2013 Annual Conference European society and social solidarity: Is Europe fragmenting?
June 12th-14th, 2013: The University of Paris 1 - Panthéon - Sorbonne
The Europaeum will host our annual international conference with a linked graduate seminar organised by the Europaeum consortium. This conference will set out to explore the nature of current “cracks” and divisions in European society, in European civic and urban life, and in European culture. Questions will include: What did Europe stand for and what does it stand for today? What shadows do our memories cast today? What does the post-War, post Cold War generation believe in? How and why have faith based controversies emerged again? How has migration led to cultural controversies and clashes? Is the rise of the right a symptom of anxiety and fear of change?
As the debate over the right economic strategy to resolve the economic crisis across Europe and in the UK rages, the Europaeum supported a major public debate on Austerity. This event was organised by the New York Review of Books with support from St Antony's College and also the Fritt Ord Foundation. It was held at Oxford University on May 13th from 5-7pm at the Sheldonian Theatre, with key note speakers Meghnad Desai, emeritus professor of economics and global governance at LSE who has spoken at several Europaeum events; Martin Wolf distinguished columnist from the FT, who spoke at our Federalisms international conference in 2010; Sir John Redwood, a Conservative MP, and Robert Skidelsky, an active Lib Dem peer and biographer of Keynes.
Professor Margaret Macmillan who is also Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford, was the keynote speaker at the Europaeum’s recent workshop in Oxford starting on May 16th on Europe in a Globalised World: What has changed ? - exploring Europe's rise to dominance from the Middle Ages, to its rivalry with the US, and eventual decline of the so-called ‘West’, and now the anticipated rise of the ‘East’.