The Europaeum promotes academic links and research collaboration between its partners. We facilitate research projects, conferences, lectures, joint teaching programmes and much more.See also our Europaeum Diary of Forthcoming Events in 2016
The collaboration between the Europaeum and the New York Review of Books continues, as their conference on Technology and the Human Future, hosted in Oslo and supported by the Europaeum, starts today. Spanning two days and comprising an impressive number of talks and speakers, the conference welcomes several representatives of the Oxford Internet Institute, which is linked to the Europaeum, as well as Simon Head, an Associate Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute in Oxford and author of The New Ruthless Economy: Work and Power in the Digital Age (OUP 2005), who heads up our partnership with the NYRB Foundation. The conference promises to tackle a broad and ambitious range of topics relating to technology and the “deep changes” it can bring about in our lives, and thus in “the human future in all its dimensions”
George Weidenfeld is also to be remembered as a great friend of Oxford on Saturday, September 24th, in the Sheldonian in Oxford, having not only founded the Europaeum, 'his first baby' - but continued to support the university in many ways, serving for many years as Vice-President of the University's Development Campaign, and helping to create and establish the Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholarship Scheme which funds up to 25 top-ranking scholars each year, and the Blavatnik School of Governance which already has some 150 graduates a year reading public policy degrees. Both were ideas first discussed within the Europaeum board. All are welcome at this event, and invitations have gone to select Europaeum graduate alumni and to leading donors, friends and supporters of the association. The event follows the hugely memorable event which took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on June 26th to mark and celebrate the many achievements of George Weidenfeld, who died on January 20th at the age of 96. It was attended by a huge array of well-known public figures, academics, intellectuals, journalists, artists, authors and many who have given years of support to the Europaeum.
The Europaeum is once again mounting a special initiative focussing a series of events to be hosted with the Graduate Institute in Geneva, on European migration and mobility, amidst the fall out from the UK vote to exit the European Union. The plan for the Europaeum's European Migration Day is to invite a select group of past and current Europaeum alumni to come to Geneva on October 20th for a day of debates and discussion, including a 'fireside chat' with leading European figures, and a model European Parliament-style debate on the theme including reforms to free movement rules, dealing with asylum seekers from north Africa, the impact of the Brexit vote, and how to build Europe-wide cooperation on migration issues.
What does it mean to be a "good" European ? The question recurs as Europe grapples with a series of simultaneous crises - refugees, multi-culturalism, uneven economic development, and bailing out neighbours at a time of low economic growth. These are tests for not only the capacities of both states, regions, communities and individuals on how best to respond in a practical way, but they raise deeper, existential questions of what kind of Europe we want to build, share, and protect. These are important questions, but for various reasons we will be deferring our workshop exploring these ideas to early next year We recognise that these issues remain pertinent, and we hope that by early Spring we can relaunch this three-day workshop to be held in Prague, to be hosted with local partners from Charles University.
Oxford has been gearing up to face a future that could herald the UK out of the EU, with potential threats to a major research stream, which last year yielded more than £66 million; the 1 in 7 students that come from the EU to study at Oxford; and one in six staff that come from the EU. Oxford has joined a high-level university Europe Group which is keeping in touch with the UK government and lobbying through bodies such as the European Research Council and LERU. The University has hired special lawyers to advise on migration law, and there is advice on the impact of pensions.