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LSE European Institute Series: 'Beyond Eurocentrism'

Understanding Europe requires going beyond Eurocentrism.

Simon Glendinning - Head of the European Institute

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.

Past Events 

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Growth and solidarity: cities reimagining human mobility in Africa and Europe

Friday 09 October 2020, 1pm-2.30pm

Speakers: Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone; Marta Foresti, Director of ODI Europe and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the LSE Institute of Global Affairs; Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan, Italy.

Discussant: Professor Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at LSE and Director of the Urban Age and LSE Cities.

Chair: Dr Angelo Martelli, Assistant Professor in European and International Political Economy at LSE's European Institute.

Hosted by LSE European Institute.

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Young People and (anti-) Racism: whose lives matter in Europe?

Monday 12 October 2020, 5pm-6.30pm

Speakers: Dr Manmit Bhambra, Research Officer in the Religion and Global Society Research Unit at the LSE; Hiba Latreche, General Secretary of the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO); Magid Magid, former Green Party MEP representing Yorkshire & the Humber at the European Parliament and was previously the youngest ever Lord Mayor of Sheffield; Dr. Emilia Zenzile RoigFounder and Executive Director of the Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ). 

Chair: Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece, Associate Professor in Nationalism, with a joint appointment in both LSE's European Institute and the Department of International Relations. 

Hosted by LSE European Institute and the 89 Initiative.

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The 'Beyond Eurocentrism' Series will return with more online events in January 2021.