CP Research Assistants Valeria Camia is a researcher assistant at the Institute of Political Science. She has a scholarship from the NCCR programme “Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century” funded by the Swiss National Research Foundation. Valeria Camia’s research interests are in comparative politics and European integration studies. Her current work deals with the impact of European integration on parties’ policies and party system. Specifically, it focuses on the converging and diverging dynamics of the European political structures; and on changing conflict’s dimensions in domestic party politics vis-à-vis the development of European institutions. Valeria Camia is also interested in electoral preferences on Europe and research on democratic theory beyond the nation-state. She wrote her Ph.D. on comparing the discourse on Europe of social democratic parties in Great Britain, Germany and Italy. Combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and a number of different data sources (e.g. manifestos and parliamentary debates), Valeria Camia’s work analyses how each of these parties has independently promoted its discourse on Europe in the last three decades. The dissertation contains accounts of social democratic parties’ discourse over time, which find support in the historical perspective. Since 2010 Valeria is part of the NCCR Democracy Doctoral Program, Zurich, and working to the NCCR research project «Conceptions of Europe - alternative demos conceptions in the EU», coordinated by Prof. Caramani and Prof. Imhof. Before joining the Institute of Political Science in St Gallen, in Valeria Camia took a BA degree in Political and Moral Philosophy at the University of Pavia, Italy, and in 2006 she completed a MA in International Relations at the University of Reading, UK. In 2008, she completed a Master in Management of Institutional, Political and Social Communication in Milan, Italy. Valeria Camia speaks Italian (mother tongue), English and German. Conferences and seminars (2012) How Parties Frame Social Citizenship and the Inclusion of Immigrants across Europe. Paper prepared for ESA Research Network 32 - Political Sociology, Milan, November 30, December 1 (co-authored with Beatrice Eugster). “Parties’ vision on Europe: a framework for analysis”, paper prepared for presentation at the University of Stuttgart, 8th November 2011. “Social democratic parties and political competition in the EU: evidence of a tri-dimensional space”, paper prepared for presentation at the Euroacademia International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’, Vienna, 8th-10th December 2011. “The Italian social democratic party and European identity. Continuities and changes of the discursive construction of Europe in comparison to the Eastern other”, paper prepared for presentation at the Identity and Interculturality: Research Methods, International Doctoral Summer School, Roskilde University, 4th-8th July 2011. “European identity, the ‘other’, and the nation. Analysis of the representation of Europe in the discourses of the Labour Party and the SPD”, paper prepared for presentation at 4th global conference on Interculturalism and Identity, Prague March 8th-11th 2011. “Towards a social democratic discourse of Europe? The Course of Vision on Europe of Labour party and SPD since 1969”, paper prepared for presentation at the Congress of Swiss Political Science Association, Basel, January 2011. “Ideas of European Identity vis-à-vis others? Evidence form parties’ manifestos, 1990-2005”, Paper prepared for presentation at the 68th MPSA Conference, Chicago 2010. “European Identity?” Paper prepared for presentation at the Congress of Swiss Political Science Association, Geneve, January 2010. Papers in journals (2012) “Social democratic parliamentary discourse on Europe in Italy: the cultural defeat of social democracy?”, Bulletin of Italian Politics 4(2): 231-250. (2011) (with Daniele Caramani) “Family Meetings: Ideological Convergence Within Party Families Across Europe, 1945–2009”, Comparative European Politics 10(1): 48-85. (2010) “Normative Discussions on European Identity: A Puzzle for Social Science?”, Perspectives on European Politics, 11(1) 2010.