Over-arching Research Themes
The Europaeum's over-arching research programmes encompass many events, meetings and publications in a productive, continuous thread of thought and activity.
One programme of particular note is the Future of European Universities Project, which led to the production of a widely circulated written report, which is available in full in a special section of this website.
At present, most nations in Europe count large numbers of citizens whose immigrant or minority families do not share a common historical experience. Many Europeans are worried by the deepening of European integration and the extension of Europe with 'new' countries and have become increasingly xenophobic and intolerant. Historians and history educators face the challenge to deal with the heterogeneous historical culture. They cannot simply create ‘more inclusive’ historical narratives as the diverse student population also introduces different and frequently conflicting perspectives to give meaning to the ‘same’ events. To this respect, “Connecting Europe through History” offers room for multiple perspectives, intercultural dialogue and a European dimension create inclusive histories and lead to mutual understanding, tolerance and peace.
This programme represents an inquiry into how European universities must adapt in order to lead the knowledge revolution. The Europaeum undertook a three-year Future of European Universities Project, supported by a major grant DaimlerChrysler Services AG, to study the opportunities, conditions and methods the will enable European universities to play a leading role in the ongoing Knowledge Revolution.
Through discussing how knowledge is now being produced, disseminated and acquired, questions were posed on the kinds of partnerships universities need to make, and with whom, the kind of `new' university needed to meet the challenges of an age of globalisation and lifelong learning, and how this `new' model compares with the existing global leaders.
The Islam-in-Europe Programme was launched in September 2004 at a Europaeum Summer School, Europe and Islam: Building Bridges, at Leiden University.
The programme focuses on a variety of questions, including how Islamic communities have settled and integrated in different European countries; the meaning and impact of Political Islam in Europe; understanding and interpreting Islamaphobia in Europe; tracing past and current perspectives of The Other with regard to Muslims in Europe; the impact of terrorism, the Middle East crisis, and Balkans crisis on European foreign policies; and, not least, European relations with Turkey.
The Europaeum launched a major initiative to run over two years, to promote TransAtlantic Dialogue between leading European and leading US academics and intellectuals and policy makers. This is taking the form of lectures, research workshops, policy studies and debates. The outcome of the programme will be published as a report or collection of essays.
Since 9/11 and the disagreements over the Iraq War, the impetus for such a dialogue is all the more apparent. There is also the need to manage international relations and develop the emergence of a coherent European Union voice in contradiction to US approaches. Policymakers and politicians on both sides seem to be of the view that it is ‘the other’ that does not quite understand ‘its’ stance. Dialogue is vital, and the Europaeum is well placed to play its part.
The programme was launched in 2003, to study how the Humanties (and Social Sciences) have changed in the light of the ICT revolution. Themes included:
- Conflicts between the value of the Arts and Humanties – explaining a complex, globalised world – while devalued inside universities;
- How new technologies change the very methods of scholarship with new avenues, new processes, new time-saving methods and new databases;
- How can the Humanities demonstrate success, share data, promote interdisciplinary work, and bridge the “two cultures” divide;
- How to promote international collaboration to enable new ideas and avenues for successful outcomes;
- How to examine new ways to promote funding;