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At the Edges of Europe: Britain, Romania and European Identities

In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady More...

Starts: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The case for an EU referendum

Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge, discusses how how the impending EU referendum in the UK necessitates open and unbiased academic debate, and how British discussions of EU reform may reverberate across the European continent.
15 May 2015
Dr. Christopher Bickerton More...

Starts: May 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

International Graduate Seminar on Post-Secular Europe

1 November 2011

Deadline for applications: 31.12.2011

International Graduate Student Seminar

Warsaw

Over the past decade, the concept of post-secularism seemed to solve several of the conundrums an exploration into the present and the future of intercultural interaction has to face today. In contrast to the doom-and-gloom visions of the inevitability of conflict between religiously defined global regions, famously defined by Samuel Huntington as a clash of cultures, post-secularism hopes to reconcile diverging interests in multicultural societies, to allow for a dialogue between diverse religious commitments, and, more importantly, to establish common ground between faith-based communities and societal constituencies which reject any form of religious identity or commitment.

This graduate student seminar intends to investigate this assumption. In its first instalment, it should address more specifically

  • the concept of post-secularism and its philosophical, social and political implications
  • the relationship of Enlightenment philosophy and religious thought in the 18th century
  • the cultural and religious transformations of east European Jewish communities in the 19th century

An opening keynote will be delivered by Professor David Sorkin, Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, author, among others, of The Religious Enlightenment. Protestants, Jews, and Catholics from London to Vienna (Princeton University Press 2008). Professor Sorkin will also attend the seminar itself, and engage in our discussions.

The seminar will inquire whether the tools to investigate earlier examples of multicultural cohabitation can teach us about the potential of post-secularism, and develop a critical assessment about the limits of its applicability. Also, a discussion with multi-faith initiatives in London involved in educational initiatives is planned.

London and Warsaw

The seminar should be held in two instalments, the first in May 2012 in London, the second in September 2012 in Kraków. An equal number of graduate students from London and from Kraków (ca 6-8 from each side) shall meet on both occasions, prepare presentations, discuss research projects, and engage with lecturers invited for the occasion. A detailed programme of the second instalment of the seminar will be available shortly.

The seminar is addresses graduate students (MA and PhD) in the Humanities and in Social and Political Sciences, but students from other disciplines may also apply. The language of the meetings will be English. Participation in the seminar is free of charge. Students from outside London may apply for a contribution to travel and accommodation expenses.

Applications

Applications are now open for the first instalment of the seminar. Please send a cover letter including a proposal for a presentation (within the framework of the above mentioned perspectives), a short CV, and the contact details of one referee, ideally the supervisor of the applicant, by e-mail only, to:

Dr François Guesnet
Sidney and Elizabeth Corob Reader in Modern Jewish History
Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
University College London
f.guesnet@ucl.ac.uk

The deadline for applications to this first workshop is 31 December 2011.


This Graduate Student Seminar has been developed in cooperation of the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL, the Department of Jewish Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, the Department of Humanities, Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza, Kraków, the Polish Cultural Institute, London, and the UCL European Institute.