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Graduate Workshop in Prague : Democracy in Times of Crisis

Tags: The Europaeum invites applications for a workshop of talks and discussions at an international conference at Charles University, Prague on Democracy in Times of Crisis. Our workshop will run in parallel to this conference and it would be open to young Europaeum researchers and scholars from the fields of political theory, political science, as well as other social and human sciences.

Click to see the poster and the draft programme.

New York Review of Books Event: Power Privacy and the Internet

Tags: The scandal over the secret NSA tapping carried out in the US, leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, currently a fugitive from US authorities in a Russian airport, has put the Internet under the spotlight once more. The crisis has also provoked quite different and furious response in Europe with Germany taking a particular critical stand of US behaviour, and the UK taking a mild view, not least because the British Government appears heavily implicated.

International Europaeum Vaclav Havel MA Programme Launched


The Europaeum consortium has just launched a brand new joint initiative which will link leading European universities to create a new EUROPAEUM MA PROGRAMME, combining all the strengths and specialisms of all the partner institutions, to provide potential students with a unique learning experience.

The EMAP began last autumn, linking the universities of Paris 1 Sorbonne-Pantheon, Charles University, Prague, and Leiden University, with support from scholars at Oxford University, and other Europaeum partners exploring ways to join the programme from the 2013-14 academic year.

International Conference : Federalisms v. Localisms

Tags: Jindal University, India, in partnership with the Europaeum, is holding a new international conference from October 10th-12th on Federalisms v. Localisms: Competing Demands and Conflicting Aspirations? backed by James Madison Trust and Jindal University, with Professor Raj Kumar (Jindal) and Mani Shankar Aiyar MP. The event will be inaugurated by the Vice-President of India, Dr Hamid Ansari, and the aim of this conference is to review current ideas around federalisms and localisms across the world, and to examine different thinking with particular reference to Europe, India and North America.

Europaeum Lecture

Tags: Sir Adam RobertsSir Adam RobertsProfessor Sir Adam Roberts is set to give a special Europaeum Lecture at Charles University, Prague, on the theme Civil Resistance and Power Politics : From the Prague Spring to the Arab Spring on September 26th. The lecture will form the centrepiece of a special ceremony to launch our new joint MA teaching programme, linking the universities of Prague, Leiden, and Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, focussing on European Politics and Society, and involving young graduate scholars to study at two or more Europaeum partner institutions. Professor Roberts gave a highly cited Europaeum Lecture on Western involvement in the Iraq War at Leiden in 2003 (to read this lecture click here). He also gave a Europaeum Lecture last year at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, helping us to mark the 300th anniversary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Krakow Workshop: Wither Europe: European Integration in Transformation

Tags: The Europaeum invites applications for a three day workshop of talks and discussions being organised in participation with the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, which is marking the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the Institute. Click here to see the poster. The three day event will cover a wide range of themes, including : external and internal political, economic and social challenges that shape contemporary European integration process; the influence of the current Eurozone Crisis; changes in the institutional and legal order of the EU; problems of the construction and re-construction of European identity; and processes of Europeanization and European migration reflecting the interdisciplinary character of European research and the multifaceted nature of integration processes in Europe.

Europaeum School Summer 2013 Rights and Citizenship in Europe: are we really equal ?

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Rights and Citizenship in Europe: are we really equal?

The event kicks off on September 2nd, with 28 graduates already confirmed as participants from nine Europaeum universities. Key themes will include human rights, minority rights, mobility and migration, environmental rights and national identities. Experts taking part include Professor Jaume Casals, Professor of Philosophy and Rector of UPF Barcelona, Professor Aida Torres and Professor Josep Ferrer at UPF Barcelona, Professor Hartmut Mayer from Oxford, and many practitioners including speakers from Greenpeace and SOS Racism, Ada Colau, and Alain Servantie, former head in DG Enlargement at the European Commission. Click here.
for the draft programme. Click here for a current list of participants. This summer school – the 20th in our series - will bring together experts from law and justice, think tanks, NGOs and universities, to discuss key questions over five days of talks, panels, working groups, debates role-playing and discussions.

New edition of Essentials is published

In our new edition of the Essentials, currently being distributed, we outline our record of past international research collaborations stimulated by our association under our Small Grants Scheme, which enable groups to run a research seminar or workshop, co-ordinate a research proposal, or prepare bids to the European Union and other funding bodies. Please see here for summary reports on our various Europaeum Research Project Groups including Church and Family in Western Europe (2000 - 02); The Kosovo Stability Pact and the Balkans (2000 -01); European Economic Integration (2002 - 09); European Identity: Reason, Science, Law (2002 - 05); The Regulation of e-Commerce (2002 - 03); Transmission of Science (2002 - 06); Liberalism in 20th Century Europe (2003 - 07) ; Social Security Law (2005 - 07); and two still active groups, Cultural Difference in Europe (launched in 2005 - ), and European Political Concepts (founded in 2006 - ). We hope to laundch a new group on in the coming year on Liberalism & Consensus Building in Europe.
Please read more about it here

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.