From 2015 to 2019, the University of Jyväskylä is hosting the project “Transformations of Concepts and Institutions in the European Polity”. It is related to the Finnish Distinguished Professorship (FiDiPro) of Research Professor Niilo Kauppi (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and University of Strasbourg, France) and is associated with the Finnish Centre in Political Thought and Conceptual Change (PolCon).

Transformations of Concepts and Institutions in the European Polity refers to a constellation of mutually linked research topics that relate to higher education, knowledge production, transnational exchanges, the EU and European integration, concepts, debates, and conceptual and intellectual history. The project will be involved in the analysis of historical and contemporary forms of political thought and concepts, including the new geopolitics of conceptual and intellectual transfers; the analysis of debates as the uniting theme of parliamentary and university cultures; and the study of European Union politics with a focus on political agency and the rhetorical strategies used in power struggles. The focus of the project will be on the political aspect in the creation of new spaces for action and new interpretations of struggles and debates.

The research connects three interrelated research fields:

  • conceptual transfers between different contexts
  • links between political and academic cultures
  • the conceptualisation of the European Union as a new type of polity

    Funding: Academy of Finland

    Duration: 2015–2019


    Part project “The Conceptual Politics of European Integration”