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Cosmopolitan Europe: European politics and identity beyond the nation state

Thursday 30 January, 6pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

What is Europe? The European Union is neither federalistic nor intergovernmental. It is cosmopolitan. But the idea of a cosmopolitan Europe has not been properly understood. It has been perceived as a technocratic and economic project. This needs to be rethought.

Professor Ulrich Beck, LSE, will be considering these issues in a lecture entitled Cosmopolitan Europe: European politics and identity beyond the nation state, on Thursday 30 January at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Ulrich Beck is the British Journal of Sociology Visiting Centennial Professor at LSE and Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Sociology, University of Munich.

Professor Anthony Giddens will chair this lecture, which is free and open to all with no ticket required.


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Professor Ulrich Beck is the director of a research centre at the University of Munich (in cooperation with three other universities in the area), Sonderforschungsbereich - Reflexive Modernization, financed since 1999 by the DFG (German Research Society). He has been a fellow of several scientific institutions, among others the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin in 1990-1991.

Ulrich Beck's interests focus on risk society, individualization and reflexive modernization. His teaching concentrates on modernization theory, sociology of environment, transformation of work and social inequalities. At LSE, he runs graduate seminars on aspect of contemporary social theory for MSc and research students. He has just finished a book on the transformation of work society into a risk society, which summarizes his theoretical, empirical, and political engagement in this field for many years.

Recent publications by Professor Beck include Individualization (with E. Beck-Gernsheim, 2000), Brave New World of Work (2000) and World Risk Society (1999).

20 January 2003