering a pernicious competition in debt and inflation, have surfaced. The very existence of the common currency has been put into question. Secondly, the immigration crisis has also put an important burden on the unity of the EU members, as visions on the acceptance of immigrants on their national territories vary significantly across the EU member states. Last, but not least, the recent Brexit event has raised a whole new range of questions, and opened a whole new set of possible perspectives, unthinkable a few months or years ago. Will the EU survive? Will other countries, following UK, put into question the opportunity of their being EU members? Will the Greek crisis sink into oblivion (expensive though such oblivion might be)? Will stronger integration (maybe a common fiscal policy) become a true option on the table? What will be the impact of all those recent developments on the European construction? All such questions and related ones are welcome for discussion under the present panel.

Diasporas, homes and hybridity
In the wake of the British referendum (2016), migrants and diasporas have become one of the major causes used by Eurosceptics in their discourse to gain political capital along with dissatisfactions with complicated and rigid hierarchies within the European Union project. In view of this perspective and of its consequences, home, hybridity, and cultural negotiations are being re-considered as well as engaged in a new path towards re-understanding, re-definition and even re-acceptance.  Global citizens of the 21st century, proud to be viewed as cosmopolitans ready to live ‘in proximity’ (Homi K. Bhabha) with Others as an expression of our support of inter-culturalism, we still cling to the idea of a home in need of protection and safety, one in which the agency lies with the dominant community. Under these circumstances, what is home for non-dominant groups and individuals? And when the latter are also part of diasporas, how is  home (and consequently, identity) re-configured? What are the factors and vectors that culturally shape home for (im)migrants that are likely to change several physical  home (mainly understood as countries)? What is left of the  home as  homeland in this process? Scholars are invited to produce academic (interdisciplinary) papers or create panels that explore the conceptualisation of  home, hybridity, and cultural negotiation, in the context of new migrations and diasporas in a range of various domains (literature, sociology, anthropology, education, politics, economics, law, gender). Questions that deserve special attention are:  home, race/ethnicity and education (what the role of education in the reinterpretation of  home?);  home and the arts (how did/do migrants re-shape Europe through art?);  home and (trans)national borders (how have been/are national borders redefined?);  home and politics/economics (why is migration influential to national and international economics?); home and cultural translation (negotiating  home) and  home and gender;  home, gender and education (Is  home different for migrant/minority ethnic women? How? How does literacy/education shape  home for them).

SPECIAL TRACK: Singular events and economic analysis organized by Romanian Society for Economic Philosophy
This SRFE session aims at highlighting how economists attempt to understand the relevance to economic analysis of events that do not repeat. Research methodology in economics is designed to meet the needs of prediction, which makes analysis necessarily be built on assumptions implying a well-ordered, regular and knowable course of economic action. There is no doubt about the existence of such developments, but chance events are also a constant feature of economic history. How important are they? Single occurrence of events is so relevant to impose new lessons ahead for economic research? Eventually, the economic reality can be circumscribed into a unitary methodological vision?