EUROPAEUM – Past Events and Activities, organised or supported by the Europaeum
in reverse chronological order
19-21 March | Brussels
Policy Making Workshop
A special three-day programme included visits to the European Parliament, the Portuguese Permanent Representation, as well as talks, discussions, and interviews with those at the sharp end of policy and decision-making in Brussels. It was organised with our colleagues from the Institute of Political Science in Lisbon and focussed on how key areas of European policy are made.
6-7 Feb | Oxford
New challenges to building consensus: which ways forward?
23-25 Nov | Ravenna (Bologna)
Classics Colloquium: Past and Present
exploring differing forms of Classical reception in modern culture, literature, music, language and art – with a particular focus on the 20th and 21st centuries.
3-4 Nov | Oxford
Research Workshop on Gender Inequalities
exploring how effective current policy initiatives are at tackling gender inequalities. Specialist researchers from academe, public bodies such as Oxfam, and from think tanks, met to look at current thinking – taking as a starting point recommendations outlined in recent World Bank and IMF reports – and to set up a new Europaeum Research Project Group. The workshop was led by Professor Devaki Jain from Delhi, Professor Anthony Heath of Nuffield College, Oxford, and Dr Paul Flather of Mansfield College, and is supported by a special Ford Foundation India grant.
29-30 Sep | Oxford
25th Anniversary Weekend & International Conference on Academic Freedom
Universities have come under increasing pressures in recent times from many directions. Together they can be seen as challenging one of the standard principles of university academic life – namely academic freedom. This will form the central theme of the international conference to be linked to our 25th anniversary weekend. Academic Freedom: New Times, New Challenges, will involve a number of keynote speakers who will discuss the growing range of pressures that universities today increasingly face. Universities in Turkey, in Poland and indeed in Hungary are probably in the front rank facing government pressures. Universities are also having to confront the new student-led pressure to create ‘safe spaces’ without extremist speakers. Cuts in public expenditure linked to increasing demands for vocational and other ‘priority’ forms of education form yet another threat to University autonomy. Finally, the search for new contracts from business and industry, can also lead university to adjust their research priorities and goals. Participants and speakers will include rectors and deputy rectors from all 12 Europaeum partners as well as 50 select Europaeum alumni. A keynote talk will take place on the evening of Friday, September 29th, with further sessions and discussions to continue in the Nissan Theatre at St Antony’s College, Oxford, on the Saturday. The anniversary weekend will also include meetings of a newly set up Executive Committee, chaired by Dr Andrew Graham, the annual Europaeum Academic Council, also chaired by Dr Graham, and Board of Trustees, chaired by Dr Pierre Keller, followed by the 25th anniversary dinner in Balliol College, Oxford, hosted by Lord Patten.
24-26 Sep | Geneva
European Election Day Exploratory Workshop
The so called ‘democratic deficit’ across the European Union is much discussed and remains in focus despite reforms to improve the status and powers of the European Parliament in relation to the other two pillars of the European Commission and the Council of Ministers. A further set of suggested reforms would be to create a synchronised political day of Europe-wide voting. The event is organised in partnership with the European University Institute and the Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute. The three-day workshop will explore the potential impact on the European ideological landscape; the impact of the rise of populist movements; and new ways of democratic engagement.
9-14 July | Madrid
(Summer School) Populism and Anti-Politics: Is Democracy in Crisis ?
More than 35 graduates from all over Europe and beyond participated in our lively annual Europaeum Summer School held early in July in the historic Escorial Palace area near Madrid, focussing on the apparent crisis in democracy, particularly the rise of new populism, from the Left as well as the Right. Discussions covered the collapse of traditional political parties, broken leadership tropes, protest voting, the rise of the outsider, demagogues, independents, opprobrium against establishment elites, and the anti-politics against politicians and systems. Among highlights were keynote talks from Professors Eva Anduiza (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Anthony Arblaster (Sheffield/Oxford), Manuel Muñiz (IE University), Enrique Baron Crespo (former President of the European Parliament), David Ellwood (Bologna/SAIS); a public debate involving all participants, role playing, and working group reports.
26-28 Jun | Lisbon
International Graduate Debate
Once again the Europaeum will be facilitating our usual lively international debate led by Europaeum graduates as part of the next – 25th anniversary Estoril Forum on June 26th – 28th near Lisbon, organised by our colleagues at the Institute of Political Studies IEP at the Catholica University, before an audience of some 150 participants. The Europaeum is one of a number of leading partners working with the IEP, this year the conference focusing on the theme Defending the Rule of Law and the Western Tradition of Liberty. Keynote speakers will include Professor Jose Manuel Barroso, who led the European Union for eight years, is now a trustee for the Europaeum, and teaches at the Catholica; Jacques Rupnik from Sciences Po and the College de Bruges, who has collaborated with the Europaeum through our Vaclav Havel Dialogue Project.
