European Society

Recent speeches by some of Europe’s political leaders have called into question the merits of multiculturalism as a response to Europe’s increasingly diverse societies. While mainstream politicians steer clear of any suggestion that Europe should abandon its commitment to ‘unity in diversity’, there is a rising tide of ‘populist’ rhetoric which warns that Europe’s identity – an identity supposedly forged by its ‘cultural, religious and humanist inheritance’ – is threatened by the presence of migrant, and especially Muslim, communities, and the prospect of Turkish EU membership. Our research cluster examines the diversity of cultural, political and philosophical ideas invoked in Europe's name, the ways these have been politically contested and reshaped, and the extent to which they intersect with the lived experiences of Europeans. We combine the methods of philosophy, sociology, political science and anthropology.

Examples of Key Research Themes:

  • Ideas and Images of Europe
  • Ideologies, parties and political movements
  • Ideas of political community and place
  • Multiculturalism 
  • European identities
  • Religious belief and securalism
  • Minorities
European Society Highlights

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Ozyurek, Esra (2014), ‘Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion, Conversion in the New Europe.  Princeton Univ Press.

Selected Recent Publications

Bronk, Richard and Jacoby, Wade (2013), "Avoiding monocultures in the European Union: the case for the mutual recognition of difference in conditions of uncertainty', LEQS paper no. 67/2013.

Bryant, Rebecca (2014), 'Living with Liminality: De Facto States on the Threshold of the Global'Brown Journal of World Affairs, 20 (2). 

Featherstone, Kevin (2014), Europe in Modern Greek History (ed), London, Hurst & Co.

Glendinning, Simon (2013), 'Derrida's Europe: "Greek, Christian and Beyond"', inEurope After Derrida ed. B. Isyar, Edinburgh University Press. 

Glendinning, Simon (2013), ‘Three Cultures of Atheism: On Serious Doubts about the Existence of God’International Journal of Philosophy of Religion, 73 (10), pp. 3-19.

Glendinning, Simon (2013), ‘The End of the World made with Men in Mind’Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 291-317.

Hobolt, Sara (2014), 'Ever Closer or Ever Wider? Public Attitudes Towards Further Enlargement and Integration in the European Union'Journal of European Public Policy, 21 (5), pp. 664-680.

Jackson-Preece, Jennifer (2014), 'The High Commissioner on National Minorities as a Normative Actor'Journal of European and Ethnopolitics, Special Issue on the High Commissioner on National Minorities. 

Ozyurek, Esra (2016), “Export-Import Theory and Racialization of Antisemitism: Turkish and Arab-only Prevention Programs in Germany” Comparative Studies in Society and History 58 (1). Forthcoming.

White, Jonathan (2014), 'Transnational Partisanship: Idea and Practice'Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 17 (3). 

White, Jonathan (2013), ‘Thinking Generations’British Journal of Sociology 64 (2), pp.216-47.

White, Jonathan (2011) Political allegiance after European integration Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. 


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             Staff in the European Institute
             working in this area include:

             Research Associates:

              Doctoral Students:

  • Nathan Charlton

  • Roch Dunin-Wasowicz

  • Zoe Gardner

  • Bjarke Hansen

  • Lise Herman

  • Giulia Pastorella

  • Maria Werdine-Norris

  • Fabio Wolkenstein

  • Paula Zoido Oses

             Recent Past Doctorates:

  • Joseph Downing

  • Bryon Fong

  • Oisin Keohane

  • Margarita Markoviti 

  • Ronan McCrea