The Europaeum co-supported an important conference on the current state of Higher Education in the UK. The event on Universities Under Attack was held at King College, London University, on November 26th, and included prominent scholars, policy -makers, and educators from Europe and the US. Themes to be discussed included tuition fees, research assessment exercises, centralised administration, marketisation.
The conference was run by The New York Review of Books, and other co-sponsors include the Fritt Ord Foundation of Oslo, and the London Review of Books with support from The Oxford Magazine and The Times Higher Magazine. For more information click here.
Professor Keith Krause, Professor of International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, will be lecturing at Corpus Christi College, Oxford on November 7th on The End of War: Political Violence in the 20th Century, continuing our prestigious lecture series begun 10 years, which has seen luminaries such as Ralf Dahrendorf, Margaret Macmillan, Charles Wiplosz and many others take part. Sir Adam Roberts, now president of British academy, who gave a much discussed Europaeum Lecture in 2003 on International Law and the Use of Military Force: The United Nations, the United States and Iraq, will chair this event. See attached poster for details of the event
The Europaeum organised another special graduate workshop on Europe and Leadership, hosted by Leiden University from November 11–13th 2011. Questions included: Does Europe still yearn for new 'Giants' to lead it through its crisis ? What is the role for EC President, Commissioners, Council and Parliament ? What leadership role for Europe in the world ? How has leadership failure contributed to current crises ? How should we balance Brussels and national leadership ? We also explored how Europe can best secure stability and growth based on rational leadership and decision-making strategies.
Speakers included Richard Corbett (Member of Cabinet of Herman Van Rompuy); Alain Servantie (advisor to EC President); Abram de Swaan (University of Amsterdam); Richard Griffiths (Leiden University); Prof. Dr. Alexander Rinnooy Kan (Chair of Social-Economic Council of the Netherlands); Laurens Jan Brinkhorst (former Minister of Economic Affairs, Netherlands) and Chris Bickerton (Amsterdam / Oxford Universities).
The Futures of Europe: Which Way Towards 2030
This Summer School explored the complexities of relationships between European nations and the European Union. It examined the future of the Euro, the problems facing political and economic integration, and the best courses of action to ensure that Europe retains global influence in the face of great challenges. It ran in conjunction with the Europaeum’s annual International Conference, which brought together leading experts, policy makers, media and politicians.
The event comprised the usual series of lectures, discussions, workshops, debates, and practical exercises. The working language will be English. As usual, the event will be multidisciplinary, involving scholars with different backgrounds, including Sociology, International Relations, Law, Economics, Communication Studies, History and Cultural Studies.
For more information on Santander, please click here.
Tenth Classics Colloquium:
Strangers and Friends
University of Helsinki
The theme for the 2011 Classics Colloquium – the tenth in our series – was Strangers and Friends, hosted by the University of Helsinki on October 21st - 22nd. Classics graduate scholars at member universities of the Europaeum and leading academic experts came together to present their papers for discussion and critique by fellow scholars. This year Helsinki welcomed graduates from Paris, Oxford, Bologna, Bonn, Krakow, Prague, Madrid and Leiden and young scholars from Oxford and Paris. Click here for a full list of participants.
The future of Europe is much on the minds of all European citizens - following the fallout from the economic crisis. This year's annual conference is to be held in Spain on this theme, Futures for Europe, looking forward at various scenarios on offer up to the year 2030. Key questions for the assembled experts and scholars will be Has EU expansion now ended ? Will the Euro survive and at what price ? Can free mobility be sustained ? What about education policies ? What is Europe's contribution now to international environmental policy after Cancun ? How will the Europe Project fare in the face of the growing power from Brazil, India, and China ? Policy-makers, academic scholars, business, political and community leaders, and Europaeum graduates as representatives of the next generation - are invited- including we expect former Spanish Prime Minister, Felipe Gonzalez, who led a team of experts who produced a major report in 2010 re-visiting many of these very issues. This event is set for July in Santander, co-ordinated with our new associate partner the Fundación Ortega Marañón (FOM). Stay tuned for more details.
The Europaeum organised a highly successful, special international debate as part of an international conference on the future of the Free World. The motion on the table was The Free World should allow Iran to develop nuclear technology ? and it will be part of the Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal (IEP-UCP) annual conference and summer school taking place in Lisbon from 27-29th June 2011. Graduate students from the Europaeum, IEP-UCP, College of Europe, Natolin, and the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, took part in the debate.
