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Perspectives on Europe

The Perspectives on Europe series is the European Institute's principal public lecture programme. The series is firmly established as one of Europe's leading platforms for discussion of the identity of Europe, the policies and institutions of the European Union and its member states, and wider issues of politics, economics and society affecting the European continent as a whole.

Since its inception, the series has hosted a diversity of public and academic luminaries. There has been an outstanding cast list of high-level speakers from politics, public administration, academia and the media. This has included presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, finance ministers, EU commissioners and heads of European agencies and the EU institutions, along with distinguished scholars and influential commentators.  

For more information on the series please email Euroinst.Events@lse.ac.uk|.                                            

Lent Term 2015

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Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion and Conversion in the New Europe|

Date: Wednesday 21 January 2015
Time: 18.30 - 20.00
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

Speaker: Dr Esra Özyürek
Discussants: Dr Ruth Mandel, Dr Nasar Meer, Professor Joel Robbins
Chair: Professor Deniz Kandiyoti

The panellists will discuss Dr Özyürek’s newly published book| 'Being German, Becoming Muslim: race, religion, and conversion in the New Europe'.

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 
Kundnani, Hans

The return of the 'German question'|

Date: Monday 26 January 2015
Time: 18.30 - 20.00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Speakers:
Hans Kundnani, Research Director at the European Council on Foreign Relations & Associate Fellow, Birmingham University
Quentin Peel, Mercator Senior Fellow, Chatham House
Chair: Prof Maurice Fraser

A panel debate to mark the launch of Hans Kundnani's recently published book 'The Paradox of German Power'|.

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 
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A stress test of the welfare state|

Date: Monday 2 February 2015
Time: 19:30 - 21:00
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speaker: Prof Tito Boeri

How did the welfare state in Europe cope with the Great Recession and the Eurozone crisis? While a lot of attention has been devoted to (home-made) stress tests of the banking sector, no attempt has been made to date to evaluate the performance of social tax and transfer systems to reduce poverty during the crisis. This talk will address this issue, making reference, in particular, to the countries of Southern Europe, where the shock has been particularly severe. The underlying question is whether we need only a welfare state or also a welfare union.

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 
 
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Philosophy, the Public and Other Subjects|

European Institute and Forum for European Philosophy Inaugural Lecture

Date: Tuesday 10 February 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Prof Simon Glendinning

50 years ago Professor Glendinning gave an inaugural lecture arguing for the abolition of inaugural lectures. His failure allows his son to return to this theme.

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 

INDIA-EU Roundtable

‘Strengthening relations between Europe and India: which partnership for the twenty first century?’|

Date: 13 February 10:00-18:30
Venue: Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE

9:30-10:00: Registration

10.00–10:20: Welcome and Introduction

10:20-11:45 Session 1: The peacock and the stars: general issues, mutual perceptions, worldviews and global evolutions

12:00-13:30: Session 2: Partners in trade and development cooperation?

14:30-16:00 Session 3: Security cooperation and strategic issues: which engagement? Which convergence?

16:15-17:45 Session 4: International institutions and global governance

18:00-18:30 Concluding remarks.

This is a free event open to all but registration is required|.

 
Per Callesen

The Danish Monetary Policy – An Optimal Strategy?|

LSE European Institute & LSESU European Society public discussion

Date: Wednesday 18 February 2015
Time: 19:30-21:00
Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Speakers: Governor Per Callesen & Professor Paul De Grauwe

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 
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High Culture and the Western Canon: has the fightback begun?|

LSE European Institute Literary Festival debate

Date: Friday 27 February 2015
Time: 12-1.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Professor Sarah Churchwell, Jonty Claypole, Maya Jaggi, Frederic Raphael
Chair: Prof Maurice Fraser

With the BBC having announced a remake of Kenneth Clark's TV series Civilisation, and Melvyn Bragg’s intellectual cornucopia on Radio 4, In Our Time, now in its 17th year, we will be asking whether the mission of Lord Reith 'to educate, inform and entertain' is alive and well. Can Matthew Arnold, TS Eliot and FR Leavis sleep well in their graves? Has the era of dumbing down to 'widen access' run its course? Why shouldn't ALL schoolchildren be asked to grapple with the 'difficult' texts, rich canvases or musical scores of our western inheritance? Why shouldn't everyone have the chance to join the 'elite'?

All events in the Festival are free to attend and open to all.

 
Fabrizio Saccomanni

Central Banking in Times of Crisis|

LSE European Institute & LSESU European Society public talk

Date: Friday 6 March 2015

Time: 18:00-19:30

Venue: Room 2.04, New Academic Building, LSE

Speaker: Fabrizio Saccomanni

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 
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Conference

'Reconnecting Europe: bridging the gap between European citizens and the European institutions'|

Organised with The Evens Foundation, The Forum for European Philosophy and The European Institute (LSE)

Date: Wednesday 11 March, 1.45-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

1.45-2pm Welcome Address

Joaquín Almunia, Ex-Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for competition

2-3.30pm Disintegrating Europe: Nationalism, Regionalism and Globalization

Scoping Introduction: John Breuilly, Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity, LSE

Guest Speaker: Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International Relations and Director of the European Studies Centre, University of Oxford

At the level of both the member states and the EU as a whole there are social forces pulling in opposite directions (both local and global), putting tremendous pressure on existing political institutions. This session will explore the cultural and political conditions prevailing in Europe today.

