New European Narratives and their External Reception

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PANEL PROPOSAL: New European Narratives and their External Reception
Chairs: Hartmut Mayer (Oxford) and Philomena Murray (Melbourne)
Discussant: Hidetoshi Nakamura (Waseda)
Panel Description: The panel deals with comparative narrative analysis. European stories are currently rewritten impacting on internal and external policy challenges for the European Union. Individual papers deal with different cases on this overriding theme.

Juhana Aunesluoma (Helsinki), Contestation and Memory Dialogue in Russia-EU-relations.
Recent developments have made clear that ghosts from the past still cast a negative shadow on the current state of relations between Europe and Russia. Following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine, diametrically opposing narratives on the evolution of the European security order after the end of the Cold War in the 1990s prevent a constructive dialogue between Russia and the EU. The paper highlights the significance of narratives and in foreign policy.

Philomena Murray (Melbourne): The promulgation of EU narratives and how they are perceived in Southeast Asia. This paper examines the narratives of the European Union regarding its international and regional roles. It seeks to interrogate the EU narratives of influence and power that are being presented and questions their effectiveness in Southeast Asia.

Rieko Karatani (Kansai University): Narratives of Britishness Reconsidered
The paper aims to clarify the new notion of “Britishness” that has been developed in the UK since the 2002 Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act. Three intertwined narratives on counter-terrorism, the European Union and legacies of the imperial past have changed UK national identities that influence external relations, most visibly the Brexit vote.

Hartmut Mayer (Oxford): “Make Europe Trade Again “
The paper analysis the EU’s new and surprisingly proud narrative as a remaining liberal trading power in a changing environment defined by the election of President Trump and its consequences for the global trade regime.

Laura Allison-Reuman (University of Indonesia): The EU’s Narrative on Regionalism Support after Brexit: The Case of EU-ASEAN
The paper analysis how Brexit, i.e. disintegration in Europe, impacts on the EU’s external narrative as a supporter and exporter of regionalism and applies it to the case of ASEAN