Collective Identity Formation

WP 8 – Identity Formation and Enlargement

Kraków, 26-27 October 2007

Venue: Bobrzyński Hall (Second Floor), Collegium Maius, ul. Jagiellonska 15, Kraków

Organised by the Centre for European Studies, Jagiellonian University 


Some of the contributions to the workshop are included in the online WP 8 research report: ‘Collective Identity Formation in Accession States‘.



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Thursday 25 October

Arrival, Jagiellonian Guest House ‘Pigoniówka’ 


Friday 26 October


Welcoming Address
Zdzisław Mach, Centre for European Studies, Jagiellonian University 


Identity from the RECON point of view
Erik Oddvar Eriksen, ARENA, University of Oslo 


Keynote speech:
Europe as a Narrative Network: Taking Serious the Social Embeddedness of Identity Constructions

Klaus Eder, Humboldt University Berlin


Key issues related to the collective identity construction with regard to the EU enlargement (part I)

Chair: Klaus Eder

Enlargement and the EU’s Quest for Identity (paper)
Helene Sjursen, ARENA, University of Oslo

Culture and Identity: Does It Play a Role in EU Enlargement? (paper)
Evrim Taskin, Sabanci University, Istanbul

Complex Identities: Reconsidering Identity Analysis
Maria Heller and Agnes Renyi, Eötvös Lorànd University, Budapest

European Enlargment: Identity Crisis and Multiple Identities
Zdzisław Mach, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Cosmopolitanism or Ethnic Branding? On the Tensions of Roma Identity in the Process of European Intregration
Hagen Schulz-Forberg, University of Århus


13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH

14:30 – 16:30 

Key issues related to the collective identity construction with regard to the EU enlargement (part II)

Chair: Erik O. Eriksen

Mechanisms of European Identity Formation and their Operationalisation in Empirical Research: The Case of the ESDP
Cathleen Kantner, Free University Berlin

Deepening and Widening: Collective Identity Formation in the Constitutionalisation Process of the EU (paper)
Hans-Jörg Trenz,
ARENA, University of Oslo 

Beyond Re-nationalisation and European Identity Formation: The German Constitutional Treaty Debate in a Transnational Perspective
Ulrike Liebert, University of Bremen

Polish Public Opinion Regarding ther Treaty Establishing Constitution for Europe
Olga Brzezińska, Jagiellonian University, Kraków


17:00 – 19:00 

Mapping the distribution of identities in Hungary, Poland and Turkey

Chair: Cathleen Kantner

Turkey in Cosmopolis? Turkish Elite Perceptions of a European Project
Nora Fisher, University of Oxford, Great Britain

Understanding Democracy in New Europe: Dynamics of political identity in CEE
Grzegorz Pożarlik and Magdalena Góra, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Nation, Nationalism, Identity: A Critical Overview of National Identity Research in Hungary
Borbala Kriza, Eötvös Lorànd University, Budapest

National Identity in Quantitative Empirical Surveys
Petra Rakusanova, Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic



Saturday 27 October

09:00 – 11:00 

Introducing innovative empirical methodology in the identity analysis

Chair: Zdzisław Mach 

Identity in Focus: Designing and Initial Data of a Qualitative Research
Peter Bodor, Eötvös Lorànd University, Budapest

Research on Women Who Define Identity Through Political Struggle for Gender Equality and/or Difference in Poland: Methodological challenges (paper)
Paweł Kubicki, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Values and Cultural Identities in Poland: Research Summary
Arkadiusz Białek, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Media Representations: Democratization, Europeanization, Civil Society and Identity
Jacek Kołodziej, Michał Bukowski, Katarzyna Jagodzinska, Jagiellonian University, Kraków


11:30 – 13:00 

Enlargement and identity changes: The case of national and ethnic minorities

Chair: Maria Heller 


Ukrainian Minority in Poland: New Social Reality
Jacek Nowak, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Changing importance of German Identification in Poland in the Context of European Integration (paper)
Marcin Galent, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

No Speak, No Hear, No See… Does Silesian Minority in Poland Matter?
Anna Motyczka, Jagiellonian University, Kraków


13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH

14:30 – 15:30 

Enlargement and identity changes: The case of migrant workers and active women’s groups

Chair: Ulrike Liebert  

Migration, European Union and Civil Society: Research Conclusion (paper)
Dariusz Niedźwiedzki, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

To Which Space do I Belong? The Polish Migrants Sense of Place and Imagining Citizenship
Marta Moskal, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Negotiating the Women’s Identity in Local Communities in Poland: Research Conclusions
Paweł Kubicki and Łucja Piekarska-Duraj, Jagiellonian University, Kraków


17:00 – 18:00

Meeting of the participants of RECON WP 8 – Identity Formation and Enlargement 

Venue: Library, Jagiellonian Guest House ‘Pigoniówka’ 




Practical information

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For further information, please contact:

Magdalena Góra
Phone: +48 12/429 80 00
Fax: +48
12/429 70 52

Centre for European Studies
Jagiellonian University
ul. Jodłowa 13, 30-252 Kraków

Monika Nowak

Phone: +48 12/429 80 11 
Fax: +48 12/429 70 52