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’.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
León Castellanos-Jankiewicz, PhD law student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, attended the 2012 Europaeum Summer School on Conflict Resolution in Europe: Lessons for Tomorrow. In a recent article for the Institute, León reflected on his experience. Click here to read more