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Empirical Investigations in Services Trade Third Biennial Conference @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
Jul 9 – Jul 10 all-day

Call for Papers (closed)

Organised by: Trade Policy Research Network, CEPR | Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI, Florence | TEDU-Trade Research Center, Ankara | World Trade Institute, Bern

We invite submissions of papers and expressions of interest in attending the Third Empirical Investigations in Services Trade (EIST) conference. The meeting will take place on July 9-10 in Florence, Italy, hosted by the Global Governance Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute. The theme of the conference is economic analysis of trade and investment in services. We welcome submissions related to any aspect of international trade and investment in services, including empirical analyses of sectoral policy and regulation, trade and investment agreements, labor market adjustment and trade or investment in services, the role of services in value chains and offshoring and analysis using firm-level data.
Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for one author of accepted papers. The meeting is open to attendees who are not presenting papers, subject to space constraints. Participants who are interested in attending must fund their own travel expenses as only limited funding is available.

The Call for Papers is now closed. 

Conference Format:

The programme includes 13 papers, with one hour per paper devoted to presentation, discussant remarks, and open discussion. Time allocation for each paper’s presentation should be approximately as follows: 40 minutes for the author, 10 minutes for discussant and 10 minutes Q&A.  

The programme of the conference is available here

The Scientific Committee

Nazire Nergiz Dinçer, TEDU
Matteo Fiorini, EUI
Joseph Francois, University of Bern & CEPR
Bernard Hoekman, EUI & CEPR
Ayça Tekin-Koru, TEDU

Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South Conference @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Mar 20 – Mar 22 all-day

Call for Papers 

Organised by: Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute, Florence, Italy | Prof. Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, Boston, USA.

We invite submissions of papers for the Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South conference. This conference focuses on cities that are emerging (or striving to emerge) as regional centres of power in the Global South. We focus on capital cities and major urban centres in Asian, African, and Latin American countries at different stages of the nation building process. We ask what terms like ‘urban’, ‘diversity’, and ‘cultural pluralism’, actually mean in these contexts. We do so by adopting a critical approach that questions official discourse, documents and policy programmes and compares them to how relevant stakeholders understand the ‘city’, the ‘nation’, and ‘the global’.  We want to unpack the power relations within the city and the ways in which the city projects itself beyond the national scale and positions itself both at a wider regional level and within global cultural hierarchies.

Before application, please consult the Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South – Call for Papers for further information. 

The conference will take place on 20-22 March 2019, at the European University Institute, in Florence, Italy.

The conference includes selected speakers that will cover some of these cases but we also invite interested researchers to submit a paper proposal (1000 words) outlining the scope of the paper, its methodology and its (expected) results, along with a short biographical note (500 words) to anna.triandafyllidou@eui.eu and plevitt@wellesley.edu by 15 July 2018. We are interested in papers that explore individual or comparative case studies of cities in the global south and which critically engage with cultural policy and cultural pluralism at the urban scale.

Selected participants will be notified by 15 September 2018. We have a limited number of travel grants to cover for the participation of scholars from countries outside Europe and North America.



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Robinson, J. (2002). Global and world cities: a view from off the map. International journal of urban and regional research26(3), 531-554.

Roy, A., & Ong, A. (2011). Worlding cities. Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global. Malden: Blackwell Publishers.

Sassen, S. (2001). The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo. Princeton University Press