8 Mar | Prague
Europaeum Lecture: Illiberal democracy and Post-Truth politics
Aleksander Smolar, the well-known journalist and commentator, gave the keynote Europaeum Lecture in Prague on February 17th on the theme of Illiberal democracy and Post-Truth politics : counter-revolution in Poland today ? He was a well-known member of 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 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 leading Czech commentator to give Czech perspectives.
6-8 Mar | Brussels
(Workshop) Policy-Making Inside Europe?
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.
2017 Estoril Political Forum, Graduate Report:
People from all over Europe gathered in one of the most extreme points of the continent to discuss the Western tradition of liberty under law. In the aftermath of the Brexit vote and Trump’s election, there was a general sense of the need not to take for granted the liberal foundations of our institutions and everyday political preferences.
I enjoyed that the Forum’s meals represented an occasion for organising memorial lectures in honour of key-figures in the history of liberal political thought and leadership. From Winston Churchill, to George Washington, and Konrad Adenauer, these figures remind us of the mutually reinforcing British, American, and European continental traditions, each offering a unique perspective contributing to what we imagine as our heritage of liberal principles.
I was one of the participants at the Europaeum special debate. This year’s motion was: “Does the New Wave of Populism Threaten the Balance of Our Democracies?” My colleagues and I defended the idea that populism should not be seen in antithesis to democracy. Rather, it should be understood as a legitimate expression of grievances and preferences which have been stigmatized in the liberal marketplace of ideas on which much public discourse relies. The debate itself was very entertaining. While the forum mainly featured experts’ interventions, here students found the opportunity to express their thoughts in a structured yet informal atmosphere. Most importantly, it represented a moment of reflection. Students’ interventions siding with this idea pushed us to analyse current dynamics outside our intellectual comfort zone. The liberal ideals we hold onto should not be considered as a natural state of affairs. The Estoril Forum is one of the platforms on which such collective effort towards self-criticism takes place.
The final gala dinner was an explosion of freedom of the mind and of the body at the sound of swing music. People from all generations found the perfect way of closing three intense days where ideas and people saw no boundaries for further discovery.
I am particularly thankful to the Europaeum network for facilitating my participation at the 2017 Estoril Political Forum. This kind of occasions is a good reminder of the need to cultivate efforts and pull resources to enable young people to experience such international milieux and not just theorise about them. On the edge of the Atlantic, I believe we all got a feeling of the many shores of the map and of the mind which we ought to further explore.
Jaroslava Barbieri. Kyiv, 30 August 2017
10 June | Geneva
2016 Europaeum Day on Migration crisis
12 May | Prague
Europaeum Academic Council, celebrating 700 years since the birth Charles IV, founder of Charles University.
21-13 Apr | Oxford
(Summer School) Charisma & poltical leadership in European history: the
Good, the Bad & the Ugly ?
5 Nov | Barcelona
Classics Colloquium: Poetry, Oratory, Rhetoric, Persuasion: The Power of the World in Ancient Times
18 Sep | Leiden
Celebrating 10 years of MA in European History: Professor Brian Young, Professor Wim Blockmans, Dr Nicolas Vaicbourdt ‘800 Years after Magna Carta: Republican Legacies in the Netherlands, Britain and France’
28 May | Geneva
(Lecture) William Beinart: South Africa – Lessons for African democracy
23-25 Apr | Oxford
(Workshop) Peace-Making & War-Mongering
16 Feb | Oxford
Debate: European Rights, Human Rights – Convergence or Dissonance?
5 Feb | Oxford
Debate: Does the Brussels ‘Eurocrat’ still matter?
13 Nov | Oxford
(Lecture) HSH Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein: The State in the Third Millenium and the Crisis of Self-Determination
6 Nov | Paris
Classics Colloquium: Man and Beast
23-25 Oct | Krakow
Graduate Workshop: Jews in Europe – Is there still a Question?
27-28 Sep | Oxford
Conference: The Meaning of 1914
29 Jun- 4 Jul | Madrid
(Summer School) Women in Europe: Unfinished Revolution?
Trinity Term | Oxford
2014 MA in European History seminar series
25-27 Jun | Lisbon
Lisbon Graduate Debate: The Third Wave of Democratization?
9-11 May | Krakow
Jagiellonian Rectors Conference: Universities in East & Central Europe – 25 Years of Academic Freedom?
29 Apr | Oxford
(Lecture) Sir Paul Collier, CBE | Migration – Winners and Losers
19 Feb | Geneva
(Lecture) Jussi Hahnhimäki | Re-evaluating the Legacy of Henry Kissinger: Statesman or Stuntman?
