Punto Europa | CEJM - Integra Project

Integration as a way of modernization. An explanatory framework for regional integration (INTEGRA).

Esta actividad se realiza con el apoyo de la Unión Europea, en el ámbito de la Acción Jean Monnet.

The project aimed at creating a partnership between Europe and two of its most intimate "natural allies" (Latin America, Australia) dedicated to the study of regional integration from a new multidisciplinary and comparative perspective. The underlying idea was that integration, wherever it is developed, can be successful only if it helps involved societies to answer the challenges of their modernization. The study of the linkages between integration and modernization in different contexts and historical moments was the fil rouge of the project. It encompassed 14 individual research projects held together into a general conceptual frame. Contributors came from four JM partners (Latin America, Europe and Australia) and three associate members (Latin America).

Among the main activities carried out during the project were:

1. INTEGRA Kickoff meeting - Universidad de Bolonia, Argentina (unibo.it) held between 13-15 November 2012 where partners discussed the aim and methodology of their individual projects and the way they can be articulated within the general frame (either by thematic clusters of chronological order) and practical aspects of the future work.

2. INTEGRA Seminar for local partners, University of Bologna, campus in Argentina, held in February 2013.

3. A mid-term international meeting held at the Institute for Social and European Studies, Kὄzseg, Hungary, between 4-6 July 2013, where the contents of the draft papers were discussed and the group interacted with policy-makers and students.

4. A series of publications, among which: a book (in English) on the results of the research, a special issue (in Spanish) of the review Puente@Europa and a book in Spanish.