About Europaeum Events
The Europaeum organizes many events each year, ranging from lectures and seminars to international gatherings involving all of our university members.
Annual conferences link scholars from Europaeum Universities, summer schools bring together graduate students for enriching academic discourse, while lectures form part of the Europaeum's mission to encourage international exchange of ideas and academic mobility.
You can view details of upcoming events below. Alternatively, view all upcoming events on the Europaeum Calendar.
The Europaeum ran a graduate workshop at the University of Oxford looking at communication and media in Europe down the ages. The workshop tracked how societies have communicated and how leaders have 'spoken' to their followers and how rulers have used language to rule. The workshop also looked at how communication in war has developed with a focus on reporting and the role of the media in the recent Iraq War. The workshop was built around lectures given by Mark Thompson, the new CEO of the New York Times and former Director-General of the BBC for the past decade. He also took part in a special discussion with participants in the workshop.
The Europaeum is co-supporting an upcoming conference at Charles University, Prague from October 26-27th. The concept of effet utile refers to the method of understanding international treaties, most commonly used in the interpretation of European Community law by the European Court of Justice. Speakers from Computense Universidad Madrid and the University of Bonn will take part, as well as colleagues from the Centre of Law at Prague. Click here to view a preliminary Programme.
Form more information and details on how you can attend, please contact the Europaeum Office.
Eleventh Classics Colloquium:
Leadership in the Ancient World
University of Oxford
For this year’s Classics Colloquium – the eleventh in its series –, we will look at Leadership in the Ancient World from several angles, including politics, literature, culture, religion, philosophy, history and others.
Classics graduate scholars at member universities of the Europaeum are invited to take part in this Colloquium, which aims to bring young European classics scholars together with leading academic experts, with the chance to present papers for discussion and critique by a fellow scholar.
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 are invited to take 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). The Forum brings together distinguished speakers, scholars, policy-makers, businessmen, opinion leaders, journalists and a multi-national collection of students to engage in the most topical issues of the day. This year the Europaeum will also hold its annual Academic Council during the event so that more Europaeum academics can also take part. As usual it is chaired by Dr Paul Flather, the Secretary-General, who is also speaking at the Forum.
The 2012 Europaeum Summer School took place at the University of Oxford on the theme Conflict Resolution in Europe: Lessons for Tomorrow. From September 2nd - 7th, participants reflected on the complexities of European and global governance with particular reference to conflict resolution within Europe over recent decades. The Summer school brought together academic experts, practitioners, reporters from the field, policy-makers and journalists, to provide a variety of perspectives on such conflict scenarios as Northern Ireland, the Basque region, and the Balkans. Invited speakers included Richard Caplan, Sir Adam Roberts, Hew Strachan, Guy-Goodwin-Gill, Robert Harris, Andrew Hurrell, Mark Malloch-Brown, Lord Ashdown, David Trimble, Peter Hain, and Robert Fox.
Among questions discussed were the following: What factors predispose people to discord? Which strategies extract them from chronic cycles of strife and violence? How can Europe aid post-conflict state building which aims to prevent outbreaks from recurring? What does the future hold for NATO, and what problems face the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy? What lessons has Europe learned about conflict resolution and prevention? How, if at all, have European institutions contributed to spreading peace?
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. Sir Adam is a long-time supporter of the Europaeum, having delivered the published Europaeum Lecture on International Law and the Use of Military Force : The United Nations, the United States and Iraq at the Universiteit Leiden on June 6th, 2003. Click here to download the event poster.
This event will be open to the public. Interested students and scholars should contact the Europaeum Office for more information.
Rousseau’s work gave rise to a wealth of new ideas – progressive, romantic, democratic, even child-centred education and learning. June 28th marks 300 years since his birth, a timely moment to reappraise his many and varied influences – ranging from support for a more inclusive and democratic polity through the idea of a social contract, to his notions of power and his implicit support for Jacobin-style leadership This three day workshop aims to revisit some of these ideas and test strands that have unfolded in different parts of Europe, perhaps to assess which side of the fences he fell down on, and to distil what might be laid at Rousseau’s door and what attributed to other forces and thinkers. The workshop as usual, will bring together 20 selected Europaeum graduates, with a range of academic experts including Professor David Marquand, Professor Peter Pulzer and Professor Sir John Elliot, Dr David Rundle and others. Click here to download the event poster.
This year's topic on Open Societies, Open Economies and Citizenship promises to offer the same high quality programme, distinguished speakers, and multi-national collection of students and participants that have come to define this exceptional event. Many prominent speakers from across Europe such as Lord (Raymond) Plant (King's College London), Aleksander Smolar (President of Batory Foundation, Warsaw), Marc Plattner (Editor, Journal of Democracy) among many others. To browse a preliminary event Programme, please click here.
The Europaeum's fifth annual Policy-Making inside Europe ? took 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 was organised by the Europaeum and our associate member the Institute of Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal (IEP-UCP).
The Europaeum co-sponsored an international conference on The Ideas of Prevention in European Law, which took place on May 4th at Charles University, Prague. The aim of the conference was to explore the somewhat ambiguous and multipurpose concept of "Prevention in Law", which is increasingly employed both in legal academia and in legal practice.
This event was also supported by the Law Faculty at Charles University, the Academy of Judges of the Czech Republic, and the Czech Bar Association. Participants from across Europe took part, including Professor Willem van Boom (Rotterdam, Durham), Professor Luboš Tichý (Prague), Professor Eduard Picker (Tübingen), Dr. Donal Nolan (Oxford), Professor Gerhard Wagner (Bonn), and Professor Helmut Koziol (Vienna).
Two months before the Rio +20 United Nations conference on sustainable development, this three-day graduate workshop investigated how the concepts around a green economy can become powerful leverages for sustainable development and poverty eradication at both the European and global scales. Participants met in the run-up to Rio, which takes place 20 years after the first UN Conference on Environment and Development, to review achievements and key challenges ahead in terms of sustainable development, and to define the roles Europe should play to foster a global green economy, focusing on its political economy, geography and diplomacy. Click here to download the event poster
The modest advances on cutting carbon emissions reached in Durban at the end of 2011 are widely held to have only been possible thanks to the vigorous efforts of the EU contingent. On environmental matters, at least, Europe seems to be a key player. But can Europe itself demonstrate that it is economically possible, let alone beneficial, to be ‘green’? And can it lead the way towards a genuinely sustainable economy?
The Europaeum organised 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. The Europaeum will offer 12-14 places for advanced students and young scholars, drawn from across our partner institutions. 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 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 Aademic Freedom - Universities in East Central Europe since the Fall of the Wall is planned for late 2012, to be held at Oxford University.
We plan to invite leading experts from across the Europaeum network, including the Rectors of the Jagiellonian University and Charles University Prague, Professor Jan Sokol (former Minister of Education for the Czech Republic), and other experts who have indicated a willing to take part. Participants from outside the network are also welcome, with Professor WH Newton Smith (President of the Open Society Institute), Dr Voldemar Tomusk (Director of Education at the OSE), Mr Bahram Bekharadnia (Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute), and Sir Peter Scott (Professor of Higher Education Studies at the Institute of Education, London University) due to take part. The idea is to take stock of how much 'progress' has been made among top ECE region universities, what has been helpful, what has not and what happens next. The workshop will build on important work done within the Europaeum's Future of European Universities Project (2001-2006).