This year the Europaeum will use Brexit – which is to be a central theme to the current British General Election – as a peg on which to hang its annual History seminar series, which will look at British Exits in a Historical Perspective. The series will start with the exit from the Roman Empire in 410, and look at other exits involving the Danes and Vikings, the exit from Papal authority, in and out of Europe since 1945, and culminating with a look at English exceptionalism and the 2016 Brexit vote. The series involves many front rank speakers including Professor Norman Davies, author of the best-selling bookEurope, and Professor Lyndal Roper, whose recent biography on Luther, has become a global best-seller. The seminars are linked to our MA Programme in European History, but are open to anyone, on Tuesday mornings in the History Faculty. Please see here or full details of the seminars and speakers.
This year’s Europaeum Policy Seminar Policy-making inside Europe was the tenth in our series of annual special three-day programmes of talks, discussions, interviews and visits, involving those at the sharp end of policy and decision-making in Brussels and focussing on issues of current concern. Some 16 doctoral students and graduates from Europaeum member universities, plus another 15 students from the Institute of Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal Lisbon, co-host of the seminar. Sessions were held at the European Parliament and the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union, and at the centre for Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), who hosted the graduates for a first round of discussion. The graduates particularly enjoyed discussion on EU27 responses to the Brexit Referendum, on EU-US relations under Trumpism and on EU-Russia relationships after Crimea and the war on the Donbass, on European defence policy and the future of the NATO, and on the future of the EU’s financial system. Graduates particularly enjoyed discussions with Karel Lenoo, CEO and Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies, with Pauline Massart, Deputy Director of Friends of Europe, and with Charles Tannock, Conservative UK MEP. Graduates from Oxford, Helsinki, Leiden, UPF Barcelona, Charles University Prague, Graduate Institute, Geneva, the Jagiellonian, Krakow, the Complutense, Madrid, and the IEP, Lisbon, all took part in this tenth in the series and perhaps the best of all. The event was subsidised by the the IEP, by MEP Paulo Rangel, our host at the EP, by FEPS, and by The Europaeum. Please see the programme here, see a list of expert speaker biographies here; for a list of graduate participants see here, and for the full summary evaluation report see here.
ALEKSANDER SMOLAR, the well-known journalist and commentator, will be giving the keynote Europaeum Lecture in Prague on February 17th at 17.45 on the theme of Illiberal democracy and Post-Truth politics : counter-revolution in Poland today ? He was a well-known member of the anti-communist opposition, founder and editor of the political quarterly Annex, and spokesman for a number of activist groups. After 1989, he served as an advisor to Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Hanna Suchocka. He is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and has many awards including the Sakharov Prize for lifetime achievement (2009). We are also pleased to have Professor PÉTER BALÁZS, now professor at the Central European University in Budapest, and a former member of the European Commission and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary to give a Hungarian perspective too, alongside a leading Czech commentator, Dr Martin Mejstřík, from Charles University, to give Czech perspectives. Everyone is welcome, and for full details, see: the poster.
This year’s Europaeum Oxford-Geneva Study Bursaries have been won by two young scholars who will respectively be researching encounters between Yekkes and Arabs in British Mandate Palestine, and the self-reliance of the refugees. These bursaries, now worth €1000 each, have been awarded annually since 2001, and are designed specifically to encourage links between Geneva Graduate Institute of International and […]
As part of our preparations for this 25th anniversary of our founding in 1992, we are working to produce – and make accessible – more video reports of our many events. We have now started to post items on our YouTube Europaeum account. Please do register yourself, and you can see our first posts of including a short film, Introduction to the work of the Europaeum – past, present and future ambitions, an interview with Dr Paul Flather, our Secretary-General, filmed by one of our interns. You can also find some of the lively panel discussions from last year’s pioneering summer school on China and Europe: Challenges for the Future which brought together a dozen native Chinese students together with 25 Europaeum graduates to share insights into common problems such as ageing, political legitimacy, urban anomie, social policy, economic markets, and anti corruption strategies. We will also re-load presentations from our Jenkins Scholars 10th Anniversary event, including contributions from Lord (Chris) Patten and Baroness (Shirley) Williams, and one or two recent Europaeum Lectures. Meanwhile see our special anniversary leaflet here
Everywhere democracy seems to be in crisis. The rise of a new populism seems to have bypassed traditional political party structures, while the new leaders have broken traditional leadership tropes customs and rules, and voters have either stayed at home, or voted more frequently for outsiders and independents, heaping opprobrium not only on the establishment elites but on all politicians and politics itself. So Trump rules in part through Twitter, the UK establishment delivers Brexit which is does not support, while third parties rise in Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Scandinavia – even Modi promotes Hinduvta over traditional secularism in India. This year’s Europaeum annual Summer School – the 24th in our series – explores the rise of Populism and Anti-Politics: and asks Is democracy in crisis ? Applicants are now invited for this event, hosted at the Escorial Monastery, linked to Complutense University Madrid, in early July, 2017. Liberal Democracy has long been the desirable model – balancing representation, accountability, equality, participation, and “good governance”, boosted through the European Union expansion ending dictatorships and absorbing the former Eastern bloc. Experts from politics, civil service, think tanks, NGOs, and universities, will discuss key issues over five days of talks, panels, working groups, debates, a role-playing exercise, and discussions. It is open to all Europaeum graduates with local costs covered apart from travel. (other students must cover local costs). To apply, please send a short CV (max. 2 pages), a letter of motivation, and a reference from your supervising professor to email@example.com no later than early June. For more information see the poster here.