The Europaeum's recent graduate workshop on The Arab Spring One Year on: What next ?, saw 20 students from across our network convene at hosted in Paris to take stock of developments in the Arab world, one year on. One of the students, Ana Cláudia Manuelito presented a fascinating paper on "The Arab Spring and Maritime Security in the Mediterranean Sea – a moment to think about cooperation and solidarity", in which she argues for the need to cooperate and maintain strong links to promote great maritime security, rather than "close our minds and borders." Click here to read her presentation online
The Institute of Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal (IEP-UCP) hosted their special annual conference bringing scholars, policy-makers, businessmen, opinion leaders, journalists and students together in an open debate on political science and international relations.
As Greece teeters and economists worry about contagion, this year's annual debate for Europaeum students is on theme of Do we still need the € ? Four Europaeum graduates took part in the debate in front of 200 participants attending the Political Forum on Open Societies, Open Economies and Common Identities at the Institute of Political Studies at the Catholica University of Portugal (IEP-UCP). As usual it was chaired by Dr Paul Flather, the Secretary-General, who also spoke at the Forum.
The Europaeum is organising the fifth annual Policy-Making inside Europe ? taking place in Brussels from June 18-20th. This three-day programme of talks, discussions, interviews and special visits with top European policy-makers in Brussels. The seminar is again being organised by the Europaeum and our associate member the Institute of Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal (IEP-UCP), and will focus on how European policy is made in Brussels in a range of fields and disciplines. The programme includes visits to the European Parliament and NATO. Topics will include Is Capitalism at Stake?; Economics and Political Future of Europe; EU harmonisation approaches: Directives, Regulations or secondary law regimes; From Arab Spring to Arab Autumn?; and, The EU and the BRICs.
In the lead up to our 2012 Brussels Policy-making Seminar, students from last year's cohort reflected on their experiences during this three-day seminar workshop. Here is an excerpt from what they had to say: "We were delighted how the programme allowed us to converse and debate with senior academics, European politicians, experts and fellow students, on a wide range of current and stimulating topics related to EU policy- making and the EU’s relationship with the wider world. The visits to the European institutions were in our mind a fantastic opportunity and addition to the programme, and were thoroughly enjoyed by all and aroused great interest within the group." Click here to read the full report!
The first round of applications for the Europaeum’s 2012-2013 MA programme in European History and Civilization has been completed. Students still interested in applying to the programme can submit applications until June 1st for late consideration.
This unique 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 busy 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.
Continuing our ongoing Oxford-Geneva Links programme, which brings scholars from Oxford to Geneva, and Geneva to Oxford, the Europaeum is organising another special lecture hosted by our partner The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. This year Professor Sir Adam Roberts, Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for International Studies, Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, and President of the British Academy, will lecture on A Kind of Madness: Jean-Jacques Rousseau on International Relations on May 21st.
June 28th will mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In the lead-up to this anniversary, the Europaeum is organising a special graduate workshop at the University of Oxford on May 25-27th exploring the role Rousseau had on the development of republicanism in Europe, and the impact he continues to have today. Click here to download the event poster.
The working language will be English. All costs at the event are covered for Europaeum graduates, but note that all participants must cover their own travel costs. The event is as usual open to all Europaeum graduates, notably from Law, Economics, Politics, History, International Relations, and other relevant disciplines. Interested participants should respond via e-mail with letter of application, a short CV (max. 2 pages), and a support letter from your supervising professor to the Europaeum Office as soon as possible.
In August 2010, the Europaeum produced a detailed report on the budgets of higher education programmes in European countries that host Europaeum partner institutions (and the countries of potential Europaeum partners). Now the Europaeum is releasing a new updated report reflecting the impact of the current economic downturn on these programmes, utilising an even wider range of contemporary source material.
In the lead up to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the new Europaeum Green Sustainability Blog is up and running. We invite scholars to enter the debate by sending us their views on issues surrounding the conference. Europaeum Research Director for the 2012 workshop on Challenges and Opportunities for Europe in building a Global Green Economy, Laurent Lambert from the Oxford University Centre for the Environment, contributed the first piece on Rio+20: reinventing hope? New written pieces as well as short reactions or comments are welcome. Click here to enter the dialogue!!
The Europaeum is co-sponsoring an international conference on The Ideas of Prevention in European Law, to take place on May 4th at Charles University, Prague. The aim of the conference is to explore the somewhat ambiguous and multipurpose concept "Prevention in Law", which is increasingly employed both in legal academia and in legal practice.
Following the tremendous success of our conference on Federalisms - East and West - India, Europe, and North America held in 2010, the Europaeum is now planning a second follow-up event in late 2012 this time exploring themes of multi-level governance and localism in the US, Europe, and India. The conference is due to take place in the Indian capital of Delhi, with a range of leading figures from the worlds of politics, law, economics, academia, and the media. Please read the attached statement for a summary of key issues to be discussed - and stay tuned for more details.
The Europaeum is moving ahead with its plans for an international policy forum on the Future for European Universities 2011-15. This important event will set out to explore the future of higher education in former ECE region. The conference entitled Higher Education: Progress, and Academic Freedom - Universities in East Central Europe since the Fall of the Wall is planned for late 2012, to be held at Oxford University. Leading education experts, policy-makers, top media figures, and scholars from across the Europaeum network will be in attendance. As usual this event is open to selected graduate students from Europaeum partner universities. Stay tuned for more information.
The Europaeum ran a new graduate workshop on The Arab Spring One Year On: What next ? hosted at Paris 1-Sorbonne on March 22-24th, with Professor Christine Mengin as Director. The aim was to take stock of developments in the region a year on, and to look ahead, with the focus especially on two key pioneers for change - Tunisia and Egypt. Speakers included Slim Laghmani (University of Tunis), Mohammed Marouani (Paris 1), Nadine Picaudou (Paris 1), Lise Storm (University of Exeter), and Patrice Vermeren (Paris 1), among others.
The Europaeum is pleased to announce the addition of a new trustee, a former Austrian Vice-Chancellor, Minister of Science and Research, and Minister of Education - Dr. Erhard Busek. Currently a Visiting Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies at Duke University, and Co-Chair of the Commission on Radio and Television Policy: Central and Eastern Europe, Dr Busek is a welcome addition for our Board of Trustees. For more information about Dr Busek please see his full biography on our website. Click here for a full list of our current trustees