Professor Vivien A. Schmidt will be visiting Utrecht University as an visiting fellow of the strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies (IOS). Taking full advantage of Schmidt’s visit to Utrecht University, early-career scholars (PhDs and postdocs) from the different disciplines involved in the IOS programme have organised a workshop to discuss how they use her work on discursive institutionalism in their own research projects. Shared interests that will be discussed include EU decision making on the EU’s external border policy, European leadership and crisis management, the role of competing ideas in social housing policies, process and policy of trilogue negotiations, the ideas and emotions supporting the foundation of Europe. Common issues we aim to discuss concern methodological problems and conceptual dilemmas in ideational research.
While the slots for speakers have been filled by IOS-scholars, others with a keen interest in discursive institutionalism and the role of ideas are welcome to sit in and participate in the discussion.
Professor Vivien A. Schmidt is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University, and Founding Director of BU’s Center for the Study of Europe. Her research focuses on European political economy, institutions, democracy, and political theory. Professor Schmidt is a prominent contributor to debates about the current legitimacy crisis of the European Union and well known for her work on institutions and institutional change and her approach of discursive institutionalism.