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Krakow Conference and Jubilee celebrations

The Europaeum will be joining the celebrations of the Rector and other colleagues at the Jagiellonian next month, as the famous University marks its 650th jubilee anniversary on May 9th-11th. The University in Kraków was founded by King Casimir the Great in 1364, with its golden age launched after its re-foundation by Queen Jadwiga and King Wladyslaw Jagiello in 1400. Now Rector Professor Wojciech Nowak has kindly invited Europaeum university leaders and senior representatives to join two days of celebrations that will include a special concert and dinner, a ceremonial procession and the award of new degrees, a second dinner and a regatta, among his special guests. The event is being seen as highly significant in Poland, as shown when the country's Senate in a special resolution praised the JU for its special role of six centuries in forming the country's elite and laying foundations for a host of other higher education institutions in its image, and contributing to science and education throughout the region.

Europaeum's annual series of Lectures in European History

Tags: The Europaeum's annual series of lectures in European History have just been announced. This year the focus will be on The view from outside, how is Europe perceived from non-Europeans, from ex-colonies,from different vantage points. The series entitled, which takes places on Tuesday mornings from 09.00 an in the Oxford University History Faculty, open to all, is entitled : The Outsiders: New Perspectives on Europe. please see here for more details and the programme.

Europaeum scores high in subject rankings

Most league tables are institutional, but the latest world table focuses on individual subject areas providing a fascinating mine of information, with Oxford racking up more world top spots than any other except Harvard (11 firsts) and MIT (9 firsts). It was rated first in Geography, English Language and Literature, and Modern Languages. All eligible Europaeum members made it into the top 100 in at least one subject, showing the strength and quality of the network. The survey was carried out by The QS World University Rankings, published last month, utilising data on research citations and reputation to rank the top 200 universities in 30 different subjects.

Summerschool 2014 Madrid - Gender in Europe: an unfinished Revolution ?

Tags: Applications are coming in now for this year's annual summer school on Gender themes - our 21st in our continuing series to be held in Madrid in partnership with the Complutense University, in the first week of July, bringing together experts from law and justice, think tanks, politics, NGOs and universities, for five days of talks, panels, working groups, debates role-playing and discussions. Questions to be analysed will include the glass ceiling, current activism, prostitution, rights equality, the impact of the current crisis on women, female genital mutilation, the images of women in the media and in literature, and many more. Selections will start from May 1st so please do apply now. See attached draft programme here. Places are free to all advanced Europaeum graduates - apart from travel. Others can also apply but costs will need to be covered.

Europaeum Graduate Workshop: The Making of Europe ?

The Europaeum will be running a three-day graduate workshop examining the role of War, Empire, Markets and Values in the making of Europe. The workshop will be held in Oxford from April 24th-26th, designed for 30 graduates, mainly participants from our two main Europaeum Joint Teaching Programmes, linking our MA in European History and our MA in European Politics and Society in Prague, Leiden, Paris and Oxford universities. It will consist of the usual lively debates and discussions, talks from renowned experts, and presentations from the graduates themselves. If you are interested in the last few remaining places, please contact the office with a CV, letter of motivation and one or two references by the end of March. Some key themes to be discussed during the event include: the Napoleonic Code as a Europeaniser, the influence of the Markets and trade, the role of Armies and Conquest, the legacy of Empire, and the input of common values (e.g. liberalism and democracy). The workshop will also include a keynote speech by Professor Michael Broers, Professor of Western European History and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.

Europaeum Lecture: Paul Collier on Migration

Professor Paul CollierProfessor Paul CollierThe next Europaeum Lecture is to be given by Professor Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Fellow of St Antony’s College, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, in our continuing Oxford-Geneva Link Programme Series.  The lecture on April 29th is likely to be on the theme of migration and development. Sir Paul Collier, knighted this year for his services promoting research and policy change in Africa, is currently adviser to the Strategy and Policy Department of the International Monetary Fund, adviser to the Africa Region of the World Bank, and adviser to DFID. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resource rich societies. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post and is author of numerous books including The Bottom Billion (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Exodus: How migration is changing our world (Oxford University Press, 2013). Please view the poster here.

The Václav Havel Dialogues Project

Tags: Václav HavelVáclav HavelThe Europaeum has pledged to become one of a number of partners in an important new initiative that is to be called The Václav Havel European Dialogues, which aims to initiate and stimulate a discussion about issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe. The HEDP will operate within the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel, with a clear focus to work with students and to bring them together in discussion with key decision-makers and power-brokers. As such the Project, the brainchild of Pavel Seifter, a long-time senior advisor to President Havel and later Czech ambassador in the UK, very much echoes the current ambitions of the Europaeum itself. This idea takes its main inspiration from Václav Havel's essay Power of the Powerless. The HEDP aims to offer the "powerless" a platform to express themselves and in so doing to boost their position within Europe, as a long-term project that involves cooperation with a range of organisations in various European cities. Projects are planned in Bruges and Berlin and will perhaps be linked to our forthcoming Europaeum workshops. Supporting bodies include the Václav Havel Library, the EC representation in the Czech Republic, the Visegrad Fund, European Parliament Information Office, the Forum 2000 Foundation, and the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. The first opening conference – entitled The Citizen, Power and Democracy in Europe's crisis – took place in Prague last month

Europaeum Essentials

The latest edition of our handy guide to the first 20 years of our activities and programmes has now distributed fairly widely to our friends, supporters and representatives. It was published last year and we now put a summary of the full contents of the 76-page booklet up here on our website and accessible via our publications section. The booklet begins with a summary of our Vision, a list of our Board of Trustees, and a Brief History which tracks our development through six stages, the launch (1992-6), consolidation (1996-2000), innovation (2000-2003) when many new programmes were unveiled and floated, extension (2003-7) when memberships rose to 10, and sustainability (2008-2012) when the association operated at full power, and now we have a second period of re-consolidation while funding and further development is undertaken running through to 2015.

