Aurora Lecture Series

„The Making of Europe“

Silke Meyer & Dirk Rupnow (University of Innsbruck)

organised by the Aurora pilot domain "Culture: Diversity & Identity“ and by the research area "Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts“

  Wednesdays,  starting on 12 October 2022

  12:00-01:30 pm


  Late registration: If you are interested to register for the lecture series, please send an email
   to Felix Neuner (

               5 ECTS, BA

This lecture series invites students from all nine Aurora partner universities to reflect “The Making of Europe”. From Reykjavik to Napoli, we will discuss examples of constructing Europe from the perspectives of EU governance, popular culture and memory politics. 

Europe is a concept with many connotations, encompassing both a space and a political system. In everyday language, Europe is also equated with the institutions of the European Union. The term ‘Europeanisation’ generally refers to the political unification process since the Second World War, but encompasses more than political agreements and laws, also social norms and ideas. 

We want to examine the historical, social and cultural dimensions of Europeanisation and look at the initiatives, instruments and institutions that constitute Europe and 'Europeanness' and position Europe into the everyday life and self-image of its citizens. This includes transnational co-operations such as town twinning, Erasmus student exchange, the Euro as a common currency, pop cultural phenomena such as the Eurovision Song Contest, art formats such as the European Capital of Culture and examples of European politics of remembrance in museums and exhibitions. EU institutions will also be represented when we discuss the making of Europe with Christian Gsodam, Head of Cabinet of the Secretary General, European Committee of the Regions.

On a theoretical level, special attention is given to the perspective of provincialising and decolonising Europe: We ask about the intersectionality of citizenship, religion, and class in order to understand Europe and Europeanness as multi-layered and multi-voiced in a global context.

At the end of term, students will be given a number of essay questions based on the weekly lectures. They can choose one question and answer it in an essay of 7-10 pages. The essay should contain footnotes and further references (included in the 7-10 pages).

Patel, Kiran Klaus (2020). Project Europe. A History. Cambridge UP.

Patel, Kiran Klaus (2015). The Making of Homo Europaeus: Problems, Approaches and
Perspectives. In: Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung, 25, issue 5-6 (2015), 15–31.



Introduction (Silke Meyer, Dirk Rupnow, both University of Innsbruck)



Historical Concepts of Europe (Stefan Ehrenpreis, University of Innsbruck) 


Virtual Young Citizen Science Dialogue with Christian Gsodam (European Committee of the Regions, Brussels)

The event with Christian Gsodam is hosted by the EU in Brussels.
Registration link.


The Eurovision Song Contest and European Integration (Dean Vuletic, University of Vienna)



Europeanisation from bottom-up and across borders: The European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino (Alice Engl, Eurac Research, Bolzano)


Europe outside Europe: Europeanness and Political Discourses of the West in Northern America (Agnieszka Weinar, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada) 



Exhibiting Europe (Kerstin Poehls, University of Hamburg/Open Air Museum Molfsee) 


European Capitals of Culture: Cultural policies - anthropological perspectives (Daniel Habit, LMU Munich) 


An “active promotion of the European ideal”? - Europe and Town twinning (Nina Szidat, University of Duisburg/Essen)



Final Discussion and Closing Remarks (Silke Meyer, Dirk Rupnow)

Concept and organization

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Silke Meyer, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie
E-Mail:, und

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dirk Rupnow, Institut für Zeitgeschichte

Felix Neuner

In cooperation with

AURORA Alliance (
Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union


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