Max Weber Programme Conferences

Each year the Max Weber Programme hosts at least three major conferences: an Academic Careers Conference in the fall, a Classics Revisited Conference in the winter, and in the spring a Social Issues for Social Sciences Conference.

Academic Careers MWP Conferences:

The Academic Careers Observatory (ACO) together with the MWP organizes a yearly conference which provide a forum for reflection, analysis and debate on the current state of the 'European Research and Higher Education Area', taking into account, in particular, the perspective of young researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Through these conferences, the MWP-ACO explores and compares the structures of the academe across countries, discusses crucial questions related to the international mobility of scholars and monitors the development of research and funding opportunities for young scholars.

The Classics Revisited MWP Conferences:

The yearly Classics Revisited Conference provides a forum for reflection on, and analysis and debate of, the current state of some major issues that have already been raised by pioneer social scientists. The conference sees the active participation of the Fellows in the planning and organization of it.

Social Issues for Social Sciences Conference:

This conference is the Max Weber Fellows’ contribution to the Social Sciences and Humanities in research and academia. The conference offers the opportunity to invite back former fellows as either speakers or discussants and as such provides a forum to foster cross-disciplinary and inter-cohort academic collaboration. The conference is entirely organized by the fellows.


Next Max Weber Programme Conference:

 7th JMU-MWP Symposium "The European Union and the Challenges of Globalizing Politics and Economics"


11 April 2014, 9.00-18.30, Badia Fiesolona, MWP Common Room




The EUI’s Max Weber Programme and the James Madison University’s M.A. programme in European Union Policy Studies present their 7th Joint Graduate Symposium. The symposium aims to establish a platform for JMU’s MA students to present their work and ideas about the EU in the professional setting of an academic conference. The papers discuss the various policies adopted by the European Union, with an eye toward scrutinizing their effectiveness and analyzing their impact. Overall, they seek to promote better understanding of the ever-evolving EU system of governance.

As two institutions promoting academic excellence, the EUI and JMU will grant an award for the best paper produced for the conference. The award will be given to the paper after its final submission, following the comments of the discussants and the Q&A session at the symposium, and further elaboration in agreement with the JMU professors. The scientific committee is comprised of JMU Professors Besir Ceka, Evangelia Koundouraki, Tamara Popic and Chiara Steindler. The award will be announced at the JMU Commencement Ceremony on June 20.

The Graduate Symposium is just one of several events created by the active collaboration between the EUI and JMU. The two institutions engage in a number of other cooperative endeavors throughout the year. If you would like to be informed about joint projects, to propose events, or to join existing collaborations between the EUI and JMU, please contact the Max Weber Programme’s Academic Coordinator, Karin Tilmans (
or the EUPS Academic Coordinator, Caterina Paolucci (

Keynote Lecture by Jelena Džankić, Marie Curie Fellow, European University Institute
Organizing Committee: Besir Ceka (MWF), Tamara Popic (ACO-MWP), Caterina Paolucci (JMU)    


Conference Programme (PDF)

 Max Weber Programme Conferences 2013-2014


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