Culture and Identity
The Aleksanteri Institute invites international students from all countries to participate in the Helsinki Summer School course “Post-socialist Society and Culture” organised by the Institute. The multidisciplinary course examines the social and cultural change that has taken place in former socialist countries, Russia in particular, and focuses on the challenges of post-Soviet modernisation.
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.
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.
Footnote:The Europaeum has partnered EUROCLIO - an association of European history teachers in two special EU-funded programmes on Connecting Europe through History, allowing History teachers and Historians and policy-makers to explore and share new ideas and themes for teaching in classrooms. Following the success of our initial series on Human Rights in Europe (2007-2008), we embarked on an another series of lectures, conferences, and workshops at Europaeum partner institutions at Oxford, Bologna, Leiden, Helsinki, Paris, and Krakow, as well as other universities in Berlin, Vienna, and Nijmegen, on the theme Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations (2010-2011) with similar goals.
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.
The European Union has a very short history behind it, and what the word “Union” means is largely a matter of opinion. The conflicting positions of the European governments and public opinions cover a wide spectrum, to say the least.
Standpoint’s is a new critical right of centre magazine whose core mission is to "celebrate our civilization, its arts and its values - in particular democracy, debate and freedom of speech - at a time when they are under threat. The latest issues looks at universities in crisis in the UK due to government budget cuts - which could see the closing of up to 30 institutions as well as massive cutbacks.
The Forum for European Philosophy is an educational charity which organises and runs a stimulating programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events based at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Oxford University. All events are free to the public, and include lectures, conferences, reading groups and book forums.
The European Science Foundation (ESF) offers many opportunities to set up seminars, attend conferences and receive study bursaries. Most are linked to the sciences, usually applied sciences, but there are also important opportunities for the Arts and Humanities. Thus, the Young Researchers Forum has announced its Spring 2011 Humanities Workshop on the topic: Changing Publication Cultures in the Humanities.
Historiana is a new international on-line resource for teachers, scholars, scholars and pupils Historiana is an international programme to promote collaborative teaching and learning of history and heritage of Europe programme. The project is initiated by EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Educators and the Netherlands Institute for Heritage. It will enable young generations to learn about their past with fresh and exciting perspectives.
Founded in 1999, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is a global network of independent partners in both the public and private sectors, whose collective mission is to enhance the process of international and interregional human interaction by improving the very fabric of social relations. The ICD´s research and programs in the area of cultural communication and rapprochement offer viable alternatives to enhance traditional diplomatic policy.
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 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.