Looking at a Europe in ruins after the First World War, the French poet and essayist Paul Valéry reflected on how far it had fallen: from once “appearing” to itself as “the elect portion of the terrestrial globe, the pearl of the sphere, the brain of a vast body” it was fast-becoming provincialized, no more to its “reality” than a “little promontory on the continent of Asia”. If the old Eurocentric appearance was disappearing in 1919, it has today largely evaporated altogether.
Understanding Europe requires going beyond Eurocentrism. And yet studies of Europe may still retain the traces of Eurocentric assumptions and prejudices. This event series aims to explore how the shape and shaping of Europe – its political-economy, its political policy making, or its political culture – needs to be rethought in a time of the exhaustion of Eurocentrism.
We will be returning with more events in September 2021.
Europe's Refugee 'Crisis': where are we now?
Wednesday 16 June 2021, 4pm-5:30pm
Six years after the beginning of Europe’s so called refugee or migration 'crisis', we ask what has happened since and (how) has Europe changed? This event explores Europe’s ‘refugee’ or ‘migration’ crisis, asking whether Europe has changed since, and what happened to the people who arrived and the policies that governed their arrival.
Speakers: Professor Heaven Crawley, Dr Lucy Mayblin, Masooma Torfa, Catherine Woollard.
Hosted by the LSE European Institute and the 89 Initiative.
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Lent Term 2021
Michaelmas Term 2020
Young People and (anti-) Racism: whose lives matter in Europe?
Monday 12 October 2020
In the wake of global protests against racism and police brutality, European publics at large have been called to reckon with the role of race on the continent. This panel discussed how racism has deeply shaped both European past and present and how young people today can determine how it’ll shape Europe’s future.
Speakers: Dr Manmit Bhambra, Hiba Latreche, Magid Magid, Dr. Emilia Zenzile Roig.
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