Research Project Groups

Facilitating Research Across Europe

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The Europaeum has stimulated new international research collaboration within and beyond its academic community. Small project grants enable groups to run a research seminar or workshop, co-ordinate a research proposal bid, carry out research preparation, or make bids to the European Union and other funding bodies.

Research Project Groups may be in any subject, and should link at least three Europaeum partner universities; for more information on the programme, see the Guidelines document.

Liberalism in 20th Century Europe

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This project aims to investigate the history of liberal thought in 20th- Century Europe in its national and transnational dimensions, under two broad themes: how different forms of liberalism have reacted to the persistent onslaught of anti-liberal and illiberal ideologies in the 20th Century, and how non-liberal ideologies and traditions have accommodated or taken over liberal arguments, whether as rhetorical devices, as exercises in ideological repositioning and packaging, or as genuine assimilations of liberal ideas. Two research workshops have been held, in Oxford and in Prague, looking at the experience of the ECE region; a thrid is planned in Hungary. Work is underway on a collection of papers.

European Economic Integration

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This group linked academics to assess the functioning of the Euro and the European Monetary System at both rhetorical and empirical levels,contributing to the understanding of the process of financial integration in Europe and to the analysis of currency consolidation processes at the world level. Four workshops and a linked Summer School (European Economic Integration, 2002) have taken place creating a network of linked faculty, young scholars and graduates.

International Security Institutions in Europe

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This project focuses on international institutional security-building in two periods: 1948-55 (Brussels Treaty Organisation to creation of Western European Union, via NATO), and 1997-2001 (Common European Security and Defence Policy) studied comparatively. Despite the end of the Cold War, the structures of existing international institutions have been modified, rather than abandoned. The project aims to provide a more complete understanding of post-Cold War security arrangements in Europe.

Media and Europe

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The group plans to review and discuss the impact of the media on the attitudes to Europe in different countries. Workshops are planned initially in Paris and in Oxford, linking to the new Oxford Institute for the Media.

Comparing Historical Concepts

This project will investigate how key judicial and political concepts are used within European nations, linguistic groups and political boundaries.

Interracial and Intraracial Diversity in European Universities

Tags: This project will comprise analysis and data collection from five Europaeum universities to discover how well students of different cultures and races mix, socialise, and work together.

European Identity: Reason, Science, Law

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This project provides a multi-faceted, multidisciplinary approach to the problem of European identity, rooted broadly in philosophical research and drawing on History, Law and Science. Discussions have taken place on the early history of sovereignty and its relevance for the future of the European Union, with attention paid to Machiavelli and the emergence of European governance. This programme continues, with plans for a workshop to summarise findings and prepare a publication.

Transmission of Science

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The project examined the passage of knowledge and practises between scientific communities, between teachers and pupils, and between professional scientists and laypeople in a cycle of meetings, workshops and seminars held in Paris, Bologna and Oxford. Recent studies looked at transmission critically. A meeting in Oxford (2002), for example, highlighted the insufficient transmission models where communities are treated as passive recipients of knowledge communicated from the ‘centre’.

The Regulation of e-Commerce

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Examining legal aspects of electronic commerce, this research group examined the extent to which the law can content itself with an expectation that what holds good ‘off-line’ also applies ‘on-line’, through exploring the technological, political and social challenges presented by the burgeoning e-commerce sector. The event led to the publication of a volume of essays, E-commerce Law: National Topics and Perspectives (Kluwer Law International, 2003, 144 pages).

Church and Family in Western Europe

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Following the Church as Politeia Europaeum Summer School (2000), this project brought together moral theologians from Christian churches in West Europe (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Lutheran and Reformed) to create a common orientation for valuing the family and facing the challenges and changes affecting family life today, looking specifically at conceptual and opportunities. It operated through three-day annual meetings over the course of three years.

The Kosovo Stability Pact and the future of the Balkans

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The Group linked researchers from all Europaeum partners, to synthesize research from a number of disciplines aimed at exposing and analyzing the heterogeneities and commonalities existent in South East Europe. A workshop was held in Geneva and funding proposals were prepared for the EU and other foundations, to focus on specific themes including conflict, intolerance, socio-linguistics, law, social inter-relations, demographic trends, regional geography, transport, and political heritage.