30-31 Oct | New York City
Conference: Power, Privacy, and the Internet (New York Review of Books, with support from the Europaeum)
12-14 Jun | Paris
Annual Conference: European society and social solidarity – Is Europe fragmenting?
27 May | Geneva
(Lecture) Dr Faisal Devji | Lecture on Muslim Passions in Europea
6-8 Dec | Oxford
(Workshop) Rousseau and Republican Traditions in Europe
16 Nov | Oxford
Classics Colloquium: Leadership in the Ancient World
7-10 Nov | Oxford
(Workshop) From Plato to NATO: communication, media and rhetoric in Europe
26-27 Oct | Prague
Conference: Effet Utile – understanding international treaties
2-7 Sep | Oxford
(Summer School) Conflict Resolution in Europe:Lessons for Tomorrow
25-27 Jun | Lisbon
Debate: Open Societies, Open Markets and Common Identities
18-20 Jun | Brussels
(Seminar) Policy Making at the EU level
21 May | Oxford
(Lecture) Professor Sir Adam Roberts | A Kind of Madness: Jean-Jacques Rousseau on International Relations
4 May | Prague
Conference: The Ideas of Prevention in European Law
Trinity Term | Oxford
MA Oxford Lectures: The Fault-lines of Europe
27-29 Apr | Prague
Challenges and Opportunities for Europe in building a Global Green Economy
22-23 Mar | Paris
(Workshop) The Arab Spring One Year on: What next ?
26 Nov | London
Conference: Universities under Attack
11-13 Nov | Leiden
(Workshop) Europe and its ‘Giants’ of Leadership – Past, Present and Future?
7 Nov | Oxford
(Lecture) Professor Keith Krause | The End of War: Political Violence in the 20th Century
21 Oct | Helsinki
Classics Colloquium: Strangers and Friends
18-22 Jul | Madrid
Conference: The Future of Europe
17-23 Jul | Madrid
(Summer School) The Futures of Europe: Which Way Towards 2030
29 Jun | Krakow
Debate: The Free World should allow Iran to develop nuclear technology?
23-25 Jun | Paris
Conference: Celebrating the life of Tony Judt (The New York Review of Books, with support from the Europaeum)
17-29 Jun |Lisbon
Debate: IEP-YCP Estoril Political Forum – The Future of the Free World
20-22 Jun | Brussels
(Seminar) Policy-making inside Europe
9 Jun | Bonn
Panel discussion: Europe and the Arab Spring: What should we be doing?
27 May | Oxford
(Workshop) Europeanization and the Roots of Modern Europe Today
21 May | Leiden
(Symposium) Eastern Christianity in Context
11 May | Prague
(Lecture) Professor Archie Brown | Why did Communism end in Europe? Why did it mutate in Asia?
17 Mar | Prague
Conference: Liability in European Law
3 Mar | Geneva
(Lecture) Dr Ngaire Woods | Bypassed in the New Economic Order? The EU and Global Governance after the Crash
10-11 Dec | Finnish Institute Berlin
European Conceptual History Project: Defining Political Concepts in Europe
15 Nov | Oxford
(Lecture) Professor Richard Baldwin | The Great Trade Collapse: What happened? What happens next?
12-14 Nov | Paris
(Workshop) Risks from Climate Change: Lessons in global diplomacy
10-11 Nov | Brussels
Europaeum Policy Seminar
6 Nov | Krakow
Classics Colloquium: Death and the Afterlife
21 Oct | Prague
(Lecture) Professor Robert Fox | Science and the travails of Modernity in Fin-de-siècle France
28-30 Sep | Oxford
Conference: Federalisms – East and West – India, Europe and North America. (Lecture) Peter Sutherland | Common Values and Federalism in Europe
5 Sep | Bologna
Transition from an Emigration Country to an Immigration Country (Connecting Europe through History – Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations project)
5-10 Sep | Bologna
(Summer School) The Media, Europe & Democracy
24 -26 Jun | Lisbon
IEP-UCP Estoril Political Forum: The Future of the Market Economy and Democracy
21-23 Jun | Brussels
(Seminar) Policy-making inside Europe?
3-5 Jun | Leiden
(Workshop) Migration, Political Parties & Public Rhetoric in Contemporary Europe (Connecting Europe through History – Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations project)
(Lecture) Professor Vernon Bogdanor | Overcoming the legacy of the 20th Century: Protecting Human Rights in Modern Demoracries
25 May | Oxford
Debate: Does the Lisbon Treaty raise more problems than it solves?
21-22 May | Oxford
(Workshop) Migration, Ethnicity and the Making of Modern Europe (Connecting Europe through History – Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations project)
20 May | Oxford
Debate: Where are today’s good Europeans?
