Symposium held to honour Professor Jan Zielonka

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Symposium held to honour Professor Jan Zielonka

Monday, 17 February 2020 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HR
Dr Hartmut Mayer (Director, European Studies Centre, St Antony's, Oxford)
European Studies Seminar

After 15 successful years based at St Antony's College, Oxford, Professor Jan Zielonka will retire in 2020. He has not only served as an ambassador for the work of the European Studies Centre, but also as a contributor to his fields of research.

The Centre holds this event - comprising of several short panels to reflect the areas of research to which Professor Zielonka has contributed - to honour him ahead of his retirement. 

Confirmed event participants include: Jacek Zakowski (Department of Journalism, Collegium Civitas, Warsaw), Professor Wolfgang Merkel (WZB Berlin Social Science Centre), Professor Christopher Hill (University of Cambridge), Professor Paolo Mancini (University of Perugia), Professor Karen Smith (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Professor Colin Crouch (University of Warwick).

Welcome and opening remarks will be given by Dr Hartmut Mayer (St Antony's College, Oxford).

Chairs will be Dr Hartmut Mayer, Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's College, Oxford) and Dr Alex Pravda (St Antony's College, Oxford).

Panel themes include: Democracy and its Discontents, The Other Europe and Europe as an International Actor.

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Participant Biographies:

Jacek Żakowski is a Polish journalist and author, currently Head of the Journalism Department at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. In 1981 he graduated from the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw. His 1st post as a journalist was in Na Przełaj weekly (1980-1981), and Press Information Office of Solidarność (1981-1983). He is one of the founders of "Gazeta Wyborcza" and the first president of the Polish Information Agency (1991-1992). He is a commentator of the weekly Polityka, he publishes comments in Gazeta Wyborcza and internet outlet Wirtualna Polska. He was the host of many journalistic programmes on Polish television stations such as: Tok Szok, Gość Radia Zet, Summa of events by Jacek Żakowski and Jacek Żakowski's Week. Currently, he runs Friday's "Morning" show on Tok FM.

Prof. Wolfgang Merkel is Director of the “Democracy and Democratisation” research program at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB) and Professor of Political Science at the Humboldt University Berlin. He is a member of a number of key bodies, including the prestigious Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He is also a non-party member of the Basic Values Commission of the Executive Committee of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). His recent book publications include: The Struggle over borders. Cosmopolitanism and Communitarianism (ed. 2019 Cambridge University Press; with de Wilde, Koopmans, Merkel, Strijbis, Zürn); Democracy and Crisis. Challenges in Turbulent Times (ed., 2018 with Sascha Kneip, Springer); Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation (ed. with Raij Kollmorgen and Hans-Jürgen Wagener 2018 Oxford University Press); The Future of Representative Democracy (2011, Cambridge University Press,  together with Sonia Alonso and John Keane.

Prof. Colin Crouch is an external scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne and a professor emeritus of the University of Warwick. He previously taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Oxford (Fellow of Trinity College), and the European University Institute, Florence. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. His most recent books include Post-Democracy (2004); The Strange Non-death of Neoliberalism (2011); Governing Social Risks in Post-Crisis Europe (2015); The Knowledge Corrupters: Hidden Consequences of the Financial Takeover of Public Life (2016); Society and Social Change in 21st Century Europe (2016); The Globalization Backlash (2019); Will the Gig Economy Prevail? (2019); Manifesto for Social Europe (2020); and Post-Democracy after the Crises (2020).

Prof. Christopher Hill, FBA is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) of the University of Cambridge, and an Emeritus Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. He has held chairs at the LSE, Cambridge and SAIS Bologna. His most recent publications are: The Future of British Foreign Policy: Security and Diplomacy in a World after Brexit (Polity, 2019); International Relations and the European Union, 3rd ed. Edited with Michael Smith and Sophie Vanhoonacker (OUP 2017); Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); and The National Interest in Question: Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies (OUP 2013). 

Prof. Paolo Mancini teaches at Università di Perugia and has been a visiting professor in many other Universities worldwide. His area of interest is the study of the relationship between mass media and politics. His major publications include "Politics, Media and Modern Democracy" with David Swanson (New York, Praeger, 1996), “Elogio della lottizzazione” (Laterza, 2009), “Between Commodification and Lifestyle Politics. Does Silvio Berlusconi Provide a New Model of Politics for the Twenty –First Century” (Oxford, 2011), “Il post partito” (Bologna, 2015). His book “Comparing Media Systems. Three Models of Media and Politics” (written with Dan Hallin) has been translated into many languages and has won several prizes. After being involved in the MDCEE project at the University of Oxford, more recently Mancini has focused his scientific interest in the study of the journalistic coverage of corruption. Mancini has been named fellow of the International Communication Association and received the Murray Edelman Career Achievement Award from the Political Communication Division of the American Political Science Association (APSA). In October 2019 he was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor from MidSweden University, Sundvall. Mancini is the editor of the journal “Etica Pubblica. Studi su Legalità e Partecipazione”. 

Prof. Karen E Smith is a Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit (within the International Relations Department). She teaches courses on the EU in the World, EU Enlargement, European institutions, and genocide, and supervises PhD students in those areas.
Her main area of research is the ‘international relations of the European Union’, and she has written extensively on the formulation and implementation of common EU foreign policies. She has examined the EU’s pursuit of ‘ethical’ foreign policy goals such as promoting human rights and democracy, and policy-making within European states regarding genocide. For over a decade she has also analysed EU-UN relations, and more recently has extended her research to consider the role of other political and regional groups in UN diplomacy. She is now working on a project on women in foreign policy-making.