Policy Making Seminar in Brussels

Tags: In all some 36 Europaeum doctoral students and graduates have just participated in a very lively policy-making seminar set up by the Europaeum, the Institute of Politics, Catholic University of Portugal, and the European Parliament, in Brussels. Talks covered the trade agreements between the US and Europe, the forthcoming European elections, a range of security issues currently facing NATO, European policy towards Africa, and a wide ranging discussion on democracy across the union following the Lisbon Agreement, led by Paulo Rangel MEP, one of Portugal's leading European parliamentarians who is in the EPP group and has written widely on the topic. Other speakers included Richard Corbett (adviser to Herman van Rompuy), Sonia Piedrafita (Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies), Nicolas Rougy (Executive Director, European Partnership for Democracy) and Ania Skrzypek (Senior Research Fellow, Foundation for European Progressive Studies).

Europaeum Graduate Workshops 2004-2014


The Europaeum will once again this year offering a range of exciting opportunities for advanced graduates, doctoral, and post
doctoral students and young scholars including, Our first event will be the Policy-Making in Europe seminar in Brussels in 
mid February (see above), followed by a workshop in Oxford in early May on aspects of War and Peace in Europe, our
international graduate debate on Emerging Democracy in Lisbon in late June, our Summer School on Gender in Europe
in Madrid in the first week of July, then a workshop on the Place of Jews in European History in Krakow in October
and Ethics, Finance and Economic Policy in Prague in November.

Europaeum Lecture: Re-evaluating the Legacy of Henry Kissinger: Statesman or Stuntman

Tags: Jussi HahnhimäkiJussi Hahnhimäki

Jussi M. Hanhimäki, Professor of International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva will give a Europaeum Lecture in February at St Antony's College, Oxford. His title will be Re-evaluating the Legacy of Henry Kissinger: Statesman or Stuntman?
The Lecture will be held at St Antony's College, Oxford on February 19th and chaired by Professor MacMillan. Two new discussants will take part in the forthcoming lecture: Peter Jay, former UK Ambassador to the US, and Joe Klein, Time Columnist and author of Primary Colours. Professor Hanhimäki is a leading expert on the international history of the Cold War. He is an advisor, and former director, for the Programme for the Study of Global Migration at the Geneva Institute. His main research interests include American foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and the international history of the Cold War.

Jenkins Scholarship Commemorative Booklet

This month, the Europaeum hosted a special celebration for the 10th Anniversary of the Jenkins Scholarship Scheme. To mark the occasion, a commemorative booklet was produced, highlighting the history of the scheme, memories of Roy Jenkins and reflections on their experiences by the 51 Jenkins Scholars themselves.
Following the death of the former European Commissioner Roy Jenkins in 2003, more than five hundred thousand euros was raised, which has supported some five awards a year - four graduates coming into Oxford each year to study in the Social Sciences, Arts and the Humanities, and one Oxford graduate studying at a Europaeum university each year. It is now hoped that means can be found to extend what has clearly been a very successful and productive scheme.
Please read the booklet here.

Austerity the great debate Kill or Cure? : a Live Recording

Tags: As the debate raged across European capitals as to what constituted the best strategy to resolve the economic crisis, one word was on everyone's lips - namely Austerity. So last May, our partners the New York Review of Books with support from St Antony's College and the Fritt Ord Foundation, organised a major debate on the meanings of Austerity - Kill or Cure ? , at Oxford University on May 13th at the Sheldonian Theatre, with Lord (Meghnad) Desaiemeritus professor of economics and global governance at LSE, who has spoken at several past Europaeum events and Sir John Redwood, a Conservative MP both defending the kind of austerity policies favoured by the UK Chancellor Geroge Osborne and the IMF, and to a lesser extent, Chancellor Merkel; while; Martin Wolf distinguished columnist on the Financial Times

Latest Survey Fact Sheet Available

Tags: Following our recent graduate workshop held in Leiden and Amsterdam, on Water, Climate Change and Cities, the Europaeum has also compiled a list of the leading environmental or green centre or research institutes at each partner institution.  For a full list see our latest Survey Fact Sheet # 11 - do please let us have any updates or feedback in what is clearly a growing area of interest.

20th Anniversary Celebrations Completed

The Europaeum has now completed its 20th anniversary year celebrations - culminating with a major reception
held at the Reform Club to mark the 10th anniversary of the Jenkins Scholarship scheme (see above). The year has seen a number of special events (see here for a list) and as we now enter our 21st year, we would like to thank all our trustees, members of our academic council and steering group, supporters from our partner institutions and linked bodies, our academic friends, our experts, our many graduates who have participated in our events, and above all, our donors and benefactors (see here for a list of major donors).