The Europaeum will be running a three-day graduate workshop on the theme of Peace-Making and War-Mongering: Lessons from European History. The workshop will be held in Oxford from April 23rd–25th for 20–25 graduates, mainly drawn from the Europaeum’s two main Joint Teaching Programmes and thus linking our MA in European History (Leiden–Paris 1–Oxford) and our MA in European Politics and Society (Prague–Leiden–Paris 1). 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 of the key topics to be discussed at the workshop will be the changing character of war, the contribution of historical peace treaties in the making of modern Europe, and the contemporary definitions of peace and of state sovereignty.
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.
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.
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).
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 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 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 Europaeum organised a graduate research workshop on Risks from Climate Change: Lessons in global diplomacy hosted by the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. This three-day programme investigated the European and international approaches to climate change politics, focusing on its political economy, geography and diplomacy. In the aftermath of the failure of the 2009 Copenhagen climate change conference (COP15) and weeks to the new round of international negotiations in Cancun (COP16), participants will meet to review the key issues in reaching a binding and global treaty on climate change. Speakers included Pierre Beckouche, professor of physical geography, Paris 1, Lydie Goeldner-Gianella, lecturer, Paris 1, and speakers from the OECD and UN.
The fifth event in the Connecting Europe through History – Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations project series. linked to the Europaeum took place at Bologna University on September 5th, on theme Transition from an Emigration Country to an Immigration Country, at the Collegio Erasmus. The event explored how this transition is reflected in History Education in Italy, using shared experiences, media representations, and how this is received and can be dealt with in the classroom. Participants - including experts from partners Euroclio (click here for the European teachers' association latest newsletter) and IHSA, the international history students association - plus research students from Oxford and Bologna - will look at best practice for adults, young people, Italians and foreigners. Click here to view the final programme.
This was our third special three-day programme of talks, discussions, interviews and special visits involving those at the sharp end of policy and decision-making in Brussels. It 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 included 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.
Leiden University hosted our sixth event in Connecting Europe through History – Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations Project. The Europaeum organised a Graduate Research Workshop on Migration, Political Parties & Public Rhetoric in Contemporary Europe on June 3rd - 5th 2010. This event brought together young scholars from Europaeum universities to explore contemporary European themes. This two-day program investigated relations between Migration and Political Parties in Europe today: the effects of migration and migratory laws and the impact these have on politics and political parties and how political parties respond to migration and migrants. Thus, migration affects the discourse, activities and policy positioning of political parties, as well as patterns of competition and co-operation between political parties. Simultaneously, government policy, political discourse and public opinion, affect processes and rates of migration, as well as relations between migrants and host communities.