LSE has received a third round of funding, amounting to just over £900,000, from Stiftung Mercator, one of the leading German charitable foundations supporting research institutions. This support will help enable the 2016 Dahrendorf Symposium, the third of its kind. It will also support associated research groups, comprising post-doctoral fellows, visiting academics and practitioner fellowships and support.
Since 2010, the School has collaborated and co-operated with Stiftung Mercator, alongside the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, to create bi-annual symposia and public research projects in honour of Lord Dahrendorf, LSE Director from 1974 to 1984. In the spirit of Lord Dahrendorf’s own belief in Europe as the ultimate space for achieving real and relevant democracy and in posing ‘the questions that otherwise no-one dares to ask,’ these efforts are concentrated on bringing the European debate on key issues in society forward. This is being achieved through social science research, and through engagement with policy makers and the public.
The first two symposia and cycles of research concentrated, respectively, on Europe’s institutional and political future, and on issues and debates surrounding climate change. In the third cycle (2015-2016) the focus is on the relationship between Europe and the rest of the world – particularly regarding its border zones, including Russia and Ukraine, Turkey and the near Middle East, and the core regions of the world economy, China and North America.
Five transnational, interdisciplinary, cross-sectorial working groups will prepare content and will host events in London and Berlin. These events, as well as the Symposium itself, will bring together and engage European and global representatives from academia, politics, business, civil society and the media.
The project is coordinated at the School by LSE IDEAS. Dr Robert Falkner, LSE’s Academic Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Project, succeeded Professor Arne Westad in this role in January 2015.
"The Dahrendorf Symposium Project is a remarkable opportunity for us to bring together academic and policy experts, and debate the future of Europe’s external relations,” said Dr Falkner. “In the last two symposia, LSE and the Hertie School of Governance built a successful model for bringing the worlds of research and policy closer together. This third phase of the project helps us to deepen our collaboration and expand the scope of the Dahrendorf network. I am delighted to be directing this project together with my counterpart at the Hertie School, Professor Helmut Anheier, and I am grateful for Stiftung Mercator’s continued and generous financial support."
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Information on the 2013 Symposium can be found here, and it can be followed on Twitter @dahrendorf_sym.