4-5.30pm Political Economy of European Union

Scoping Introduction: Bob Hancké, Associate Professor of Political Economy, European Institute, LSE

Guest Speaker: David Soskice, Professor of Political Science and Economics, LSE

Can Europe’s member states sustain the European Social Model? In this session we will explore how economic innovations promoted by the EU (the Euro, Banking Union, debt sharing) as well as global ‘neoliberal’ market developments are changing the European political-economy.

6.30-8pm European Politics and Government

Scoping Introduction: Mareike Kleine, Associate Professor of EU and International Politics, European Institute, LSE

Guest Speaker: Jonathan Holslag, Professor of International Politics, The Free University of Brussels

European politics has been dominated by the vexed question of the democratic deficit. Should Europe move towards greater political union? Should the European parliament become a proper European government? Or should we look for innovations at the national, regional, or even city level?

 
Britain's Future in Europe

'Britain's Future in Europe'|

Date: Thursday 12 March 2015
Time: 19:00-20:30
Venue: New Theatre, East Building, LSE

Speakers: Kenneth Clarke MP, Michael Emerson (CEPS), Dr Swati Dhingra, LSE
Chair: Prof Maurice Fraser, LSE

A panel discussion to mark the publication of 'Britain's Future in Europe'| (Rowman & Littlefield) edited by Michael Emerson.

A free event open to all. Please register your attendance on Eventbrite|.  

 
Miroslav Singer

EVENT CANCELLED - Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. LSE would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Eurozone: managing your own currency during the Euro crisis|

LSE European Institute & LSESU Czech & Slovak Society public lecture

Date: Friday 13 March 2015

Time: 11:00-12:00

Venue: Room 1.04, New Academic Building, LSE

Speaker: Miroslav Singer, Governor of the Czech National Bank

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 
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A lecture by Axelle Lemaire, French Minister of State for Digital Affairs

Date: Friday 20 March 2015

Time: 6.00-7.30pm

Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Speaker: Axelle Lemaire

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 
Segolene Royal

Green growth: combining economics and ecology in the run-up to Paris 2015|

Date: Tuesday 24 March 2015

Time: 5.30-6.45pm

Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Speaker: Ségolène Royal

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 

Michaelmas Term 2014

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‘Transatlantic Free Trade: The Final Push? - British, French and US Perspectives on A TTIP Agreement’|

Monday 13 October 2014
Time:   18.30 - 20.00
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB

Speakers:
Pascal Lamy, Former Director General of the WTO, former EU Commissioner for Trade (2005-2013)
Sir Peter Ricketts, British Ambassador to France
Sylvie Bermann, French Ambassador to the UK
Chair: Peter Sutherland, Chair of LSE Council

An event organised by the LSE European Institute and the Franco-British Council

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 
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EVENT CANCELLED - Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.  LSE would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

'The Slovak Republic in the European Union'| 

Speaker: Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic

Thursday 30 October 2014
Time:   18.30-20.00
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, LSE

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Emmanuel Macron

EVENT CANCELLED - Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.  LSE would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

'European challenges and the French economic strategy'|

Friday 7 November 2014
Time: 17.00 - 18.30
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in the French government.
Chair: Prof Maurice Fraser

 
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‘The Limits of Transformation from Above: Turkey since 1914’|

Speaker: Prof Çağlar Keyder, Centennial Professor at the EI; Professor, Department of Sociology, Boğaziçi University

Tuesday 11 November 2014
Chair: Dr Esra Özyürek
Time:   18.30 - 20.00
Venue: Old Theatre, LSE

This event is an LSE European Institute inaugural lecture in partnership with Contemporary Turkish Studies.

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 
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Panel debate: 'What Europe?'|

Monday 17 November 2014
Time:   18.30 - 20.00
Venue: Old Theatre, LSE

Speakers:

Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford (pictured)
Prof Renaud Dehousse, Professor at Sciences Po, Paris
Prof Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford
Giuseppe Laterza, Chairman of Laterza Publishing 
Chair: Prof Maurice Fraser, Head Of the European Institute 

LSE European Institute Perspectives on Europe event to mark the official launch of Eutopia magazine

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 
Sara Hobolt

‘Democratic Politics in a European Union Under Stress’|

Event marking the book launch of Democratic Politics in a European Union Under Stress|  (OUP).

Tuesday 25 November 2014
Time: 18:30 - 20:00, followed by a reception
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Panel:
Prof Sara Hobolt (Chair, European Institute, LSE)
Prof Damian Chalmers (Law, LSE)
Prof Simon Hix (Government, LSE)
Prof Catherine de Vries (University of Oxford)

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 
Cadier, David

European Energy Policy in Light of the Ukraine Crisis|

A panel debate in partnership with the European Council on Foreign Relations and the European Commission.

Thursday 4 December 2014
Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

Panel:
Cho Khong, Chief Political Analyst at Shell International
Chi-Kong Chyong, Director of the Energy Policy Forum and ECFR Visiting Fellow
Julian Popov, Fellow at the European Climate Foundation
Chair: David Cadier, Fellow in International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS

This is a non-ticket event, on a first come, first served basis.

 
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