Research Projects

This is an overview of Research Projects we have supported over the years. Please also have a look at our Online Archive of Publications for Lecture Pamphlets and Special Reports.

> last updated 24 Jan 2018 [SH]

Research Project Groups

New Challenges to building Consensus: Which ways forward?

(launched in 2017)

This new Research Group, to be launched under the auspices of the Europaeum at an informal Oxford colloquium in November, will set out to explore the basis of such new challenges facing liberal democratic societies in their quest to build consensus, and whether these challenges, perhaps taken together, form a deeper, even structural, challenge, which requires new adjustments in theory and practice – and if so what are the steps that might be taken to redress or re-order the rules.

Gender Equality in a Global Context: what is being done? What should be done?

(launched in 2017)

A project to review currently global initiatives aiming at the plight and status of women

Liberalism in 20th Century Europe

[No longer an active project]

This project investigated 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 were held, in Oxford and in Prague, looking at the experience of the ECE region; a third is planned in Hungary. Work is underway on a collection of papers.

Connecting Europe through History (2007-2010)

[No longer an active project]

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 of dealing with a 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. In this respect, ‘Connecting Europe through History’ offered room for multiple perspectives, intercultural dialogue and a European dimension to create inclusive histories and lead to mutual understanding, tolerance and peace.

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Europaeum Programmes

The Future of European Universities

[three-year project, now completed] This programme represented 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, studying the opportunities, conditions and methods the will enable European universities to play a leading role in the ongoing Knowledge Revolution.

Islam-in-Europe

[No longer an active project]

The programme, which ran from 2004 until 2012, focused 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 Islamophobia 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.

US-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue

[No longer an active project]

In 2005 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 took the form of lectures, research workshops, policy studies and debates. The need for such dialogue was particularly acute in the aftermath of 9/11 and the disagreements over the Iraq War. There was also the need to manage international relations and develop a coherent European Union voice in contradistinction to US approaches. Policymakers and politicians on both sides seemed to be of the view that it was ‘the other’ that does not quite understand ‘its’ stance. Dialogue was vital, and the Europaeum was well placed to play its part, with events in Geneva, Krakow, Oxford and Washington DC.

Culture, Humanities & Technology

[No longer an active project]

The programme was launched in 2003, to study how the Humanities (and Social Sciences) have changed in the light of the ICT revolution. Workshops were held in Prague (2005), Krakow (2006), and Madrid (2009), while Oxford hosted an international conference (2003) and library discussion group (2008). The project tackled themes including:

  • Conflicts between the value of the Arts and Humanities – 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.