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Europaeum Policy Seminar: Policy making in Brussels

Tags: This is our sixth special two-day programme of talks, discussions, interviews and special visits involving those at the sharp end of policy and decision-making in Brussels. It has been organised with colleagues in Lisbon to focus on how European policy is made in Brussels in a range of fields and disciplines. The programme includes visits to the European Parliament. Topics will include the current Economic Crisis, the economic and political future of Europe. The accent above all is on debate and understanding. Please take a look at the full program here

Graduates debate Lisbon

Tags: The Institute for Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal is hosting its annual major international summer school and conference in Lisbon, at the end of June, bringing together policymakers and academics from the US, UK, Portugal and the rest of Europe. As usual, our event will be in the form of an Oxford Union-style open debate led by leading Europaeum graduate students. This will involve four research graduates- each speaking for or against the given proposition, with expert commentators on hand, and a final open vote on the proposition taken. One position is yet to be filled. If interested please contact the The Europaeum Office as soon as possible. For the full programm please click here.

Philosophy as a Humanist Discipline

Tags: The Europaeum is again a co-sponsor with the New York Review of Books Foundation of an important philosophy conference this month, on June 21 and 22nd, reviewing the ideas of humanism and idealism of three Oxford giants - Sir Isaiah Berlin, Sir Stuart Hampshire and professor Bernard Williams. The event also marks part of the 50th birthday celebrations of the NYRB. Those taking part include Alan Ryan, John Gray, Mark Lilla, Avishai Margalit and Timothy Garton Ash. Those specifically representing the Europaeum include Professor Michael Freeden who has led two Europaeum research Group Projects on Liberalisms, and Political Concepts in Europe, and Dr Nicholas Budden (see profile of the month in this month's bulletin) who has led the Europaeum's Cultural Difference in Europe Programme which continues with this month's Paris conference. For the full programme please see here or see the poster here.

Paris Convention: Is Europe Fragmenting?

Tags: Paris convention: Is Europe fragmenting?  European society and social solidarity: Is Europe fragmenting ? Université Paris I Sorbonne, Salle 1. Starts at 16.00 on wednesday June 12th continues Thursday June 13th 09.30 and Friday June 14th 09.30 All welcome. See Paris Conference poster hereeurope fragmentingeurope fragmenting
Since the Second World War, European institutions have repeatedly been tested by crisis. A decade ago there remained widespread confidence that the future of the so-called European Project was secure – born over a lengthy period of successful institutional reform, growing prosperity, economic integration, expanding membership and, even, popular support. The end of the Cold War enabled this founding vision - protecting peace, entrenching democracy and promoting a common sense of European identity - to go beyond the Franco-German, to embrace the whole continent. Participation in shared institutions was to be the effective formula for diminishing and controlling inherited suspicions, animosities and conflicts, among, and within, the nations of Europe. Today this European solidarity is fracturing. The severity and complexity of the economic crisis has undermined earlier optimism, even the inevitability of the ultimate success of the European Project. 

2013 Annual Conference


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?

2012 Europaeum Summary of Activities

Tags: A special message of thanks from the Chairman of the Europaeum Board of Trustees, Dr. Pierre Keller, appears in the Foreword of our 2012 Europaeum Summary of Activities, which is still being distributed to all our friends, supporters and colleagues. The Summary details all the events and programmes for the past year, and has personal thanks from Dr Keller to "all those including academics, students, supporters and donors, who helped to make all these events possible".  He recognised especially the continuing high quality of our Jenkins Scholars who are at Europaeum universities, and looked forward to productive relations with our newest member, Pompeu Fabra from Barcelona. He also particularly mentioned our summer school on conflict resolution in Europe, a theme close to his own heart given his own long term involvement and commitment to the international Red Cross, and support for many special international relations events and initiatives - including an important intervention to build peace in the Middle East. Read the Foreword in full in the report Here. It also contains a formal statement of our budget prepared by our accountants.

Lecture by Faisal Devji in Geneva - May 27th 2013

Tags: Another Europaeum Lecture will take place in our continuing Oxford-Geneva Link Programme, to be delivered by Dr Faisal Devji, Reader in Modern South Asian History at Oxford and a Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, who will speak on Muslim Passions in Europe. The event will take place at 18.30 in the main auditorium of the Graduate Institute for International Development and Relations. The event will be chaired by Professor Philippe Burrin, Director of the Graduate Institute, who sits on our Board of trustees - who gave the first of the Europeaum Lectures in this now 10-year series, on Strands on Nazi Anti-Semitism.. All welcome.

DEBATE | Europe's Economic Crisis

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.

Europe in a Globalised World

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’.

APPLICATIONS | MA in European History and Civilisation

Applications are now being accepted for the Europaeum’s 2013-2014 MA programme in European History and Civilization with terms spent at Leiden, Paris and Oxford. This programme offers graduate students a special opportunity to deepen their knowledge of European history and institutions, their philosophical and historical backgrounds and underpinnings, and their social and economic contexts, through the lens of three different university worlds. This knowledge plays an increasingly crucial role in practical decision-making and strategic planning, where Europe-wide and global contact and negotiation is required. For further information, see Application details on our website.

PUBLICATION | Vernon Bogdanor lecture published

An important Europaeum Lecture on Overcoming the Legacy of the 20th century: Protecting Minorities in Modern Democracies, by Emeritus Professor Vernon Bogdanor has been published online at the Europaeum website. The lecture is timely and picks up important issues facing democracies in Europe today. Professor Bogdanor remains an Emeritus Professor at Oxford, but is now based at King’s College, London. Click here to read the pamphlet

SPRING SCHOOL | Europe in a Globalised World

The Europaeum is organising a Spring School 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 Asia - notably China and India, but also Japan and South Korea. The workshop will be linked to the Europaeum's new joint MAs - the newly launched Europaeum MA Programme in Prague, Paris and Leiden, and the MA in European History. The event will particularly explore historical roots and political themes, but will also explore economic, trade and economic factors, and processes of 'globalisation', including innovation, migration, mobility, the circulation of ideas and so forth.

REPORT | Student Travel Bursary

This year, the Europaeum initiated a new scheme to assist select graduate students from our partner universities with small travel bursaries to promote greater collaboration across our network.

ANNOUNCEMENT | New Europaeum MA Programme

The Europaeum is launching a new Europaeum MA Programme (EMAP) which currently links Charles University, and Paris 1 Sorbonne, with Leiden set to join. The EMAP will function as a two-year MA Programme in European Studies, over four semesters, with students attending courses at the collaborating universities. The EMAP engages students in the fields of European Politics, European Contemporary History and European International Relations, including relations between Europe and the US, and Europe's place in the world

GRADUATE WORKSHOP | America: Still a European Power?

The University of Bologna will host an international conference and linked graduate seminar on America: Still a European Power? organised by the School of Political Science, University of Bologna, the Bologna Center of SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and the Europaeum consortium. This seminar will bring a historical perspective to the present phase of European-American relations. Questions will include: Should Europe continue to depend on its main ally on the other side of the Atlantic ? What is the state of US-Europe relations today ? Have Europeans been naive in projecting idealistic dreams on Obama ? Can the wounds of Iraq be healed ? What is the impact on the relationship from new challenges from the East ? Has Obama switched attention away from Europe ? What are the challenges for the future under a new President ? Click here for more information