European Stories – the intellectual debates on Europe in national contexts

WP 5 – Civil Society and the Public Sphere  

WP 5 events

Brussels, 29-30 May 2008

Venue: Institute for European Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 30, avenue F. D. Roosevelt, B-1050 Brussels  

The question of Europe has only recently been addressed in contemporary political thought. Before the Treaty of Maastricht was signed, research work on European construction was mostly focussed on the issue of integration but very rarely delved into the normative questions attached to it. Since 1992, public debate surrounding the ratification of the treaty has led to a multiplicity of theoretical analysis on the legitimacy of the European Union. However, both the aims and forms taken by these theoretical debates differ greatly from one country to another since they reflect core values embedded in a wider national political culture. People indeed approach the topic of European integration with a cultural repertoire that tends to vary along social, political and national lines. The latter includes, amongst other things, knowledge, habitus, stories, memories and world views upon which people draw more or less consciously when framing objects and problems.

For this reason, this workshop will be structured on a country-wise basis. National cases have been selected in order to offer a wide range of contrasting intellectual contexts. The debates will be articulated around the following question: how have intellectuals reacted to European integration and how have they conceived their country’s national identity and its position inside (or outside) the European Union?

Read more on the research objectives of WP 5 and on the overall research objectives of RECON.

Please register at: [email protected]


Programme (download pdf)

Updated 05.05.2008

Thursday 29 May 2008

Welcome of the participants
Mario Telo, President, Institute for European Studies, ULB

Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Oxford University

Justine Lacroix, Université Libre de Bruxelles 

Opening address
Guy Haarscher, President, Perelman Centre for Legal Philosophy, ULB

Session 1
Chair: Muriel Rouyer, Université de Nantes
Italy, Mario Telo, President, Institute for European Studies, ULB

Romania, Daniel Barbu, University of Bucharest

Czech Republic, Muriel Blaive, Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Europäische Geschichte und Öffentlichkeit, Wien


Session 2
Chair: Ramona Coman, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Great Britain, Georgios Varouxakis, Queen Mary, University of London

Germany, Jan-Werner Mueller, Princeton University

Turkey, Ahmet Evin, Sabanci University


Coffee break


Session 3
Chair: Patrick Savidan, Université Paris IV
France, Justine Lacroix, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Spain, Antonio Barroso, Center for Political and Constitutional Studies, Madrid


Friday 30 May 2008


Similarities and differences: From national to European narratives?

Chair: Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Oxford University

Richard Bellamy, University College of London

Francis Cheneval, University of Zürich

Ulrike Liebert, University of Bremen 

Paul Magnette, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Patrick Savidan, Université Paris IV 


Organised by the Institute for European Studies (IEE) and Centre de théorie politique (CTP) at the ULB


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