5-11 Apr | Helsinki
Conference: Integration Throughout History
17 Mar |Paris
Conference: Histoire des phénomènes migratoires en France et en Europe- Quels enjeux pour les classes?
1 Jan | Bologna
(Workshop) Sacred Spaces in modern European Cities
6 Nov | Prague
Classics Colloquium: Teaching, Teachers and Students
16-18 Oct | Krakow
(Workshop) The Europeanisation of Central and Eastern Europe: how has it gone?
6-11 Sep | Paris
(Summer School) Ethics and European Policy-Making
25-27 Jun | Lisbon
Debate: IEP-ECP Estoril Political Forum – NATO at 60
12 May | Geneva
(Lecture) Professor Margaret MacMillan | 90 years on – lessons for peacemakers from 1918?
Conference on Constitutional Pluralism
7 May | Madrid
(Lecture & Workshop) Democracy promotion: Elections without Democracy, Democracy without Elections
12 Feb | Oxford
(Lecture) Professor Vera Gowlland-Debbas | The Middle East and the Challenges for International Law
20 Nov | Bologna
Classics Colloquium: Metamorphosis between Science and Literature
14-19 Sep | Bonn
(Summer School) Sacred Buildings in the Modern City
26 Jun | Lisbon
Debate: IEP-ECP Estoril Political Forum – Human Rights Today
19 Jun | Oxford
Europe in the New World Order – Challenges for the Future?
22-25 May | The Hague
Human Rights Conference | (with Leiden University and EUROCLIO)
22-24 May | Oxford
The Dilemmas of Digitization | (Maison Française, co-supported by the Europaeum)
11-12 May | Madrid
Cultural Difference Conference
9 May | Oxford
Seminar: Ending Empires, how and why? – Britain, Habsburg, Spain et al
26-28 Jun | Lisbon
IEP-UCP Estoril Political Forum: Human Rights Today
18 Apr | Leiden
Seminar discussion: Ending Slavery – views from Africa and the Caribbean (with EUROCLIP)
4-6 Apr | Prague
European Migration in the 21st Century – a Challenge to Nation-States?
17-18 Mar | Oxford
(Workshop) Europaeum European Conceptual History Research Project: Meanings of Rights and Democracy in Europe
11 Mar | Geneva
(Lecture) Professor Vaughan Lowe | The Double Helix of Terrorism and Tyranny: can civil liberties survive the war on terror?
8 Feb | Paris
Europaeum MA Lecture and Workshop: Roots of Modern Europe
23 Nov | Oxford
Classics Colloquium: Myth, Culture, Society: Europaeum Classics Colloquium in memory of Jean-Pierre Vernant
17 Nov | Bologna
Seminar | Culture, Humanities & Technology
5-6 Oct | Prague
(Workshop) Europaeum Research Project Group on European Economic Integration | The European Union: 50 Years On
27 Aug – 2 Sep | Helsinki
(Summer School) The Borders of Europe
7 Jul | Oxford
Islam-in-Europe Conference. Social Cohesion – the Oxford Paradigm
10-12 May | Oxford
Globalisation Conference | 23 Jun | Debate: Challenge from the East – Is the West Ready for China?
16-17 Mar | Prague
Conference: Re-Making Europe – Which Way Now? Europe at the Crossroads (co-supported by the Europaeum)
16-17 Mar | Geneva
European Voices: Actors and Witnesses of European Integration
22 Feb | Washington DC
Europaeum Conference: Is there still a West?
13 Feb | Oxford
(Lecture) Professor Wim Blockman | The Medieval Origins of European Democracy
17-18 Nov | Oxford
(Workshop) Europaeum European Conceptual History Research Project | Defining Political Concepts in Europe
3-4 Nov | Bologna
17 Nov | Madrid
Classics Colloquium: The Orient, Greece & Rome
17 Nov | Oxford
(Lecture) Professor Wladyslaw Strozewski | Human Being and Values
3 Nov | Bologna
27-28 Oct | Helsinki
(Workshop) Game Theory and Applications in Problems of International Economics
13 Oct | Oxford
Restructuring Corporate Governance
11-16 Sep | Krakow
(Summer School) Bridging the Divide: EU-US Relations after 9/11
25-27 Nov | Leiden
Classics Colloquium: Tears in the Ancient World
20-22 Nov | Oxford
Classics Colloquium: Methods and Traditions of Graduate Research: Approaches to Herodotus and Tacitus’s Annals
17-22 Sep | Oxford
(Summer School) European Economic Integration
12 Apr 2002 | Oxford
(Lecture) Lord Professor (Ralf) Dahrendorf | Global Security Interlinked: Poverty, Security and Development
Classics Colloquium | Ancient Romans and Travelling