“The Making of Europe”

Aurora Lecture Series | mittwochs, 12:00–13:30 Uhr | Online Veranstaltung

The Making of Europe”
Aurora Lecture Series | mittwochs, 12:00–13:30 Uhr | Online Veranstaltung

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.

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12.10.2022 Silke Meyer & Dirk Rupnow (both University of Innsbruck)

09.11.2022 Stefan Ehrenpreis (University of Innsbruck)
Historical Concepts of Europe

16.11.2022 Christian Gsodam (European Committee of the Regions, Brussels)
Virtual Young Citizen Science Dialogue
The event is hosted by the EU in Brussels.

30.11.2022 Dean Vuletic (University of Vienna)
The Eurovision Song Contest and European Integration

07.12.2022 Alice Engl (Eurac Research, Bolzano)
Europeanisation from bottom-up and across borders: The European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino

14.12.2022 Agnieszka Weinar (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada) 
Europe outside Europe: Europeanness and Political Discourses of the West in Northern America

11.01.2023 Kerstin Poehls (University of Hamburg/Open Air Museum Molfsee) 
Exhibiting Europe

18.01.2023 Daniel Habit (LMU Munich) 
European Capitals of Culture: Cultural policies - anthropological perspectives

25.01.2023 Nina Szidat (University of Duisburg/Essen)
An “active promotion of the European ideal”? - Europe and Town twinning

01.02.2023 Silke Meyer & Dirk Rupnow (both University of Innsbruck)
Final Discussion and Closing Remarks

Konzept und Organisation:

Silke Meyer, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie / Universität Innsbruck
Dirk Rupnow, Institut für Zeitgeschichte / Universität Innsbruck

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


Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Dirk Rupnow
Institut für Zeitgeschichte
Universität Innsbruck
Innrain 52d, 6020 Innsbruck
  +43 512 507–44007, Sekretariat: +43 512 507–44010

Bild: © Universitätsnetzwerk Aurora, Universität Innsbruck 

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