Event Highlights: 5th Transatlantic Dialogue on Gender Issues – Woman Up! for a New Progressive Agenda

March 11th, 2014 in Event Highlights, Podcasts

On March 3 and 4, 2014, the Center for the Study of Europe, in collaboration with BU’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, hosted the 5th Transatlantic Dialogue on Gender Issues: Woman Up! for a New Progressive Agenda. The goal of the two-day event, sponsored by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Fondation Jean Jaurès, was to explore theoretical, strategic and policy challenges concerning gender equality facing progressives on both sides of the Atlantic and to consider ways to strengthen progressives’ positions in future elections. Participants included, Zita Gurmai, MEP for the Hungarian Socialist Party and President of the Party of European Socialists;  Pia Locatelli, Italian politician and MEP for the Italian Democratic Socialists; Gina Sapirio, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston University; and Ghislaine Toutain, Consultant with the Fondation Jean Jaurès among several others. For a full list of participants, please view the event announcement and schedule here.


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Listen to the workshop sessions on Sound Cloud*:

*We regret that due to technical difficulties, we were not able to record introductory remarks by Zita Gurmai, Pia Locatelli, and Ghislaine Toutain, the first session on “The (In)visibility of Left feminism,” or Victoria Budson’s remarks in the second session on “Changing the Narrative on Gender Issues.”

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Event Highlights: Financial Stability and Energy Security in the Americas and Europe – The Role of Transnational Policy Networks

February 22nd, 2013 in Event Highlights

This two-day international workshop was organised within the research project GR:EEN (Global Reordering: Evolution through European Networks) on February 14-15, 2013 with the aim of studying relations between the EU and regional Transnational Policy Networks (TPNs) in the Americas. TPNs are emerging as important elements of trans-state policymaking in the 21st century. In recent years, the ability of NGOs, transnational governance bodies and firms to shape world politics has steadily grown and an inquiry into their workings adds an informal, nongovernmental dimension to the debates on the interactions between the EU and other regions in the world.

The conference brought together policy makers and academics mainly working in the fields of energy security and financial stability. These two areas were chosen not only because they are key themes of the GR:EEN research project but also because they provide two salient and relevant lenses through which to understand the nature, dynamics and influence of TPNs.

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Some of the focal issues under consideration:

    a) What are Transnational Policy Networks and what is their role? What are the methods TPNs use in the areas of energy security and financial stability?
    b) What are the relations between the European Union and TPNs in the Americas?
    c) What are the relationships between initiatives undertaken by TPNs and other cross-border cooperative instruments employed by state and private actors?
    d) How do TPNs in the Americas operate in ways that affect the functioning of the European Union in the areas of energy security and financial stability?

TPNs were not limited to non-state actors. The workshop also explored the workings of government networks including the dynamics within the folds of regulators, law makers and judges that operate and engage across borders.

Supported by Boston University’s Center for Finance, Law, and Policy and the European Commission’s Framework 7 Global Re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks (GR:EEN).

[Workshop website including panel descriptions and videos] [Download schedule] [Participant bios] [Report]

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