Jean Monnet Network: Academic workshop “The Spatial Politics of Trade” at University of Warwick

April 21, 2023 at 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Location:University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

The Jean Monnet Network on Transatlantic Trade Politics is very pleased to host an academic workshop, The Spatial Politics of Trade: Constructing Transnational Spaces and Communities through EU and UK Trade Agreements, at the University of Warwick (UK).

The workshop will bring together a group of academic scholars, post-doc fellows and doctoral students who will present papers and act as discussants with other participants. The workshop organisers, Achim Hurrelmann, Özlem Atikcan and Gabriel Siles-Brügge, will offer commentary for an in-depth discussion of the spatial politics of trade.

Please note: The academic workshop is hosted at the University of Warwick (UK) by invitation.

Draft Agenda
(as of March 7, 2023; agenda time noted is European Standard Time)

8:30-9:30 – Keynote Address: Ben Rosamond (University of Edinburgh)

9.30-9.45 – Coffee break

9:45-11:00 – Panel 1: Space in Political Economy of Trade

Benjamin Forest, Juliet Johnson, and Zarlasht M. Razeq (McGill University) –
“Spatial Analysis in the IPE of Trade”

  • Presented and discussed by: Ben Rosamond (University of Edinburgh)

Ken Stiller (University of Oxford) –
“Joint Negotiations or Going Alone? The Emergence of Trading Blocs as Transnational Actors”

  • Presented and discussed by: Stefan Hee (University of Salzburg)

11.00-11.15 – Coffee break

11:15-12:30 – Panel 2: Making Trade Agreements, Imagining Trading Communities (1): The UK

Maria Garcia (University of Bath) –
“Transcending Geography and Space: The UK’s Application to Accede to CPTPP”

  • Presented and discussed by: Elena Escalante-Block (University of Antwerp)

Ben Richardson (University of Warwick) –
“Labour Rights in UK Trade Policy: Mapping the Workers Who Matter”

  • Presented and discussed by: Caroline Bertram (University of Copenhagen)

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

13:30-15:15 Panel 3: Making Trade Agreements, Imagining Trading Communities (2): The EU

Scott Hamilton (University of Antwerp) –
“EU Trade Policy as Orientalist Practice: Defending Interests, Projecting Values, or Hierarchizing Spatial Imaginaries?”

  • Presented and discussed by: Benjamin Forest (McGill University)

Simon Happersberger (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Caroline Bertram (University of Copenhagen) –
“EU or Co-created Normative Space? The Role of the EU and Trading Partners on Trade and Sustainable Development in PTAs”

  • Presented and discussed by: Ben Richardson (University of Warwick)

Federica Marconi (University of Roma Tor Vergata) –
“FDI Regimes in EU-UK Relations: Overview, Perspectives and Future Trends of National (?) Security Concerns”

  • Presented and discussed by: Maria Garcia (University of Bath)

15.15-15.30 – Coffee break

15:30-16:45 – Panel 4: Spatial Interests and Identities in the Contestation of Trade Agreements

Stefan Hee (University of Salzburg) –
“The Dividing Force of Trade on the Subnational Level: Spatial Differences of the Distributional Effects of Trade”

  • Presented and discussed by: Scott Hamilton (University of Antwerp)

Elena Escalante-Block (University of Antwerp) –
“Trade, Populism, and Identity: Examining the Discursive Construction of External Trading Partners on the TTIP and EU-Mercosur Trade Agreements”

  • Presented and discussed by: Juliet Johnson (McGill University)

16.45-17.00 – Coffee break

17:00-17:30 – Concluding Discussion, Next Steps

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This workshop is an activity of the Jean Monnet Network on Transatlantic Trade Politics. The Jean Monnet Network is co-funded by a grant from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and by Network partner universities.