The Europaeum helped sponsor a high-level event in Paris June 23rd - 25th run by the New York Review of Books, after providing crucial logistical support and office space for the organising NYRB foundation in the months leading up to the event. The event brought together some of the world's leading intellectuals and academics in honour of the ideas and work of Tony Judt, former professor of European Studies at New York University. His last perhaps most political book, Ill Fares the Land, has received rave reviews, as did his last major work, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, written during his period of severe illness suffering from terminal motor neurone disease. It included senior figures from Paris 1-Sorbonne at the event. The distinguished list of speakers included Professor Ronnie Dworkin from NYU/Oxford who spoke at the Liberalisms conference co-supported by the Europaeum last year, Chris Patten who is a Europaeum trustee and chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Jacques Rupnik, Director of Research, CERI, Sciences-Po, Paris, who debated recently in Oxford with our Secretary-General on the development of the ECE region. Click here to view the conference Programme
As part of its 2011 Annual Meeting, the Europaeum organised a special international panel debate on Europe and the Arab Spring: What should we be doing? hosted at the University of Bonn on June 9th. The panel, which included Professor Christian Hacke (Bonn), Professor Pierre Beckouche (Paris 1), and Dr. Adeel Malik (Oxford) explored questions such as Should Europe be doing more ? Are all European nations doing enough ? Why is the EU itself so quiet ? Is NATO being effective enough ? What are the likely outcomes? How should Europe cope with the influx of new immigrants ? What are likely the consequences for the EU, for the Middle East Crisis, and for future oil supplies ? The debate was chaired by Dr. Andrew Graham, Master of Balliol College, Oxford. Please download the event Poster for more information.
The Europaeum Masters Programme in European History and Civilisation 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.
The Fault-lines of Europe
History Faculty, George Street, University of Oxford
All seminars take place at 10.00 am
Following up on the Symposia held in Leiden in 2004 and in Oxford in 2006, a third Joint Graduate Symposium dedicated to Eastern Christianity in Context was held at Leiden University on 21st May 2011. The Symposium brought together graduate students from the three participating universities whose research subjects involve any of the Oriental Christian cultures.
The aim of the Symposium is for excellent students working in Eastern Christianity at leading European universities preparing for a doctoral or masters degree to present current research and to facilitate and stimulate exchange of information and scholarly debate. This has proven to be highly valued by participants in the first two Symposia, supported by the Europaeum: direct intellectual exchange combined with enlarging and deepening one’s network with colleagues in Eastern Christian Studies is considered extremely helpful by the graduates in their formation as well-connected scholars who have tested their research with peers as well as senior scholars, and are au fait with research currently carried out in other areas of the field.
The Europaeum organised another graduate workshop on Europeanization and the Roots of Modern Europe Today that took place in Oxford from May 27-29th, 2011. Today we speak about Europeanization as a process of ‘change’. But what does this process actually mean and how does it work? This three-day workshop aimed at analysing the process of Europeanization from different perspectives, including theoretical approaches and various case studies. The participation of graduates from different Europaeum universities will allow for the exchange of experiences and encounters of Europeanization across Europe.
The Europaeum organised the fourth annual Policy-Making inside Europe ? taking place in Brussels from June 20th-22nd. This three-day programme of talks, discussions, interviews and special visits involving those at the sharp end of policy and decision-making in Brussels, was organised with colleagues in Lisbon to focus on how European policy is made in Brussels in a range of fields and disciplines. The programme included visits to the European Parliament and NATO. Topics will include the making of EU Foreign Policy; The impact of EU Economic Policy; Lisbon Treaty & EU Policy; National Interests & European Politics; EU as a Major Foreign Policy Actor & Internal Market.
The 2011 IEP-UCP Estoril Political Forum theme was on The Future of the Free World with 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, hosted by our affiliate member the Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal (IEP-UCP) from 17-29th June 2011. Click here for a copy of the Programme.
The Europaeum again led a special international debate as part of this international summer school event on Should the Free World allow Iran to get the bomb ? with graduates from the Europaeum, IEP-UCP, Boston University, Brown University, Georgetown University, and the LSE. The debate will be chaired as usual by Dr Paul Flather (Secretary General, Europaeum), with expert moderators Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky (Member of the Board, IFES, Oxford) and Professor Eusebio Mujal-Leon (Georgetown University, Washington DC), and Professor Miguel Monjardino (IEP-UCP and Expresso, Lisbon).
Professor Archie Brown, Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University and former Director of the Russian and East European Centre at St Antony’s College, will speak on the topic Why did Communism end in Europe? Why did it mutate in Asia? on May 11, 2011 at Charles University, Prague. Professor Brown is one of the world's premier academics on Russian and Soviet politics, Communist politics, the Cold War and political leadership. This Europaeum Lecture will be Co-Chaired by Dr Milan Znoj, Department of Political Science at Charles University, and Researcher in the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences; and Dr Michal Pullman, Head of the Department of Economic and Social History at Charles University.
Please download the event Poster for more information.