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Europaeum MA Lecture : British Exits in a Historical Perspective

This year the Europaeum will use Brexit - which is central 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 1q945, and culminating with a look at English exceptionalism the 2016 Brexit vote. The series involves many front rank speakers including Professor Norman Davies, author of the best-selling Europe, 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. 

Europaeum Summer School : Is democracy in crisis ?

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 ?

MA in European History and Civilisation : Final Deadline approaching

The final deadline of the end of May is now approaching fast for applicants for next year's Europaeum's pioneering MA programme in European History and Civilisation, with participants spending terms at our partner universities, Leiden, Paris 1 and Oxford. This successful programme, which enters its second decade, 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. Such knowledge plays an increasingly crucial role in practical decision-making and strategic planning, where Europe-wide and global contact and negotiation is required on our website. 

International Graduate Debate - Lisbon (June 26th - 28th)

The Palacio HotelThe Palacio HotelOnce again the Europaeum will be facilitating our usual lively international debate led by Europaeum graduates as part of the next - 25th 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 Western Tradition of Liberty under Law. 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;

25th anniversary leaflet

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 

Research Workshop on gender inequalities

The Europaeum plans to host a small research workshop in Oxford exploring how effective current policy initiatives are at tackling gender inequalities. The plan is to collect a number of specialist researchers from academe, public bodies such as Oxfam, and from think tanks, 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 is being led by Professor Devaki Jain from Delhi, Professor Anthony Heath of Nuffield College, Oxford, and Dr Paul Flather of Mansfield College, and will be supported by a new Ford Foundation grant. The event will be hosted in Oxford, in early June, and it is hoped to produce a report from the work. As usual, the group is by invitation only but Europaeum academics interested in being considered for this new EPRG, are invited to write to the Secretary-General. More details will follow.

Final Call: Spring school on Religion, Conflict, Secularism and Tolerance (April 20-22th)

Martin LutherMartin LutherFINAL CALL: We will be confirming the final partinicants before Easter - so this is now a final call. Several new big name speakers have been confirmed for our well known History Spring School - which this year picks up from the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's seismic intervention in Wittneberg which broke Europe in two culturally, economically, socially, and politically. The latest addition is Professor Faisal Devji, a historian who specializes in studies of Islam, globalization, violence and ethics, who will discuss the rise of secularism.  He joins Professor Peter Pulzer, the former Gladstone Professor of Politics, expert on Austrian politics in the 1930s, who will discuss The Jewish Question in European History while Dr Lucy Wooding, a leading Oxford historian of the Reformation, will discuss how the Reformation impacted early Modern Europe, Applications are still invited. Please see the programme here and the poster here.

Europaeum graduates to investigate self-reliance of refugees and German Jews going to Palestine

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 Development Studies and the University of Oxford and for young scholars to widen their international links. Read the entire Press Notice here.

Deadline approaches for Prague Workshop : Crisis in European Values ?

The final deadline approaches for our major workshop on What does it mean to be a "good" European ? The question recurs as Europe grapples with a series of simultaneous crises - refugees, multi-culturalism, uneven economic development, and bailing out neighbours at a time of low economic growth. On top of these comes the new politics of Post-Truth and alternative facts, of prejudice, and the rise of populism, nationalism and jingoism. Do we respond with walls OR Willkommenskultur ? These are tests for each of us - and for communities, regions, and nations. We have a host of major speakers for this workshop in Prague, hosted with our partners from Charles University including Aleksander Smolar of the Stefan Batory Foundation, Tomas Halik, winner of the Templeton Prize for religious ethics, Peter Balazs, former European Commissioner, Tomas Sedlacek, author of the prize-winning The Economics of Good and Evil .

Europaeum Lecture : Illiberal democracy and Post-Truth politics (February 17th)

Aleksander SmolarAleksander Smolar 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 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. All welcome, Full details on this poster here.

Europaeum Lecture series : What next - after Brexit ? (February 23rd)

Will HuttonWill HuttonThe next special Europaeum Lecture in our regular series will be given by Will Hutton, a noted economic commentator, currently Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University, and Chair of the Oxford Europaeum Group. Mr Hutton, who has a regular influential column  in The Observer newspaper (where he was once Editor), will be discussing What Next - after Brexit ? In recent columns, Mr Hutton has written on the consequences for international trade that loom after the Brexit and Trump votes in the UK and US, and now he could add the Renzi referendum vote in Italy (see link here). He has also previously discussed the costs and benefits of globalization (see link here). After beginning his career as a stockbroker and investment analyst, he moved to the BBC as a producer and reporter. He has been Economics Editor of the BBC's flagship Newsnight programme (1983-88), Editor-in-Chief of the European Business Channel (1988-90), and Economics Editor at the Guardian (1990-96), winning several media awards. He is currently Chair of the Big Innovation Centre Innovation Board.

Austria elects liberal Green President

Norbert HoferNorbert HoferNorbert Hofer, the 'far Right' Freedom Party candidate - who participated in a lively Europaeum panel debate on Can Europe's Politicians can solve Europe's migration crisis ? (for more see here), has lost his bid for the Austrian presidency. The recent election was won by Independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, former leader of the Green Party, who has promised to be an 'open-minded, liberal-minded and above all a pro-European federal president'.  Mr van der Bellen won 53% of the re-run election. votes. The debate was mounted in the spirit of academic freedom that marks the Europaeum's approach. There was a strong student protest, but expressed in an agreed statement read out at the meeting and a silent protest of posters, with a noisy protest of many hundreds outside the hall. The event was widely covered and may have helped alert Austrians as to how Mr Hofer's election might have been seen internationally. Mr Hofer for his part has called on all Austrians 'regardless of how we cast our ballots' now to work together for the good of the country.

US Presidential Election special : Turning points ?

Tags: With American voters poised to choose their 45th President in what has been deemed the most volcanic and decisive campaigns in decades, it may be worthwhile to ponder how such elections – from time to time – are considered turning points or watershed moments in the history of US politics. This 58th election – according to some polls – remains finely balanced, with very high stakes. Either way, history is set to be made. A previous Europaeum Lecture, by journalist, broadcaster, and academic Godfrey Hodgson, looked closely at the impact such events can have. In that lecture, he examined the presidential election as “a device for national introspection”, drawing particularly on the elections of 1876, 1912, 1968, and 2004. At each of these, Hodgson contended, America stood at a crossroads – something few could deny applies equally to 2016. Please read The Other American Presidential Election: Choosing a President and Psychoanalyzing a Nation, delivered at the Campus den Haag at Leiden University in 2004,here. Godfrey Hodgson studied History at Oxford and Pennsylvania, before joining The Observer and The Sunday Times in Washington.

Patten speaks on the future of China-Europe relations

Lord (Chris) PattenLord (Chris) PattenLord (Chris) Patten - Europaeum Trustee, Chancellor of Oxford University, former Chairman of the BBC Trust, former European Commissioner on External Relations, former MP and Conservative Party stalwart, and author - recently gave the Europaeum an interview expressing views on several key issues to do with China, drawing on his critical role as the last Governor of Hong Kong (1992-97). This interview prepared as a key contribution to our discussions in our recent summer school on China and Europe - Challenges for the Future(see below), conducted by Dr Nick Bunnin from the Oxford Chinese Studies Institute and an active memer of the Oxford Euroapeum Board.  Themes covered included ageing, demographics, governance, questions of legitimacy, and relations between China and Europe. Please see the interview here. (We apologize for the quality of the interview, which was recorded with roadworks outside and with a simple handheld camera.)